Nagar means “street” and “sankirtan” means congregational chanting. Srila Prabhupada considered public chanting to be the heart and soul of the Hare Krishna movement. In his correspondence to devotees, he would encourage them to engage in Sankirtana on the streets and during college engagements.
Lord Caitanya inaugurated Nagar Sankirtan with thousands of devotees, in the face of threats of imprisonment, torture and death. Devotees around the world continue to perform Nagar Sankirtan to the best of their capacity. In the context of the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 pandemic, ISKCON Kirtan Ministry encourages caution and compliance with the laws of local governments.