Global Kirtan Protest for Bangladesh - Recap
Tallahassee Krishna House Resurrected After Nearly Closing Its Doors
Yesterday, Saturday, October 23rd, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) members around the world along with the wider community came together to raise awareness and to demand protection and justice from the Bangladesh government for the religious minorities that are suffering atrocities and violence including attacks on temples, homes, property, and people.
ISKCON Dominican Republic Starts Campaign for New Gaura Nitai Temple
Faced with challenges such as a seriously deteriorating building and a pandemic, the Krishna House in Tallahassee, Florida recently came close to closing its doors for good. But the efforts of dedicated devotees brought it back from the brink, and the project is now steadily reaching out to students at Florida State University (FSU) with Krishna Lunch and other regular programs.
Bhadra Campaign Smashes Goal, Distributes 35,000 Bhagavatam Sets
Devotees in Santo Domingo, the capital of Caribbean island nation the Dominican Republic, have launched a fundraising campaign to build a new temple for Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. ISKCON was established in the Dominican Republic nearly 50 years ago.
ISKCON UK Delegation to Attend COP26 Climate Change Conference
This year, the campaign, which ran from Gaura Purnima (March 28th) to Bhadra Purnima (September 20th) set a goal to distribute 25,000 sets. However, devotees soared far past it, with 262 communities participating to distribute an incredible 35,432 Bhagavatam sets.
Kenya’s Hare Krishna Training Centre Gives Students Ashram Experience
An ISKCON UK delegation is set to attend COP26, also known as the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will run from October 31st to November 12th in Glasgow, Scotland.
Discovering Krisna’s Will During Czech Padayatra 2021
Thirty-five students from local universities are currently living and developing their spiritual lives at the Hare Krishna Training Centre (HKTC) in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Others are staying at satellite centers in nearby Eldoret and Juja.
Lord Mayor of the City of London Presents Queen’s Award to Food For All
Devotees from across Europe joined in the 2021 summer Czech Padayatra festival for a two-week-long walk across 110 kilometers from Susice to Pisek in the southwestern region of the Czech Republic.
Baltimore’s “Hunger-Free Zone” Ensures No One in Ten-Mile Radius Goes Hungry
On September 9th, team members of the Food For All charity were invited to meet with the Lord Mayor of the City of London William Russell, at his official residence the Mansion House, to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Equivalent to an MBE, the QAVS is the highest award given to local voluntary groups in the UK.
ISKCON SA Blanket Drive Initiative: Warming Hearts to ISKCON, One Blanket at a Time
“We have to see that nobody goes hungry within a 10-mile radius,” Srila Prabhupada said during the Gaura Purnima Festival in Mayapur in 1973. Inspired by this statement, volunteers for the non-profit organization Hunger-Free Zone are ensuring that no one within ten miles of their kitchen in Baltimore goes hungry.
ISKCON and GEV Get UN Environment Programme Support to Teach Eco-Friendly Values Using Bhagavad-gita
The Blanket Drive initiative has been going on for some years now, and this year the campaign was held in July 2021. To help Blanket Drive and Food for Life initiatives at ISKCON Port Elizabeth, contact the team or Svetadvip Das at https://iskconza.com/iskcon-temples/iskcon-port-elizabeth/
Food For Life New Jagannath Puri, South Africa Cooks 108 Pots of Prasadam on Women’s Day
ISKCON temples all over the world are being invited to reach out to their local private and public schools to ask them to register students for the Value Education Olympiad 2021.
ISKCON Works with University in India to "Revolutionize Agriculture" in Maharashtra
The Food For Life branch in New Jagannath Puri at ISKCON of Phoenix, South Africa – a suburb of Durban – relaunched on August 9th by preparing 108 pots of Biryani, a rice dish with vegetables. As the sun rose in the early morning, the impressive operation saw devotees cooking outside over multiple rows of wood fires against the backdrop of the New Jagannath Puri temple.
Rathayatra Festivals Continue to Expand in Atlantic Canada
ISKCON unites with an Indian agriculture university (DBSKKV) to bring about agricultural reforms and change patterns of farming in Maharashtra.
Devotee and Activist Sana Mittar, 19, Receives Prestigious Diana Award
Devotees who live in less populated areas of Eastern Canada hold weekly in-home programs where they gather to chant the holy names, listen to lectures, and honor prasadam. In this area of Canada, they call themselves ISKCON Maritimes, which comprise of centers in Fredericton, Saint John, and Moncton, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Book Distribution Campaign Celebrates Genius of Bhaktivinod Thakur
Sana Mittar, a young devotee who attends the ISKCON Punjabi Bagh temple in Delhi with her family, has been honored with the Diana Award. Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, it is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9 to 25 years can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.
World Book of Record honours ISKCON Gurugram with Certificate of Commitment
This year the Bhaktivinod Thakur book distribution campaign runs from May 26th to July 10th (Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur’s Disappearance Day). It provides an interim point for devotees around the world to check their progress in the Bhadra campaign, and to celebrate the genius of the Vaishnava Acharya Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur.
Devotees Open Their Hearts for Mayapur and Bangladesh
ISKCON Gurugram was awarded a Certificate of Commitment by the World Book of Records (WBR) to recognize the exceptional services offered by the devotees at ISKCON Gurugram in serving the needy during the Covid pandemic. The award was received by Rambhadra Das, President – ISKCON Gurugram. Rambhadra Das stated that “I dedicate this award to the global ISKCON family, my mentor HH Gopal Krishna Goswami, and Vivo India, Rapido, IOCL, GAIL, PTC and Sudhir Generators and all others who supported and volunteered with us”.
Bhaktivedanta Manor’s charity wing The Lotus Trust raises £140,000 to help Covid victims in India
On Saturday, June 5th, ISKCON North America came together to raise awareness and unify devotees and temples as a demonstration of cooperation and love for Srila Prabhupada and our devotees in the affected regions in India.
Sending Love from Canada - Live Covid-Relief Event
Bhaktivedanta Manor’s charity wing The Lotus Trust raises £140,000 to help Covid victims in India. Please continue to donate, today, here: http://krishnatemple.com/covid
Urgent Appeal for Mayapur and Bangladesh Covid-Relief Donations
Saturday, May 15th from 4-7 pm EST live on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/kirtantoronto, a special Canada-Wide COVID Relief event for the devotees in Mayapur and Bangladesh. The event will host a Nrsimha Yagna, guest speakers, and kirtans.
Food For Life in Turin, Italy, Distributes Thousands of Meals to Homeless
The Covid crisis continues to affect India and Bangladesh and the ISKCON communities there in a terrible way. Today, on this auspicious day of Aksaya Trtitiya we are appealing to you to please consider donating now.
Beirut Food Relief Efforts - Providing Meals to Those in Need, Crisis After Crisis in Lebanon
Volunteers for the Food For Life Program in Turin, one of Italy’s largest cities, distributed 15,000 meals to homeless people in need during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, and plan to increase to 20,000 meals in 2021.
ISKCON Environmental Initiative Guides Temples in Implementing Environmental Practices
In only 6 months, the Food For Life team in Beirut, Lebanon has distributed over 2000 meals. The country is in a dire situation, even before the pandemic, and continues to decline. International funding support is crucial to the survival of the project.
On Earth Day (April 22nd, 2021), ISKCON’s North American Council passed a resolution endorsing the work of the ISKCON Environmental Initiative (IEI), and encouraging “adoption of the environmentally sustainable practices promoted by the IEI by all ISKCON temples and communities.”