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  • Brooklyn Borough President Attends ISKCON Janmastami Festival

    The first Janmastami festival organized by the new ISKCON management at Brooklyn’s Radha Govinda Mandir focused on improving the pilgrim experience to create lasting positive impressions for devotees and visitors alike. 

  • ISKCON 50th Anniversary Festival at 26 Second Avenue

    Most devotees know that 26 Second Avenue was the first Hare Krishna temple outside India, the place from 1966-68 where Srila Prabhupada performed the first initiations, the place where ISKCON’s first generation of leaders were trained.

  • Polystyrene Foam Ban to Take Effect in New York City on July 1st

    The ban stems from a decision by the city’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) that determined polystyrene foam cannot be recycled.

  • Launches Drive to Increase Street Chanting

    “What gets measured gets improved,” says Vaisesika Das, quoting leadership expert Robin S. Sharma. “Just by becoming aware of how many times they’re doing it, and how many times others are doing it, devotees will naturally become encouraged to do it more.” The Kirtan Party program isn’t just interested in increasing the quantity of kirtan parties going out, however.

  • World Harinama Party Induces Subway Riders to Chant Hare Krishna

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

  • People of Faith March to Save The Planet

    As the General Assembly of the United Nations convened in New York, events around the world drew attention to the issue of climate change. In New York City, more than 400,000 people took to the streets in the People's Climate March to make a big statement about the urgency of the issue. Among the marchers were thousands of people representing the full spectrum of faith groups, coming together in the belief that all people are steward's of God's creation.

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

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

  • Second Gen Devotees Give Manhattan a “Taste of Bhakti”

    While the Bhakti Center has had a restaurant on and off for the past seven years, Taste of Bhakti is a fresh new start spearheaded by ISKCON’s second generation and other young devotees. Taste of Bhakti’s home, at 25 1st avenue, is in the midst of Manhattan’s East Village, a hipster spot populated by vegan restaurants and organic juice bars.

  • Monk in Manhattan

    Gadadhara Pandit Dasa is a most unlikely monk. A video by Contessa Gayles.

  • The Return of a Cult Classic—Hare Krishnas are Back

    Nearly 50 years after Srila Prabhupada journeyed from India to America to bring the new teachings of Krishna to a generation of Western burnouts, Hare Krishnas have moved out of the airports, into the streets, and into the cubicle right next to yours.

  • At This New Year's Eve party, 'You Shut Up'

    While hundreds of thousands cheer in Times Square, hundreds of New Yorkers will gather not far away to pass the waning hours of 2013 without a word.

  • Bhakti Buffet Grand Opening in New York City

    New York’s Bhati Center on 25 First Avenue opened its new Bhakti Buffet on October 10th. The Bhakti Buffet serves the guests of the Bhakti Center and is open to the public.

  • New “Urban Monk” Book Makes The Spiritual Achievable

    With his new book Gadadhara Pandit Das—who currently resides in New York City—is helping the average people realize that spirituality can be for them too. In telling the story of his life, his book Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness and the Divine demystifies a “Hollywood” idea of what a monk is and emphasizes that any “normal” person can follow the spiritual path.

  • Does God Like Humor? - by Joe DeGise II

    Joe DeGise II (Yadunath Das) is an improvisational comedian and director at New York City's longest running improvisation theater, the Broadway Comedy Club. He also manages a lower east side bhakti (devotional) temple (ISKCON's 26 2nd Avenue) and serves at the popular neighboring cultural center, the Bhakti Center. He talks about how he found God and inner peace through the transforming power of humor.

    The video has been produced by Karuna Productions ( and broadcast by Odyssey Networks (

  • Vaishnava Chaplains Bring Bhakti to New York’s Prestigious Universities
    Columbia. Princeton. New York University. All prestigious universities in the New York and New Jersey areas, and all engaging ISKCON devotees as their Hindu chaplains.
  • New York Pulls Out All the Stops for Sri-Sri Radha Govinda’s 40th
    New York’s Brooklyn ISKCON temple has become famous for its epic, multi-day festivals. But this year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its presiding Deities, Sri-Sri Radha Govinda, the community pulled out all the stops and threw its biggest festival so far.
  • The Bronx Welcomes Lord Jagannath With Open Arms
    For the third year in a row, residents of the Bronx, New York were fascinated by the appearance of Lord Jagannath in their Bronx Week Parade, held on Sunday May 20th.
  • New York Celebrates Sri Sri Radha Govinda’s 40th Anniversary
    The beautiful deities of Radha Govinda were given to Srila Prabhupada by the Maharani of Jaipur, Gayatri Devi. The devotees of ISKCON New York have a 10 day festival of kirtans, devotional plays, spiritual discourses, prasadam feasts, including the famous Ratha Yatra Festival on Manhattan`s Fifth Avenue on June 9th.
  • Why Being a Hindu Has Made Me a Better Catholic

    Without the grace and knowledge I have received in my practice and life as a Hindu minister, I would not be able to approach my heritage as a Christian in such a meaningful way. This reality leaves me with a grateful heart, and a desire to go deeper into this harmony, to honor where I have come from, where I am now, and where I am meant to go.

  • First Ever ISKCON Temple Extends Plea For Help
    ISKCON could be in danger of losing its 26 2nd Avenue Center on New York’s Lower East Side—the place where Srila Prabhupada started his worldwide movement—due to financial difficulties. And its caretakers are extending a plea for help.
  • Letting Go of Wall Street
    Rasanath Das was an atypical member of the city's investment-banker class. The 32-year-old MBA earned a $170,000 salary working long days negotiating deals at Bank of America. But on his free nights, he slept on the floor of a bare room shared with 13 other Hindu monks in a monastery in the East Village.
  • ISKCON In Danger of Losing 26 2nd Avenue
    A few month back, Yadunath Das treasurer of the historical 26 2nd Avenue center in New York turned to the ISKCON community for help to keep Prabhupada’s first western temple up, running and under ISKCON`s care. As it stands now, losing this important site is a distinct possibility.
  • Bhakti Center Book Club Bridges Cultural Gap for Seekers
    At the Bhakti Center in New York City, two brahmacharis (celibate students) are developing a new book club that helps bridge the cultural gap between the ancient spiritual texts of India and a postmodern audience.
  • Yoga Celebrates The Start of Summer in Times Square takeover
    Several hundred yoga enthusiasts brought some peace and serenity to the bustling plazas of New York`s Times Square Tuesday morning to celebrate the first day of summer.
  • Ratha Yatra: The Blockbuster is Coming to a Town Near You
    This summer’s biggest blockbuster is not a movie—it’s Ratha Yatra, The Festival of Chariots. And what does that mean? It means Lord Jagannath, the most merciful Lord of the Universe, is coming to a town near you very soon!
  • Vaishnavas Participate in East Village “Local Faith Communities” Group
    Yajna Purusa Dasa of the Bhakti Center in New York City will join other faith leaders for a public Panel Discussion at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue on May 25th, organized by the group “Local Faith Communities of the East Village.”
  • Inside the Ashram: Cooking With The Bhakti Center In The East Village
    The Bhakti Center of New York City is in East Village, within a three block radius of a funeral home, a nail salon, a cemetery, three gay bars, and a Jewish deli. Dave is preparing food for Columbia University’s Bhakti Club, which meets for a cooking class every Tuesday night.
  • Mukunda Goswami’s “Miracle on Second Avenue” Set for June Release

    ISKCON guru Mukunda Goswami’s long-awaited memoir of the early days of the Hare Krishna Movement in New York, San Francisco, and London—entitled Miracle on Second Avenue—was ceremonially “offered” to the Deities of Sri-Sri Pancha-Tattva at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal on February 23rd.

  • A Tribute To Srikant Prabhu
    Srikant das Prabhu, a wonderful Vaisnava devotee of Lord Krishna and a dear friend, father, and father figure for some wonderful Vaisnhava devotees of Lord Krishna passed away from our association Wednesday evening 7:15pm in Brooklyn New York.
  • The Passing of Srikant Das
    ISKCON devotee Srikant Das passed away on November 10 from complications resulting from congestive heart failure. A resident of ISKCON's New York temple in Brooklyn since 1997, he served as the temple's Chief Cook and was well known for the elaborate feasts he would prepare and his kirtans.
  • Saudi Prince Says Moving N.Y. Mosque Would Respect 9/11 'Wounds'
    A Saudi prince who has aided the imam spearheading Park51, the proposed Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero, says it would be better to shift to another site not associated with the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • ISKCON Chaplain Referenced in New York Times Article on Reincarnation
    Gadadhar Pandit, a member of ISKCON and the Hindu Chaplain at Columbia University and New York University was featured with two quotes and a photograph in the New York Times in an article about an upsurge in belief in reincarnation.
  • New York Professionals Learn to Cook up a Veggie Storm

    For the busy New York City professional, it’s difficult to imagine finding the time to cook, never mind whipping up a healthy and delicious vegetarian meal. But recently many have found that a balanced meat-free, home-cooked diet may not be so far out of their grasp.

  • New Yorkers Go Dough Nuts for Prasadam
    A trendy New York purveyor of gourmet doughnuts clues us in on his most important ingredient: devotion to Krishna.
  • New York and London Kick off Ratha Yatra Season
    The month of June brings with it summer, sun and vacations—but it also brings Ratha Yatra season, during which the ancient chariot festival is held dozens of times all over the world.
  • New York’s Bhakti Center Offers Ashram Experience Course
    About ten applicants will participate in a summer course at Bhaktivedanta Ashram in the Bhakti Center, New York City this July 5th to September 1st that will immerse them fully in ashram life.
  • 'Ecstatic Chant' Fills the Hills of Upstate New York
    Yogis and kirtan enthusiasts congregated at the Omega Institute in upstate New York as it held its ‘Ecstatic Chant’ festival from May 7th to 9th.
  • Food for Meditation in Ohio
    The student club "Bhakti" is fast becoming the best source of free vegetarian food on the campus of Columbia University in New York.
  • Ground Zero Mosque Gets Approval
    A New York community board has approved plans for a mosque and Islamic center two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center.
  • Rajmata Gayatri Devi of Jaipur Passes Away

    Jaipur, India – Rajmata Gayatri Devi—formerly the Queen of Jaipur, a member of India’s Parliament, and a celebrity christened one of the most beautiful women in the world—passed away on Wednesday, July 29 at the age of 90. For devotees of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), she will be especially remembered for her hospitality to the early Hare Krishna devotees visiting Jaipur and her gift of large Radha Krishna deities to A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, ISKCON’s founder-acarya.

  • Monsoon Parade—Queens

    The consolidated city of New York comprises five boroughs (each a county): Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. Among these, the borough of Queens is blessed with The Kṛṣṇa-Balarāma Mandir, which stands in the neighborhood of Richmond Hill.

  • Festival Reunites Deities, Brings Together Devotees
    New York City – More than two hundred devotees gathered together to welcome the small (chota in Sanskrit) deities of Sri Sri Radha-Murlidhar to a Hare Krishna temple here, where They join larger deities of the same name. The last time the two sets of deities were worshiped together was more than twenty years ago, in Their original home in Cleveland, Ohio. The two day festival, held on May 2 and 3, featured abhishek (sacred bathing of the deities), kirtan, and devotees sharing memories of the deities over the years.
  • ISKCON New York Gets Its Own TV Show

    The weekly Tuesday programs at ISKCON’s first ever center on New York’s 26 2nd Avenue have been opened up to a potential audience of up to three million people, via a public access TV station.

  • Ratha Yatra Rolls Down New York

    New York City – On Saturday, June 14, 2008, more than five thousand Krishna devotees, guests, and festival-goers braved scattered thunderstorms and downpours to attend the annual Ratha Yatra (Festival of the Chariots) parade and Festival of India. The all-day event, put on by the New York chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), began with a colorful procession of three 40-foot high traditional Indian chariots, bearing sacred images of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra Devi, pulled by hand down the world-famous Fifth Avenue.

  • ISKCON Devotee Profiled on National Public Radio
    New York – National Public Radio (NPR), voted the most trusted news source in America in a 2005 Harris poll, featured Hare Krishna devotee Gadadhara Pandit Dasa as part of a year-long series profiling dynamic young religious leaders called “The Young and the Godly.”
  • 26 2nd Ave: Back Home to Where It All Began
    It was Srila Prabhupada’s home from July 1966 to that difficult New York winter of 1967. It’s the first Krishna temple in the west, the birthplace of ISKCON, and the site where nineteen fresh-faced Americans received the Sanskrit names they’d use for the rest of their lives.
  • Krishna Devotee Has Breakfast with New York City Mayor

    New York City -- "A rabbi, a Hare Krishna devotee, and the mayor of the most influential city in the world sit down to share a meal together..." No, it is not the set-up to a politically-incorrect joke; it is the true story of a chance breakfast chat that ISKCON devotee Radhavallabha Dasa recently shared with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

  • Hare Krishna B&B rejuvenates

    The Interfaith League Guesthouse offers a tourist refuge from heatwave, swarms of screaming kids, and the commercialism and indifference of New York City. Report by Anita Roberts/