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  • “These Golden Days”

    “Forty-six festivals, one after another,” I thought. “And with Woodstock in the middle. No wonder I’m exhausted.” But there was no time to dwell on the tiredness of my body. Hundreds of excited people were already taking their seats on the benches in front of our stage.

  • Bonds of Brotherhood

    “Did some gypsies really save your life?” my driver, Prema-vilas dasa, asked me as the light turned green.

  • The Traveling Monk at Mount Kailash - New Movie Released

    Although little known in the western world, Mount Kailash is one of the most sacred spots on Earth. It is a holy pilgrimage site for people of the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon faiths.

  • Through The Fields to Ter Kadamba

    Ter Kadambha is a place where Krishna kept his cows, and where Srila Rupa Goswami performed his bhajan and wrote Upadeshamrita. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • A Jaipur Pilgrimage with Indradyumna Swami

    A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • "Discover India" Tour in the USA, 2017

    Sixty devotees, from 14 different countries around the world, performed almost daily in many of the prestigious universities on the east coast of the United States. Professors, students, and various dignitaries gave resounding applause devotees' performances which were centered around the pastimes of the Lord recounted in the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Ramayana. Other performances included bhajans, the Sankhya dance company from Mumbai, a talk on the wisdom of Bhagavad Gita and more. Everything was presented in a professional, and most important, devotional way. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • The Sparkle In Their Eyes: Indradyumna Swami on Harinamas

    A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Ever Fresh - by Indradyumna Swami

    Krishna's Village of Peace at this years Woodstock festival in Poland exceeded the expectations of the organizers. With a steady stream of people passing through ISKCON's site the lines for prasadam got longer and longer, large crowds spilled out of the Mantra Yoga Tent and all other activities were fully packed.

  • Polish Festival Tour: A Step Into Vrindavan

    The festival program along the Baltic Sea in Poland is a step into Vrindavan, the spiritual world. Three hundred devotees put on 48 festivals in 2 months in various towns and villages along the coast. Tens of thousands of people enjoy the cultural programs. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Sharing the Bliss: Polish Festival Tour

    On Indradyumna Swami's  festival tour along the Baltic Sea coast in Poland each summer devotees try to give people an experience of the spiritual world. Through the stage show, the many tents, exhibits and the vegetarian restaurant people come to understand how joyful spiritual life can actually be.

  • Summer Krishna!

    For many people summertime means vacation time, but for Krishna’s devotees it’s an opportunity to go out and share with the public the wonderful world of Krishna-consciousness through chanting the holy names, dancing in ecstasy and holding festivals. On the Baltic Sea coast in Poland Indradyuma Swami and his enthousiastic group go on harinam daily, rain or shine, throughout July and August. The blissful result is that each evening thousands of people flock to the festivals.

  • Indradyumna Swami Appears on Macedonian TV, Chants to Two Million Viewers

    On June 23rd, Indradyumna Swami, kirtan singer Bada Haridas, Sita Charana Dasi from Macedonia and Saci Sundari Dasi from Bulgaria appeared on two prime time television programs in Skopje, Macedonia. One of the programs was in the morning, at breakfast time. The other, TV Macedonia 24, was at lunch time. Both were watched by over one million people. 

  • Lalita Sakhi's Village

    A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • A Year In Review - Indradyumna Swami

    A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Gopinath!

    The beautiful deity of Gopinath was discovered at Vamsivat in Vrindavan 500 years ago by Madhu Pandit and Paramananda Bhattacarya. Madhu Pandit served Gopinath with great love and devotion for many years. Centuries later Gopinath was moved to Jaipur where He has been worshipped along with Srimati Radharani ever since. The temple is popular with the people of Jaipur, who come together daily to chant Radha Gopinath’s glories. Indradyumna Swami's parikrama party eagerly visits the temple each Kartika. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Vrindavan's Sacred Parikrama

    The famous 3-hour parikrama around Vrindavan encompasses walking around thousands of temples, as many samadhis and a multitude of cows, brahmanas, sadhus and sacred places of all kinds. Some Vraja-vasis do it once or even twice a day. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • The Beautiful Vrinda Kunda

    Vrinda devi helps Purnamasi plan and orchestrate Radha and Krsna's daily pastimes in Vrindavan. Indradyumna Swami's parikrama party had the good fortune to visit her kunda (pond) and discuss her glories and chant her holy names in that beautiful and sanctified abode. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Govindaji!

    Govindaji is the beloved deity of Srila Rupa Goswami, who discovered the Lord 500 years ago in Sri Vrindavan dhama. After sometime Govindaji was moved to the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, where He is worshiped with great love and devotion till this very day. Each morning and evening thousands of people visit Govindaji and His consort Srimati Radharani. Indradyumna Swami's parikrama party spent several days in Jaipur and followed in the footsteps of the residents by also taking darsan of the Lord every day. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • King of the Mountains

    Parikrama around Govardhan Hill during the month of Kartika in Vrindavan, India is a favorite devotional activity for devotees of Lord Krsna. Chanting softly on their prayer beads a group of 400 devotees relished every step of the 24 kilometer walk. Ananta Vrindavan dasa’s outstanding footage captured the bliss of the pilgrimage.

  • Badrinath in Vrindavan

    It is said that all holy places in India exist in their original forms in Sri Vrindavan Dhama. Indradyumna Swami and his parikrama group visited Badrinath (Badrikasrama) a two-hour drive from Vrindavan town through the countryside. As they approached Badrinath they were surprised to see a small mountain range. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Parikrama to Historic Madan Mohan Temple

    The Madan Mohan Temple, established by Sanatan Goswami, was the first temple to be erected in Vrindavan on the order of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu 500 years ago. Near the temple is the sacred samadhi of Sanatan Goswami. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • The Talavan Forest

    Talavan is one of the 12 sacred forests of Sri Vrindavan Dham in India. Even today, it retains much of the beauty it had 5,000 years ago during the appearance of Lord Sri Krsna. Indradyumna Swami and his parikrama party sat and discussed Krsna and Balarama's pastimes in that transcendental abode and relished the sweet chanting of Krsna's holy names for many hours. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Hare Krishna Festival in Poland 1994
  • The Road To Enlightenment

    While in Kashmir Indradyumna Swami and his group visited various Buddhist monasteries to observe their traditions and share Vaishnava teachings. The monasteries were situated high in the mountains to provide the monks a peaceful and quiet atmosphere for their spiritual practices. Getting to the monasteries was often a challenge due to the dangerous winding mountain roads. Upon arriving at one monastery after a particularly grueling journey, a monk joked saying, “You have just traversed the road to enlightenment!

  • Berlin’s Historic Ratha Yatra

    Devotees in Berlin held their annual Ratha Yatra on July 30th near to Brandenburg Gate, Germany’s most famous landmark. It was an historic occasion which brought tears to the eyes of many devotees, including Sacinandana Swami who has served in the German yatra for over 40 years. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Thousands Immersed in Krishna at Polish Woodstock

    Running from July 13th to 16th this year, Krishna’s Village is an ISKCON success story, one of the biggest outreach efforts in the world. It’s been part of Woodstock since the music festival’s inception 22 years ago in 1994, when organizer and renowned philanthropist Jurek Owsiak saw a similar vision in traveling preacher Indradyumna Swami.

  • From The Heart - Polish Woodstock

    The Polish Woodstock meant many things for different people. For Lord Krsna’s devotees it was a chance to share our good fortune through massive prasadam distribution, Ratha Yatra, good association and most important, the loud chanting of Krsna’s holy names along with our audience in the Mantra Yoga Tent.

  • Polish Woodstock Full On

    As attendance at Woodstock Poland swells to over 700,000 people devotees go into action with Ratha Yatra, massive prasadam distribution, kirtan and discussions. Auspiciousness prevails everywhere.

  • Polish Festival Tour on the Baltic Sea Coast is in Full Swing

    Three hundred devotees have joined Indradyumna Swami's tour this year. They spend two days in each town focusing on harinam during the day and a festival in the evening. The response of the people is overwhelming, as this video by Ananta Vrindavan dasa reveals.

  • Well Received In Moldova

    Moldova, a small landlocked country between Romania and Ukraine, has a unique culture all it’s own. Indradyumna Swami's festival tour was well received in the capitol, Chisinau, and several other towns and villages. A video by Ananta Vrindavan/

  • A Visit to Vrindavan's Madan Mohan Temple

    A video by Ananta Vridnavan.

  • Kirtan In The Gobi Desert, Mongolia

    In 1996, several foreign ISKCON devotees who were visiting Mongolia, held kirtan in the streets of the capital, Ulaanbaatar. They were immediately caught and deported. For almost 20 years now the streets of the country have remained silent of the singing of Krishna's holy names. ISKCON's renewed status as a religious organization, however, now allows Indradyumna Swami and his group to sing freely everywhere with prior permission (A video by Ananta Vrindavan).

  • On The Road Again

    A video by Ananta Vrindavan of Indradyumna Swami's travelings.

  • Kirtan In The Land of Confucius

    Indradyumna Swami and hist team visited the famous Confucius Institute in Qufu, China, the hometown of Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher and teacher. During their two day stay Maharaja gave a seminar on Krsna consciousness and had ecstatic kirtans with the students. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • The Light of the Soul

    "People stopped to stare at the unusual sight: a sannyasi sitting on a bench and a Buddhist monk meditating on the ground next to him. They looked at me as if asking for an explanation, but I had none. I could only sit silently while he offered prayers on my behalf."

  • A New Frontier

    Indradyumna Swami and his team's first few da in China were spent getting to know the people and culture of this country. They also held programs with local devotees in Beijing. Their conclusion is that Lord Caitanya’s formula for sharing Krsna consciousness; namely chanting, dancing and feasting, is very suitable for the people here. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Showing The Way

    The formula of chanting Hare Krishna and dancing in ecstacy was introduced 500 years ago by Lord Caitanya. In China a team of devotees led by Indradyumna Swami are showing the way by introducing the chanting in public programs. More than any other place I have been the effect here is immediate; people easily throw their arms into the air and chant with abandon. Often they cry with their new found freedom. Such is the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Hidden Treasures in Vrindavan

    A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Devotees Visit an Orphanage in Mongolia

    Much of the Mongolian population lives below the poverty line and many families struggle just to get by. It is common, especially in the capital Ulaanbaatar, to see children who have been abandoned. They are typically a product of social upheaval caused by alcoholism, rapid urbanization and poverty. Little is known of the history of most of the 80 children in the orphanage Indradyumna Swami and his group visited in Erdenet. Many were abandoned at birth in hospitals, or left simply on the side of the road. Because of such backgrounds they were especially appreciative of the devotees' visit.

  • A Visit to Mathura

    Indradyumna Swami and his parikrama group visiting Mathura.

  • Like Father, Like Son

    Several days ago, in Sridham Mayapura, Indradyumna Swami gave sannyasa to his disciple, Uttama Sloka dasa. He became Bhakti Rasayana Sagara Maharaja. Ananta Vrindavan dasa followed the ceremony from start to finish and produced this video.

  • Into The Mouth Of The Dragon

    A video by Indradyumna Swami's team.

  • The Lake Of Love: Prema Sarovara

    Prema-sarovara is a lake formed from the tears of Radha and Krsna when They felt intense separation from each other. A video by Ananta Vrindavan, music by Jahnavi Harrison.

  • The Hidden Treasures of Braj

    A video by Ananta Vrindavan dasa.

  • The Forest Of Talavan

    Talavan is one of the12 major forests of Vrindavan. Nestled in the paddy fields of Talavan is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Balarama, who killed the ass-demon Denakasura there. Indradyumna Swamiand his parikrama party enjoyed a wonderful day at Talavan having long kirtans and recounting the numerous pastimes that took place in that transcendental abode.

  • Prema Sarovara: The Lake Of Love

    Prema-sarovara is a lake formed from the tears of Radha and Krsna when They felt intense separation from each other. A video of Indradyumna Swami's parikrama party visiting Prema Sarovara, accompanied by Jahnavi Harrison's music.

  • Into The Heart Of Mongolia

    Mongolia’s vast steppe is home to one of the world’s last surviving nomadic cultures. Situated between China and Russia, the Mongolian steppe remains mostly intact, and its nomadic way of life has been largely unchanged for generations. Some herding customs alive today pre-date the era of Genghis Khan. Slowly, however, the steppe’s landscape is changing, as more and more of its nomadic population move to urban areas in search of education, employment, and modern conveniences. On ISKCON-devotees 8-hour drive to Erdenet for their first public program in the city, they passed many nomadic people herding their cows, horses and sheep.

  • Devotees Chant with Mongolian Orphans

    Much of the Mongolian population lives below the poverty line and many families struggle just to get by. It is common, especially in the capital Ulaanbaatar, to see children who have been abandoned. They are typically a product of social upheaval caused by alcoholism, rapid urbanization and poverty. Little is known of the history of most of the 80 children in the orphanage Indradyumna Swami and his group visited in Erdenet. Many were abandoned at birth in hospitals, or left simply on the side of the road. (A video by Ananta Vrindavan.)

  • Kirtan in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia

    In 1996, several foreign devotees who were visiting Mongolia, held kirtan in the streets of the capital, Ulaanbaatar. They were immediately caught and deported. For almost 20 years now the streets of the country have remained silent of the singing of Krishna's holy names. ISKCON's renewed status as a religious organization, however, now allows devotees to sing freely everywhere with prior permission. (Video by Ananta Govinda)

  • Indradyumna Swami Tours Mongolia

    Dubbed “The Land of the Eternal Blue Sky,” Mongolia is a large and rather wild country divided between deserts, steppes, and mountains. About fifty-three per cent of the population are Buddhist, and about forty per cent continue to live the traditional nomadic lifestyle.ISKCON devotees first came to Mongolia in the 1990s.

  • Prayers to the Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna

    This lyrics of this song was written by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in his tiny room on board the commercial ship Jaladuta during his first journey to the United States of America in 1965 at the age of 69. Performed by Indradyumna Swami.

  • A Day at the Polish Festival of India Tour

    The Polish Festival of India tour led by Indradyumna Swami is now on. This video features some of the highlights of the 2013 tour.

  • Indradyumna Swami Speaks About the TOVP

    Indradyumna Swami expresses his appreciation for the progress of the TOVP and the hard work of the TOVP Team to fulfill Srila Prabhupada's desire to establish the World Headquarters of ISKCON.

  • Devotees Chant for Peace in the Aftermath of the Sydney Siege

    An armed man took 17 hostages in a cafe in Sydney's central business district on Monday. Two hostages as well as the gunman died in the incident. Sydnyers are coming to terms with the tragic loss of life during the siege on Tuesday, by adding to a rapidly expanding floral tribute in Martin Place. To help the healing process ISKCON devotees led by Indradyumna Swami have been chanting and doing Harinama nearby. 

  • Indradyumna Swami Parikrama Varshana

    May, 2014.

  • Polish Festival Tour 2013

    A video captures a day of Indradyumna Swami's Polish festival tour.

  • 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. 

  • Indradyumna Swami's Parikrama 2013

    A beautiful video of the 2013 Vraja Mandala praikrama led by Indradyumna Swami.

  • Over 1,000 to Recharge at Sadhu Sanga Retreat

    Around 1,300 devotees from 41 US states will attend this year’s Sadhu Sanga Retreat from May 23rd to 26th over the Memorial Day Weekend. A unique festival, it creates an immersive space for devotees to experience rejuvenating kirtan from morning till night in the company of many senior Vaishnavas who have a deep taste for the Holy Name.

  • Krishna Fest in Gujarat and Mumbai

    A video of Inddradyumna Swami's festival tour in Gujarat.

  • Hare Krishna Peace Village - Glastonbury, UK, 1983

    Hare Krishna festival back in the day featuring Sivarama Swami, Indradyunma Swami, Dhrystadyumna Swami and others...

  • "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."

  • 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.  

  • Indradyumna Swami's Parikrama 2013

    A video-journal of Indradyumna Swami's recent Vraja Mandala prakirama.

  • Festival of India in Poland

    The Polish Woodstock festival is on between the 31st of July and August 4th. ISKCON devotees led by Indradyumna Swami present a great variety of cultural performances. For live broadcast please visit:

  • Indradyumna Swami’s “Krishna Fest” Thrills Gujarat
    This winter, Indradyumna Swami's 21-date Krishna Fest tour visited cities across Gujarat, drawing between 2,000 and 8,000 people each night with its thrilling three-hour show.
  • Six-week Krishna Culture Festival Tour in Gujarat Takes Off With Great Success
    On January 12th, Indradyumna Swami and his Festival of India group started a six-week tour in Gujarat, India. It is the first time something like this has been done at this part of the country.
  • Indradyumna Swami Speaks at a High-profile Function in Zululand
    On December 27th, 2012, ISKCON spiritual master Indradyumna Swami took part in a function at King Goodwill's palace in Zululand, South Africa. The program was organized to promote peace and harmony in South Africa.
  • Fulfilling Prabhupada`s Mission

    "During the final kirtan, I watched a lady rush to our Restaurant Tent from a nearby apartment building in her pajamas and a long robe, her hair in curlers. For a moment I thought the building might be on fire, but a few minutes later she headed back to her apartment armed with two plates of prasadam." Indradumna Swami`s offering on Srila Prabhupada`s appearance day.

  • Magical India Delights Festive Brazilians
    The Magic India festival troupe arrived in Brazil as heavy snow fell around many of their home countries in Northern Europe. Having previously toured Australia for the last three Summers under the name Le Carnaval Sprituel, the same devotees have now just embarked on an 8 week tour of Brazil joining up with local devotees under the name The Magic India.
  • Kirtana Prevails At Krsna's Village of Peace
    Kirtana leaders from around the world descended upon the Polish Woodstock as Krsna's Village of Peace graced the festival for the 15th Year. ISKCON`s annual presence at the festival has become known worldwide as one of ISKCON`s largest outreach festivals in Europe.
  • Festival Of India Starts Its 21st Tour Of Baltic Coast
    Viva Kultura's Festiwal Indii started it's 21st tour of Poland in June. Over 100 Iskcon devotees assembled in a school in the small village of Siemysl just south of Kolobrzeg, one of the Baltic Coasts largest tourist towns. The team of volunteers will put on outdoor festivals for the public 6 days a week right through the Summer until late August.
  • Hundreds Attend Krishna Meditation Workshops
    Australians flock to hear about how the Maha Mantra can help them be more peaceful.
  • ISKCON Carnival a Big Hit at Parliament of World Religions

    For the third year in a row the troupe of Le Carnaval Spiritual has embarked on a 3 month tour of Australia. The success of previous festival tours has led to widespread enthusiasm for the group of talented devotees to perform at different events around the country. Following the success of last years festivals in Victoria, they were invited to the Parliament of World Religions which was hosted in Melbourne.

  • Upliftment Down Under: 'Le Carnaval Spirituel' Hits Australia
    The ISKCON-produced Le Carnaval Spirituel is now in the second year of its Australian tour. Many devotees spend months in advance advertising in regional newspapers, television and radio for the upcoming shows. A group of twenty-six devotee artists from around the world come together to deliver a performance that is a thrill for the mind, senses and soul.
  • Diary: Coming Home

    During the 1970s, I would get culture shock whenever I went to India. The crowded cities, the heat, the food, the occasional sickness, and the austerities of local travel would painfully remind me that I was a stranger in a foreign land. But as the years passed, my visits became more frequent and I began to feel at home there, especially in places like Vrindavan and Mayapur, where the Lord once performed His transcendental pastimes.

  • Polish Woodstock Takes a New Direction
    This year’s Woodstock in Poland was billed as Europe’s largest open-air music event with 52 rock bands plus Warsaw’s Philharmonic Orchestra, to add a touch of culture. The fields are filled to capacity with an ocean of tents and more than 300,000 young people and, under the leadership of Indradyumna Swami, ISKCON had a large presence.
  • Diary: Travelling Monk Manages Pre-Flight Crisis
    In early March, I boarded a flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta, where I would catch an onward flight to Santiago, Chile. It had been three years since my last visit to the Chilean yatra, and I was excited about seeing the devotees there again.
  • Natural Disaster Strikes New Govardhana Festival
    At the beginning of every year a gathering takes place at the ISKCON New Govardhana Community in Australia. Devotees come from all around the world to hear thoughtful classes, dance in the blissful kirtans and honor the sumptuous feasts offered to the Supreme Lord with love and devotion. This year’s schedule ended up a lot different from previous years as unexpected flash flooding was a prominent theme.
  • ITV Releases Instructive Salagram Worship Video

    ISKCON Television’s latest release is a guide to deity worship, an inspiring meditation, and an exclusive with one of the Hare Krishna Movement’s most renowned exponents all in one. Here World traveler Indradyumna Swami gives ITV unrestricted access to personal worship of his Salagrama Sila deity at the Odessa Festival in Ukraine. Salagrama Silas are sacred stones that hold the most rare of mystical properties.

  • Travelling Spiritual Performers Bring Rain To Australia
    For the last six years Australians have suffered the worst drought in a thousand years, say leading agriculturalists. Is it just coincidence that one of the longest uninterrupted streaks of wet weather broke at the same time Indradyumna Swami and his traveling spiritual festival team arrived on Australian shores?
  • Prepared for Peace - Ready for War

    After a series of programs in the Republic of Ireland, I drove north with several other devotees to Belfast. On the way I turned to Praghosa Dasa, the local GBC representative, and congratulated him on the Ratha-yatra we had held the previous day in Dublin.

  • Self Evident Truths
    After Woodstock, the festival group returned to our base on the Baltic Sea to continue the programs in the coastal towns. There were still two weeks of summer left and we planned to do 14 festivals in rapid succession.
  • Indradyumna Swami in Kirtan 17 March 2007
  • "One Love"

    I grew up in the United States in the 1960s and 70s. As with many other young Americans of my generation, my world view was significantly influenced by the music of Bob Marley. His songs about revolution, social change, world peace, and racial equality inspired me.