North American Temple Presidents Prioritize Integrating Next Generation
ISKCON Youth Introduce 300,000 to Maha Mantra at Tampa Pirate Parade
At the ISKCON North American Temple Presidents’ Meeting this January, one of the major points of focus was Integrating the Next Generation Youth, with practical steps taken to involve the next generation in ISKCON temples at all levels.
A Bhakti Paradise on Australia’s Gold Coast
This was devotees’ second year participating in the parade, which is part of the massive Gasparilla Pirate Festival with a host of events themed around the legend of mythical Spanish Pirate José Gaspar.
Puerto Rico Rathayatra Shows That Nothing Can Stop Devotional Service
Surfers Paradise, a suburb of the city of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A vivid blue sky reflects in glass skyscrapers rising behind a beach of golden sand. Sparkling turquoise waves crash as cool young people ride the crest on their surfboards.
Food For Life Hungary Feeds Thousands During Holiday Season
When the category 4 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20th, 2017, the U.S. territory’s only ISKCON temple, in Gurabo, was almost completely destroyed. For nearly a year after, devotees did not have electricity or running water, and groceries and gas were hard to come by.
Devotees Ring in the New Year in Style at Dallas’ Kirtan 50
“There are so many families in Hungary who are on the edge of homelessness,” says ISKCON Hungary spokesperson Gandharvika Prema Dasi. “They are in debt, have no jobs, and without external help they struggle to maintain their lives and may lose their homes.”
Kirtan Phenomenon Gaura Mani Reaches 30 Million People a Week
Between five and six hundred devotees from all over North America started the New Year as they meant to go on – chanting the Holy Name and associating with devotees – at Kirtan 50 in Dallas this holiday season.
Devotees Circumambulate Deities by Boat During Mauritius Boat Festival
Born in the Chicago ISKCON temple in the late 1970s and raised in ISKCON gurukulas, Gaura Mani spent much of her time singing kirtan and chanting Sanskrit verses. As she grew older, she developed a strong desire to take her training further and share it with everyone she met.
Merry Krishnas Bring Good Cheer to Alachua Christmas Parade
ISKCON Mauritius’ 11thannual Rathayatra at Mahebourg, in the south-east of the island nation, featured a unique offering that truly befit the tropical setting – a boat festival in a vivid blue lagoon.
Pilgrims Flood Into Mayapur’s New Full Dome Planetarium Theater
Around one hundred devotees from the New Raman Reti ISKCON community participated in the Alachua Christmas Parade on Saturday December 8th, in Alachua, Florida. All the townspeople turned out for the occasion, packing the sidewalks.
Rathayatra Held on Réunion Island in Indian Ocean
Immersive technologies are a major part of the plan for the still-under-construction TOVP, including a huge 23-meter planetarium theater under one of the temple domes. However, with the temple opening still two to three years away, a smaller, stand-alone planetarium theater has been built to give pilgrims a taste of what’s to come.
ISKCON Philadelphia Deities Move Into Beautiful New Temple Room
The Lord’s Holy Names continue to be chanted in every town and village, no matter how exotic or remote. Devotees on Réunion Island held their second annual Rathayatra in the city of St. Pierre on Saturday December 8th, summertime for the island.
“Vedic Stories for Children” CD a Hit With Parents and Kids
Around six hundred congregation members and newcomers visited ISKCON Philadelphia on December 8thto celebrate as the presiding Deities moved into Their beautiful, spacious new temple room. The move had been planned for several years at ISKCON Philadelphia’s property in Mt. Airy, a diverse area where the temple attracts students, Indian community members, and local Americans of all backgrounds.
Manor Preschool Gets “Outstanding” Ofsted Grade
Vedic Stories for Children Volume 2, a CD produced by the world-renowned Bhaktivedanta Players, was launched during the Diwali and Annakut festivals at Bhaktivedanta Manor in England.
Sastra Dana and Motel Gita Deliver the Ultimate Gift This Christmas
Ofsted (The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills) is the government organization responsible for inspecting all schools and nurseries in the UK.
God and Smog Conference Promotes Environmental Action in Religious Communities
Two programs are gifting Srila Prabhupada’s books to thousands of people every year and will change lives across North America this Christmas.
800 Kg Bhagavad-gita Set to be Largest Sacred Text in the World
About 150 students, professors and others attended a one-day conference at Utah State University on October 18th entitled “God and Smog – The Challenge of Preserving our Planet.”
Harinama Party Bus Hits Buenos Aires
The giant book is funded by ISKCON Italy through donations and designed by the Mediterranean branch of the BBT, which claims it will be the largest sacred text in the world.
Harrisburg Center Becomes Official ISKCON Temple
The harinama party bus is the brainchild of husband and wife Prema Rupa Madhava Das and Prema Rupini Madhavi Dasi, who were born in the same year, share the same zodiac sign and were called Paul and Paula before becoming devotees. The two are also soulmates when it comes to service.
Be A Giver Campaign Unites The World For Book Distribution Marathon
The temple is in a quiet residential neighborhood on Central Pennsylvania’s East Shore, can occupy 300 to 400 people. The Harrisburg congregation currently comprises of 25 to 30 families, or approximately fifty to sixty people, so there’s plenty of room to grow.
Bhaktivedanta Academy Receives Grant for Science Education
After the major success of the recent Bhadra Campaign, in which devotees all over the world distributed thousands of full Srimad-Bhagavatam sets, the BBT Marketing, Communications and Innovations team is launching a new global campaign for this winter’s Prabhupada Marathon – “Be A Giver.”
ToVP Dome Finishing Work Progress
The new grant will provide high quality anatomical models of different bodily systems for the students to study, which are normally too expensive for the school to buy.
ISKCON Members Participate in Parliament of the World’s Religions
The work continues on the outside of the temple domes with blue tiles, stars and gold ribs being placed in beautiful designs that are appealing and beautiful to look at from all locations throughout Mayapur and the surrounding area.
ISKCON Member Selected as KAICIID International Fellow
Nearly 10,000 delegates from 80 countries attended the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions from November 1stto 7thin Toronto, Canada. They represented nearly 200 religious, spiritual and indigenous traditions, comprising the single largest interfaith gathering in the world.
ISKCON New Vrindaban Reaches Out to Jewish Community
ISKCON India’s Director of Communications, Yudhistir Govinda Das, was earlier this month chosen by the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) as one of its twenty International Fellows for the year 2019, to promote inter-religious dialogue with the aim of preventing and resolving conflicts.
On October 27, ISKCON New Vrindaban devotees in West Virginia heard of the horrific mass shooting at the Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, a 90-minute drive away from their idyllic rural community. Jaya Krishna Das, the Temple President of ISKCON New Vrindaban, wrote a heart-warming condolence letter to the Tree of Life Synagogue and the Jewish community, which was noted by the Intelligencer newspaper of Pennsylvania.