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  • ISKCON SA Blanket Drive Initiative: Warming Hearts to ISKCON, One Blanket at a Time

    The Blanket Drive initiative has been going on for some years now, and this year the campaign was held in July 2021. To help Blanket Drive and Food for Life initiatives at ISKCON Port Elizabeth, contact the team or Svetadvip Das at

  • 21 African Countries Are Joining Together to Build a 4,750-mile Wall of Trees

    Nearly two dozen African nations are now committed to build and maintain the “Great Green Wall,” a chain of forests and woodlands spreading across the entire continent.

  • ISKCON South Africa Stands Against Racism and Discrimination

    When Krishna consciousness is practiced in an authentic way, a spiritual society replete with saintly virtues will naturally manifest. But for this to happen, each and every one of us must strive to be exemplars of Vaishnava culture, values, and behaviour — at all times, in all circumstances, without exception.

  • Mombasa Temple Builds New Apartments to Care for Congregation

    The ISKCON temple in Nyali in Mombasa, Kenya has recently completed the second phase of its construction – an apartment building to help care for the congregation and cultivate their spiritual lives.

  • Celebrating the Spirit of Togetherness - The 30thDurban Festival of Chariots

    Prince Mangusutho Buthelezi (leader of the Inkhata Freedom Party and Prime Minister of the Zulu Nation) visited the festival on Saturday, 31 March. Prince Buthelezi who will turn 90 years old in August this year is currently the most senior statesman in the government cabinet.

  • Bhakti Charu Swami in Panel Discussion on 'Healing Historic Divisions in Durban South Africa

     On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Department of Sport, Recreation and Culture of the city of Durban, South Africa, hosted a panel discussion at the prestigious Durban International Convention Centre entitled, "Healing Historic Divisions - towards racial harmony". Over 150 delegates, including city officials, political councillors and religious leaders accepted the Head's invitation to attend this important and ground-breaking event. 

  • Ratha Yatra in Kisumu, Kenya

    The Lake shore city of Kenya – Kisumu, celebrated its annual Rath Yatra on the 18th of July, coinciding with the Puri Rath Yatra, and "Idd-Ul-Ftr" (a local holiday). Taking advantage of the auspicious date, the Kisumu devotees organized the festival in less than a week.

  • BBT Africa Reports Exciting Year of Increased Outreach

    While it may be turning up a little late, the BBT Africa’s recently released 2014 report shows encouraging growth in outreach – especially for a branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust established just five years ago to better deliver Prabhupada’s books to the African Continent. “The continent has recorded amongst its best book distribution scores ever in 2014,” says managing trustee Govardhana Das.

  • Temple Profile: Arusha, Tanzania

    Tanzanian people were first introduced to Krishna consciousness in the 1970s by Srila Prabhupada’s early disciple Brahmananda Das as well as then Nairobi temple president Ajamila Das. In the 1990s, the late inspirational traveling preacher Tribhuvanath Das visited the country’s cities Dar Es Salaam and Tanga and made a major impression.

  • Jayadvaita Swami Speaks at South Africa’s Constitutional Court

    The 10th of December 2014 marked the 18th Anniversary of the signing of the South African Constitution. This day was also the commemoration of the disappearance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. These two seemingly arbitrary events in history converged in the shape of a lecture entitled The Law Meets The Vedas delivered by Jayadvaita Swami at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

  • New Issue of “Imprint” Reports BBT Africa Successes

    The latest effort from the African branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust – which has been publishing ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada’s books in various African languages since 2009 – is the e-magazine “Imprint.” The magazine, which released one issue last year but is becoming a regular quarterly with this November’s issue, is intended to communicate all the latest developments of the BBT Africa.

  • World Cup: Baby Elephants Playing Soccer

    As the soccer world cup fever heats up, an African soccer star visits an elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, to help draw attention to the importance of saving wild life in Africa.

  • 2.8-Billion-Year-Old Spheres Found in South Africa: How Were They Made?

    Spheres found in the mines of South Africa have piqued the curiosity of researchers for decades.

  • "The Very Best Day Of My Life" - Remembering Madiba

    "Madiba, you had a unique ability to rise above all political, ethnic, tribal and religious barriers to help the citizens of this country identify as one people, as South Africans."

  • Mandela May Be Gone, But His DNA Lives On

    In a deeply spiritual, almost covert way, Mandela represented a kind of incarnational presence that showed us what practical theology really looks like.

  • Woolies and Soweto Gospel Choir: Madiba Tribute

    Watch the Soweto Gospel Choir sing an incredible tribute to Madiba in Pretoria's Parkview store.

  • South Africa Chants, Dances and Feasts With the Hare Krishnas In Prayer for Nelson Mandela

    ISKCON joined South Africa in honoring the official day of prayer and reflection for former President Nelson Mandela. The Hare Krishna’s gathered outside Nelson Mandela’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg and in true South African style, indeed Madiba style chanted, danced and distributed free vegetarian food to the throngs who had come to celebrate Mr. Mandela.

  • Why All This Attention For Nelson Mandela?

    Devotees might be wondering why ISKCON, particularly in South Africa is going to great lengths to acknowledge Madiba. Did he not appeal to many other people of religion besides us?  Was he an ally of our cause?

  • Hare Krishna Festival Dedicated to Nelson Mandela Draws Thousands

    On Decembexr 7th, 2013, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), hosted a magnificent festival for thousands just South of Johannesburg, South Africa in celebration of the life and legacy of South Africa’s most famous son, Nelson Mandela. Condolences, prayer and celebration in tribute to Nelson Mandela were the themes echoed throughout the daylong event. 

  • Mr. Mandela's Speech at Hare Krishna Event Remembered

    President Nelson Mandela  gave a memorable speech at a gathering of 50,000 school children on April 23rd 1997 who were invited by Hare Krishna Food for Life to a public picnic in Durban Kings Park Soccer stadium called the “Festival for the Children of the Rainbow Nation”.

  • ISKCON’s Journey Through Apartheid With Mandela - A Tribute to Nelson Rohihlalha Mandela (1918-2013) Father of the South African Nation

    The memories of Mandela’s association with ISKCON shall forever remain etched in the history of ISKCON.  

  • ISKCON Joins the World in Mourning the Death of Nelson Mandela

    The International Society for Krishna Consciousness joins the world in mourning and paying tribute to the foremost human rights icon of current times, President Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela. We offer our condolences to the Mandela family and to the entire South African nation. ISKCON centers across South Africa will host special memorial services in honour of President Mandela, who was both our well-wisher and our friend.

  • Striving to Make Midrand (in South Africa) a “Hunger-free Zone”

    Every month, 2 000 plates of fresh nutritious meals cooked and served to children in Ivory Park, Midrand. Current recipients served by the FFL Program in Midrand, include the New Jerusalem Children’s Home, the Tumelo Home for the Mentally Handicapped, all located in a township challenged by a lack of services, housing shortages, poverty and hunger.

  • Fences in East Africa
    Over the last couple of decades devotees in East Africa have faced many adverse situations during preaching, which resulted them in building a “fence” around themselves, limiting them in their endevours to spread Krishna-consciousness. A survey has been conducted to find the probable causes and the solutions.
  • The Blue Mountain Brings Fun and Growth to Durban Rathayatra
    The Blue Mountain—a spiritual wonderland for children at this year’s upcoming Rathayatra in Durban, South Africa—promises to absorb youngsters in Lord Jagannath’s service through endless fun experiences, craft activities and games.
  • Africa Ranks High on BBT Agenda
    Africa is the second-largest continent in the world. It has fifty-three countries, 2,000 languages, and a population of over 900 million. Yet with the South African BBT publishing books mainly in English, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust has only touched the tip of Africa’s potential. Until now.
  • Hladini Dasi Remembered on 20th Anniversary of Her Passing
    Sunday, October 3, is the anniversary of the day in 1990 on which Hladini devi dasi was brutally gunned down by an extra-judicial firing squad in war-torn Liberia in western Africa.
  • Temple Profile: Johannesburg, South Africa
    ISKCON's temple in Lenasia, a suburb of Johannesburg, is home to the Bhaktivedanta College of Education and Training, and to several active youth groups. But the beautiful Sri Sri Nitai Gaura-Hari, the oldest Deities in South Africa, remain the top reason to visit.
  • First BBT Africa Conference Unites Leaders in Prabhupada’s Mission
    The newly established African branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust hosted the first BBT Africa Conference on April 10 in an effort to connect with ISKCON managers across the continent.
  • Survey Finds Africa is Most Religious Part of World
    Researchers say they've found the most religious place on Earth -- between the southern border of the Sahara Desert and the tip of South Africa.
  • Anxiety Turns to Sweetness As Ratha Yatra Hits Durban
    On April 2nd—Good Friday—the colorful spiritual carnival that is Ratha Yatra transformed the streets of Durban, South Africa for the 22nd time, as Jagannath, the Lord of the Universe, bestowed his mercy upon citizens for four consecutive days.
  • Nigeria Tackling Climate Change Through Religion
    The effects of climate change particularly in sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly taking toll on the social and economic well-being of people of the region. Having realized these, some top faith leaders in the region have resolved to explore religion in tackling the menace.
  • Rwandans Reach Out to Yoga as Trauma Therapy
    Over a thousand people in the genocide-ravaged nation have taken up the practice.
  • The BBT Launches New Africa Branch

    It’s the second-largest continent in the world. It has fifty-three countries, 2,000 languages, and a population of over 900 million. Yet with the South African BBT publishing books mainly in English, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust has only touched the tip of Africa’s potential.

  • Kenyan Prime Minister Receives Bhagavad-gita As It Is

    Govinda-Prema Dasa, an ISKCON devotee from Nairobi, gifted Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga with a copy of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita this May. The opportunity arose when devotees attended the same Sikh community college opening that the Prime Minister had been invited to speak at. After Odinga’s speech promoting higher education as the way to a peaceful and happy country, Govinda-Prema approached him.

  • ISKCON Inaugurates Vegetarian Restaurant in West Africa
    On May 22 this year, devotees in the West African city of Lome, Togo, inaugurated their new vegetarian restaurant with a celebration and feast. The restaurant’s origins go back five years ago when devotees, encouraged by their late guru Bhakti-Tirtha Swami’s directions on simple living and high thinking, established an active Food For Life program in Lome and surrounding areas.
  • West Africa Remembers Bhakti Tirtha Swami
    Disciples and admirers of the late Bhakti Tirtha Swami in Benin, Nigeria honored him with a memorial festival on June 27, the day of his passing. True to Vaishnava tradition, the event was a joyful one, attended by devotees from many countries across West Africa.
  • How Cow Dung Saved the Children of Miwani
    I was invited to travel to Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria, very far from the Kenyan coast on the Indian Ocean. Kisumu was from all the accounts I had heard a pretty disagreeable place. In the early years, I had read in advance of my journey, that apart from the endemic sleeping sickness, bilharzia, malaria and the nasty malarial complication known as "blackwater fever", the climate was sweltering and municipal hygiene primitive.
  • Durban, South Africa: Festival of Full Tummies
    First-time, non-HareKrishna attendees at this year's spectacular Festival of the Chariots would have been amazed to find that they could join a queue and receive a generous portion of savoury breyani, tinged with the unique flavour of woodsmoke, completely free.
  • New Congo Community Grows Own Food, Saves Millions
    The Democratic Republic of Congo's new Varnashrama community appears to be going against the global trend of rapidly increasing food prices. As a UN aid official recently commented to global news agency AFP, "The Philippines may end up having to feed people to save them going hungry as the market price of rice soars out of reach of ordinary households."
  • Durban Ratha Festival Attracts Quarter Million Attendees
    Tens of thousands of Hare Krishna movement devotees across the country celebrated the festival of chariots today. The festival started in India and dates back thousands of years. The main event was held in Durban today, and was hosted by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
  • Happy Krishna Consciousness World!
    The exhuberantly named "Happy Krishna Consciousness World" is a new television program presented by IT Media Concepts in collaboration with Gauranga Travels Youth Tour. The series will air on national TV in the Republic of Ghana, West Africa, and will feature news and interviews from ISKCON centers, festivals, and seminars across the globe.