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Paramahamster - Las Vegas Temple

ISKCON News - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 5:00am

Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

Devotees on Festival of Fiji Tour Find Local Hospitality “Mind-blowing”

ISKCON News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 3:16pm

Kalasamvara Das, temple president of ISKCON Auckland, has always been one of those devotees who is having so much fun in Krishna consciousness that it’s infectious. But even by his standards, he’s positively buzzing when we chat to him at the airport on his way back from the Festival of Fiji.

Spiritual Strength and Rejuvenation Festival Held in New Dwaraka

ISKCON News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:43pm

Various news media trucks and vans follow the parade and this year KTLA/CBS TV took a televised interview with Svavasa Das, temple president, at the finish of the procession. They asked him to describe the meaning and purpose of the Ratha-yatra parade for an broadcast throughout the western U.S. on the evening news.

The ToVP Team Tours Europe

ISKCON News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:18pm

A special TOVP (Temple of the Vedic Planetarium) World Tour is now being organized, carrying with it Lord Nityananda's shoes and Lord Nrsimhadeva's sitari (helmet) from the Mayapur Chandodaya Mandir, accompanied by Jananivas Das, Ambarisa Das, Svaha Dasi and Vraja Vilas Das to nine European countries.

The Mayapuris: Nityananda

ISKCON News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 1:59pm

The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Visits ISKCON Ujjain

ISKCON News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 1:48pm

On October 6th, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, visited ISKCON Ujjain, and met with ISKCON leaders taking part in the GBC's mid-term meetings.  


ISKCON News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:38am

Sri Radha Kunda manifested on the eighth day of the waning phase of the moon in the month of Kartik. This day is observed by bathing in the holy waters at midnight, which is said to be the time Radha Kunda manifested. At this time, thousands of devotees gather at the banks of Radha Kunda in Vrndavan.

Philadelphia Ratha Yatra 2017

ISKCON News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 9:40am

Every year on the 4th Saturday in September, their Lordships Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra Devi grace the streets of Philadelphia (PA, USA) in a Parade of Chariots beginning from Love Park and ending at Eakin’s Oval, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art where the Festival of India is then held. This year the festival was held on September 23th.

Youtube Star Inspired After Filming Sankirtan Devotee on Book Distribution

ISKCON News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:21am

Kevin Wu, a Youtube star with over 300 million views on his “KevJumba” channel, has been left feeling spiritually uplifted after following and filming sankirtan devotee Madhava Puri Das on book distribution. Wu met Madhava Puri while staying at the ISKCON Los Angeles ashram, looking for spiritual answers during a difficult period in his life.

Religious Freedom in Danger in Russia: A Cause for Concern in Europe

ISKCON News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:53am

A seminar, held on September 26th, 2017, in Italy’s House of Parliament, at the Sala del Refettorio, and organized in co-operation with MP Lacquaniti, has discussed the problems of religious freedom in Russia, a cause of serious concern in Europe.

Day Three of GBC Meetings: Education and Expansion

ISKCON News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 9:13am

Zonal Supervisors, an important leadership role created by the Governing Body Commission (GBC) to improve management in ISKCON around the world, was the first topic of today’s GBC meeting. Working directly under an individual GBC member, a Zonal Supervisor assists that GBC member by supervising a number of temples and projects within a particular geographical zone. 

Second Day of GBC Meetings Explores Improved Means of Decision Making

ISKCON News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:53am

Members were presented with a 94-page document or “Meetings Manual,” and a second 23-page guide on “Decision Making.” Both texts were drawn from research conducted by the GBC Strategic Planning Team (SPT). In preparing the manuals the SPT underwent a detailed analysis of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings on management as well as a review 40 professional studies and books on meetings and decision-making. 

ISKCON Governing Body Commission Opens Mid-Term Meetings

ISKCON News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 8:58am

ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) began its “Mid-Term Meeting” this morning in Ujjain, India. Approximately thirty GBC members, and fifteen other leaders and guests will be meeting in this historic and holy city for nine days, until October 17.

Sri Gaurachandra's Installation at New York's Bhakti Center

ISKCON News - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 7:11pm

On October 4th,  a divine form of Sri Caitanya was installed on the altar of the temple at New York's The Bhakti Center. Accompanied by a chorus of voices chanting Vedic mantras and jubilant kirtan, brahmins began the ceremony by establishing the intention in the minds of the community, honoring and seeking the blessings of the seniors present and commencing the rites with the traditional Vedic fire ceremony.

New York Supreme Court Declares Historic Decision in favor of Hare Krishna Movement

ISKCON News - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 5:30am

The case began in 2004 in Freeport, New York, when persons from outside Long Island, through deception and subterfuge, took control of the Long Island ISKCON Temple board of trustees. Those persons opposed GBC authority and taught a philosophical system called ritvik, which the GBC declared a deviation from traditional Hare Krishna, or Vaishnava Hindu teachings.

Sri Damodarastakam Ceremony in Mayapur

ISKCON News - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 2:13pm

Kirtan led by Narahari Nityananda dasa.

Bhaktimarga Swami Completes 3,550-Mile Walk Across U.S. for ISKCON 50

ISKCON News - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 8:35pm

On Friday September 15th, Bhaktimarga Swami, “The Walking Monk,” crossed the finish-line for his 3,550-mile walk across the USA in San Francisco, beneath shining blue skies and rolling white clouds. It had been two years since he set off.

Las Vegas Temple to Open Next Spring

ISKCON News - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 8:18pm

After a long journey, a full-fledged ISKCON temple is finally set to launch in Las Vegas, receiving its grand opening from April 26th to 28th, 2018, culminating on Nrsimha Chaturdasi.

ISKCON 50th Gala, Washington D.C.

ISKCON News - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 6:48am

Many international religious and political leaders honored the founder International Society for Krishna Consciousness A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s achievements and contributions at a special ISKCON 50th Anniversary Gala Event in Washington D.C. on September 13th, 2016. The event took place in the Presidential Ballroom at the Capital Hilton Hotel. Three blocks from the White House, the Ballroom has hosted every president since Harry S. Truman and features a permanent eight-foot presidential seal on its wall. Over 300 people attended the Gala event, seventy-five of them special invitees including religious leaders, religious liberty experts, members of the media, government representatives and political leaders. A video by Karuna Productions.

Pending Brooklyn Temple Sale: New Developments

ISKCON News - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 6:41am

According to a report received by the GBC Brooklyn Temple Sale Committee, it appears that the New York State Office of the Attorney General has declined to approve the pending sale of the Hare Krishna temple property in Brooklyn.