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  • Several U.S. Temples Close Due to COVID-19, Continued Vigilance Required

    The coronavirus pandemic, which has now claimed over 276,000 lives in the United States, and 1.5 million around the world, continues to be a major health threat. And ISKCON temples have not been immune to the challenge.  

  • 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.

  • Chief Minister of Haryana Lays the Foundation Stone for ISKCON Kurukshetra Temple

    The Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr. Bhupendra Singh Hooda and ISKCON GBC Gopal Krishna Goswami laid down the foundation stone for the upcoming ISKCON temple at Kurukshetra on 18th August, 2014, which was also celebrated as Krishna Janmastami, appearance day of Lord Krishna.

  • ISKCON Houston Grand Opening Draws 11,000

    An incredible 11,000 people from the US and around the world attended the grand opening of ISKCON Houston’s brand new Vedic temple from May 16th to 18th this spring. The Hon. Consul General of India, Mr Parvathaneni Harish, also attended with his wife Nandita and warmly appreciated the devotees of ISKCON for their sincerity and commitment to the path of Bhakti.

  • The Science Behind Temple Bells

    The bell works as anti-dote to the chaos of your mind. Before you enter temple, it prepares you for the calming taste of of spiritual awareness you are going to experience.

  • Traveling Temple: One Way Ticket Back Home

    The Sri Harinam Traveling Temple program started in 2011, when during the summer months devotees in two rented minivans traveled to many European countries and performed harinam on the streets. Now in the year 2013, they have their own big bus, and the raveling harinam sankirtan program is growing even more. They have already been chanting every day on the streets of Europe since the month of May.

  • New Bhakti Yoga Centre Opens in Crawley, UK

    ISKCON Crawley will be hosting the grand opening of the Bhakti Yoga Centre on Saturday 23rd March, 2013. It’s been a long time coming for the community of devotees situated in a small town, in the South East of England.

  • ISKCON's Statement on Sikh Temple Attack
    The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) wishes to express our condolences to the victims and families of the attack at the Sikh Temple of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and to our friends in the Sikh community in the USA and around the world.
  • Leicester Devotees Persevere after Losing Their Temple
    "The prayers and messages of support we've received from all over the world have given us great strength and courage to be resilient at this time," says temple president Pradyumna Dasa.
  • Devotees' Escape from Leicester Temple Explosion Dubbed "A Miracle"
    Devotees at the ISKCON center in Leicester, England, were sitting down to enjoy a prasadam feast in honor of ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada’s appearance day at 1pm on Friday September 3rd—when they heard a loud hissing noise that sounded like a gas leak.
  • 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.
  • Foundation For ISKCON Temple Laid by Governor in Assam
    On the auspicious day of papamochani (“freedom from sins”) ekadashi, Thursday, March 11, 2010, the Governor of Assam, Sri Janakivallabh Patnaik, launched the efforts to construct a new Jagannath temple in the city of Guwahati. The fifteen thousand square foot property at Jaynagar Charali Beltola was donated to ISKCON by Shantidevi Kamikya Prasad Sharma.
  • Pay or Pray
    If we see those who serve in the temple owning several large houses and taking what appears to be a disproportional high wage, when a majority who attend the centers every week cannot afford such opulence, then some ridicule should be expected I guess; even though we truly do not know the full reasons why.
  • ISKCON's New Jersey Temple Plans For Visitors

    PARSIPPANY--A new Hare Krishna temple would include a gift shop and bedrooms for pilgrims visiting the religious movement's only northern New Jersey temple, according to a member of the congregation.

    But that likely wouldn't contribute to a spike in traffic in the Troy Road neighborhood the Radha-Krishna Temple is eyeing for relocation, worshipper Mehul Barot told the township zoning board Wednesday night.

  • Government Control Weakens India's Temples
    Though India is a secular republic, and though secularism commands separation of state and religion, State governments have taken over all prominent Hindu temples and shrines which is an anti-secular act. The best part is that only Hindu temples have been targeted for government control whereas no Christian church or Muslim mosque has been touched.
  • ISKCON Idaho: Reflecting the Light of God Through Service
    She says: "Who am I? We're not the body. The body is just the covering of the soul; it identifies us. I am Aruddha, born in India but really, we are spirit - part and parcel of the greater spirit. "And then the part serves the whole, just like the hand serves the body. The purpose of our tiny soul is to serve the greater soul, which is God. That's where our happiness is.
  • 50,000 Expected for Aravade Temple Opening Grand Finale
    Aravade India—This small village of 5,000 residents, approximately 250 kilometers south of Pune, Maharashtra, is expected to increase its population 10 fold by the end of today, the last of a four day celebration opening the newest ISKCON temple in India.
  • Sri Sri Radha-Parisishvara to Move to New Home
    Within the next few months, ISKCON will move to its new temple in Sarcelles, a multi-ethnic and multi-religious suburb on the northern outskirts of Paris near the famous Charles de Gaulle International airport. For the first time in over twenty years, ISKCON will own temple property in the Paris area. The presiding Deities, Sri Sri Radha Parisishvara, were installed in 1973 by the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
  • Quarrying Threatens Sacred Tirupati Temple Existence
    TIRUPATI: When money talks, `bhakti' takes a backseat. In what could be seen as posing threat to the very existence of a 17th century temple, unauthorised quarrying works in about 50 acres of the land surrounding the temple are going on at a frenetic pace. The resultant business worth is: a cool Rs 2 crore every year.
  • Hare Krishna in Sedona, Arizona
    Dr. Misra, adorned in plain white robes, stood facing a colorful display of godly figures in a temple dedicated to Krishna, Hindu avatar of Vishnu, their lord. He presented a red blossoming flower, its scent mixed with the sweet incense of the temple. He smiled and joined his open palms together gently under his chin.
  • The Battle for Bhaktivedanta Manor
    Witness an elegant mock-tudor building nestled amongst leafy green trees and meadows – not too far from London, but just far enough. Donated by George Harrison and boasting possibly the highest standard of Krishna worship outside of India, it draws an incredible sixty-five thousand people for its annual two-day Janmastami festival. Most will agree that Bhaktivedanta Manor is one of ISKCON’s most prestigious temples.
  • ISKCON Penang - “A Temple Like This”
    In 1971, when ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada made his only visit to Malaysia, he showed the wife of the then chief Indian minister a sketch of a typical Indian Mandir and requested her to to help him build a “temple like this.” Now in the Malaysian state of Penang – known as the “Pearl of the Orient” during British times – Srila Prabhupada’s vision is gradually unfolding.
  • New Hare Krishna Temple Opens in Seattle

    The giant pink wedding cake of a building stands in bold contrast to nearby houses painted polite Northwest shades of beige and taupe.

    Naresh Bhatt beams as he gives a tour of this new temple in Sammamish. He chose the colors. Happy, blissful colors, he says.

    Inside, as the service begins, Bhatt joins his wife, two daughters and many others — most of Indian descent — who chant exuberantly: "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare."

  • Chant Hare Krishna, Be Happy
    MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. -- Sujoy Bhowmik lives in two worlds. On most days, he is a pharmacist at a CVS in Columbus. Other days, he is Narottama Das, a devotee of Hare Krishna, who finds peace in West Virginia at the Palace of Gold. Once a religion whose members gave their life to the movement, the Hare Krishnas today welcome the most devoted people and the casual follower. In the 1970s, many of the members lived in communes. Now many, like Bhowmik, have careers and live outside the movement but are still devoted to their religion.
  • Residents Protest Building of Temple in Moscow

    Moscow, June 4, Interfax - Public protest against building a religious construction for the Moscow Society for Krishna Consciousness was held in the Molzhaninovo District of Moscow. Residents of neighboring districts came out to demonstrate their protest with slogans "Sects destroy families," "Say "no" to Krishna center!" "Protect Orthodoxy!"

  • New ISKCON Temple in Orlando, Florida
    Plenty of hard work and searching has paid off for ISKCON devotees in sunny Orlando, Florida with their recent acquisition of a large house and seven-acre property. Set on the east side of town, and well connected by main roads, the house has been converted into a temple with an ornate altar, large temple room, two kitchens, prasadam hall and three bedrooms for devotee accommodation.
  • State Governor Inaugurates ISKCON Anantapur Temple
    Feb 18, ANANTAPUR, ANDHRA PRADESH (ENS) — Governor ND Tiwari inaugurated the grand temple of Sri Radha Partasarathi temple, built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on Sunday. The grand-looking temple was built at Somaladoddi village on NH 7 at a cost of Rs 5 crore.
  • US State Department Approves Hindu Artisans for Visa
    CHENNAI, INDIA, February 8, 2008: Hinduism Today's managing editor, Sannyasin Arumugaswami, reports learning from the head of the nonimmigrant visa section of the US Consulate in Chennai that the State Department in Washington, DC, has issued an "advisory opinion" approving the granting of the religious worker visa to Hindu temple artisans, sthapati and silpis.
  • 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.
  • ISKCON Opens Manipur Temple to Public
    Imphal, November 21: The Sri Sri Radhakrishna Chandra Manimandir was opened to the public today by the International Society of Krishna Consciousness amid devotional fervour.
  • Moscow City Gives Permission for New Temple
    ISKCON devotees in Moscow have permission to build a temple on the outskirts of the city. The traditional Indian temple will be constructed on land recently allocated by the Moscow mayor. The process for obtaining building permits in Moscow typically takes up to a year to complete. Approval for the temple came in just ten weeks.
  • ‘Centralization Critics Off Base,' Says GBC Leader
    Ravindra Svarupa Dasa addresses charges of 'centralization' in ISKCON in regard to the proposed new bylaws drafted for North American ISKCON temples at a meeting of ISKCON’s North American leadership on May 17, 2007 in Houston, Texas. "Various areas of misunderstanding and forgetfulness," he says, mark the opposition to the proposed bylaws in regard to the workings of management of ISKCON and its structure. Drawing on facts from a 1972 attempt at centralization, Ravindra Svarupa Dasa outlines how the current proposal differs, and how it is in fact in line with the original management structure established by ISKCON's founder-acharya.
  • ISKCON: Mayor Gives Green Light to Moscow Temple
    The Moscow mayor has allocated land to the local unit of International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) to build a temple despite objections by the Orthodox Christians who have threatened to renew their stir against the construction.
  • Film Captures 9/11 Backlash Against Sikh Americans
    In the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, twenty-year-old Stanford University student Valarie Kaur heard of fellow Sikhs who were harassed, beaten and even murdered. Initially, she felt numb, unsure how to respond. Then she remembered her grandfather and the core Sikh belief he taught her: Nam Dan Isnan."In order to realize yourself," Kaur remembers him saying, "in order to realize God, you must act here and now without fear."So, armed with a video camera and the help of her 18-year-old cousin, Amandeep Singh Gill, Kaur drove across the country to capture the stories of Sikhs, Muslims, Arabs and others who were victims of a post-9/11 backlash.
  • When Obedience is Next to Godliness
    For nearly 40 years, an order of Eastern Orthodox monks at the New Skete Monastery in Cambridge, N.Y., have funded their monastic lives by training the most stubborn of misbehaving dogs for thousands of frustrated families.
  • ISKCON Takes Part in Puri Congress of Peace and Harmony
    ISKCON devotees from around the world won the hearts of Puri residents at the 'Congress for Peace and Harmony.' Mahadevi Dasi reports.
  • ISKCON Inaugurates New Temple at Tirupati

    The grandeur of the three-storeyed temple is arresting. According to Revathi Ramana Das, director of the temple, Rs 25 crore was spent on building the temple, largest ISKCON temple in the country.