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  • World Holy Name Festival 2020

    This year, ISKCON Harinam Sankirtan Ministry aspires to expand the festival beyond the borders of ISKCON into the greater society.  With the support of devotees worldwide the festival can reach out and bring the holy names to new people.  

  • Lithuania’s Holy Name Monastery Destroyed In Fire

    During the night at around 1:30 AM on July 14th, one of the brahmacaris heard a cracking sound and went to check it. He saw the temple building on fire. Brahmacaries quickly took the Deities out to safety from the burning building. 

  • Festival Team Holds Harinama Boat Trips As UK Eases Restrictions

    From June 1st, however, the UK government has begun to ease restrictions slightly. On Monday June 1st and Tuesday June 2nd, a maximum of six devotees on each day rode the boat down the Paddington Basin through Wembley.

  • Dublin Crowds Join Chanting and Dancing at New Year’s Eve Harinama

    The exhilarating experience has been a tradition for ISKCON Ireland for over three decades, and is well known to the Dublin public. 

  • New York Times Style Magazine Features Devotees Chanting

    The New York Times Style Magazine’s first digital cover story, published on February 14th,  features Hare Krishna devotees from ISKCON’s Radha-Krishna Temple chanting on the streets of London.

  • Sri Krishna Sankirtana at the Sarajevo City Market

    At this time of the year, Sarajevo is full of tourists and many are from the Middle East. These tourists love street harinams and stop to chant with devotees and take photos.

  • The Sparkle In Their Eyes: Indradyumna Swami on Harinamas

    A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Harinama Mandir's Bus Breaks Down

    On July 2nd, while driving to Split in Croatia the Harinama Mandir, a European traveling sankirtan party's bus suddenly started to loose the speed and right away stopped. Devotees heroically pullled and pushed the bus to a nearby town, creating quite a site to the passerbyes.

  • 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.

  • Japa Retreat 2017 at ISKCON Houston

    Last weekend (March 3-5), 150 devotees from Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Oklahoma City and New Orleans had a joyful and spiritual Japa Retreat (Chanting of Holy Names) with Romapada Swami and Bada Hari Das at Greater Houston area, ISKCON Houston. This Japa Retreat is an annual event and for this year the theme of the Japa Retreat was "Taking Shelter of Holy Name – Saranagati."

  • Harinama in Historic City Prague
  • Nitay Gauranga Hariama Yatra - Tenerife, Spain, 2017
  • World Holy Name Week Celebrates ISKCON 50

    World Holy Name Week celebrated the 50th anniversary of ISKCON this year in style, running for closer to two-and-a-half weeks, from July 28th to August 14th. The celebration, organized by Lokanath Swami, Janananda Goswami, and Ekalavya Das, included several key sacred days throughout its run, including the disappearance days of Sri Raghunandana Thakura and Sri Vamsidasa Babaji. Most notably it included the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of ISKCON in New York on July 28th, and the 50th anniversary of the first public Harinam Sankirtan in the Western World, on August 14th.

  • Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of First Tompkins Square Park Harinama

    Janananda Goswami led a chanting party from 26 Second Avenue to Tompkins Square Park and around the celebrated Hare Krishna tree to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first public chanting of Hare Krishna there by Srila Prabhupada and his first followers on October 9, 1966. Each Sunday after that original harinama, the early devotees would chant there for 3 hours, thus it was the first regular harinama spot in the Western world. October 9, 2016.

  • Travelling Kirtan Experience to Teach Skills, Mood

    Since 1995, Manorama Das and his wife Jaya Sri Radhe Dasi of ISKCON Youth Ministry have taken youth on a Krishna conscious festival tour of North America. But this year, they’re changing things up a bit with an innovative new adventure. They’ve partnered up with Janmastami Das and ISKCON Alachua’s new higher education school the Krishna Institute to offer From Your Heart to the World: A Traveling Kirtan Experience.

  • Revival of Regular Harinama at New Govardhana, Australia

    Alone and penniless during his first years in America, Srila Prabhupada’s early pastimes were ideal examples of powerful grassroots preaching. Sitting on a park bench in New York City, he revealed to one acquaintance that so many devotees and temples existed – it was simply time that separated them.

  • Global 50,000 Chants Campaign Launched for ISKCON 50

    The innovative sankirtan outreach project Fortunate People is inviting devotees to post videos of themselves and newcomers chanting the Hare Krishna mantra to its website, with an aim to gather 50,000 chants for ISKCON’s 50th anniversary. Fortunate People is a UK-based project that allows distributors of Prabhupada’s books to keep in touch with people they’ve met on the street.

  • Who are these Hare Krishna anyway?

    A short video by "Fortunate People" about people appreciating London harinama.

  • Halloween Evening Harinama at New York's Union Square

    Rama Raya Das wraps up an intense Halloween evening kirtan and costumed passersby dance with devotees and later offer lamps to Damodara. Rama Raya then offers his concluding speech.

  • London Devotees Lift People's Spirit on Halloween Night

    ISKCON deevotees in London have been going out to do public harinamas every day for decades. The biggest party has traditionally been the Saturday night harinamas. The procession starts in front of the Govinda's Restaurant, then goes around in the theater and party district and the famous Chinatown. On Halloween night, Saturday, October 31st, devotees gave the public something to really lift their spirits!

  • Meet Me At "Govindas"

    A unique way of inviting people to take part at the London Harinamas by Parasuram Das and Co.

  • Vancouver Harinama Passes 200 Consecutive Days

    A small yet growing crew of dedicated devotees have been doing Harinama Sankirtana in downtown Vancouver, Canada, for over 200 days in a row now, chanting the Holy Names of God for two hours every week day after work and for three hours on weekends.

  • Harinama Ruci Serves the World A Taste of the Holy Names

    In the 16th century, Sri Chaitanya brought about social reform in India by propounding the joyful public chanting of Krishna’s holy names – Harinama Sankirtana -- which inspired love of God and brought about peace. Today, travelling group Harinama Ruci is one of the simplest, most distilled examples of Sri Chaitanya’s message you’re likely to see -- bright, colorful, happy, and always chanting, dancing, and making people smile.

  • We Wish You a Merry Krishna

    This Christmas, Soho creative agency Mr.President have collaborated with the Radha Krishna Temple to produce a Christmas album like no other: ‘We Wish You a Merry Krishna’.

  • World Harinama Party Induces Subway Riders to Chant Hare Krishna

    Harinamananda Das and the World Harinama Party inspires passengers on a New York City subway to chant Hare Krishna. September 20, 2014.

  • 2014 Is World Holy Name Week’s Biggest Success So Far

    World Holy Name Week (WHNW), first established in 2008, has seen its biggest success so far this year. In 2013, around forty-three different ISKCON centers celebrated the week in some capacity with events designed to share, spread and become absorbed in the Holy Name of God. This year, WHNW organizers have already received reports from over fifty ISKCON centers from every continent in the world.

  • Soccer Fans Join Brazilian Devotees in Chanting Amidst World Cup Fever

    Although World Cup host Brazil is still reeling from a 7 – 1 loss to Germany on Tuesday July 8th, football fever still grips the country as the World Cup barrels towards the Germany vs Argentina final on Sunday June 13th. In the midst of it all, a large Harinama party of ISKCON devotees has been a hit as they travel to the major cities where World Cup games are being held, as well as to viewing parties in nearby locales.

  • The London Harinama Song

    Sound- Dwarkadhish Das, Melody - George Formby, Lyrics - Mahamantra Das, Idea, vocal and ukulele - Parshuram Das, Video - DJ Achintya.

  • NYC’s New Harinama Ashram Brings Maha-Mantra to the Streets

    Today, Ramaraya Das leads parties of twenty-five or more devotees in chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra at Union Square Park in Manhattan, New York City, every day without fail. Hitting the streets from their very own Harinama Ashram, they chant and dance enthusiastically, passing out books by ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada and drawing passersby to join in the fun. But things weren’t always so easy for Ramaraya.

  • Many Voices, One Heart: 1400 Devotees Chant At North Carolina Retreat

    It’s almost noon. The organisers Rasika Siromani Devi Dasi, Rama Vijaya Das  and Govinda Charan Das are discussing last minute festival details over breakfast at the registration tables. Just across the street, surrounded by picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, there are around 1400 devotees immersed in chanting the Holy Names. 

  • Harinam in Bali

    People at Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia enjoying the colorful harinama procession.

  • Bali Harinama: Tirta Gangga

    Niranjana Swami and the Balinese devotees spent a wonderful day doing kirtan at Tirta Gangga, Bali. A video by Guru Gauranga Das.

  • Spiritual New Year’s Eve Party Takes Over London

    “On New Year's Eve central London becomes one big party,” says organizer Parasuram Das, who serves prasadam meals to one thousand needy people daily as director of the Food For All charity. “Millions of people take to the streets, and no cars are allowed. The ground is set for the biggest Harinam ever.”

  • Why Does Devotion Need to be Exhibited in Public?

    Devotion is an emotion of the heart; why does it need to be exhibited publically, as in street kirtans?

  • World Holy Name Week Is A Global Success

    At least forty-three different ISKCON temples around the world celebrated World Holy Name Week from September 17th to 26th this year, in a variety of creative ways.

  • Chanting and Singing in an Ancient Gladiator Arena

    From the 1st - 11th of August, a group of fifteen international devotees gathered in Pula, Croatia, with the aim to spread the holy name throughout the touristic cities of Istria. The participant devotees stayed at the Pula temple and visited four major touristic cities in Istria with a harinam party every night.

  • Stonehenge Draws Thousands for Summer Solstice

    Thousands of revellers gather to celebrate the Summer solstice at Stonehenge, near Salisbury, on Friday, June 21. ISKCON devotees also participated at the event, singing and dancing.

  • Saturday Night Sankirtana Fire Still Burning Strong in London
    London is a city very well populated, and there is never a dull moment while chanting on the streets. Very rare is the day when ISKCON devotees are treated unfavourably, whether it is the police, students, local londoners, tourists, drunks or businessmen. Often the number of people joining in from the street exceeds the amount of devotees themselves.
  • Meet Me At Govinda`s! - A Funny Harinama Video

    The London devotees are very enthusiastic about sharing the Holy Name.

  • Phoenix Krishna Temple Chants Over 1 Million Names
    The devotees and members of the Phoenix (Arizona, USA) temple held a Harinam mantra group meditation on New Year's day.The enthusiasm for the chanting of the Mahamantra kept increasing throughout the day. By the end of the day 1,415,232 names of the Lord had been chanted, by 143 participants.
  • Jagannatha In Winter Coat
    At the end of December, there were icy harinamas in Moscow, with Lord Jagannatha -He, too, in his winter coat- and eighty devotees taking part in them.
  • Grassroots Harinama Revolution Takes off in Australia
    Since the passing of Aindra Dasa earlier this year, many second generation Australian devotees seem to have taken up the karatals and added fuel to the fire of the kirtan revolution.
  • Ganges Recreated at ISKCON Juhu for World Holy Name Week
    Mumbai’s four ISKCON temples celebrated World Holy Name Week from September 26th to October 10th this year, with ISKCON Juhu hosting the first and the biggest event.
  • Who Is Crazy?
    An early tract distributed by Krishna devotees issued the challenge ‘Who is Crazy?’ Having frequently encountered taunts regarding their mental state, the devotees responded with this well reasoned argument from Srila Prabhupada on the definition of insanity.
  • The “Spiritual Warriors” Go To Guyana
    As they disembarked the airplane in Guyana on June 20, 2010, and waited in line for the customs procedures, it certainly felt like they were eager, yet uncertain warriors. They were ten devotees who had encountered several challenges to make this trip and now were finally at their destination.
  • Festival of India Through The Adriatic Sea
    In July, a new harinama festival tour is starting in Europe`s Adriatic region. This will be the seventh since its start in 2004, and it will be performed in seven countries.
  • Lifting Spirits in the Netherlands
    ISKCON devotees joined in the fun at one of the largest street parades in the world, Queen's Day in Holland.
  • Gaura Purnima at the Houston Zoo
    In observance of the 524th anniversary of Lord Chaitanya's advent, devotees in Texas organized a chanting party on Saturday, Feb 27 at the Constitution Circle near the entrance to the Houston Zoo. Giriraja Swami joined about 25 local devotees to sing the holy names, sell books and dance in joy, waving colorful banners decorated with the Maha Mantra or depictions of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with His associates.
  • Hare Halloween Hits Dallas Gay and Lesbian District
    Each year on the weekend before Halloween, about 100,000 people attend the Halloween Block Party in Oak Lawn, the gay and lesbian district of Dallas, Texas—which just happens to be the number two gay capital of the US, after San Francisco.
  • ISKCON Hawaii Celebrates World Harinam Day

    From Fiji to Croatia to India, as well as local Hawaiians, the New Navadwip devotees are as multi-racial as the isle's diversity. When such variety hits the streets for chanting the names of God, it's a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

  • 500 Celebrate World Holy Name Week on Ludhiana Streets
    Devotees at ISKCON’s center in Ludhiana, Punjab celebrated World Holy Name Week with all the enthusiasm they could muster. From September 13 through 20th, the congregation took turns to chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra at the temple throughout the day.
  • Chant Your Heart Out for World Holy Name Week

    ISKCON centers around the world are gearing up for this year’s World Holy Name Week, to be celebrated from September 13th – 21st.

    The nine-day period begins on Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Appearance Day. It concludes on the day of Srila Prabhupada's arrival in the USA to coincide with, and commemorate, his delivering the gift of the Hare Krishna mantra to the world.

  • Eco-Caravan 2008: Seven Years in Slovenia
    On June 25th, devotees from New Yogapitha in Slovenia embarked on Eco-Caravan 2008, their seventeen-day padayatra – literally translated as “festival on foot.” The cross-country pilgrimage, aimed at spreading spiritual and environmental awareness, was their seventh in a row. The first group leaving Slovenian capital Ljubljana was forty-five strong. Many more devotees joined later however, when ISKCON Minister for deity worship Krishna Ksetra Dasa and exuberant preacher Janananda Goswami hopped on.
  • Dutch Devotees Inspire Queen's Day Partygoers
    America has its Rainbow Gatherings, concerts, and football games. India has its Melas, while England and Poland have their Glastonbury and Woodstock festivals. For Holland, the biggest opportunity for bringing Krishna consciousness to the masses is Queen's Day, known locally as Koninginnedag and described on one web page as “The World’s Biggest Street Party.” On April 30, nearly two million people crowd Amsterdam's streets to celebrate the birthday festival of the Queen of the Netherlands.
  • Chanting Party Holds Krishnanagar Spellbound
    Mayapur ISKCON devotees took their seventy-strong devotional chanting party, complete with sacred food to distribute, to Krishnanagar this April 26. The town is the administrative head quarters of Nadia District in West Bengal, and is famous as the place where Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura worked as a magistrate while re-discovering Navadvipa’s holy places.
  • Australian Hare Krishnas Chant and Dance for Rain

    Australia is currently in the most severe drought in recorded history, with various levels of water restrictions in major cities and a deepening crisis in rural areas. Brisbane's Hare Krishna Community is doing their part for the city's ongoing water shortage, taking to the streets of the city's suburbs to chant and dance to bring rain.