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  • New Vrindaban Celebrates 52 Years of Worshipping Little Radha Vrindaban Chandra

    Their Lordships arrived weeks after the inception of New Vrindaban in 1968 and were being worshipped in the original New Vrindaban farmhouse during Srila Prabhupada's first visit in 1969.

  • Auckland Devotees Celebrate Radha Giridhari's 45th Anniversary With Huge Harinama in City Center

    Over the Easter Weekend from Friday April 14th to Sunday April 16th, hundreds of devotees at ISKCON Auckland celebrated the 45th anniversary of their Deities, Sri Sri Radha-Giridhari, with love and great pomp. The celebrations included a massive and stunningly colorful Harinama on Queen Street in the center of Auckland.

  • Why Does God Need Our Worship? -- by Bhakti Charu Swami

    A video by ISKCON Desire Tree.

  • Indian Deities Worshipped in Japan
  • New Scholarly Work Gives Deeper Understanding of Deity Worship

    Attending Krishna’s Image: Caitanya Vaisnava Murti-seva as Devotional Truth  by ISKCON scholar and guru Krishna Kshetra Das (Kenneth R. Valpey) discusses how the ancient historical tradition was brought from India to countries all over the world. It shows how it has taken firm root today in both India and the West

  • Deity Worship Minister Tours North America

    ISKCON Deity Worship Minister for North America Jayananda Das, a disciple of Bhakti-Tirtha Swami, has visited twenty-five temples in North America since 2012, and plans to visit sixteen more by the end of this year. This will bring him to about eighty per cent of the total 55 temples in North America.

  • ISKCON Houston Deities Move Into Their Grand New Home

    On April 4th, the presiding Deities of ISKCON Houston, Texas, were moved into Their beautiful new home. Construction began on the 24,000 square-foot Orissan-style temple  in 2004. The official opening festival, on May 17th and 18th, will draw an estimated 15,000 people and mark the culmination of many years of hard work.

  • Ask a Hare Krishna: Do You Worship Idols?

    Produced by: Krishna House of Gainesville, FL, USA. For more information visit:

  • ISKCON Centers Required to Receive Certificate of Readiness for Worship
    At this year’s annual meetings in Mayapur, West Bengal from February 10th through 21st, ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) passed a resolution requiring all ISKCON centers to prove their eligibility for a “Certificate of Readiness for Worship” before they can install or otherwise commence worship of Deity forms of God.
  • A New Book: Krishna Deities and Their Miracles - How the Images of Lord Krishna Interact with Their Devotees
    This book by Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana Das) helps reveal how the Deities of Krishna in the temple are but another channel through which the Divine can be better understood and perceived.
  • Mayapur Academy: Deity Worship Course

    Informational video about the upcoming Deity worship course at the Mayapur Academy. For more information please visit

  • 40th Installation Anniversary Celebrations of Sri Sri Rukmini-Dvarakadhisha
    Los Angeles ISKCON recently celebrated the 40th Installation Anniversary of Sri Sri Rukmini-Dvarakadhisha over the Janamastami weekend. The joyful festival spanned over two days and attracted a large number of devotees from all parts of the world.
  • Mayapur Academy Diploma in Arcana Course
    Those who are interested can learn the art of Deity worship in Sri Dham Mayapur. The main teachers are Jananivasa Das Head Pujari in the Mayapur Deity Department and Nrsimha Kavaca Das ISKCON Deity Worship Minister.
  • Mayapur Academy of Deity Worship Will Expand to Second Facility
    ISKCON’s headquarters, Mayapur, West Bengal, India — The Mayapur Academy, which aims to train brahmanas with a focus on Deity worship, looks set to add a new building to its educational campus to accommodate its rapid growth.
  • ISKCON Kolkata Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Deity Installation
    Between February 11 and 13, ISKCON Kolkata celebrates the 40th anniversary of the installation Sri Sri Radha Govinda at the Albert Road center. The deities will be offered a new altar made of teak wood and decorated with 24 carat gold.
  • ISKCON Entrusted With Two Laddu Counters in Tirumala

    Two of the laddu counters in the Laddu Prasadam Complex beside the Srivari temple on Tirumala were formally entrusted to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

  • Akhilananda Dasa: Doing the Lord’s Work
    Growing up in the small town of Salem, Ohio, Alfred Fitch was always tinkering; practicing, although he didn’t know it yet, for his future self’s unique profession—building beautiful altars for homes and temples all over the USA and the world.
  • ISKCON Bali Installs Prabhupada Murti During 24-Hour Kirtan
    ISKCON gurus Kavicandra Swami and Ramai Swami attended the festival, along with Purnaprjna Dasa and many local devotees as well as others from across Bali.
  • Mayapur Academy: You Have to Experience it for Yourself!
    The Mayapur Academy is located at ISKCON Mayapur, on the beautiful banks of the Ganges River, in Sridham Mayapur, West Bengal.
  • ISKCON Guyana Celebrates Deities' 25th Anniversary
    ISKCON Guyana last weekend celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their first installed Deities, Sri Sri Nitai Chaitanya Chandra, at the Gaura Nitai Ashirvad Mandir near the capital city of Georgetown.
  • New Deity Gallery At
    In celebration of Janmashtami 2010, will be re-launching the Deity Photo Gallery in its Photos section.
  • Hindu Gods Can't Trade In Shares - Court Decision
    An Indian court has ruled that Hindu gods cannot deal in stocks and shares, after an application for trading accounts to be set up in their names.
  • ISKCON`s Celebration In The “Fruit Garden of Pakistan”
    Quetta is the largest city and the provincial capital of the Balochistan Province of Pakistan. 1,680 meters (5,500 feet) above the sea level, the "Fruit Garden of Pakistan” has a healthy climate, with a diversity of plants and animal wildlife. Between 17-19 of June, more than a hundred ISKCON devotees gathered here to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the installation of Sri Sri Radha Radha Nath Bhagwan.
  • Srimati Shimantini Devi Temple Project In Mayapur
    The ISKCON Mayapur community has recently announced their new project: the construction of a small but very important temple for Srimati Shimantini Devi, a prominent female devotee of the Lord.
  • Yadunandana Dasi: Serving the Lord of the Universe
    As the huge chariot with its brilliant red canopy rolled up, Jagannatha sitting majestically upon it, Judith watched in awe, taking in the Lord to whom she would devote the rest of her life.
  • Pujari Wanted in Puerto Rico Temple
    A pujari for ISKCON Puerto Rico is requested for two months during the summer time with option to stay longer.
  • Enrollment For Mayapur Academy Diploma Course 2010/11 Has Begun
    The Mayapur Academy Pujari training course in English for International devotees starts on the 1st November with the opening day on the 30th October.
  • Alachua, Florida Welcomes Krishna Balarama
    The weekend of May 29th to 30th saw over 3,000 devotees converge upon rural New Raman Reti in Alachua, Florida—the largest ISKCON community in North America—to bear witness to a truly rare event in today’s ISKCON: the installation of full-size deities of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama. Many leading disciples of ISKCON’s founder Srila Prabhupada, including Radhanatha Swami, Indradyumna Swami, Lokanatha Swami, Devamrita Swami, B.B. Madhava Swami, Varsana Swami, and Deena Bandhu Dasa also arrived to see the forms of God and His eternal elder brother join New Raman Reti’s already presiding deities of Radha-Shyamasundara and Gaura-Nitai.
  • Keeping Krishna Cool
    On the day of Aksaya Tritiya in Vrindavan, all large temple deities are covered with chandan (sandalwood) paste, and not a bit of cloth is used to cover the deities in the afternoon. The cooling effect of this substance provides relief from the scorching heat of summer. This practice is also followed increasingly by ISKCON temples all over the world, but it has been observed since time immemorial.
  • Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow in Kuala Lumpur
    Neem deities of Sri Sri Nitai Gaura Sunder had arrived in Malaysia in 1991. They were intended as Padayatra deities, meant to accompany a traveling group touring the country on foot.
  • Ancient Ganesh Deity Found in Goa
    An ancient brass Ganesha sculpture was found buried underneath a residence in the Indian state of Goa on May 18.
  • A Longtime Dream Fulfilled in Malaysia
    This 16th of May, on the most auspicious astrological date of Akshaya Tritiya, Sri Jagannath Mandir Kuala Lumpur (SJMKL), the largest and most active ISKCON center in Malaysia, will host the grand unveiling and installation festival of new marble deities of Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda Rama.
  • America’s Largest ISKCON Community Welcomes Krishna Balarama
    Temple president Mukhya Dasi expects several thousand devotees from all over the United States and some from around the world for the event, which will begin on Saturday May 29 and lead up to the grand installation on Sunday May 30.
  • Why Do We Need a Temple?
    Like traffic laws, moral principles promote order, specifically orderly social interactions. But modern education doesn’t teach us about the goal of social transactions or the goal of life itself.
  • Historical Ceremony Held at ISKCON Juhu
    ISKCON Juhu celebrated an historical event on 17 May 2009 when the presiding Deities Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari along with Sri Sri Garu Nitai and Sri Sri Sita Rama Laxman Hanuman were anointed with chandan for the first time ever since Their installation by Srila Prabhupada in the seventies.
  • Festival Reunites Deities, Brings Together Devotees
    New York City – More than two hundred devotees gathered together to welcome the small (chota in Sanskrit) deities of Sri Sri Radha-Murlidhar to a Hare Krishna temple here, where They join larger deities of the same name. The last time the two sets of deities were worshiped together was more than twenty years ago, in Their original home in Cleveland, Ohio. The two day festival, held on May 2 and 3, featured abhishek (sacred bathing of the deities), kirtan, and devotees sharing memories of the deities over the years.
  • New Deities Installed in ISKCON Karlovac, Croatia

    Devotees in Karlovac, Croatia, installed Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra, their first deities, earlier this month.

    The Karlovac ISKCON temple was established eight years ago, when devotees began holding spiritual programs in the Croatian towns of Križevci, Kalnik, and Lička Jesenica. They also prepared for the monumentous event years ahead of them by travelling to the USA and India to learn how to conduct traditional rites and care for deities.

  • Mayapur Celebrates Candan Yatra Festival

    Every year at the ISKCON Center in Mayapur, India a festival is held where the presiding deities are covered in sacred sandalwood paste (candana) and decorated beautifully.

  • Thieves Steal Historic Krishna Deity Near Pune, India

    PUNE: The Pune rural police have questioned 20 people, having past record of stealing idols from temples, in connection with the theft of an idol [sic] from a temple at Bajarangwadi near Shikrapur. But even after a month of the theft taking place, the police have failed to make any headway in the case. The nearly-200-year-old idol [sic] of Krishna was stolen along with silver ornaments from the temple at Bajarangwadi, about 50 km from Pune, on April 12.

  • 1400-year-old Laxmi Deity Found in Jammu and Kashmir

    Srinagar (PTI): A rare granite deity of Goddess Laxmi, believed to be 1,400 years old, has been found at Waghama village along the river Jehlum in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The sculpture, that was found by the farmers a few days ago, has been taken in possession by the state Archives and Archeology department and its antiquity and artistic details are being studied, its Deputy Director Peerzada Mohammad Ashraf said on Sunday.

  • Mayapur Deity Worship Academy Hands out Fifty-Seven Awards
    The Mayapur Academy’s two-month intensive deity worship course culminated last Friday (September 19), with fifty-seven Bengali-speaking students receiving their awards. The majority hailed from Mayapur, while two students each from Bangladesh and Kolkata attended. Most were staff of the Mayapur temple, including priests and department heads.
  • Gauridasa Pandit Requests Gaura-Nitai In Deity Form
    This is the story of how the first deity forms of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda came to be. In the 15th century, by the solar calendar, a great devotee of Lord Nityananda named Gauridasa Pandit lived in a town on the banks of the Ganges river known as Ambika-Kalna.
  • ISKCON News: Help Us Create a ‘Festival for the Eyes’
    Would you like to participate in creating a beautiful experience for ISKCON News readers? This Gaura Purnima we're having a 'Festival for the Eyes' that you're invited to help us put together. On Gaura Purnima Day we're going to unveil a multimedia presentation featuring Gaura-Nitai deities worshiped in devotees' homes around the world.
  • Classes Underway at Mayapur's Deity Worship Academy
    Eighteen international students have begun an intensive course at The Mayapur Academy, ISKCON's deity worship training school. The Academy, which opened its doors in December 2007, offers classes on deity dressing, cooking, performing fire sacrifices, and more.
  • Mayapur Academy Opens to Teach Deity Worship
    Mayapur Academy, a school to train devotees in deity worship, was inaugurated on 7 December in Mayapur. Jayapataka Swami and Jayadvaita Swami inaugurated the Mayapur Academy classrooms and the course in the Chaitanya Bhavan complex.
  • Attending Krishna's Image
    There is a steady and growing scholarly, as well as popular interest in Hindu religion – especially devotional (bhakti) traditions as forms of spiritual practice and expressions of divine embodiment. Associated with this is the attention to sacred images and their worship.