The cream of mostly British kirtan leaders including Amala Harinama Das, Nadiya Mani Devi Dasi, Nama Rasa Das and Tulasi Sutaria, Radha Londonisvara Dasa, Kavi, Nimai Gadhvi and many others lead participants in chanting Hare Krishna at Leicester‚Äôs newly acquired property. The highlight of the weekend was a maha street harinama on the Saturday night, where the devotees practically danced out of the temple and around the City Centre. A local Police Sergeant even joined in the dancing and commented that he wished they could be on harinama all night.
A TOUCH of the exotic brought a rainbow of colours to a country house during a vibrant Hare Krishna festival. Croome was overflowing with vivid colours at the weekend (Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14) as the Hare Krishnas celebrated their time at the National Trust mansion house and parkland as these photographs by Tracey Blackwell show.
More than the previous year, this year we have the target of chanting 1.18billion Holy names in 10days!! This time we will be collecting the cards through counselors and counselors scoring maximum in Japathon will receive a TROPHY‚Ä¶. Individual highest scorers also will receive prizes from the lotus hands of HH Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj and HH Loknath Swami Maharaj.
Sep 10 2014 World Holy Name Week in Full Swing!
I‚Äôm glad to inform you that World Holy Name Week (WHNW), September 5 ‚Äď 15, is in full swing!! This year we are seeing increased awareness, participation and excitement for WHNW. We are getting reports from all over the world ‚Äď New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, USA, Brazil, Canada, UK, Japan, Indonesia, South Africa, Mauritius, Middle East and of course from India. Attached are few of the reports we have received so far.
As World Holy Name Week 2014 progresses from day 4 to day 5, I contemplate the supreme sacrifice made by Srila Prabhupada to take sannyasa. Sannyasa means to give up all activities not favorable to Krishna consciousness. One of the inner truths of World Holy Name Week is to put aside all activities not related to Krishna consciousness. This is an opportunity to increase our chanting and hearing. Cultivate those items favorable for the outreach effort of Krishna consciousness. And also cultivate those items favourable for the inreach effort of Krishna consciouses.
Sep 8 2014 World Holy Name Week - Starts with a Splash
This year, World Holy Name Week, which began in 1996 as a one day celebration as part of ISKCON‚Äôs Centennial Celebration of Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs birth, is bigger and better then ever before. Social media and internet have allowed us to access a large portion of the world of ISKCON. Never before has there been this capacity to spread a message to the world in such a short amount of time.
Sep 7 2014 King of Puri Visits ISKCON Bhubaneswar
On August 27th, for the occasion of Srila Gour Govinda Swami‚Äôs 2014 Vyasa Puja celebrations, the King of Puri, Gajapati Maharaja, King Dibyasingha Deb, attended the two day festival at ISKCON Bhubaneswar. The king took darsan of the deities Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Krsna Balarama, and Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra, and then spoke for 40 minutes in the Srila Gour Govinda Swami Memorial glorifying the contributions of both Srila Gour Govinda Swami and Srila Prabhupada.
Sep 3 2014 Detroit 3 Day Harinama at Jazz Fest 2014
After trying our luck a few times in different spots within the limits of the 35th annual Detroit Jazz festival, we were finally forced by security (read 'lead by the benevolent will of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu) to sit just outside the festival, at the corner of Woodward and Jefferson Ave. (Read 'The busiest intersection in the whole city.') The sun was beating down on the spot so direct the word 'hot' might have been applicable. The cold hardy Detroit devotees were a little apprehensive, but once they were reminded that in 2 months we'd all be begging Sri Sri Radha Kunjabihari to send even a few moments of such sun.... we all settled down and began the yajna.
On the auspicious day of Radhastami, His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, co-minister of the Congregational Development in ISKCON, congratulated the Namahatta devotees from Sridhama Mayapur for having reached out to a record number of 15 million people in their last 35 years of preaching Krishna Consciousness. This is the result of continuous preaching initiatives aimed at encouraging congregations in their spiritual advancement. From innumerable home programs to large pandals, these preachers have successfully been able to attract this large number of souls to the process of Bhakti by following the instructions of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu: ‚Äútalk about Krishna, worship Krishna and teach others about Krishna.‚ÄĚ
"Hare Krishna Hare Rama little nice souls, welcome to the camp for little vaishnavas." With this traditional camp anthem began already the 13th year of the Hare Krishna Children Camp at the German Simhachalam farm. This year record-breaking 80 Czech, Slovak, German and Irish children and their parents have attended.
I believe that me and my family, who are being represented here by my daughter Pratibha, are very fortunate to have the darshan of Swami Prabhupada and offer our respect on to his feet on this day of Janmastami. We also offer our respects on to the feet of all the devotees present here. I consider myself fortunate and believe that Krishna's message would reach every house in the world and by Krishna's message I mean Bhagavad Gita's message.
Aug 25 2014 Bali’s Ratha-yatra
The festival lasted two days. The first day was dedicated to ISKCON‚Äôs founder-acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. His Holiness Kavicandra Swami and His Holiness Subhag Swami publicly glorified their spiritual master and encouraged the Indonesian devotees to follow his instructions. ‚ÄúWe need to encourage a united celebration for Srila Prabhupada‚ÄĚ, His Holiness Kavicandra Swami, GBC for Indonesia, comments. On the second day, Sunday the 24th of August 2014, the park was filled with people who were fed by the Hare Krishna Food For Life team. Over 1,500 plates of hot porridge were freely distributed.
Visitors had a glimpse of the enthralling spiritual world this Janmashtami at ISKCON Convention Centre, Bangalore. Walking in through the main gates of the temple, one had a wonderful sight of an awesome towering deity of Krishna. Close by was an equally tall deity of Vishnu resplendent with Anantasesha. The waters of the fountain at His lotus feet reminded everyone of the causal ocean, though it was a miniature version with gently flowing waters.
The State Polytechnic Institute (Politeknik Negeri Bali) and Hindu University (Institut Hindu Dharma Negeri) of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, in collaboration with the Indonesia Bhaktivedanta Institute, hosted two international seminars on Bhagavad-gita As It Is separately on their respective campuses on the 16th and 20th of August 2014 respectively. ‚ÄúI think we shall get help from the Government and many foundations, if they understand that we are actually training people for building up character and health along with imparting education." (SPL to Hayagr√©va, 7th October, 1968).
Srila Prabhupada has a special place in every devotee‚Äôs heart. Since Kolkata is his birthplace so the city of joy is very dear to all Iskcon members worldwide. And in Kolkata, devotees always try to celebrate Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs Vyasa Puja in a grand way. This year too an elaborate arrangement was made to commemorate Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs appearance day and his unparalleled contribution to the world.
Doing service together in co-operation with other devotees and friends towards a common goal is truly the key to surcharging both the atmosphere and our own souls with spiritual bliss. That was the scene on the days before Janmastami 2014. As people worked together, the air was surcharged with inspiration and creativity for the Lord.
Every student from Year 1 to Year 12 wrote a Vyasa puja offering and selected children read their heartfelt homages to Srila Prabhupada, some of these were in the form of poems and songs. There were bhajans, songs and a dance by different students as well as rememberances of Srila Prabhupada by his disciples. This was followed by an abhisek organised by the ashram boys and a large feast which the students helped prepare.
On Sunday, August 17, 2014, ISKCON Baroda organized a grand observance of the annual festival of Sri Krishna Janmastami. On this day Lord Krishna advented himself five thousand years ago at Mathura, in North India. Estimates of the huge numbers of local residents who came to have "darshan" -- to see - the Deities of Sri Sri Radhashyamsundar, Sri Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadradevi, and Sri Sri Gaur Nitai in the temple here range from one hundred thousand (one lakh) to two hundred thousand (two lakhs).
Bhaktivedanta Manor's serene and peaceful grounds were transformed into a magnificent festival, brought to life with the sound of music, dancing, stage shows, face paintings, stalls selling books, fresh organic produce, jewellery, musical instruments, and CDs. One of the major highlights of the festival held yesterday at Watford, northwest of central London, was the recreation of the beautiful forests of Vrindavan in India where Lord Krishna played when he was growing up.
Devotees along with Lord Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra arrived from Hare Krishna Centre, Medan, a day ahead of the festival at Binjai to make the necessary arrangements. The festival was arranged at the Mariaman (Mother Durga) Temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples at the heart of Binjai City. The stage had been prepared; the chariot was going through final adjustments; the devotees, around fifteen to twenty, were eagerly making arrangements for prasadam, bhoga offerings and decorations. So many fruits were placed on the chariot for decoration as well as for distribution.
Indore, the economic capitol and largest city in Madhya Pradesh, is going to become the home of a major ISKCON Sri Sri Radha Govinda temple. On the auspicious day of Baladev Purnima, the full moon day in the Hindu month of Shraavan, observed by Gaudiya Vaishnavas as the appearance day of Lord Balaram, the elder brother of Lord Krishna, a "bhumi puja" - "worship of the earth" ceremony was performed to initiate the construction activity there.
Aug 13 2014 Czech Padayatra 2014
Then, a historical moment occurred - after 10 years, our Czech Padayatra was visited by His Holiness Lokanath Swami, the minister for Padayatra! His holy presence was so transcendental and sweet, that we were immediately transferred directly to the spiritual world! He also participated in two evening programs for public, where he addressed people with a talk and he lead lively kirtan. Altogether, we held 121st Czech Padayatra completed! Again it was such a blissful and unforgettable event!
Highlights: Scores and recent stories of book distribution from around India. Video on "How to distribute a full set of Srila Prabhupada's Books" Srila Prabhupada on distributing sets of Srimad Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamirta FAQ's on Book Distribution
Thousands of festival-goers from all over the country pulled a massive 90ft chariot carrying the Deities of Lord Jagannatha (Krishna), his sister Subhadra, and Lord Balarama from the City Centre to Cossington Park, accompanied with music, singing, and dancing. The annual festival organised by ISKCON is the second largest festival of this type in country and has been running for 17 years. For the first time in its history the festival began at the newly acquired Hare Krishna Centre on Granby Street. To start off the procession Sir Peter Soulsby and community leaders smashed coconuts.
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Since Lord Jagannatha was very merciful toward all living entities, accompanied by His elder brother Balarama and His Beautiful sister Subhadra Devi, They¬†overflooded Bantul‚Äôs citizens with the waves of transcendental bliss¬†on the city‚Äôs 183rd¬†anniversary on a cultures parade. Lord Jagannatha on ratha (chariot) went around Bantul city started from Trirenggo field to Bantul government building square on the 20th July 2014.
Jul 26 2014 ISKCON Boston Hosts Interfaith “Field Trip”
Dr. Catherine Cornille, Chair of the Department of Theology and Professor of Comparative Theology in Boston College, and author of numerous books on inter-religious dialogue, phoned ISKCON Boston with a request: Could she bring a large group of theologians to the temple on a site visit to experience a non-Western religious tradition? The answer was a strong "Yes!" The devotees were also thrilled to know that Prof. Diana L. Eck, a long-time friend of ISKCON and co-director of the conference, would be among the visiting scholars. Dr. Eck is a leading scholar specializing in religious diversity and inter-faith relations, serves as Professor of Comparative Religions at Harvard University, and is author of several texts exploring India and its bhakti traditions.
Jul 23 2014 Thirteenth Padyatra Winds through Slovenia
We just successfuly completed this year's padayatra. It was our thirteenth. It lasted eighteen blissful days: chanting, dancing, feasting, and serving all the time. Full samadhi! We distributed the holy names, prasada cookies, and books. About thirty participated full time, and the highest peak of devotees was fifty-seven. People in general appreciated the padayatra very much.
Nearly 6500 students from 115 schools participated in the 1st round in their respective schools. Students from each school were divided into 2 groups, class 7th to 9th, and class 10th to 12th. In each group the three best students were selected. These students along with their parents were invited to stay in Mayapur and receive the golden opportunity to have darshan of their Lordships Sri Sri RadhaMadhava, Lord Sri Narasimhadeva, Sri Pancha-tattva, and Srila Prabhupada.
As the world commemorated Mandela Day by honouring the former statesman on Friday, 18 July 2014, the devotees and maintenance staff at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple in Durban, South Africa offered their contribution in the form of prayer, a conservation program and food distribution.
Jul 20 2014 Detroit Ratha Yatra 2014
On Saturday, the roads near Novi's civic center and public library became a 2¬Ĺ-mile parade route for the divinities Lord Jagannath (Krishna), his brother Lord Balabhadra and his sister Devi Subhadra. The celebration in Novi is a scaled-down version of what took place in India at the end of June. Three chariots, each four times as high as the one in Novi, are pulled through the streets with close to a million attendees watching. Each deity gets its own chariot.
Jul 18 2014 Krishna Consciousness in Iceland
I live in hot and humid Houston, Texas, a world away from Iceland, the unique North Atlantic island nation born entirely from thousands of volcanic eruptions. Despite attempts by devotees to preach there over the years, Iceland is one of the last Krishna conscious frontiers in the Western world, with no established temple or preaching center. Earlier this year, however, I discovered that Iceland has not at all been forgotten by Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya.
Jul 15 2014 Ojai Ratha 2014 Hanuman Flag Broughaha
Thank you to all of the wonderful devotees who helped make the Ojai Rathayatra a wonderful event! Despite the searing heat of 96 degrees we had a great turnout and a wonderful response from the community for the free feast at Sarazottie Park at the end.
Local food production was, of course, a major goal for New Vrindaban‚Äôs founder Srila Prabhupada, and was emphasized in the community from its inception in 1968 until 1979. But in the 1980s and ‚Äė90s it began to taper off and then all but disappeared, until a smaller scale of farming was re-introduced in 1998 by the Small Farm Training Center.
More than six hundred people from local communities and sixty visitors from other states in Malaysia and other countries such as England and India joined this festival to be fully absorbed in devotion for the sweet Lord. After the official declaration ceremony, the program for the evening featured variety of performances including 1 Malaysia dance performance by Ministry of Social Development and special performances on the Past Times of Lord Krishna by ISKCON children and youths.
The crowd gathered at the beginning of the procession continues to be quite large and impressive. There was a group of thousands that accompanied the Rath from the Railway station, through Sayajiganj, in front of the Maharaja Sayajirao University campus, to the Kala Ghoda ("black horse") Circle, near the Sayaji Bagh (public garden, named after locally famous Maharaja (King) Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III - who lived from 1863-1939)
Jul 1 2014 New York City Hari Nam Report
Ramaraya Prabhu has been valiantly singing the Holy Names of Krishna in Union Square Park for the last 2 and half years and has built up a team of steady team of devotees to help, so that we regularly have Hari Nam parties of 25 or more, every single day, without fail on the streets of New York City. When he began this yajna, things were not so easy; already in his mid-fifties, he started this with only a few devotees and had no financial support or even a place to stay. Today they stay in a brand new ISKCON Hari Nam Ashram, just 30 minutes from the center city and boast a team of 18 steady Hari Nam Warriors.
The grand yatra was about half a kilometre long and had many varieties ‚Äďmusical bands, special group of mridanga players artistically playing devotional songs, children in Vrindavan attire riding on horse and bullock carts, depiction of Lord‚Äôs different incarnations, dozens of ladies carrying lamps, kirtan party in front of each chariots and devotees happily swaying to the tune of Hare Krishna mantra.
Jun 28 2014 Bonfire Kirtan‚Ä¶ a humble effort
We have been fortunate at Murari ‚Äės Kirtan Valley to have the opportunity, through kirtan, to make friendship with many spiritually oriented people from the Nashville area. This unique event, the idea to appeal to our western born countrymen, was, even for our first of many bonfire kirtans, a great success. We were visited by no less than 40 guests throughout the day.
Jun 28 2014 Ecstatic outing with Sri Gaura Nitai
The 400 plus devotees bore an incredulous look on their faces when the deities of were taken into the holy waters of Cauvery, wondering if the deities were really enjoying all the splashing around. But the devotees, once they entered the waters, certainly had a swell time like young enthusiastic kids gone wild.