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  • New Vrindaban Becomes Hotspot for Retreats and Seminars with Packed 2020 Schedule

    From letters Srila Prabhupada wrote to his disciples, we know that he envisioned New Vrindaban as, among other things, a holy place of pilgrimage in North America, where devotees could gather for spiritual education.

  • Prabhupada’s Palace Added to National Register of Historic Places

    “For the past number of years, we’ve been trying to get the Palace a status as a historic building in West Virginia,” said Palace Reunion Festival organizer Sukhavaha Dasi, to cheers from the crowd. “It’s a federal thing, not just a state thing, backing that this is a historic building!”

  • Hare Krishna Community Sues DAPL Company to Protect Sacred Lands From Rover Pipeline

    The company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, is facing a familiar legal battle over its proposed Rover Pipeline. A Hare Krishna community in West Virginia is challenging the project on religious grounds, saying that the pipeline's planned route could cut through sacred lands. While the religious organization signed leases in 2010 and 2014 to sell the natural gas under its properties, according to its federal lawsuit filed at U.S. District Court in Wheeling on Tuesday, those leases do not allow for any surface disturbances and blocks off sacred areas from outside intrusion.

  • New Vrindaban to Host 2017 ISKCON North America Farm Conference

    New Vrindaban is set to host the second annual ISKCON North America Farm Conference from October 13th to 15th this year. The GBC Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture, which organized conferences on simple living in four continents last year, is behind the event. The conference, themed “Back to the Basics,” will be facilitated by ECO-Vrindaban and ISKCON New Vrindaban. Representatives from thirty farming efforts all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be invited.

  • ECO-Vrindaban Offers Opportunity for New Maintenance Person

    ECO-Vrindaban (ECO-V) – which strives to fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s mandates for simple living and cow-protection at New Vrindaban in West Virginia, USA – is on the lookout for a new construction and maintenance person for its ongoing operations. A non-profit entity launched in 1998, ECO-V works closely with ISKCON New Vrindaban in the areas of cow protection and gardening activities. The organization looks after a total of around 800 acres.

  • Trick or Sweetball: How Vaishnavas Celebrate Halloween

    As jack-o-lanterns, comedy gravestones, and zombies crop up on our neighbor’s lawns, and every kid in town shakes with excitement about their candy haul, ISKCON devotees may be wondering whether or not to take their own children out trick-or-treating. Some devotees have expressed concerns about celebrating non-Gaudiya Vaishnava holidays. Others are Krishna-izing Halloween in creative ways. 

  • Prabhupada’s Palace Launches Campaign to Support Restoration

    Devotees at ISKCON New Vrindaban, West Virginia are in the midst of major renovations on Srila Prabhupada’s Palace. And they’re launching a campaign to help them continue restoring the renowned Smriti Samadhi, or memorial shrine to ISKCON’s Founder-Acharya, to its full glory. The effort is a labor of love, just as it was when devotees first started building the Palace in 1973, intending it as a residence for their guru, who expressed a strong desire to retire there and translate his books.  

  • Kulimela Blends Service, Fun, Family and Community

    The first Kulimela, held in New Vrindaban, West Virginia in 2006, was an effort by ISKCON’s second generation to move away from party-style gurukuli reunions and explore their identity and what they could accomplish both materially and spiritually. The 10th anniversary of that Mela, which also took place in New Vrindaban from June 15th to 19th this year, took those themes further and showed new levels of maturity and stability amongst the Kuli community, while still being full of joy and celebration.

  • Hanuman’s Quest CD Wins International Award

    Sankirtana Dasa, long time resident of New Vrindaban community, recently won a Storytelling World Resource Award for his dramatic storytelling CD Hanuman’s Quest. He is also a recipient of  a WV Artist Fellowship Award,  a National Endowment of the Arts Grant,  an Ohio River Border Initiative Grant, and a Next Generation Indie Book Award for his Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest.  

  • New Vrindaban Celebrates 30th Anniversary of U.S.A’s Only Full-Size Nrsimha

    For thirty years, a very special Lord Nrsimhadeva Deity has protected the devotees of New Vrindaban and all of North America, and received their love and service. Now, residents of the West Virginia village want to invite people from all over North America to come celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of His installation, and to behold the only full-size Nrsimha Deity on the continent, on His sacred appearance day.

  • Kuli Mela in New Vrindaban to Put Family and Community First

    The words “Kuli Mela” literally mean “celebrate community!” in Sanskrit. And the tenth anniversary of the very first Kuli Mela – coming back to New Vrindaban from June 15th to 19th --will do exactly that. 

  • Prabhupada and ISKCON’s First Cow Kaliya

    Soon after registering ISKCON in 1966, Prabhupada began requesting his disciples to start a rural community.

  • New Vrindaban’s Autumn 24-Hour Kirtan to Give Devotees the Vrindavan Kartik Experience

    New Vrindaban’s autumn 24-Hour Kirtan – to be held from October 31st to November 1st this year during the sacred month of Kartik -- is rapidly catching up to its summer cousin in popularity.

  • An Eternal Relationship: Prabhupada’s Fourth Visit to New Vrindaban

    June 21st, 1976 was a normal day at the Pittsburgh International airport until a group of Krishna devotees from New Vrindaban  appeared.

  • Prabhupada’s Family Bonds At 15th Festival of Inspiration in New Vrindaban

    Launched in 2000, Festival of Inspiration kicked off the “spiritual retreat holiday” template that is so common throughout ISKCON today, and with its packed roster of seminars on a broad range of topics, it remains one of the most popular and unique.

  • ECO-V Seeks Ox Care and Garden Managers in New Vrindaban

    Two unique opportunities have arisen in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, USA. ECO-Vrindaban, a non-profit organization that promotes Prabhupada’s ideals of simple living, cow protection, engaging oxen, local agriculture, and above all, loving Krishna, is searching for managers for its ox care and garden programs.

  • Jayapataka Swami to Visit New Vrindaban’s Festival of Inspiration, May 8th – 10th, 2015

    New Vrindaban's Festival of Inspiration is only two weeks away, and it's a big one -- the 15th anniversary! There will be exciting and inspiring presentations by ISKCON’s best speakers; top-quality entertainment from dramas to stand-up comedy; rip-roaring kirtans; and mouth-watering prasadam, and much more!

  • Strengthening The Vision: Prabhupada’s Third Visit to New Vrindaban

    This article is part of a series connecting New Vrindaban, ISKCON's first farm community, to the grand visions by Srila Prabhupada.

  • Jayapataka Swami and Others to Present at Festival of Inspiration’s 15th Anniversary

    Since its launch in 2000, Festival of Inspiration has been a unique standout of the festival season. It has just the right mix of enlightening presentations by ISKCON’s best speakers; top-quality entertainment from dramas to stand-up comedy; rip-roaring kirtans; and mouth-watering prasad. This year, 600 to 700 devotees from all over the USA, Canada and beyond are expected to flood into the emerald hills of New Vrindaban.

  • The Bhagavat Dharma Experience: Prabhupada’s Second Visit to New Vrindaban

    Over 500 devotees and guests had flooded in from all over the US for the biggest public event ISKCON had so far.

  • A Swami’s Dream Comes to Life: Prabhupada’s First Visit to New Vrindaban

    A cluster of devotees waited at the entrance to the West Virginia property, hearts beating with anticipation. 

  • Gopal’s Garden: New Vrindaban's Family School

    Just down the hill from the Sri Sri Radha Vrindabanchandra Mandir, in a simple wooden building under the shade of tall, leafy oaks and maples, lies the key to New Vrindaban’s future. Four children are currently taught in the brightly painted aqua classroom of Gopal’s Garden, a homeschool co-op established in 2007. That may not be many, but it doesn’t make Gopal’s Garden any less important to New Vrindaban’s families, or to the very foundations of the community.

  • New Vrindaban Amid “Transformation of a Spiritual Community”

    When New Vrindaban, ISKCON’s first rural community, was first established in 1968, it became, for many years, a shining example of the best that ISKCON had to offer. After a series of well-documented legal transgressions and spiritual deviations in the 1980s, however, many devotees left. Now New Vrindaban is in the midst of a major transformation.

  • Festival of Inspiration 2013, New Vrindaban
    The annual Festival of Inspiration in the beautiful Appalachian hills of the New Vrindavana community in West Virginia, USA, runs through Mother’s Day weekend and has been inspiring devotees around the world for 13 years.
  • Can Hare Krishnas at Palace of Gold in W.Va. Rebuild Its Tarnished Community?
    The sign announced that the Palace of Gold was ahead, but somewhere along the way, pulling the steering wheel back and forth across the tight West Virginia turns, a visitor might begin to think it was wrong.
  • Festival of Colors Explodes in New Vrindaban
    Holi, an ancient festival which commemorates Lord Krishna’s playful throwing of colored dyes with His most beloved devotees, the gopis of Vrindavana, is at least 5,000 years old.
  • The Yoga of Ecology: Simple Living, High Thinking
    In the late 1960s, when the acclaimed Vedic scholar/teacher A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada brought the timeless tradition of bhakti-yoga to the Western world, his vision of spiritual renewal for a society caught up in the throes of tremendous upheaval included a bold yet elementary cure.
  • New Vrindaban: Green Wheeling Initiative Gains Momentum
    The Green Wheeling Initiative began informally in 2010. Today it’s a grassroots organization comprised of educators, farmers, entrepreneurs, and professionals dedicated to strengthening the local food supply in the Wheeling area.
  • 8 religious wonders to see in the U.S.
    Although the US may not have a reputation for religious landmarks, it is home to more than just secular city halls and strip malls. Whether or not you practice a faith, visiting these beautiful and historic U.S. religious spots may provide inspiration. Among the top 8 religious wonders to see in the U.S. the CNN mentions Prabhupada's Palace of Gold in New Vrindaban, West Virginia.
  • New Vrindaban Takes a Step Towards Sustainable Energy
    ISKCON’s West Virginia community New Vrindaban has taken another step towards the self-sufficiency that Srila Prabhupada envisioned for it when it was founded in 1968: the community has installed two brand new solar energy systems this year.
  • Transcendental Kirtan Rave at New Vrindavan
    New Vrindavan, the ISKCON farm community in the foothills of West Virginia, USA, hosted its sixth 24 hour kirtan over the weekend of the 16th June. Organised by Mantrology, a cutting edge music organisation, this twice-yearly festival gave participants the opportunity to chant with some of the most gifted mantra musicians in the world.
  • Attention Vendors: Festival of Inspiration
    You are invited to participate as a Vendor at Festival of Inspiration on May 11, 12 & 13th (set up allowed on the 10th) New Vrindaban, WV, USA.
  • Krishna Kitchen Makes Prasadam Fans of U.S. Festivalgoers
    Originally launched as Krishna Camp in 2006, when younger ISKCON devotees from New Vrindaban established a presence at just two alternative festivals—West Virginia’s Rainbow Gathering and Nevada’s Burning Man—Krishna Kitchen has since evolved into a full scale prasadam catering company that hit fifteen events across the U.S. this year.
  • New Vrindaban Organic Gardening Inspires Local Sustainability

    A New Vrindaban devotee’s efforts at organic gardening have inspired the general public, educational institutions, and leaders in the local town of Wheeling, West Virginia to support sustainability, eat local produce and consider spiritual motives for it.

  • West Virginia’s Palace of Gold

    New Vrindaban — named after a holy town in India — was the largest Hare Krishna commune in America, and was opened to the public in 1979. It was led by Swami Bhaktipada, one of the movement’s earliest and most controversial American disciples, who died Monday. And it was less than two hours from the West Virginia town where I grew up.

  • New Vrindaban Vaishnavi Retreat Celebrates 10th Anniversary
    This year, ladies from the West Coast of America, the Midwest, Canada, Florida, Houston, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia will gather to attend a fascinating selection of seminars by senior devotees and experts in their fields.
  • North American Leader’s Meetings – New Vrindavan,USA

    On May 13-15th, ISKCON`s North American leaders held their by-annual meeting at New Vrindaban. They have discussed various strategies to increase book distribution, attracting new devotees, and enhancing the experience and mood of the existing members of the organization.

  • New Members of the New Vrindaban Community
    Baby swans are called cygnets, and on May 13, four cygnets emerged from their eggs on the shore of New Vrindaban’s lake. The proud parents took their babies onto the water the very next day after their hatching. The cygnets swam alongside the adults like experts.
  • Attendees Call Festival of Inspiration 2011 “The Best Yet”
    Eight hundred devotees and seekers from North America, Canada, Europe and India attended the festival, desgined to recharge spiritual batteries and held as usual on Mother’s Day weekend from Friday May 6th to Sunday May 8th.
  • New Vrindaban Hosts Raw Food Potluck and An Inspiring Documentary
    On April 27, the New Vrindaban’s Center for Preventative Medicine hosted a Raw Food Potluck & an inspiring documentary about how diet can reverse “incurable” disease
  • New Leadership Brings Fresh Perspective to New Vrindaban
    With a new board of professional, dedicated devotees, and a new temple president, one of ISKCON’s biggest rural communities in New Vrindaban, West Virginia looks set for a new start and a full realization of its incredible potential.
  • ISKCON GBC Member Malati Dasi On The Wikipedia Front Page
    ISKCON Governing Commission Member Malati Dasi was on the front page of Wikipedia on the International Women`s Day, March 8th, 2011.
  • New Vrindaban Target of Possible Hate Crime

    Residents at the New Vrindaban Community in Marshall County, West Virginia, USA believe they were the target to a hate crime.

  • Hladini Dasi Remembered on 20th Anniversary of Her Passing
    Sunday, October 3, is the anniversary of the day in 1990 on which Hladini devi dasi was brutally gunned down by an extra-judicial firing squad in war-torn Liberia in western Africa.
  • New Vrindaban's Palace of Gold Features at Academic Conference
    On October 1, New Vrindaban’s Palace of Gold will be featured at the Thirty-seventh Annual Communal Studies Association Conference in New Harmony, Indiana.
  • New Vrindaban To Host Ninth Annual Vaishnavi Retreat
    ISKCON’s rural community in New Vrindaban, West Virginia is set to host its Ninth Annual Vaishnavi Retreat from October 1st to 3rd. The retreat is an opportunity for devotee women to nourish their bodies, minds, and souls in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
  • New Vrindaban Hosts Radhastami Festival
    On Wednesday, September 15, New Vrindaban Community will celebrate Radhastami, which is Radha’s Appearance Day or birthday.
  • New Vrindaban Revives Its Agricultural Roots
    When New Vrindaban was founded, we used ox carts for transportation, just like people use in rural India. Later, however, the focus of the community shifted away from agriculture.
  • Swami Recreates Indian Holy Places in West Virginia
    Varshana Swami, a long-time resident of New Vrindaban in West Virginia, welcomed devotees this July 25th to see his progress in recreating the holy places of the original Vrindaban at the ISKCON community’s rural property.
  • Swan Boat Festivals In New Vrindavan, USA
    The Swan Boat is one-of-a-kind. For a few years, the devotees used to enter the Swan Boat in parades and festivals in Wheeling, Charleston, Pittsburgh, and other places. The Swan Boat always won a prize.
  • BBT Inspired Art Seminar in New Vrindavan, USA
    Between September 13th and 22nd in New Vrindavan, there will be a ten day art seminar taught by veteran ISKCON-BBT artists, Dhriti Dasi and Ram Dasa Abhirama Das.
  • New Vrindavan Annual Country Ratha Yatra Festival
    The annual country Ratha-Yatra festival in New Vrindavan will be held Saturday July 10, beginning at 12:00 noon.
  • June 19: 24-Hour Kirtan & West Virginia Day in New Vrindavan
    On June 19, New Vrindaban will host a 24-hour kirtan, and will offer discounted admission to Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold for participants of West Virginia Day.
  • North America Conference Focuses on Tomorrow's Torchbearers
    Nearly forty-five years after ISKCON’s founding, its first generation of leaders are reaching retirement age, and the organization is planning a smooth transfer of power to the next generation.
  • Restoration of Srila Prabhupada’s Palace Planned
    The memorial and major tourist attraction, built over forty years ago, is undergoing a comprehensive structural analysis.
  • Jam-Packed Schedule Set for Festival of Inspiration’s 10th Year
    Devotees from all over the USA and the world will congregate at New Vrindaban, West Virginia to attend the tenth anniversary of the Festival of Inspiration on Mother’s Day Weekend this May 7th, 8th and 9th.
  • Hardcore Music With A Spiritual Message
    Hardcore musician and devotee Don Foose played at a venue near New Vrindaban on Saturday, April 10, along with other hardcore bands from West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
  • December 2010 Conference: Food, Farming, & Faith
    First Announcement and Call for Participation.
  • The Golden Palace of the Appalachian Foothills
    The drive from Cleveland to Wheeling, West Virginia is a beautiful juxtaposition of Ohio forests with the industry that supports Ohio. As you live the city behind you, your trip will take you past small towns and awe-inspiring factories, like the First Energy plant just outside of Steubenville, which spans the roadway and creates a tunnel.
  • Food, Faith, & Farming: New Vrindaban Takes the Lead

    To the delight of many devotees living in rural ISKCON communities, the GBC (ISKCON’s administrative authority) recently set guidelines instructing all GBC members to spend 10% of their time boosting farm projects.

    Do any GBCs really spend 10% of their time promoting rural projects? Are the guidelines making any measurable change?

  • Chanters Trade Sleep for Inspiration at 24 Hour Kirtan Festival

    Rhythmic recitation of Sanskrit prayers and the ceremonial smashing of camphor-laden coconuts – a ritualistic metaphor for the chasing away of negative energy – inaugurated a festival dedicated to the congregational chanting of Hare Krishna at New Vrindaban, ISKCON’s rural community and retreat center in West Virginia.

  • Sri Nathji: The Transcendental Cowherd Boy Goes West
    Sri Nathji gazes down at the thousands of pilgrims who have decided to use their July 4th long weekend to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of his installation in New Vrindaban, West Virginia. His mischievous smile captures their hearts instantly, and as they look up at him, with his left hand raised and holding a flower symbolizing Govardhana Hill, they wonder at how “The Master of All Creation” can look just like a charming young cowherd boy.
  • ISKCON Youth Visit 165-acre Cow Sanctuary
    The Krishna Culture Festival Tour, a bus tour for ISKCON youth, travels around the US every summer, helping to set up Festival of India shows and putting on their own shows in theatres and college auditoriums. This year they were in for a special treat, as they stopped in at ISCOWP (The International Society for Cow Protection) in New Vrindaban, West Virginia on June 30th.
  • 24-hour Kirtana Festival Rocks New Vrindavana
    The verdict was unanimous. You could hear it all around: "This is the best festival I've ever been to!" "These kirtans are so ecstatic that I can't believe they're happening!" "I've never felt so enlivened in my whole life!" "I've been dancing for hours and hours, and I don't want to stop!" It was a mass revelation that harinama sankirtan is the safest and most exciting place to be in the world for the hundreds of devotees who descended on New Vrindaban Dham in West Virginia for the 2008 24-Hour Kirtan Festival, recently held on June 21-22, 2008.
  • New Vrindaban's Country Rathyatra on Saturday July 12th

    New Vrindaban Community wishes to invite family, friends and well wishers to New Vrindaban's Country Rathyatra on Saturday July 12th beginning at 11 am up on the Ridge past the Palace across from Nityo Dita's log siding-palace...come rain or shine we will pull the Lord in His rathyatra chariot!

  • Maha Nama-Yajna Highlights Festival of Inspiration 2008
    Hundreds of devotees from across the world packed into ISKCON’s New Vrindaban temple in West Virginia this past Mother's Day weekend for a mega devotional chanting session, or “Maha Nama-Yajna.”
  • New Vrindavana Resident Tries to Put Krishna on Air
    Drivers crossing West Virginia who find themselves in the mood for Christian radio are sure to have an ample selection of stations to choose from. Heck, in some zones of the South, it seems as if twangy country, Christian rock and earnest preachers are about all the radio dial has to offer.
  • Hare Krishnas Win Over Leadership Students

    Ohio University’s Global Leadership Center traveled three and a half hours last weekend through the multicolored autumnal Appalachian hills to visit New Vrindaban, a Hare Krishna farm — or an oasis or an amusement park, depending on whom you ask.

  • New Vrindaban's Patron-Leader 'Weekend of Bhakti'
    Between June 22 to 24 at New Vrindaban ISKCON leaders and supporters gathered from around North America for a weekend of kirtan, association, prasadam, and festivities at the inaugural Patron-Leader 'Weekend of Bhakti'.
  • ISKCON: Festival of Inspiration Enlightens and Entertains

    Enthusiasm seemed to float on the air—along with the yellow clay dust of the western world's most famous Hindu pilgrimage site—as devotees arrived by the car- and busload for a three-day weekend of Krishna conscious education, enlightenment, and good times.