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  • TOVP Opens 100,000-Square-Foot Pujari Seva Facility

    The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium has just reached a major milestone with the grand opening on February 13th of its massive 100,000 square-foot pujari seva facility to serve Sri Sri Radha Madhava.

  • Jaladuta Cruise Offers Smoother Ride From Kolkata to Mayapur

    To avoid the bumpy, risky roads and pollution when traveling to the Mayapur Gaura Purnima festival this year, travelers can instead book the Jaladuta boat service organized by the Mayapur Tourism department and enjoy a relaxing cruise down the river Ganga.

  • Radhe Gendron: “I Just Want to Keep Painting Krishna”

    Srila Prabhupada called Krishna conscious art “Windows to the Spiritual World.” Every once in a while, an artist comes along who is truly blessed with the ability to open those windows for us.

  • Bhakti Charu Swami GBC Chairman about the GBC College
  • GBC College – Graduation Ceremony

    At the recent GBC Meetings in Sridham Mayapur, the ISKCON Governing Body (GBC) College was pleased to present 32 graduates from the GBC College to the assembly of GBC members.  As  Rupanuga Das (President of the GBC College) called out the names of the graduates, Romapada Swami handed them their graduation certificates, Bhakti Charu Swami gave them a pavitra (in the colours of the GBC College and offered to Lord Nrsimhadev) and Gopal Bhatta DAs gave them a GBC College bag.

  • International Vaishnavi Teenage Girls' Mela at Rajapur

    Devaki Dasi in conjunction with the Institute for Spiritual Culture organized an International Girls' Mela at the Jagannath Temple in Rajapur, just outside of Mayapur, at the end of February. The event was for girls between 13 and 20 years of age, coming from different parts of the world, many of them living permanently in Sri Dham Mayapur. Devaki conducted a seminar entitled "Fascinating Womanhood In Spiritual Culture".

  • A Tour of Mayapur, India

    Mayapur is a land of treasure, and the gem-like devotees make it shine. A video by West Coast Monk.

  • 2nd Sannyasa Candidate Training Seminar Held in Mayapur

    The number of sannyasis grows from year to year in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, to well over 100; and those who take the vows of this final ashram of renunciation are, since recently, receiving formal training over and above what they receive individually in the course of their devotional lives and through the guidance of their sannyasa mentors. In pursuit of this aim of formal training, on February 18 – 22 we held a Sannyasa Candidate Training Seminar in Sridham Mayapur.

  • TOVP 2017

    TOVP 2017 is a presentation by TOVP Chairman, Ambarisa das, about the current progress of the TOVP construction and an appeal for donations to help continue the current pace towards its completion in 2022. A video by Thakur Saranga Das.

  • 2017 Update on the Construction of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

    The year 2016 was a very marvelous year ​for the TOVP as all the works planned were completed. The superstructure has been fully completed with many major works. In 2017 they will start the prime internal and external detailing.

  • Day One of the Sanga of ISKCON GBCs, Gurus and Sannyasis

    Most religious organizations fail to survive past four generations. These generations are tasked with challenge of preserving the original teachings of their founder. How each generation successfully navigates issues that arise provide the foundation for the next generation. On February 12th, senior ISKCON leaders comprised of GBCs, sannyasis and gurus assembled in Mayapur to discuss the challenges the organization faces.

  • Bas-relief Dedicated to Jayananda Thakur Unveiled

    Last week the construction of the bas-relief dedicated to the first saint of ISKCON Jayananda Thakur has been completed. The artwork is situated near the samadhi of Jayananda, on wall of the Lord Jagannatha temple complex in Mayapur. Three sections of the bas-relief depict scenes from the life of Jayananda, glorifying his outstanding contribution to the development of the mission of Lord Caitanya, and his spiritual master Srila Prabhupada’s love and gratitude to him.

  • Sri Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama 2017

    According to the Bengali Vaishnava tradition walking in Sri Navadvipa Dhama is the greatest opportunity to connect with the Supreme. Parikrama Coordinator Bhaktipurushottama Swami says: “parikrama means to dive all the senses at once in full bhakti practice. It is a complete absorption. Thus the devotees experience full Krishna-consciousness and this sensation conquers the mind. That is the main reason why the acharyas emphasised the performance of Parikrama. It is very important.”

  • New Multi-Speciality Hospital to Open at Sri Mayapur

    The city of Sri Mayapur is expanding with its number of residents and visitors increasing every passing year. Owing to this, a brand new multispecialty hospital project has been initiated to provide health care at Sri Mayapur.  On November 12th, a ground breaking ceremony for the hospital took place which was graced by Jayapataka Swami, Hridaya Chaitanya Das, Bhakti Purushottam Swami, Bhakti Nityananda Swami and other senior Vaishnavas.

  • The Last Journey of Radha Damodara Das

    On October 16th, the ashes of leading Russian devotee Radha Damodara Das were placed in the holy river Yamuna.  

  • Mayapur Schoolchildren Put on Their Own Radhastami

    “Mayapur is so huge, and so many pilgrims come for the main Radhastami celebration at the temple, that it’s not really a community celebration,” says parent and teacher Noam Hillel. “So we decided to hold our own festival the evening after the main one, with students, faculty, parents and all other community members who wanted to attend.” About fifty youth under eighteen worked hard to put on the festival, with boys and girls embarking on their own separate efforts and bringing them together on the day.

  • Mayapur Jhulan Yatra

    This year the festival runs from 13th to 18th August 2016. Daily about 5,000 devotees and pilgrims come to swing Their Lordships from around Mayapur, Navadvipa and other localities. 

  • Mayapur Institute Building New Campus on Ten Acres

    As it outgrows its current facilities, the Mayapur Institute is beginning to build a new campus on ten acres at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal. Manager Anantashesh Das says that the new campus for the Institute – which trains ISKCON devotees in the systematic study of Srila Prabhupada’s books – will be located fifteen minutes from Mayapur’s main ISKCON campus, in a serene and beautiful spot.

  • 2016 ISKCON GBC Resolutions

    ISKCON's Governing Body Commission (GBC) held its annual general meetings in Mayapur between February 22 and March 5th, 2016. Among many other topics they have discussed the new zonal configuration of Northern America, including the administrative responsibilities of the zonal supervisors, as well as topics concerning ISKCON's 50th Anniversary celebrations.

  • Lord Nrsimha Caturdasi Maha Abhiseka 2016

    A video by Prananath Das.

  • ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary in Mayapur Dham

    ISKCON Mayapur had the biggest Gaura Purnima in the history. More than 300 thousand devotees and pilgrims from all over India and from more than 70 countries visited Sri Mayapur Dham on Gaura Purnima day 2016. Please note that we are not talking about the whole festival that started on the 5 of March and went on until the end of the month. We are talking about the Gaura Purnima day alone!

  • The TOVP Architecture and Design Department in Pune
  • A Little Boy Distributing Books in Mayapur
  • New TOVP Phone App Goes Live

    With the aim of keeping devotees informed about the progress of the TOVP literally right at their fingertips, the new free TOVP App gives everyone access to features such as news updates, links to the website, photos, YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, TOVP social wall, and even a donation link. Future links will include the up-and-coming TOVP online store.

  • New North American TOVP Office Opens

    A new office for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium – ISKCON’s upcoming flagship center in Mayapur -- has opened in Alachua, Florida, USA. The office will locally process North American donations, maintain good relationships with donors, and make sure that their contributions are properly managed.

  • 2nd Vaishnava Film Fest Celebrates ISKCON Talent

    The 2nd Annual Vaishnava Film Festival, held from March 18th to 20th in Mayapur, West Bengal, premiered new productions, awarded upcoming and veteran filmmakers, and showed how ISKCON is truly beginning to embrace the most popular medium of the 21st century. Over the first two nights, held during the famous annual Mayapur festival, thirty trailers, shorts, and documentaries were shown in Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi Auditorium.

  • TOVP Construction Update, March 2016

    A new inspirational video produced by Prananatha das shows a current view of the TOVP construction site. 3 of the 8 chatris have been completed with blue tiles and kalashes. More segments have been put onto the 3 domes, in preparation for the kalashes. The 4th stage (out of 6) of the decorative sandstone features has been completed.

  • TOVP Construction Update, March 2016

    A new inspirational video produced by Prananatha das shows a current view of the TOVP construction site. 3 of the 8 chatris have been completed with blue tiles and kalashes. More segments have been put onto the 3 domes, in preparation for the kalashes. The 4th stage (out of 6) of the decorative sandstone features has been completed.

  • For Tomorrow

    For Tomorrow, a short film produced by Kriyate is focusing on a typical day in the life of 12-year-old Mayapur Gurukula student and his school-friends. Through training, introspection, and perseverance, the boys set aside their differences to serve a common transcendent purpose: giving pleasure to the Supreme Person, Sri Krishna. Puru's typical day turns out to be not so typical after all, as he gains an experience which will forever alter the lens through which he sees the world. -- Written and Directed by Jagannath Kirtan Das (JP Lew), Directory of Photography: Dhira Krishna Das (Dan Karpinsky).

  • 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.

  • Devotees to Feed 50,000 For Shantipur Festival

    Devotees from ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal are expected to feed hot sanctified vegetarian meals to around 50,000 villagers in the nearby town of Shantipur on March 20th. “The Shantipur Festival is a very popular draw,” says organizer Sankarshan Nitai Das. “Because Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the founder of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, declared that anyone who gives or receives prasad [sanctified food] during the festival will get Krishna Prem, or love of God.”

  • ISKCON Congregational Preachers Awarded

    On February 29th ISKCON's Congregational Developmdent Ministry presented medallions and certificates to over fifty devotees from around the world in recognition of their outstanding efforts in expanding and supporting their congregations. The ceremony took place at the main hall where all the attendees to the ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) had gathered during lunchtime.

  • A Day At the Kitchen in ISKCON Mayapur, India

    In our latest photo-journalism piece blogger Manoj, an Indian living in Australia, shares a highlight of his recent trip to ISKCON’s headquarters in holy Mayapur, India. There, he caught a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the hard-working temple cooks prepare food for thousands of devotees.

  • Day 8 of ILS: Unity in Diversity

    The concluding day of the ILS started with a presentation on the position of Srila Prabhupada by Akrura Das. Bhaktivaibhava Swami encouraged temples to ensure that Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa puja celebrations were celebrated with the importance they deserved. Gauranga Das from ISKCON Chowpathy and Govardhan Eco Village described several training courses designed to ‘lead ISKCON with tradition and intelligence’. 

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga Attendees Pledge $250,000 to TOVP

    The ISKCON Leadership (ILS) seminars in Sridhama Mayapur during ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and the Gaur Purnima Festival are underway and a dynamic partnership with the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) Fundraising Team is helping to facilitate this year’s seminars.

  • First Segment of West Wing Kalash Installation Begins

    The ToVP team have commenced the stainless steel structure for the West Wing kalash. What you are seeing in the photos is the first segment for the small dome. There will be three more layers on top of that. This gives an indication of the immense size of the kalashes. Soon work will commence on the main dome kalash. A video by Prananath Das.

  • Day 7of ILS: Connection with ISKCON

    At the pre-launch of ISKCON Connection on the 7th day of the ILS, Praharana Devi Dasi explained that the new initiative will help connect every devotee to our worldwide community. ISKCON Connection, which will be formally launched on Gaura Purnima day this year, is a 50th anniversary initiative.

  • Day 6 of ILS: Attracting the Whole World to Mayapur

    After screening a short film about Mayapur on the sixth day of ILS, Brjavilasa Das spoke to the ILS delegates on behalf of the Temple of Vedic Planetarium (TOVP), stressing the importance of Mayapur in the eyes of Srila Prabhupada. He mentioned that Prabhupada had wanted to establish Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as the yugavatara for this age from the precincts of this temple.

  • Day 5 of ILS: Criteria for Success

    The fifth day of the ILS was the Appearance Day of His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, the spiritual master of Srila Prabhupada. ILS delegates were given a break from seminars on this holy day so that they could spend a day in prayers, meditation, hearing and chanting.

  • Day 4 of ILS: Are You Communicating?

    On the fourth day of the ILS, delegates at the plenary session heard a presentation by Anuttama Das, GBC Minister for Communications on the topic, ‘Srila Prabhupada, the greatest communicator’. He explained that we normally associate Prabhupada with his books, letters, conversations and speeches, but we should also remember that Prabhupada was a skilful communicator.

  • Day 3 of ILS: The 50th Anniversary Is ISKCON’s Big Chance for a Global Impact

    The third day of the ILS started with a presentation on ISKCON’s 50th anniversary by Anuttama Das, GBC Minister for Communications and Pancharatna Das, Executive Member of the International Fiftieth Anniversary Committee. They spoke about the importance of the 50th as an opportunity for glorifying Prabhupada, educating the public, celebrating achievements, and appreciating devotees.

  • Day 2 of ILS: The Greatest Story Ever Told

    On the second day of the ISKCON Leadership Sanga, Praghosha Das, the GBC Chairman presented several quotes of how Srila Prabhupada’s appearance was predicted in many scriptures and by several spiritual masters. Titled, ‘The greatest story ever told’, his presentation pointed out the five steps Srila Prabhupada had taken to make his institution more effective.

  • Invitation to Sri Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama 2016

    Adivas day (Opening ceremony at Yoga Pita):  10th of March. Registration: from 8th to 10th of March, Parikrama starts: 11th of March, finishes: 18th of March. For online registration and information: For Contact: 

  • Grand Start to ILS 2016 with 1,200 Delegates Focused on the 50th Anniversary

    The grand annual Mayapur festival began today with the inaugural session of the ISKCON Leadership Sangha (ILS 2016) with 1,200 delegates attending 87 seminars spread over 12 venues at ISKCON Mayapur.  ILS 2016 features a spectacular 50th Anniversary Expo highlighting the achievements of ISKCON, and stalls from various international projects such as Vanipedia, ISKCON Congregation services, TOVP and several others.

  • ILS and GBC Meetings Go Ahead Despite Mayapur Scuffle

    Several nights ago there was an incident in Mayapura outside the Conch Building where tempers flared and a scuffle ensued among several dozen devotees. Angry words were exchanged and some began pushing and shoving. One devotee was hit in the head with a stick. There were no serious injuries. However, that such tension has manifest in the Dhama raised concern for many devotees. 

  • An Artistic Video about the Life in the Mayapur Gurukula
  • ISKCON Ekachakra Temple Opening - February 14

    Ekachakra Dham is Lord Nityananda's birthplace. ISKCON's new temple innauguration on the 14th of February, 2016 is an offering to Srila Prabhupada on ISKCON's 50th Anniversary.

  • TOVP Update: 360 degree Fly Around

    A video by Paul Tuffery.

  • TOVP Domes Completed, Finishing Work Underway

    The superstructures of all three domes of ISKCON’s upcoming flagship temple – the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, West Bengal – have been completed, and finishing work is now underway. At its highest point, the temple will stand 113 meters (370 feet) tall, higher than the Taj Mahal and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

  • Second Vaisnava Film Awards at Mayapur Festival 2016

    In 2006, there have been many "films" made since then. The time has come to honor the best productions during the past 10 years.

  • Invitation to ISKCON Leadership Sanga 2016 in Mayapur

    The seminars will cover a wide variety of topics such as book distribution, devotee care, communications, team-building, fundraising, and temple administration.

  • The First Ever ISKCON Youth Leadership Sanga

    ISKCON Youth Ministry and ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry will hold their first ISKCON Youth Leadership Sanga next Spring in Mayapur. Their vision is to have youth leaders from around the world spend quality time together, brainstorm, share best practices, network, and give presentations to ISKCON leaders about the benefits of having youth programs at their temples.

  • TOVP - Cinematic Aerial Footage, Mayapur Sep 2015

    Cinematic aerial footage of TOVP shot in September of 2015 in Mayapur, India.

  • The Ultimate Recharge

    Srila Prabhupada's vision for ISKCON’s world headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal, India focuses on inspiring devotees worldwide through education. For the last fifteen years, the Mayapur Institute (MI) has been developing as a powerful institute to fulfill his vision.

  • Jananivas Das on TOVP's North American Tour
  • Sri Mayapur International School Needs High School Math Teacher

    ISKCON’s Sri Mayapur International School (SMIS) has a vacancy for the position of a High school Mathematics teacher.

  • Burmese Teak Wood Will Be Used in ToVP

    Teak wood is a naturally grown wood from Myanmar (previously Burma). This wood is known for its superb stability, good strength, easy workability, resistance to bugs – and most of all, its outstanding resistance to decay. It basically will last forever. This wood will be used for all windows and doors in the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.

  • Ganga Floods Sri Dham Mayapur

    The monsoon in West Bengal is midway and has brought tremendous rainfall already. The ISKCON Mayapur campus and the surrounding villages are fully flooded with three feet water. Devotees now are getting around in boats and still continue to attend temple functions and visit the Deities. 

  • TOVP Universal Chandelier Video Presentation

    The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is named as such because within its main dome it will house a 3-dimensional, moving model of the universe according to the Vedic scriptures. This explanation describes the planetary systems and all the universal contents to be in the shape of an incredible chandelier.

  • A Beautiful Animated View of the TOVP

    The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) in Mayapur, West Bengal, India, will undoubtedly become one of the wonders of the world in beauty, architecture, design, and sheer size. This beautiful animated view of the TOVP provides a window into that reality.

  • Seattle Devotee Children Pledge $11,000 for TOVP

    On Sunday, July 5th, at the last Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) presentation of the North American fundraising tour, the CHAD "Chapter a Day" children's group of the Seattle, Washington, USA, temple pledged $11,000 (Silver Gratitude Coin) for the TOVP under construction in Mayapur, West Bengal, India.

  • Entrance to Eternity

    A beautiful video about Mayapur dhama.

  • Memorable Moments of The Navadwip Parikrama 2015

    This twenty-one-minute video shows carefully selected moments from ISKCON's International Navadwip Parikrama 2015. The event took place on 22-28 Feb, and was organised by the ISKCON World Headquaters at Mayapur Dhama. A video by Vasudev Das.

  • Entrance Into Eternity - Sri Mayapur Dham

    A beautiful video by 

  • Mayapur Tourism Launched Improved Website

    Mayapur Tourism, ISKCON Mayapur’s travels and tours division, has announced the launching of its improved website www.visitmayapur.comSri Mayapur is the birthplace of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu- the most merciful form of Lord Krishna who distributed love to even the most fallen through the chanting of the Holy Names.

  • Government Accredited Mayapur School Continues Expansion

    After being officially affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in Delhi in July 2014, the Bhaktivedanta National School at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal continues to expand its operations. The school has ensured that teachers’ qualifications and salaries meet with CBSE requirements, and is now undergoing a series of physical improvements and additions.

  • The Bhaktivedanta Academy - Living Vedic Culture & Philosophy

    The following pictures depict Mayapur's Bhaktivedanta Academy school led by Bhakti-vidya-purna Swami. Photography By  Indradyumna Swami. 

  • 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.

  • Mayapur Convention Extends Care to Tribal Peoples of India

    Over 650 tribal people from six different states and twenty-seven tribes in India attended the second annual ISKCON Tribal Convention from March 26th to 29th in Mayapur, West Bengal this spring. The event was organized by ISKCON Tribal Care (ITC), which provides spiritual, educational, emotional, social and health care to tribal communities throughout India.

  • Bhakti Vaibhava Swami on ToVP
  • Giriraj Swami Speaks About the TOVP

    Giriraj Swami recalls the TOVP project during Srila Prabhupda's time and relates many pastimes with him in this regard. He believes that ISKCON is now ready for this project and encourages all devotees to take it seriously. It will be one of the great wonders of the world and people from all over the world will come to see it.

  • Temple of The Vedic Planetarium

    A short deocumentary about the ToVP featuring Indian actress and parliament member Hema Malini.

  • Mayapur 2015: ISKCON Strategic Planning Network

    The GBC’s Strategic Planning Network (SPN) recently concluded its five-day bi-annual meeting in Mayapur. Facilitated by the GBC’s Strategic Planning Team, the numerous SPN committees, made up of GBC members and ISKCON leaders and thinkers from across the globe, continued to explore new ideas and initiatives with the view to providing documents  that will form a  comprehensive plan for the future of ISKCON.

  • Unity In Diversity - A Community Creates The Temple of The Vedic Planetarium

    On its recent annual meetings in Mayapur, India, ISKCON's Governing Commission has declared 2015 to be the "Year of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium." This documentary is Part 2 of the series capturing the major milestones and aspects of the ambitious ToVP project.

  • The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium - Part One: The Cosmos out of the Rice Fields

    On its recent annual meetings in Mayapur, India, ISKCON's Governing Commission has declared 2015 to be the "Year of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium." This documentary is Part 1 of the series capturing the major milestones and aspects of the ambitious ToVP project.

  • Message from the GBC Chairman: 2015 Year of the TOVP

    In a gesture expressing unity of purpose for the service of ISKCON Founder-Acharya,  A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Praghosa Das, the newly appointed Chairman of the GBC, has announced in Mayapur that 2015, the 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in the Western world, is the Year of the TOVP.

  • GBC Discusses Youth Engagement in ISKCON, Visits TOVP and SMIS School

    On the third day of the ISKCON GBC’s Annual General Meetings there were presentations about a mega kirtan festival, entitled as “Chant for Change”, about the work of ISKCON Deity Worship and Youth Ministries. The GBC members also visited the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium and the Sri Mayapur International School.

  • Temple of the Vedic Planetarium - Update 2015

    The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is Rising! Srila Prabhupada's gift to Lord Chaitanya is nearing completion of the first stage. Be a part of all the intricate work that's gone into the construction last year by a dedicated team of devotees at Sridham Mayapur in West Bengal, India. A film by Sridama dasa and the team at the TOVP.

  • Second Day of GBC AGM Focuses on Disciples Course, Child Protection and Healthcare Services

    After four days of Strategic Planning Network meetings, the GBC Body reconvened with presentations on the ISKCON Disciples Course, the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai and Mayapur and on ISKCON's Child Protection Office.

  • ISKCON Governing Body Commission Meetings Have Begun

    After concluding the three-day Sanga for GBCs, Gurus and Sannyasis, ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission began its Annual General Meetings (AGM) on 6th February, in Mayapur, India. The meetings began with a presentation on the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) by Badrinarayan Swami, congratulating the devotees for the best book distribution year since 1996.

  • Mayapur Sanga of ISKCON Sannyasis, Gurus and GBCs - Day One

    Today saw the start of the much-anticipated Sanga of Sannyasis, Gurus and GBCs, (SGGS). Over eighty of ISKCON’s most senior leaders and preachers from across the globe gathered in Sri Dhama Mayapur for three days of association, contemplation, and in-depth discussion in response to Srila Prabhupada’s directive to find unity in diversity.

  • Nityananda's Shoes Bless the Grand Opening of TOVP Seva Office in Mayapur

    On February 1, 2015 the TOVP Seva Office in Mayapur officially opened with a grand celebration consisting of Lord Nityananda's Paduka (shoes) leaving the altar for the first time to bless the occasion. The Lord's divine shoes are also scheduled to go on an extensive three month tour to North America starting in March, 2015 to bless and give all the devotees His darshan.

  • Teacher Recruitment, Shri Mayapur International School

    As the community in Mayapur expands at an unprecedented rate, so too does the needs of Sri Mayapur International School. This school, presently home to over 220 Vaishnava children and prestigiously affiliated with Cambridge International. For further information on the positions available please contact the SMIS principal, Gunacuda dasi at :

  • North American Leaders Focus on Kirtan, 50th Anniversary, TOVP

    Sixty leaders of ISKCON Temples in North America met in Dallas for four days, to prepare for the upcoming 50th Anniversary of ISKCON in 2016.

  • "If You Build This Temple in Mayapur...." - Giriraja Swami

    ISKCON-guru Giriraja Swami speaks about the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium and the astounding thing Srila Prabhupada said to him about what would happen if we build this temple.

  • Vedic Cosmology

    Nasimo mural in India, Mayapur 2014-2015. Video by Carocandra das

  • Invitation to Sri Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama 2015

    ISKCON Mayapur invites everyone to join our Sri Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama 2015 from 22nd to 28th February 2015.

  • Mayapur 2015 Gaura Purnima Festival Dates Announced

    ISKCON Mayapur has announced the dates for the 2015 Gaura Purnima festival. In 2015 Gaura Purnima will be celebrated on March 5th. The Mayapur community is working very hard to accommodate the tens of thousands of devotees from all over the world that are to be expected to visit Mayapur at this time of the year.

  • Ambarish Das and Swaha Dasi Tour the Middle East to Raise Funds for the TOVP

    Just as Srila Prabhupada had folded his hands and thanked his disciples in Mayapur for helping build the Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir, Ambarish Das and his wife Swaha Dasi this kartik month toured Dubai, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries to raise awareness about the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur. Their sincere appeal to the devotee congregation raised over 3 million dollars in pledges.

  • Anonymous Donor Pledges $1,000,000 for the TOVP Project

    An initiated devotee of ISKCON, who wishes to remain anonymous, approached his spiritual master Devamrita Swami, that he wished to donate 1 million dollars to some project in ISKCON. Devamrita Swami immediately motivated his disciple to donate this money to the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) project in Mayapur, India, which is at the present the most important project of ISKCON.

  • HH Devamrita Swami Speaks about the TOVP
  • A Day at Sri Mayapur International School

    A Day in SMIS is a short video which shows how the school gives a unique opportunity for young devotees to progress in their academic education, while at the same time having the unique experience of living in Sri Mayapur Dhama

  • Mayapur - A Bird's Eye View

    A birds eye view tour of Mayapur and the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, a short video by Prananatha Das. Music by Gunagrahi Das.

  • The Making of the Golden Brick
  • ToVP Kartika Announcement

    The TOVP team is providing an opportunity to offer a lamp in your name to Sri Sri Radha Madhava in Mayapur for the entire month of Kartika. All devotees who donate a minimum of one Golden Brick for the TOVP project will have a Kartika lamp offered in their name in Sri Dhama Mayapur.

  • ISKCON Mayapur Namahatta Reaches Out to 15 Million

    On the auspicious day of Radhastami, Jayapataka Swami, co-minister of the Congregational Development in ISKCON, congratulated the Namahatta devotees from Sridhama Mayapur for having reached out to a record number of 15 million people in their last 35 years of preaching Krishna Consciousness.

  • New TOVP Film Released As Construction Progresses Steadily

    A brand new professionally-shot documentary about the construction of ISKCON’s flagship temple, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, West Bengal has just been released, as the initial burst of progress settles to a slower yet steady pace.The documentary is the second in a multi-part series focuses on the community behind the ambitious project.

  • TOVP Janmastami Appeal

    Please visit and donate to help build The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.

  • Unity In Diversity: A Community Creates The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

    In celebration of Sri Krishna Janmasthami and Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja Part Two of the film series documenting the construction of Prabhuapada's flagship project The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, West, Bengal, India, has been released. While Part One entitled "The Cosmos out of the Rice Fields" explores the history and start-up of the project, Part Two of the series focuses more on the community behind this ambitious project, and points out that it is just as much selfless dedication, respect, and cooperation than bricks and marble that have been the main building blocks of the development.

    Executive producer: Alfred B. Ford
Director/Producer: Dr. Krisztina Danka
Photography: Filip Cargonja, Denes Doboveczki
Sound: Stipe Kristic, Gyula Szarnyas
Editing: Szabolcs Guth
Studio: Karuna Productions (
Music: BB Govinda Swami, Gaurangi Dasi, Gunagrahi Das

    For more information about the project please visit:

  • Ratha Yatra Mayapur 2014

    This is the Ratha Yatra Festival in Mayapur 2014. This video is narated by Jananivasa das. He tells the story of how the appearance of these Jaganath deities came about and the eternal link they have to the Holy Dham. A video by bh. Jeff Wilson.

  • Rising Moon - ToVP

    On the hundredth anniversary of the disappearance day of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, this brand new video about the TOVP project, which was so dear to Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has been released. Many of prominent leaders in ISKCON have spoken very well to encourage participation from all members of ISKCON society. This video was produced by a young devotee, resident of Sridham Mayapur, as a seva for the new Sri Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir. A video by Jaganath Kirtan Das.

  • Another Panel On The Dome of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

    This spectacular four-minute video from BhakTV shows a massive crane lifting a two-and-a-half ton stainless-steel panel onto the center dome of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Sridham Mayapur, India. The crane is accompanied by a remote-controlled miniature helicopter with an on-board HD video camera. With complementary footage from a second camera on the ground, "Another Panel On The Dome" presents a view of how the construction of this immense dome proceeds, panel by panel.

  • New Helicopter Service to Mayapur

    Exciting news lands in Mayapur. A service whereby helicopters transport pilgrims and devotees and guests from Kolkata to Mayapur is moving forward. May 30th marked the first time the journey was made and several people greeted the arrival with enthusiasm.

  • Another Block on the ToVP Dome

    This spectacular four-minute video from BhakTV shows a massive crane lifting a one-ton stainless-steel panel onto the center dome of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Sridham Mayapur, India. The crane is accompanied by a remote-controlled miniature helicopter with an on-board HD video camera.

  • 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.

  • TOVP - Srila Prabhupada's Offering of Love

    Radha Jivan Das International Director of Fundraising for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (ToVP) explains that the ToVP is not another ISKCON preaching center, but is Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's home.

  • Former Radhadesh President Joins Mayapur Co-Directors

    Hrdaya Caitanya Das, who served as president of ISKCON’s Radhadesh community in the Belgian Ardennes for twenty-seven years, is grateful to be taking on the service of co-director at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal. He and fellow newcomer Gauranga-Simha Das from South Africa will bring the board of co-directors to six.

  • Panca Tattva Maha Abhishek in Mayapur, 2014

    A beautiful video of this year's Maha Abhisheka. Produced by Tripada Das and the ToVP Team. Music by Grammy-winning Havi Das (Ilan Chester).

  • Green Revolution at ISKCON's Headquarters

    Guests staying at Mayapur's largest and new guesthouse, Ishodyan, had the privilege of having their morning shower with hot water heated by solar power. Due to the new “Green Revolution”, it is not long before residents and visitors see ISKCON Mayapur transforming into being a truly sustainable Krishna-community. 

  • Mayapur Panchatattva Maha Abhishek 2014

    March 3rd, 2014, marked the anniversary of the installation of the Mayapur Panca Tattva Deities. It was celebrated by a Maha Abishek (bathing ceremony) and hours of chanting in the midst of thousands of Krishna devotees gathered there from every corner of the world.

  • Fabric of the Gods Show Displays Vaishnava Fashions

    Hundreds packed into the auditorium at Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi in Mayapur, West Bengal at 7pm on February 21st to watch Fabric of the Gods, a show depicting Vaishnava fashions throughout history.

  • The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium: February 2014 Update

    A landmark spiritual project with universal significance. This video summerizes the most important 2013 achievements in the process of building the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur.

  • ToVP: A Golden Brick for the Golden Avatar

    1008 Golden bricks with the names of the sponsors engraved on them which will be put on the platform of Mahaprabhu’s altar in the new temple which is now under construction. These are limited to 1008 and many people who have come for the festival are sponsoring these bricks as a donation towards the construction of the new Temple.

  • Gratitude at the ISKCON Leadership Sanga

    The final plenary was scheduled for two hours, but went on for three, with devotees longing for more. As a perfect ending, the very last plenary for the ISKCON Leadership Sanga 2014 ended as the first one started – with a very sweet and loving Guru puja for the founder acarya, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.  Throughout the entire ILS, Srila Prabhupada and his teachings were at the center. 

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga - Day Five: "Celebrating Innovation"

    Devamrita Swami took to the stage to deliver a powerfully relevant class on Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur and the topic of innovation. Maharaja spoke as to the numerous ways by which Saraswati Thakur utilized the technology and resources of his time to spread Krishna-consciousness.

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga - Day Four: "Feeling Supported"

    The ILS serves as a forum for devotes to not only learn about the work being done to push forward the ISKCON’s Governing Commission’s (GBC) strategic plan, but provides leaders with the tools to help implement it in their own communities. 

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga - Day Three: "Dare to Care"

    Day 3 of the ISKCON Leadership Sanga in Mayapur, India, was dedicated as Devotee Care Day.The day was filled with presentations where devotees had the opportunity to attend five seminar slots and choose between forty-eight presentations!  As the day was devoted to Devotee Care the majority of presentations focused on this important topic.

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga - Day Two

    Devotees had the opportunity to attend talks such as Unity in Diversity, Being Trusting and Trustworthy, Harmonizing Lines of Authority, Srila Prabhupada: The Living Bhagavatam, The Avanti Schools Model or a Theatre Arts Workshop (VANDE) which were among the twenty two seminars offered in the morning.

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga 2014 Begins

    The 2014 ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) was inaugurated on February 16 in Sridham Mayapur. Day 1 consisted of three sessions during which at least ten seminars would run in parallel per session. Seminars such as Effective Outreach, How to Implement the 5 Steps of Succession and Identify Future Leaders, Devotee Care Through Cow Care, Invest in the Future, and To Love is to Cooperate were just a handful of the numerous seminars devotees had the opportunity to attend.

  • Twenty-four Hour Kirtana Starts for Sri Sri Panca-tattva in ISKCON Mayapur

    The one Srimad-Bhagavatam verse that vividly describes Lord Caitanya’ appearance tells how this incarnation of Krishna has descended in Kali-yuga “accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions [the Panca-tattva]” and how He is worshiped by “intelligent persons” who “perform congregational chanting.”

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga 2012 Testimonials

    GBC Stategic Planning ISKCON Leadership Sanga in Mayapur, Feburary 2012.

  • Leaders to Find Nourishment and Support at Second ILS

    Nearly 1,000 ISKCON leaders from around the world are confirmed to attend the second ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) in Mayapur, West Bengal from February 16th to 23rd. The event was created by ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) to provide leaders with a forum where they could share best practices and learn from each other.

  • Bolivian Blue Marble to Adorn the ToVP’s Main Altar

    As ISKCON's flagship project The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium's representatives put it: "The day has come. The suspense is over. After over a year of correspondence, negotiations and near failure, the blue marble has finally been ordered."

  • Ten Thousand to Attend 25th Annual Navadvipa Pilgrimage

    Ten thousand devotees are expected to attend the special 25th anniversary Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama from March 5th to 11th this spring.The Navadvipa area of West Bengal is considered sacred as it is the place where Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu -- believed to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna, or God Himself -- lived and taught his message of chanting God’s Holy Names.

  • Entrance Into Eternity Part I: Moonrise (Trailer)

    As the rising moon dispels darkness, so too did the Golden Avatar Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appear in this world to bestow infinite light, hope, and love. Day by day, the worldwide bhakti revolution He ignited accelerates, as the background noise of doubt and fear is drowned by the vibration of sacred mantra. A video by the KRIYATE group.

  • TOVP Chairman Addresses Stability Concerns

    Construction Company Gammon India and chairman Ambarisa Das (Alfred B. Ford) have addressed concerns raised by a former employee about the structural stability of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, India.

  • Calling ISKCON Artists and Entertainers to Mayapur

    From February 16 – 20, ISKCON Mayapur will host the ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS). Over 800 temple presidents, GBC members and sanyasis are expected to attend. Following the ILS is the annual Mayapur Gaura Purnima Festival which will run from 27 February until 18 March, 2014. This festival attracts at least 5 000 devotees from all around the World.

  • ToVP Exhibits Team on US and Europe Tour

    This week, Hari Sauri Das and Sridhama dasa of the Mayapur-based Temple of the Vedic Planetarium's  Exhibits team left for a tour of the US and Europe to attend conventions and visit planetarium service providers.

  • Silver Jubilee Celebration of Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama

     The 25th Navidvipa Mandala Parikrama  will take place from 5th to 11th March 2014. For further information go to:

  • Temple of the Vedic Planetarium Construction Update

    The staircase tower is moving forward as the shuttering of form work is being done. The next layer is concrete with the following layer will being the blue tiles. The planetarium wing is also making great strides in it’s momentum.

  • Kirtan Academy: A new Adult Educational Program in Mayapur

    Following the success of the Mayapur Kirtan Mela, a “Kirtan Academy” a 3-month series of courses opens in Mayapur in December 2013. The spirit of the academy is one of “living education”. Practice and application of the philosophy are important parts of the curriculum.

  • Author Braja Sorensen's Love Letter to Mayapur

    Braja Sorensen’s autobiography, about a spiritual and personal journey that ultimately led to her finding a home in the sacred village of Mayapur, West Bengal, is already earning rave reviews.

  • Miscreants Hacked Argentine National At ISKCON Mayapur

    In a ghastly incident an Argentine National was brutally hacked with sharp weapon by miscreants at his apartment located at the ISKCON campus in Mayapur late on Friday night.

  • Students of Sri Mayapur International School Install Prabhupada Deity

    On August 27th, to celebrate the auspicious appearance day of ISKCON-founder Srila Prabhupada, the students and teachers of Sri Mayapur International school attended a very special event at the Srila Prabhupada ashram

  • Mayapur Banner at Kolkata Domestic Airport

    Next time you land at Kolkata at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Domestic Terminal, you will be greeted by a big banner of Sri Mayapur in the baggage section.

  • New Artist Joins the Temple of Vedic Planetarium Team

    ISKCON's flagship project the Temple of Vedic Planetarium attracts people from around the world who are eager to offer their talents and expertise to the project.

  • Rathayatra in Sri Mayapur 2013

    500 years ago an blind old man prompted Lord Jagannath to appear in a quaint village near Mayapur in West Bengal. The Lord has been worshipped there ever since, but it is only since 1978 that ISKCON, having been requested to take over the worship, started organizing Rathayatras in Mayapur. 

    In just a few years the Mayapur Rathayatra has grown from minuscule to huge in size. Many thousand pilgrims attend from the whole Nadia region, including movie and TV celebrities from Kolkata. The stage program on Ulto Rathayatra (the return trip seven days later) draws as many as the Kolkata Ratharaytra stage. 

    A video by Vasudev Das.

  • Mayapur Mela Has Devotees Diving Deep into Holy Name

    An incredible fifty hours of kirtan from this year’s Kirtan Mela in Mayapur, West Bengal has just been made available for download. Professional audio engineer Ekendra Das has spent over 300 hours editing and mixing the recordings, to create the best quality spiritual listening experience.

  • Mayapur Academy Diploma in Arcana Course 2013-2014
    The next Mayapur Academy diploma course in Deity worship starts on the 22th of October 2013 and concludes Nityananda Trayodasi on the 12th of February 2014 with graduation on 20th of February 2014.
  • ToVP: Towers and Trees
    The progress of the main dome and that of the art department’s projects are often the focal points of discussion at the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, India. However, there are several other aspects of construction and planning equally significant to the poignancy of the architectural and landscaping arrangements.
  • People Of Mayapur: Nasimo R'Naste

    Celebrated Bulgarian street artist Nasimo R' Naste took 3 months off recently to reside in India and study at the Mayapur Temple. In that time he worked on a few murals around the temple campus that reflect the mood and mission of Sri Mayapur Dham. In this video he discusses his work and the spiritual motivation behind it due to the influence of Mayapur. Rather than praising himself Nasimo goes deeper and acknowledges from whom his talent comes from. A must see for any artists, aspiring spiritualists or philosophically inclined individuals.

    A video by bhakta Harry.

  • Kirtan Mela Mayapur 2013 Day 2

    By Nadia Mani Dasi, Tulsi Nadia Harrison, Madhvi Dasi.

  • New Developments at The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium
    The construction of Mayapur's Temple of the Vedic Planetarium has steadily progressed over the last couple of years. This is in large part due to the support of many devotees and donors from temples around the world. The art and the fundraising departments have especially been actively expanding over the recent months.
  • Kirtan Mela 2013, Mayapur

    Lead singer: Madhava Das.

  • GBCs, Gurus and Sannyasis Connect at Mayapur Gathering
    Approximately seventy-four gurus, sannyasis (renunciants) and members of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission—the society’s highest ecclesiastical body—gathered in Mayapur, West Bengal this spring for the first annual Sanga for Gurus, GBCs and Sannyasis (SGGS).
  • Service Opportunities at Sri Mayapur International School

    Due to a large increase in student numbers Sri Mayapur International School (SMIS) has new service opportunities beginning August 2013.

  • Sri Mayapur International School Admissions for 2013-2014

    Sri Mayapur International School in Mayapur, West, Bengal, India is a unique school which provides a broad educational program. Their aim is to give the students a strong spiritual foundation, build their character and develop their academic knowledge.

  • River Ganga's Power
    Spiritual havens in India attract millions of visitors each year as they offer their obeisances to treasured deities and honor sites of worship. However, while each step of a parikrama and each esteemed celebration are invaluable tributes, the aftermath of such glorification remains the responsibility of the local communities.
  • TOVP Asks Every ISKCON Devotee for One Square Foot

    At a meeting of the ISKCON Bureau of India on January 10th, Radha Jivan Das laid out his new plan for funding Srila Prabhupada’s passion project, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, West Bengal.

  • Update On The Construction Of The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium
    Construction of the main dome of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, West Bengal, India has reached a pivotal point, the third and final ring is being cast. Once completed, the actual dome shape will take form from this last layer of foundation.
  • Sri Mayapur Gaura Purnima Festival 2013 Schedule Announced
    The Sri Mayapur Gaura Purnima Festival will start on the 11th of March and ends on 28th of March, 2013.
  • TOVP Film Documents the Rise of ISKCON’s Biggest Temple
    As construction on the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium—ISKCON’s flagship temple in Mayapur, West Bengal—continues, a new documentary has been released online at and on Youtube chronicling the temple’s rise.
  • Mayapur Institute Offers New Courses for Vaishnavis

    Last year the Mayapur Institute launched the Bhakti-pravesa Course to address and serve the needs of ISKCON’s Vaisnavis according to the understandings Srila Prabhupada imparted to his followers.

  • ISKCON Mayapur's Successful Pre-initiation Training
    The ISKCON Mayapur Namahatta devotees inspired 8,230 devotees from different districts in West Bengal and Orissa to visit Mayapur and participate in a systematic training course they offer to assist devotees to develop their spiritual life.
  • New Documentary Film About The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

    The Temple of The Vedic Planetarium is an ambitious project aiming to reconcile the two main aspects of human search for truth: science and religion. On September 5th a new half an hour long film has been released documenting the first steps in realizing this unique project worth the world's attention.

  • Bhakti-vriksha Convention in Mayapur
    The ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry along with its co-ministers hosted the First International Bhakti-vriksha Convention, “Moving to the future with Bhakti-vriksha”. On the 18th and 19th of August, 2012, 200 devotees from over 14 countries gathered at Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi and took part in the Convention in Mayapur.
  • Service Opportunity at The Temple of The Vedic Planetarium

    The Mayapur Temple of the Vedic Planetarium Exhibits division has a vacancy for a PROJECT MANAGER.

  • The Mayapur Institute

    Staff and students of the Institute, from all parts of the globe, speak about their experiences in Mayapur, and how they have benefited from studying and living in the Holy Dhama.

    A video produced by Deva Gaura Hari Das.

  • Sri Anasuya Vidyamandala - Education for Girls in Sridham Mayapur

    A beautiful snapshot of a unique school for girls in Sri Mayapur Dhama - the Anasuya Vidyamandala. A short film directed by Deva Gaura Hari Das.

  • Devotees Launch Fundraising Campaigns for $60 Million for TOVP
    In Mayapur, West Bengal, construction on ISKCON’s flagship temple—the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium—is progressing quickly, heading towards a 2016 grand opening, in honor of ISKCON’s 50th anniversary.
  • GBC Sponsors New Playground for Sri Mayapur International School

    A new playground sponsored for the Sri Mayapur International School in West Bengal by the Governing Body Comission (GBC), ISKCON’s highest ecclesiastical authority, is nearing completion after four months of preparation.

  • A Message from the GBC Chairman

    Bhakti Caitanya Swami, the ISKCON Governing Body Commission Chairman for 2012, addresses the community from Sridham Mayapur, March 2012.

  • Admissions Open for Academic Year Starting August 2012- Sri Mayapur International School

    Sri Mayapur International school is a unique school which provides a broad educational program. Its aim is to give the students a strong spiritual foundation, build their character and develop their academic studies.

  • Sri Mayapur International School Teaching Vacancies Starting August 2012

    Sri Mayapur International School Teaching vacancies starting August 2012: English First Language and English Literature, Biology, Mathematics, Thinking skills and secondary school teachers.

  • 2012 Annual General Meeting for ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission
    The annual meetings of ISKCON`s Governing Body Commission in Mayapur proved to be highly productive and inspiring, due in large part to the International Leadership Sanga. This year, more than any other year, the magnificent scope of qualified, dedicated, and enthusiastic ISKCON leaders worldwide was clearly shown.
  • Temple of the Vedic Planetarium to Have World-Class Acoustics
    When Deva Gaura Hari, who worked as a live sound engineer both professionally, and within ISKCON on projects such as Indradyumna Swami’s Polish tour, first saw the design for the TOVP and the huge dome proposed, he was very concerned about how the acoustics would sound.
  • Mayapur Kirtan Mela 2012

    Once, in a holy place in the forest of Naimisāranya, great sages headed by the sage Śaunaka assembled to perform a great thousand-year sacrifice for the satisfaction of the Lord and His devotees.

    In the same mood, modern sages, vaisnava followers of Srila Prabhupada gathered in Germany from Aug 30th to Sept. 4th for an akanda kirtan, in hope of bringing real peace and prosperity to the world having pleased the Lord by chanting his Names. Eight hundred to a thousand devotees committed to a minimum of 8 hours a day of chanting, thereby creating an atmosphere that is better felt than described. There were an additional 6000 to 7500 views on Mayapur TV daily, often with over 500 viewers at one time, many using the chat to express both their chanting and their joy. It was an ecstatic experience that kept many awake transcending their respective time zones.

    As far as Mayapur kirtan culture, it was Tamal Krishna Goswami's strong desire to see it be revived in Mayapur. He took it upon himself starting with kirtans in his room and later moving into the temple room. The first day of the 1st Mayapur Kirtan Mela, February 22nd, is dedicated to his memory. Since his departure devotees have kept the tradition under the banner of Holy Name Abhiseka during the first days of the Mayapur Gaur Purnima Festival. This year the evenings of Holy Name Abhiseka have expanded into 4 -12 hour kirtan days.

    Mayapur, being the center of the Sankirtan movement, its birth place hosts such a mela between February 22-25, 2012.

    On this video Indradyumna Swami leads the kirtan on Day 2.

  • ISKCON Leadership Meeting in Mayapur
    ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS), in Sridham Mayapur, was held from February 10th to 17th, 2012. The ILS provides an opportunity for GBC members to share with ISKCON’s initiating gurus, sannyasis, temple presidents and other leaders the process of strategic planning they have undergone and the progress they have achieved.
  • GBC Open Sri Mayapur International School Playground

    On Friday 17th February, several GBC members visited Sri Mayapur International School to inaugurate the new playground which they had sponsored. The students were very excited to be given the new outdoor play equipment and basketball court and wanted to thank the donors.

  • Mayapur Gaura Purnima Festival Updated Schedule

    The 2012 Gaura Purnima Festival in Mayapur will be a little different than the previous ones. The first four days the focus will be on re-learning how to chant from the heart.

  • Diwali, Govardhana Puja, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium
    The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is coming up. If the funding remains strong, by 2014 the Deities of Sri Pancatattva and Sri Sri Radha Madhava will have Their new home. What will visitors experience when they come and see this wonderous temple?
  • First Public Program at the Temple of Vedic Planetarium
    Mayapur`s new Temple of Vedic Planetarium (ToVP) is progressing each day. Many ISKCON devotees have been expressing their desire to do a program in the ToVP temple room. This special opportunity is proposed to be none other than the disappearance day of Srila Prabhupada, which falls on Sunday October, 30th 2011.
  • Sri Mayapur Gaura Purnima Festival 2012
    The schedule for the 2012 Mayapura Gaura Purnima festival has been announced.
  • Mayapur Academy: Deity Worship Course

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

  • ISKCON Mayapur Honors Srila Prabhupada’s Appearance over Seven Days
    At this year's Vyasa-Puja festival in Mayapur, India, seven very different groups of devotees get the chance to glorify the ISKCON Founder in their own special way.
  • 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.
  • New Courses Offered by Mayapur Institute

    The Mayapur Institute has announced its new courses for the Fall and next Gaura Purnima.

  • New Website To Help Visitors of Mayapur
    The site will be able to provide general information regarding Mayapur's places to visit, festival information and calendar, tour packages, accommodations, and transportation options.
  • Teacher Needed at Sri Mayapur International School
    Sri Mayapur International School has a vacancy for a Year 1 teacher starting in August 2011. There are 12 intelligent, well behaved, devotee children in this class aged between 5 and 6 years old.
  • Sri Mayapur International School Performs In Orissa

    Recently, 35 students from Sri Mayapur International School performed a pandal program for the pleasure of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama at the Chandan yatra festival at Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir, ISKCON Bhubaneswar. They were accompanied on their travels by parents and teachers.

  • Akshaya Tritiya: The Day of Giving
    Akshaya Tritiya is considered the most auspicious day in the vedic calendar. Whatever services are offered to the supreme lord Krishna or his devotees on this day receives manifold eternal benefits.
  • Teaching Vacancies at Sri Mayapur International School

    Sri Mayapur International School has vacancies for the following teachers starting in August, 2011: High School Biology Teacher, English Teacher, Middle School Science Teacher, Primary School Teacher.

  • Donate to the Temple Of Vedic Planetarium Online
    The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is now under construction in Sridham Mayapur. Ambarisa Das has funded the initial construction, and with more generous gifts, the Deities of Sri Sri Radha Madhava and the Asta-sakhis, as well as Lord Nrsimhadeva and the Panca Tattva, can move to Their new temple as early as Gaura Purnima, 2014.
  • Applications For Admission Now Open at Sri Mayapur International School

    Sri Mayapur International School is now accepting applications for admission for the new academic year beginning on the 1st of August, 2011.

  • 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.
  • Temple of the Vedic Planetarium Rises Ahead of Schedule
    Perhaps the most amazing experience—in a month full of them—for devotees attending the annual Gaura Purnima festival at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, India this March was seeing the incredible construction progress of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.
  • Zee TV Covers Mayapur Gaura Purnima
    Zee News TV Chanel is India's oldest and most populat TV channel. This year for the 1st time Zee news team traveled from New Delhi to Mayapur to cover the Gaura Purnima festival.
  • Spiritual Performers Keep Mayapur Festival-Goers Entertained
    The annual Mayapur Festival at ISKCON’s headquarters in West Bengal, India—first held in 1972 when ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada was still present—hosts a number of wonderful events to “recharge the spiritual batteries” of the 10,000 ISKCON devotees that flock to it from around the world every year.
  • Synergy at the GBC Strategic Planning Meetings
    During my own attendance as a member of the Strategic Planning Team facilitating the meeting, I moved between the various committees, initiatives, and breakout sessions and was left with an overwhelming impression of synergy.
  • GBC Meeting Report- February 25-27th, 2011
    Friday, February 25th was entirely dedicated to reviewing proposals submitted to the GBC by various ISKCON members and committees. The next two days there were committee discussions on specific topics, such as Guru Services, GBC-BBT Relations, Parallel Lines of Authority, and the Sannyasa Committee.
  • Tapping into Sridhama Mayapur's Potency
    In just a few days the Mayapur Institute's Gaura Purnima Courses and the Mayapur Festival will begin. Devotees from around the world will be entering Sridham Mayapur, to access the mercy, spiritual strength and inspiration to continue and expand their services.
  • GBC Annual General Meeting Report- February 20th, 2011
    The 2011 Governing Body Commission (GBC) Annual General Meeting of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) commenced on February 20th in the Society’s world headquarters, Mayapur, West Bengal.
  • GBC Strategic Planning Meeting To Be Held in Mayapur, February 20-24
    Strategic planning has been on the minds of GBC members for some years now. What was clear then is even clearer today: there is unlimited work to be done to nurture ISKCON toward a future that serves Srila Prabhupada's vision for a vibrant, spiritually dynamic movement.
  • Mayapur and Vrindavana Festival Schedules Announced
    Springtime is approaching soon, and for Vaishnavas that means the world famous annual Vrindavana and Mayapur festivals, in the sacred birthplaces of Lord Krishna and Gaudiya Vaishnavism founder Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu respectively. It also means one of the biggest festivals on the Vaishnava calendar—Gaura Purnima, the appearance day of Sri Chaitanya.
  • Sri Mayapur International School Sports Day

    The students of Sri Mayapur International School held their Annual Sports Day on December 16th. The event was well attended by parents, community members and special guests.

  • Teaching Vacancies at Sri Mayapur International School

    There are vacant positions for Grade 6 primary school teacher (start by March 2011) and high school English teacher (to start January/February 2011).

  • Govardhana Puja At Sridham Mayapur`s International School

    The Primary School students Of Sri Mayapur International School spent a happy afternoon recently celebrating the festival of Govardhan Puja.

  • ISKCON’s Flagship Temple Announces Planetarium Design
    On October 10th, the Vedic Planetarium Cosmology Project, under the direction of the Governing Body Commission (GBC), announced that they had made a final decision regarding the design of the Vedic cosmology presentation that will appear in the main dome of The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapura, India.
  • Mayapur Realizations
    I had major breakthroughs in facing challenges to my spiritual life in coming to Mayapur, and enrolling in the Mayapur Institute's Bhakti-sastri Course. The course facilitators placed a high priority upon applying our philosophy in our day-to-day living, which helped me learn how to see Krishna's loving hand behind every event, even in times of difficulty.
  • Visiting Kolkata Students Lose Their Hearts in Mayapur
    Sixty students from the North Point Senior Secondary Boarding School in Kolkata visited ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal for a day trip organised by Mayapur Tourism recently.
  • 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.
  • Indian High Commission Hosts Mayapur Temple Presentation

    The Minister for Culture at the Indian High Commission in the United Kingdom hosted a presentation of ISKCON’s new mega-project—the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium—on August 30th at the Nehru Centre, London.

  • Save Yourself: Mayapur Institute Upcoming Courses Announced
    Whether you are riding a wave of success in your devotional service or you are overwhelmed with life's challenges, please seriously consider fortifying and empowering yourself by attending the Mayapur Institute's Bhakti-sastri or Bhaktivaibhava Courses beginning November 10th in Mayapur.
  • Temple Of Vedic Planetarium Talk at London`s Indian High Commission
    On Thursday August 5, ISKCON representative Sukanti Radha Dasi met with Monika Mohta the Minister of Culture at the Indian High Commission of the United Kingdom for a discussion on ISKCON`s upcoming event connecting to Sri Dham Mayapur`s “Temple of Vedic Planetarium “ project.
  • Launch of “Spiritual Care Tour” to Mumbai and Mayapur

    A spiritual care tour has been launched under the leadership of Dr. Vishwarupa Das of Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Juhu, Mumbai. The tour especially targets nurses, doctors and health care personnel, aiming to promote spiritual care in the hospitals throughout the world.

  • Mayapur Is Welcoming Hatha Yogis
    These yoga retreats will allow the participants to get a deeper understanding of the real meaning of "yoga", to realize and appreciate what is inside the world of yoga (and what are the yoga "ladders"), including bhakti-yoga, asanas, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, yogic lifestyle, yogic diet, vedic culture, to obtain full satisfaction through yoga.
  • Mayapur Institute Fall - Spring Courses
    The Mayapur Institute is going to start this year’s curriculum in November 2010 and will continue until February 2011.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New Wholesale Store in ISKCON Mayapur
    The Sankirtan department of ISKCON Mayapur is offering a special service for international devotees desiring to buy any devotional paraphenalia or Vaishnava literature in bulk quantity.
  • Growing a Library at the Mayapur Academy
    Recent expansions of the facilities and collection at the Mayapur Academy library are bringing it closer to Srila Prabhupada's vision.
  • A Giant Leap for Food For Life Mayapur
    Sri Nataraja Trust, an NGO based out of Chennai, has pledged to donate Rs 365,000 (equivalent to $8300) annually to Food For Life ISKCON Mayapur, which amounts to feeding 100 hungry people everyday.
  • New Music School Opens in Mayapur
    With the inauguration of new Bhakti Vedanta Music School in Mayapur, devotees from around the world can systematically learn to play traditional Indian musical instruments.
  • Body Found in ISKCON Hut
    A woman was found dead in a cottage on the ISKCON temple premises in Nadia’s Mayapur on April 23.
  • Padmalochana Lived and Passes On In The Land of the Lord

    Devotees around the world are mourning Padma Lochan Dasa, a senior disciple of ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada, who passed away at 6:58am on March 27 in the sacred land of Mayapur, India, at the age of 57.

  • "Within Ten Miles of Mayapur" Film Released
    The new DVD follows the work of Sri Mayapur Vikas Sangha (SMVS), whose mission is to fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s desire that no one should go hungry within a ten-mile radius of the ISKCON temple.
  • Mayapur Welcomes Newest Resident
    At about 8.00 AM on March 30 2010 Mayapur received its newest resident– Vishnu-priya the baby elephant.
  • ISKCON Mayapur Introduces New “Festival of Bliss”
    Beginning this year, organizers at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, India, are establishing an annual early summer festival dubbed “Festival of Bliss.”
  • CDM Sets Sights on Next Generation
    In the historic Lotus Building conference room – the same place where Srila Prabhupada held the first GBC meetings - the Congregation Development Ministry held its annual meeting March 13-14 20 in Sridham Mayapur.
  • Guru's Students Plan to Distribute 61,000 Gitas to Honor Birthday
    Disciples of ISKCON guru Jayapataka Swami plan to distribute 61,000 copies of Bhagavad-gita As It Is to honor his 61st birthday, to be celebrated on May 28th in Mayapur, India.
  • Gaura Purnima Festivities Ring in Vaishnava New Year
    ISKCON temples around the world were alive with joyous celebration this February 28th in honor of Gaura Purnima, the appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Days 10-12
    During the last three days of the Annual General Meeting of ISKCON's Governing Body Commission, GBC members gave presentations on new publications and the status of various projects.
  • Mayapur Institute - Graduation Ceremony 2010
    February 15th 2010 saw the graduation ceremony for the newest batch of Bhaktisastri students at the Mayapur Institute (MI) Sri Dham Mayapur Campus.
  • International Pilgrims Visit Holy Places of Sri Chaitanya’s Life
    On Wednesday, thousands of devotees returned to ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur to celebrate Gaura Purnima, the appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, after spending a week walking a pilgrimage through holy spots relating to his life.
  • ISKCON Celebrates 30 Years of Congregational Development

    This year ISKCON proudly celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its Nama-hatta project, which sees to the spiritual development of congregational devotees.

  • Construction Company Gets Contract for Mayapur Temple

    Gammon India, one of India's leading construction companies, has obtained a contract worth Rs 1.37 billion from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Day 9
    Attendees witness the inauguration of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.
  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Day 8
    The Child Protection Office has a new director.
  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Day 6
    Leaders ponder what it means to be a member of ISKCON.
  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Day 5
    Leaders relish the poetry of Rupa Goswami while working to secure ISKCON's future.
  • Valentine Inauguration for New Mayapur Temple
    After thirty years in development, ISKCON’s Temple of the Vedic Planetarium will be inaugurated this weekend in a 10:00am historic ceremony as part of the annual Gaura Purnima ceremony in Mayapur, India.
  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Days 3-4
    Bhaktivaibhava Maharaja announced his latest film, “The Lost Village.”
  • ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission to Meet in Mayapur
    ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission will gather for its Annual General Meetings from February 6th to 17th this year in Sridham Mayapur, West Bengal.
  • Temple of the Vedic Planetarium to be Inaugurated in February
    It is happening. The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, a project that has been ISKCON’s evasive super-goal for over two decades, is finally coming to fruition. Government permissions have been received, contractors are being hired, and the inauguration will be held in February 2010.
  • Subhag Swami Recovers, is Discharged From Hospital

    Senior Prabhupada disciple and ISKCON guru Subhag Swami Maharaja has been discharged from hospital after receiving surgery for a blood clot in his brain.

  • All Things Must Pass

    Great news from Mayapur. Here’s a few photos I took today. As you can see, some major changes are taking place. The park is being cleared in preparation for the ground work to begin on the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP).

  • BhakTV Launches New ISKCON Film in Mayapur, India
    A new documentary film series by Vasudeva Dasa, entitled No Suffering on Safari: The Bangladesh Experience premiered this Oct 31st at Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi Auditorium in ISKCON’s Mayapur complex.
  • Festival of Lights Illuminates ISKCON Mayapur
    With the kind of dazzling spectacle that ISKCON Mayapur has become famous for, this Diwali saw the entire campus illuminated by thousands of oil lamps. Diwali, a cross-cultural festival that is celebrated in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism, commemorates the return of Lord Rama to the city of Ayodhya after rescuing his wife Sita Devi from the demon Ravana.
  • ISKCON Mayapur Builds New Guest Rooms for Lifetime Use
    Managers at the ISKCON complex in Sri Mayapur Dhama, India, have announced that construction will soon begin on a new guest house with many on-site facilities, to be named Isodyan Bhavan.
  • Mayapur Institute for Higher Education Enters Tenth Year
    This year, as the Mayapur Institute for Higher Education and Training (MIHET) enters its tenth year, staff and students alike look back on a decade of learning, inspiration and, of course, hard work. The seed for the project was planted between the years of 1988 and 1996, when American-born Janmastami Dasa traveled to India on seven different occasions to attend courses at the Vrindavana Institute for Higher Education (VIHE).
  • ISKCON Youth Organize Swing Festival At Mayapur Temple
    This August 1st to 5th, youth at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, India organized Julan-Yatra, a traditional swing festival described by the poet Kavi Karnapura as “The perfect object of meditation for those desiring a taste of devotion.”
  • Mayapur School Replicates Ancient Chipped Rice Festival
    Inspired by the legendary “chipped rice festival” described in Caitanya-Caritamrita, ISKCON’s International School in Mayapur, India transformed into the ancient village of Panihati this June 6. The original festival was held 500 years ago during the time of Gaudiya Vaishnavism founder Sri Chaitanya, when Chaitanya’s close associate Nityananda Prabhu directed his follower Raghunatha Dasa Goswami to organize a festival and feed all the devotees with yogurt and chipped rice.
  • Mayapur Offers Free Accommodation to ISKCON Members
    Devotees who have served in ISKCON for at least five years will now be entitled to fifteen days of free accommodation and food per year at Sridham Mayapur, ISKCON’s headquarters in India. “The offer is a gesture of appreciation for devotees’ dedication to Srila Prabhupada’s movement,” says Padmanayana Dasa, Head of International Devotee and Guest Care. “We want all ISKCON devotees to think of Mayapur as their home.”
  • Mayapur Institute Expands Bhakti-Sastri Course

    What students have been learning in MI's Bhakti-Sastri course is real knowledge for the soul. The Bhakti-Sastri degree, originally conceived by ISKCON's founder Srila Prabhupada, is a course where students systematically study key literature in the Gaudiya Vasihnava tradition. It is a metaphorical “Bhakti Bank” in that it's an investment of time and energy.The interest that accumulates is bhakti or love.

  • 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.

  • A Peace Pilgrim’s Reflection of the URI Global Assembly, Mayapur

    In that classic spiritual text, The Way of the Pilgrim, an unnamed monk of the Eastern Orthodox Church depicts the earnest spiritual journey of a truth seeker. In the end, the reader realizes that the seeker’s journey was of greater relevance than the destination.

  • Mayapur’s Radha-Madhava Deities Go For A Boat Ride
    ISKCON Mayapur’s small deities of Sri Sri Radha Madhava were taken to the lake in front of the Pushpa Samadhi, a temple in honor of ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada, for their annual Boat Festival this March 9. The deities were carried to the lake at 6pm in a chanting procession, surrounded by enthusiastically dancing devotees. The crowd watched intently as priests placed the deities carefully onto the ornate, altar-like boat, aligned their throne, and decorated them with flowers.
  • Mayapur Crash Victims Continue to Make Steady Recovery

    The two ISKCON Mayapur residents who were badly injured in a car crash on March 12 are steadily recovering after devotees around the world feared the worst. Jahnudvipa Dasa from Denmark and his wife Braja Sevaki Dasi from Australia were rushed to the local Apollo hospital when their taxi collided head-on with a truck near Kolkata airport.

  • Rare Bathing Ceremony Held at ISKCON Mayapur
    This February 25 saw the second-ever Maha Abhishekha, or great bathing ceremony, of ISKCON Mayapur’s Pancha-Tattva deities at the West Bengal community’s annual Gaura Purnima festival. The Pancha-Tattva, comprising of Sri Chaitanya and his four associates Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Acharya, Gadadhara Pandita, and Srivasa Thakura, are the 15th century founders of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, the basis for ISKCON.
  • Mayapur Residents Recovering After Car Crash

    Two ISKCON Mayapur residents, Jahnudvipa Dasa from Denmark and his wife Braja Sevaki Dasi from Australia, were badly injured on March 12 when their taxi collided head-on with a truck near Kolkata airport in the early hours of the morning.

  • Ganges River Advent Celebrated at ISKCON Mayapur
    Hundreds of devotees from all over the world, including ISKCON gurus Chandramauli Swami and Maha-Vishnu Swami, gathered outside the Radha-Madhava Chandradoya temple in ISKCON Mayapur this March 7 to celebrate Gangapuja – the occasion of the celestial Ganges’ descent from heaven to earth.
  • The Late Bhakti Tirtha Swami Honored at ISKCON Mayapur
    Mayapur, India -- Disciples and well-wishers of the late and much-loved ISKCON guru Bhakti Tirtha Swami arranged a full-day “Vyasa Puja” celebration in honor of his birthday this March 4. Kavicandra Swami, now ISKCON’s sole Governing Body Comissioner in West Africa with Bhakti-Tirtha Swami gone, began the day with a lecture honoring the late guru.
  • 38th Mayapur Festival Kicks Off

    The biggest event on most ISKCON devotees’ calendars – the Gaura Purnima festival at Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir in Bengal, India – kicked off this February 24.

    Traditionally, Gaura Purnima honors the birth in 1482 of Sri Chaitanya, the founder of Gaudiya Vaishnavism.

  • Jayapataka Swami Returns Home to Mayapur
    Four months after suffering a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, ISKCON guru and leader Jayapataka Swami has made a triumphant return home to Mayapur, India. Flying in from ISKCON’s Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai on February 20, the Swami was greeted at Kolkatta airport by hundreds of devotees. After thanking them with a short speech, he left for Mayapur, where he arrived at around 6pm.
  • This Year's Mayapur Festival Within World's Reach

    This year a very special offering is being prepared for Srila Prabhupada. Using the facility of modern technology a team of devotees from ( will bring the Sridham Mayapur and Gaura Purnima festival into your home or your temple, live on the Internet.

  • ISKCON's Governing Body Commission Meet in Mayapur

    The 2009 Annual General Meeting of ISKCON's Governing Body Commission commenced with arati and guru-puja kirtana to Srila Prabhupada, who is present in murti form in the meeting hall. Apart from the large murti, this year there is a small murti of Srila Prabhupada fixed on a beautiful altar near the Chairman's seat. After the reading of Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.16, Ramai Swami, Chairman, began the proceedings by explaining the absence of several members, mostly due to health issues. He also gave a brief summary of the Executive Committee's work during the year.

  • The Loving Approach to Temple Elephant Care
    While I am caressing her trunk, Laksmipriya makes soft growling sounds. She makes me reflect back to the time which made me want to care for elephants the way they deserve to be treated. April 1st, 2006 was a day when I promised myself I wanted to make a difference in the life of an elephant. It was the day when our temple elephant Gulab Kali died and a day I'll never forget.
  • Magical Mayapur

    A gathering in India of different religions and different people offers hope for the unity of religions.

    I recently spent nearly two weeks as a vegan, interfaith explorer and peace-pilgrim at the world headquarters of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness, more popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement) at Sri Mayapur, West Bengal, India.

  • Mayapur Girls Dance Before an International Audience
    A group of Mayapur gurukuli girls swayed the crowd of United Religious Interfaith (URI) delegates this past weekend in an emotional medley of drama and dance entitled “Shaym”.
  • ISKCON Mayapur Welcomes Young Pilgrims of Peace
    Sri Mayapur Dham is located on the banks of the Ganges river, at the point of its confluence with the Jalangi, near Navadvip, West Bengal, India, 130 km north of Kolkata. It has always been celebrated as a place of learning and pilgrimage since time immemorial and in modern times its fame continues to grow.
  • Devotees Tour Birthplace of Lord Nityananda
    Forty-three devotees left ISKCON Mayapur this October 2nd to tour Ekacakra and Katwa. Both West Bengal holy places are sites of Gaudiya Vaishnava founder Lord Chaitanya and his brother Nityananda’s pastimes. Organized by Mayapur’s “Nagar Sankirtana” department, the tour aimed to educate devotees on Chaitanya’s pastimes through stories, and to share the maha-mantra and Krishna consciousness with people it met along the way.
  • 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.
  • Gaura Purnima Festival 2009

    We take pleasure to invite devotees from all over the world to celebrate Gaura Purnima 2009 festival in Mayapur. The highlight of this year's festival will be Maha Abhisheka to big deities of Sri Panca Tattva on 25th February 2009. Don’t miss it! The next Maha Abhisheka will take place after another five years i.e. in the year 2014.

  • Childrens' Chanting Party Enlivens Mayapur Residents
    Over two hundred children from the Bhaktivedanta National School in Mayapur, India, held their own congregational chanting parade this August 19th. They were accompanied by school staff members, parents, visiting pilgrims, and members of the local Nagara Sankirtan chanting party.
  • ISKCON Mayapur Steals the Show at Kolkata Tourism Fair
    ISKCON Mayapur took part in Kolkata’s annual Travel and Tourism Fair for the first time this year, setting up a large pavilion at the Swabhumi-based event from June 20th to 22nd. The fair had been advertised widely in Kolkata’s print and visual media, and crowds flocked to see the video show and panoramic photographs of Mayapur’s scenic delights, eager to learn more about the sacred travel destination.
  • Social Justice Minister Comes to ISKCON Mayapur

    Srimati Meira Kumar, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment in India, recently visited ISKCON’s Mayapur campus. The Union Minister was responding to an invitation extended from National ISKCON Communications director Vrajanandana Dasa to the Indian Government. She was greeted warmly by Sankarshan Nitai Dasa, General Manager at ISKCON Mayapur.

  • New Elephant Packs Her Trunk for ISKCON Mayapur

    When ISKCON Mayapur’s resident elephant, Gulab Kali, passed away in April 2006, devotees mourned her almost as if she were a human Vaishnava. Brought to Mayapur when she was only three years old, she had served the community during festivals and other religious functions for 24 years until her untimely death at age 27.

    It was difficult to even think about replacing such a fine and devoted animal, but Hrimati Dasi and the other members of the Mayapur Animal Protection Team were sure that, having passed away in Lord Caitanya’s holy land, Gulab was now in a better place. And so their search for a new elephant began.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ISKCON Mayapur to Open Multilingual Reading Room
    ISKCON's flagship center in Mayapur, India will soon be home to the "A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Reading Room," a unique library that will house all of Srila Prabhupada's books in 80 languages.


  • Spiritual Russian Embassy Established in Mayapur
    In March of last year, the GBC authorized The Spiritual Embassy of ISKCON CIS Countries, commonly known as the Russian Center, in Sridham Mayapur. December 2007 saw the birth of the Center and a bright future for the Russian ISKCON community.
  • Gaura Purnima 2008 Festival Invitation

    ISKCON Mayapur invites devotees worldwide to celebrate the Gaura Purnima 2008 festival, commemorating 522nd birth anniversary of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu at Sri Mayapur, India.

  • Visitor to Mayapur Drowns in Bhagirathi After Saving Sister

    R. Harish Kumar Aiyar, a 30-year-old mechanical engineer with a Delhi company, drowned in the Bhagirathi yesterday after pulling his sister to safety. He and his family were visiting the ISKCON temple in Nadia's Mayapur.

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  • Six Killed En Route To Mayapur

    Five members of a family and a driver were killed when their car collided with a mini-truck at Ranaghat area of Nadia district on March 3.