How Hare Krishna came to Myanmar

The biggest annual festival for Hare Krishna devotees in Myitkyina is the Ratha Yatra, a Hindu procession that happens in June or July. In this photo, devotees carry a portrait of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. (Emily Fishbein | Frontier)

The biggest annual festival for Hare Krishna devotees in Myitkyina is the Ratha Yatra, a Hindu procession that happens in June or July. In this photo, devotees carry a portrait of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. (Emily Fishbein | Frontier)

The chance discovery of a magazine at a home in Mawlamyine nearly 40 years ago led to the founding of Myanmar’s Hare Krishna movement.

By EMILY FISHBEIN | FRONTIER
IN 1980, Srivasa Pandit Das, an engineering student at the Rangoon Institute of Technology home on summer holidays in Moulmein, now called Mawlamyine, found an old magazine on his parents’ bookshelf. The chain of events that followed resulted in the establishment of the Myanmar branch of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON – popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement.