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  • New Book: The Nectar of Lockdown by Niranjana Swami

    In his daily talks in April 2020, Niranjana Swami gives invaluable instructions on keeping Krishna’s holy names prominent in our daily lives and the proper consciousness to develop—not only during the coronavirus lockdown, but also during our continued lockdown in this material world.

  • Japa Retreat With Sacinandana Swami to Dive Deep Into the Holy Name

    Around 150 devotees are expected to travel in from all over the USA as well as from Europe and other locations for the retreat, which will run Mother’s Day Weekend from May 10th to 12th.

  • Hari Kirtan Das Kirtan at Holy Name Festival 2017
  • 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."

  • 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.

  • Lokanath Swami on World Holy Name Week 2016
  • Extended World Holy Name Week Celebrates Prabhupada’s U.S. Arrival

    World Holy Name Week (WHNW), first established in 2008, is increasing in popularity with forty-three ISKCON Centers worldwide.

  • 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.

  • Four Vaishnava Sampradayas Will Join ISKCON to Chant For Change

    ISKCON and the spiritual leaders and members of the four bona fide Vaishnava Sampradayas are set to unite to chant the Holy Names during the international kirtan festival. The aim of the event is to bring together people from various races, faiths and nationalities to chant the Names of God, a process that is common to all faiths of the world.

  • Alachua’s Festival of the Holy Name Delivers “Transformational Experience”

    Around 1,500 devotees from all over the U.S., Canada, and South America attended the fifth annual Festival of the Holy Name in Alachua, Florida this Thanksgiving Weekend from November 28th to 30th. The increase in popularity of the homegrown, gurukuli-organized festival each year despite a total absence of advertising shows the power of word-of-mouth from attendees who’ve had a truly lifechanging experience.

  • 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.

  • How Is The Holy Name Different From Ordinary Sound

    God, out of His unlimited love for us, makes Himself easily available to us in a portable form that we can literally carry on our tongue-tip.

  • 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.

  • It Rained Nectar at Mayapur Kirtan Mela

    Golden Gauranga and his dear associates glanced at thousands of devotees with eyes full of compassion. There was love in the air and it seemed like thousands of honey bees had finally found the treasure house of nectar.

  • Holy Name Week in Bali, Indonesia

    The World Holy Name Week 2013 was a great success across the entire global ISKCON community. This video captures the most memorable moments of the series of events held at Double Six Beach, Seminyak - Kuta, Bali. 

  • Japa & Kirtan Retreat at Varsana, India

    Around 400 devotees eagerly gathered for the 12th annual Vaishnava Institute for Higher Education (VIHE) Japa and Kirtan Retreat in Varshana--all the way from South and North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, Russia, India, and even China.

  • Australia’s First Holy Name Retreat to be Held at New Govardhana
    Australian devotees are thrilled about the event. “We had the idea in 2007, and have been asking the very busy Sacinandana Swami to come every year since then,” says Damodara Pandit. “We’re so excited that he’s finally coming. We haven’t had a major event like this at new Govardhan since the 1980s.”
  • Hearts Transformed at Alachua’s Festival of the Holy Name
    Around 1,000 local devotees as well as visitors from Atlanta, Miami, New York, and California gathered in Alachua, Florida on November 25th and 26th this year for the second annual Festival of the Holy Name—a uniquely immersive kirtan experience.
  • World Holy Name Week 2011
    This year ISKCON`s World Holy Name Week (WHNW) will take place between September 10th and the 20th, 2011. The sole purpose of WHNW is to celebrate the Holy Names globally and share this treasure with others.
  • Vermont Psychiatric Hospital Welcomes “Kirtan Therapy”

    Lugging along their varied collection of instruments, kirtan group the Hanumen followed their tour organizer Jennifer Canfield into the grim building, and down a long corridor lined with barred windows.

  • Germany Hosts the World’s First Four-Day Kirtana Mela
    Today, possibly more than ever before in ISKCON’s history, kirtana—the ancient call and response chanting of God’s names—has become a major focus. Devotees in Germany headed by Sachinandana Swami and local GBC Dina Sharana Dasi hope to take this focus to a new level: they have invited 1,000 devotees from all over the world for four days of uninterrupted kirtana.
  • Mediterranean Festival Tour Boldly Takes the Holy Name Where No Harinama Has Gone Before

    Twenty devotees from all over Europe as well as the USA and Mexico have departed from the ISKCON temple in Karlovac, Croatia on July 15th for a great spiritual adventure: the eighth Mediterranean Traveling Festival of India. The uniqueness of the tour is to hold harinamas in cities and even countries where the Holy Name has never been publicly chanted before.

  • Divine Names Retreat in Radhadesh, Belgium
    In 2011, the Divine Names Retreat in Radhadesh will be held from April 22nd-28th. There is an additional "Building the Retreat Culture through a Teacher Training Program," which will be held for one day, on April 29th.
  • The 24th Anniversary Of The 24 Hour Kirtan
    Sunday marked the festival of Vijay Dasami, a festival to celebrate Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana. But the devotees at ISKCON Vrindavan had one more reason to celebrate -- the 24th anniversary of inception the 24 hour kirtan program.
  • 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.