7th Ratha Yatra Festival In Sri Lanka

ISKCON Sri Lanka celebrated the 7th Ratha Yatra festival on the 17th saturday and 18th sunday of September 2005.


Happy World Vegetarian Awareness Month

Happy World Vegetarian Awareness Month - October World Vegetarian Day - October 1st

World vegetarian day has been observed since 1977 bringing together vegetarians from all over the world for a common cause. It brings awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. We're observing growing trends, especially since Foot and Mouth and Mad Cow diseases, but about one million people a year become vegetarians in the US alone, and millions in Europe, Australasia too. Everything that we are doing is making a difference, and every little bit helps.


Vaisnava sanga

"We are creating this website with the hope of establishing a place where devotees, who find themselves anywhere in the world, can connect and communicate with others. So far we found that already-existing forums are often reserved for certain groups or subject matters (for example the gurukulis). We invite everyone who is interested in and practices Krishna Consciousness."


Vrindavan Lila picture gallery

Vrindavan Lila picture gallery

Govardhana Puja / Diwali edition of the FOLK News

FOLK News (Friends of Lord Krishna)

Mythotherapy for relief to humanity

The modern materialist bases his idea that existence is only chaos. The Vedas refute out of hand the idea that everything is chaos and present a cosmological vision of a cosmology that is not found parallel in humanity, and which also coincides to a large degree with modern scientific discoveries. Mythotherapy creates a circumstance which we call the mystical healing cross. This cross is produced when the myth, the revelation, crosses with the logo, or the appreciation of the human intellect. Mythotherapy is in no way an imposition which tries to bring in people through fear into an institutional dogma.


Sadhusanga - Vaisnava Audio Books

Sadhusanga.com is dedicated to recording books written by Gaudiya Vaisnava acharyas. Readings by Dhruva Maharaja Dasa and Samapriya Devi-dasi.

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Sadhu Sanga

Children's Ratha-Yatra in Mayapur


Sri Lalita Devi's Appearance Day

By the mercy of Sri Lalita Devi we have Mayapur manifested. Here is a photo of Sri Lalita Devi's lotus face. Your servants, Padmalochan Das & Vrindavan Lila Dasi


Spanish Fork Hare Krishnas match $1,300 in aid

SPANISH FORK — Hurricane Katrina may have taken food from the mouths of its Gulf Coast victims, but members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness are among hundreds of volunteers helping to put it back.

"We can still accept donations for Katrina and forward them to Food for Life Global, but the matching-funds part is over," Das said.

Utah news

The Sleeping Image Of Lord Vishnu

The shrine of Jalasayana Narayana (Lord Vishnu) which is a famous and fascinating one is located in Budhanilkantha, a small town situated nearly eight km north of the capital, Kathmandu. It is the starting point for the uphill climb and the plains of Kathmandu valley.

For the entry of the courtyard outer gates are built in all four directions. On the right side of the southern gate, there is a shrine of Lord Shiva and adjacent to it on the corner, there is an apartment of the Hare Rama Krishna Mandal. In this apartment devotees assemble from far and near and chant the holy names of the Lord Vishnu who is believed to be the originator, protector and sustainer of the universe. On the left side, a shrine of the goddess Saraswati also is established.

The Rising Nepal

Tampa club's beat goes on

Skipper's Smokehouse celebrates 25 years of eclectic music and patrons. What a long, strange trip it's been.

There were also a 25-piece harmonica band, a Hare Krishna band, a 100-person drum circle, and the rootsy, bluesy Crawlin' King Snake Band from Switzerland.


Spiritual tourism can attract visitors to Trinidad & Tobago

SPIRITUAL tourism has become a new buzzword in the travel and tours circuit around the world including Trinidad and Tobago with its beautiful temples which have the potential for attracting foreign visitors outside the carnival season, according to Dr Kumar Mahabir.

It is especially for this reason that the Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council (ICC) adopted the theme "Temples and Tourism in Trinidad" for this year's edition of its Divali magazine.

He referred to the Hare Krishna temple in Longdenville which, he said, houses an altar of breathtaking beauty with craft items in the form of deities, saints, peacocks and flowers and Penal where there is the Shiva Temple where scores of devotees converge weekly to seek a symbolic stone's reputed healing powers.


Vastu Training Course

The European Academy of Vedic Sciences (EAVS) is conducting a six-day Vastu Training Course at the Vedic Academy in Germany to train professional Vastu Consultants. After this course the students will continue their studies at home, working on different practical projects and going through additional course materials under qualified guidance. All the training materials are available online.

The EAVS is working on establishing an international network of Vastu Consultants and is still looking for representatives for Vastu and Jyotish in many countries. Many former students of the Vastu Training Course have already successfully started Vastu academies and businesses themselves in their home countries. Among those are Ajamila Prabhu (UK, Malaysia), Kanakabja Prabhu (London), Krsnalaya dd (Hungary), Upananda Prabhu (Croatia), Madan Mohan Prabhu (Switzerland), Giridhari Prabhu (Italy) and others.


Business Associates wanted to sell Radha Krishna Arts & Paintings

This is just a devotional approach towards the devotees who love the Radha Krishna arts & paintings and could not afford to buy valuable original arts masterpiece to bless themselves and their house with the bliss of shri shri Radha krishna.

Due to one piece or masterpiece of a particular Art , not more than one devotee could enjoy the beautiful lord in the art form, with the help of Ltd Edition Canvas transfers copies more and more devotees could have that particular art piece at the same time.


Corning native wants to spread culture of India

CORNING - Artist, sculptor, architect and author Alfred Valerio has a dream as big as two cities - one of them involving his native Corning.

He just started work on designing a city of 25,000 residents to be built in India, south of Delhi on the banks of the Yamuna River. The city also will accommodate 75,000 visitors a day - a total of 30 million visitors a year - who are on a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Krishna, who is worshiped as an incarnation of Vishnu, the principal Hindu deity.


Hare Krishna Myths and Facts

Is the Hare Krishna Movement a Cult?
As we have come to know I.S.K.C.O.N., we have become aware that it is a representative of the main stream of Indian Vaishnava religion. As such they follow teachings and practices which have a venerable tradition in India. Dr. J. Gordon Melton (10-10-2000)

Vaishnava blog feeds

Halloween Harinama in Ohio

The Cleveland Nama Hatta Program will hold its sixth annual Halloween Harinam in Kent, Ohio, on October 29, 2005, at 8 pm. The group will meet at the corner of Water and Main Streets in downtown Kent.

This event, which started with a small group in 1999, has expanded in recent years to include devotees from New Vrndavan, Columbus, and Detroit. Each year the devotees chant the holy names to thousands of people lining the streets in their Halloween costumes.


Food for Life Brings Meals, Hope to Katrina Victims

As people everywhere send prayers and aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, teams of volunteers have mobilised, determined to get freshly made meals to everyone in the Gulf Coast area who needs them.

For some volunteers, this service is not merely a good deed—it’s a sacred duty. They are members of Food For Life Global, said to be the world’s largest vegetarian/vegan food relief group, a not-for-profit organisation that is affiliated with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), and the food that they are distributing is prasadam (sanctified vegetarian fare).


The ISKCON Cinema website is online

ISKCON Cinema has joined forces with ITV to digitally restore all the films and videos currently available of Srila Prabhupada. The new set will replace the older version giving never before seen clarity to these precious moving images. It will include newly discovered films of Srila Prabhupada in Germany, Mayapur, Sweden, Detroit and Los Angeles all arranged chronologically from the first film of Prabhupada with Dr. Misra at Ananda Ashram to his last days in Vrindavan. Multiple audio tracks will be included to complete the library.

View trailer MOV format 16 MB


Reprinting of Follow The Angels and In Search of the Ultimate Goal of Life

Gosai Publishers is happy to announce the re-printing of the popular book Follow The Angels by Srila Sridhara Maharaja - the first volume of the Path of Dedication series. Follow The Angels is divided into three chapters—The Krsna Conception, Follow The Angels and Higher Talks. Part One deals with the concept of Sri Guru and the Holy Name; Part Two explains how we should approach higher spiritual subject matters, and Parth Three concerns the unique position of Sri Gadadhara Pandita and other elevated topics.

Gosai Publishers is also reprinting In Search of the Ultimate Goal of Life by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada. This book was probably the first literary work by Srila Prabhupada after he accepted sannyasa in 1959. The book deals with the divine conversastion between Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Raya Ramananda on the banks of the Godavari River, and is considered by Gaudiya Vaisnavas to be the acme of all theistic conceptions.

These two reprints, as well as the new book of Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Encounters with Divinity will be available during Karttika in Vrndavana, India from selected book stores as well as from Mandala Publishing or matha devotees.


Ludhiana Ratha Yatra 15th Oct

Bhagwan Jagannatha Ratha Yatra (Festival of Chariots) will be held in Ludhiana (India) on 15th Oct.05. The parade will start at 3P.M . (IST) from Durga Mata Mandir and will end at Raghunath temple. The whole parade route will be decorated with lights, flowers etc. Prasadam stalls will be put on the road of the parade. Crackers will be fired at the end of the festival. Nearly four lakh people from India and abroad are expected to join this grand festival. There will be 21 days morning Nagra Sankirtan starting from 25th Sept.05 to invite the local residents at their door steps.


The Radha Krishna Temple

Produced by George Harrison and recorded at Apple Studios in London (1970)

This songs are very special. They connect the Vedic wisdom with western know-how. That's a principle Srila Prabhupada told us about and which he demonstrated by his own example over and over again. To greet the deities the song Govinda still is played every morning in each ISKCON temple all over the world. Srila Prabhupada wrote about this song in a letter: "The record is so nice that I am playing it at least once in a day and it is giving me transcendental pleasure with tears in my eyes. I am sure this record will be the first-class 'hit' as already opined by the experts."
Indeed the songs Govinda and Hare Krsna Mantra reached the top 10 in record charts throughout the world.

Singer: Jivananda and Lilavati; Yamuna (Govinda, Bhajahu Re Mana)
George Harrison: harmonium and guitar (Hare Krsna Mantra, Govinda)

Govinda.mp3 - Text/Translation
Sri Gurvastakam.mp3 - Text/Translation
Bhaja Bhakata.mp3 - Text/Translation
Hare Krsna Mantra.mp3
Sri Isopanisad.mp3 - Text/Translation
Bhajahu Re Mana.mp3 - Text/Translation
Govinda Jaya Jaya.mp3 - Text/Translation

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Bhaktivedanta Mission Fest at the Nava Gundica Mandir

Please join us as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's Arrival in the West. He first landed at Commonwealth Pier. The Bhaktivedanta Mission Festival is an opportunity for us to reflect on the reasons Srila Prabhupada came to the West, the great gifts he has given us, and our responsibility to continue his work. We have no sponsors at this time.


ISKCON Boston - Photo Gallery

Krishna with Gopis

Krishna with Gopis: From an Orissan Silk Screen Print

posted by Katoch

Dandiya spectacle!

MORE THAN 2,000 dance enthusiasts are expected to attend an evening of non-stop dandiya festivities at a celebration organised by the Indian Ladies Association (ILA) later this month.

"The grand dandiya festivities will be an exciting package of music, dance, colour and vibrancy as people dance with colourful sticks to traditional dandiya music in ethnic costumes," said ILA entertainment secretary Shagufta Munshi.

The origin of these dance performances, or raas, can be traced back to the life of Lord Krishna, who is one of the chief gods in the Hindu religion.

Gulf daily news

Krishna consciousness

What first strikes you about this Hare Krishna leader is his humility. Bolaji Rosiji, son of the late politician, Chief Ayo Rosiji, was introduced to the movement at a very young age.

His parents tried in vain to discourage him but he was determined to hold unto his beliefs. Today, he has forsaken all to serve Krishna and has risen to become the head of the movement in Lagos.

He spoke recently to Daily Sun about this religion, what makes it unique, why they are vegetarians and lots more.

The Sun News On-line

Where the Magic Is: Def Leppard Meets Hare Krishna

Rick Allen is best known as the drummer for the popular hard rock band Def Leppard. After a 1984 car accident severed Allen's left arm, the future looked bleak for the British quintet. But Allen returned after only a few months, helping the band produce some of the biggest hits of its career, including “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Hysteria,” and ”Two Steps Behind.” Currently on tour with Def Leppard, Allen also plays on Krishna Das’ new album of chant, “All One.” Although not a Hare Krishna himself, Allen finds spirituality in many places—Hindu mantras, the Lord’s Prayer...


Hare Krishna Podcasts

Podcasting is a method of publishing audio programs via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed of new files (usually MP3s)

Audio recordings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The BapCast Network
Talks about Spirituality, Vegetarianism and Ecology from the Vedic viewpoint

Sita-pati das podcasts
From the virtual pen of Sita-pati das

India fest presents tale of good and evil

Thousands of years ago in India a man named Rama was king. He was the most virtuous man in the land, the perfect symbol of mortality. His wife, Sita, was equally beautiful and virtuous.

They are part of the Ramayana, the story of good versus evil that is the highlight of the Festival of India today at the Hare Krishna temple in Spanish Fork.

The story says that one day an evil giant, Ravana, kidnapped Sita and took her to an island, now known as Sri Lanka. Rama, who had been exiled to the forest, could not send his army to save his wife

Daily Herald

Minister in temple

Nabadwip, Sept. 11: PWD minister and senior RSP leader Amar Chowdhury has earned the wrath of his party by attending a seminar at the Iskcon (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple at Mayapur today.

Chowdhury, who spoke on the “life and philosophy” of Iskcon founder Prabhupada, called it a personal visit.


Faithful unite to remember Sept. 11

FRISCO – They were Muslims and Christians, Hindus and Jews.

And Sunday they gathered to remember the Sept. 11 terrorist attack victims and pray for peace.They were reminded that while they may practice different religions, they have much in common.

"We're all part of one community," said Nityananda Dasa, pastor of Hare Krishna Temple of Dallas. "One thing that's going to solve the problems in this world is if we unite under the banner of God."

The Dallas Morning News

Geeta updesh most relevant for peace & tranquility: Narayan Sayee

JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 13- The teachings of Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta are most relevant in the prevailing global socio-economic environment created by the blind race of technological development responsible for mounted stress and strain on human mind which has made entire human race a slave of mechanical age.

This was stated by Swami Narayan Sayeeji at his day-long sermon delivered before about 40,000 to 50,000 devotees at saint Shri Asa Ram Bapuji's ashram at Bhagwati Nagar today. In his enlightening, thought provoking and breath takingly impressive parvachan, Swami ji cautioned the people against excessive indulgence in the worldly affairs and materialistic kingdom which has changed entire human race in a living machine. Referring to the sermons of Lord Krishna to Arjun, Swami ji reiterated that the human beings have to make actions without expectations of the results. He said that our good or bad actions or karmas decide our destiny.

Newsline From J&K Government

"Misery Loves Company" Cartoon

Here's a short animation we came across that struck us as a fitting illustration of a line from a famous verse in the scripture Srimad-Bhagavatam: "The material world is a place where there's danger at every step." The verse goes on to say that the ocean of dangers in the material world shrinks down to a puddle for those who take shelter at the feet of Lord Krishna. Click here to play the cartoon


Vaisnava Reminder Software

Vaisnava Reminder project - the software aimed to be personal information assistant of anyone in Krishna's devotee community. Though I tried to make it as simple as possible, it gives you a lot of power to store and manage your records of to-do tasks, events and diary.

The software has built-in generator of vaisnava calendar and panchang, so you can get events for your own place of living in less than a minute, and if you travel you can easily regenerate it for another place.


Hare Krsna Festival Of Chariots In New Jersey


Odissi recital leaves audience spellbound

MUSCAT — Odissi dance came alive over the weekend with two back-to-back performances by prominent exponents of the art, from the land of Odissi dance — Orissa — itself. Audiences were left spellbound for two-and-a-half hours at the Oman Auditorium of Al Bustan Palace Hotel.

The third artiste presented an Abhinaya Kede Chhanda Jaanlo Sakhi composed by the famous Oriya poet Banamali. This composition depicted the engrossing episodes of Krishna Leela or Krishna’s adorable mischief. Vividly portrayed are the killing of demons like Bakasur, Kaliya demon and Viswarup Darshan as also Mother Yashoda’s astonishment at her son’s divinity. Krishna and the other characters were beautifully enacted by Lekha in a quick reversal of roles.


A People's Police for Independent India

By far the most important AREA that has been identified for the Indian Police to be more of the people’s police is on the improvement of their relationship with the public, as without the best image i.e. "faith and love" of the public thereby enlisting their popular support and co-operation no police work can effectively be achieved. For keeping the "police-public-relationship" at best what is required is to ensure that every policeman performed his duties "correctly and patiently", and also most "honestly" always considering himself as a part or constituent member of the "community or the people or the nation", and not something outside it. For the achievement of such a goodwill what is imperative is to instill confidence in them by showing that they (policemen) are always there to help them (the public), particularly during critical times, for it is only when some sort of "FAITH" is established then comes the feeling of "love" as is very rightly expressed in the saying - "when there is faith, there is love, and when there is love there is peace" - to establish always peaceful situation or atmosphere amongst the people is the "foremost duty" that is entrusted upon the police which is termed as the "maintenance of public peace and order" - in this regard it may be relevant to mention here and remember the divine teaching imparted by Lord Krishna to Arjuna as is in the Bhagavad-Gita, chapter 4, verse 18 (Gyan yoga) - which says "KARMANYO-KARMA YAH PASHED-KARMANI, CHA KARMA YAH CHHA BUDHIMAN MANUSHESHU CHHA YUKTA KRITSNA-KARMAKRIT" - he who finds, in the midst of intense activity peace, and in the midst of greatest peace intense activity, he is a perfect man - an indication that may be established from the divine teaching and message is that while carrying out his prescribed duties one should always maintain his calmness of mind i.e. peace disregard of their results, and it is only with a peaceful mind that one can carry out his actions most peacefully.


Hare Krishna parade in Colombia - Ratha Yatra 2005 festival

Full report: porelamoruniversal.blogspot.com (Spanish / Español)

Of hospitality, crafts & cosmos - three in one Mayapur plan

A $500-million ski village project in Manali, a Rs 283-crore tourism hub in Mayapur, a beach resort in Orissa, a cultural project in Rajasthan… All in a day’s work at Alfred Brush Ford (ABF) International — on paper, that is.

The company of Henry Ford’s great-grandson was back in town on Wednesday with more grand plans for India’s tourism industry. The word from ABF International’s B-team — vice-president Alister Taylor and director John Robert Sims — was that the ski village in Himachal Pradesh had already been “initiated”, projects in Orissa and Rajasthan were being “researched”, and the Bengal extravaganza was ready to get off the ground next year.

Going by what Taylor and Sims had to say — largely on the lines of what Alfred B. Ford, or Ambarish Das of Iskcon fame has been saying for some time now — the Mayapur project would be three-pronged, with a village industry park, a tourist hospitality complex and a Vedic planetarium. Each would be on around 20 acres of land and funded through foreign direct investment.

The planetarium will “showcase the ancient cosmology of India”. Ecologically sound, fitting in with the local architecture and a feeling of local ownership and community connection are important for the success of the project, felt Taylor and Sims.


Endless variety at Budapest festival

Skinhead bikers, trance-hippies and suited-up yuppies surrounded me in the middle of a huge field, while a Hare Krishna jam band rocked out for their 4th consecutive hour.

It was an island of human diversity, taking place on an island in the Danube alongside Budapest, at Central Europe's largest music festival, Sziget.

Vancouver Sun

Srimati Radharani picture Gallery


How to make Jagannatha Tongues (Pastries)

"I make these sweet, crispy pastries for lots of feasts and parties here at the temple, they are easy and fun to make. You can use either oil or clarified butter (ghee) to fry the pastry, ghee tastes better. They are pronounced Jug-a-nut."

Gopala Guru Blog

5th Annual Rathayatra Festival At Niles, Michigan

The Hare Krishna Center of Michiana is pleased to announced the 5th Annual Rathayatra parade in Niles, Michigan. As before, Lord Jagannatha's Ratha will be one of the many floats in the Niles Apple Festival Parade attended by thousands of onlookers.

The Parade is set to start at 12:00 PM Noon
Saturday October 1st, 2005 in the vicinity of Sycamore and 2nd Streets Downtown Niles, MIchigan and will proceed along a 2-mile course to the Niles High School parking lot.

After the parade a free vegetarian feast will be offered at the Riverfront Park for the pleasure of all the devotees.


Ram temple at Ayodhya in 2009

KANCHEEPURAM: State propaganda secretary of the RSS Krishna Jaganathan has asserted that Ram temple will be built at Ayodhya in 2009.

Addressing a public meeting near Rangaswamy temple tank here last night, he said that the message of Ramayana was relevant to the society, especially when the threat of AIDS was looming large.

Prevention of AIDS would be possible if the values propagated by Lord Rama were followed by the youth.

Stressing that Hinduism was the essence of Indian culture and a way of life, Jaganathan said that Hindu scriptures and values should be taught in schools.


The Speaking Tree: A Tribute to Radha's Sweet Love for Beloved Krishna

How can one achieve love-communion with God? This yearning — often compared to that of a pining lover — has poured forth in poetry and song, myth and fable.

Among them is the story of Radha's yearning for Krishna. With madhura bhakti or sweet devotion, Radharani achieved atmasamyogam or union with the Divine. When we call Him Radhakrishna, we acknowledge this love-union.

Indian tradition enumerates three paths for a soul to experience this union: jnana marga or way of knowledge; karma marga or way of action and bhakti marga or way of devotion. Of these three, the path of devotion is filled with a rare sweetness and ecstasy experienced by the devotee, bhakti.

Times of India

Karma is a funny thing

My Name is Earl (TV Preview)
United States | 2:48 | Marc Buckland

Karma is a boomerang and it's about to hit Earl in the back of the head. A likeable low-rent crook, Earl has an epiphany after winning a small fortune in the lottery and hearing words of wisdom from none other than Carson Daly. Determined to turn his good luck into a life-changing event, he sets out to right all his past wrongs. This comedy, like Earl himself, has a voice and style all its own.

AtomFilms - My Name is Earl (TV Preview)


Bhagavad Gita in Real Audio

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Radio Krishna

Rural Relief Center Opened in Randiya, Community Center to be Built in Chennai

Recently the Bhaktivedanta Ashram opened a new rural relief center in Randiya, approximately 20 km away from our main Ashram in Orissa. With cooperation from the local villagers, a small piece of land was given to us for establishing a permanent relief center in the village. The village consists of people from the very poor adivasi (tribal) community. More than 300 children in the village attend regular programs at the new center.


Shilpa animates ‘Childhood of Krishna’ with Animo

Shilpa Ranade an M.Phil in Animation from the Royal College of Art, London is an accomplished animator and currently Assistant Professor at Industrial Design Centre, IIT Mumbai. She has some amazing animation to her credit. The above film ‘Childhood of Krishna’ is one of the ten part series on world faiths commissioned by S4C, Wales which was meant to introduce various world religions to British school children through popular stories. The ‘Childhood of Krishna’ recounts well known incidents in the life of Krishna up to the time he kills Kansa. The character design and imagery and layouts for this film are sourced from Indian miniatures based on the life of Krishna.


Hare Krishnas raising funds for victims

SPANISH FORK — Utah's Hare Krishnas are urging participation in raising funds for Hurricane Katrina victims. The Krishna Temple will donate $1 dollar for every dollar donated, up to $2,000, local Krishna leader Caru Das said.

The group is using its Web site — www.ffl.org — to collect donations for its worldwide Food for Life vegetarian food distribution network that normally distributes 500,000 plates of food a day, Das said in a statement.

Krishnas are now focusing distribution in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.


Society for Krishna consciousness

Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu introduced the chanting of Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna Hare Rama Hare Rama as a great means of propaganda for spreading love of God. It is recommended not only for Kaliyuga, but also for all ages.

Long before Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu introduced a massive non-violent and disobedience movement. He swept aside the stifling restrictions of the hereditary caste system and made it possible for people of all ranks to achieve the highest platform of spiritual enlightenment.


ISKCON condemns Rajasthan govt for demolishing hills

Ludhiana, September 7: THE ISKCON Festival Committee (IFC), a religious group, has condemned the Rajasthan government for demolishing hills in Vrindavan by using dynamite.

IFC has alleged that the government has some vested interest in it.

Ludhiana IFC president Raj Surya Das said in a press conference, “The Rajasthan government has ignored the fact that Vrindavan has a special mention in Hindu vedas and scriptures. Lord Krishna spent early years of his life here while performing various miracles and blessing his followers. The government is hurting religious sentiments of all the Hindus’’.


Yamuna clean-up

New Delhi, September 8: NON-Government Organisations (NGOs) concerned about the state of the Yamuna may have welcomed the Supreme Court’s nod to the Thames course, but they want a single agency to handle the plan.

Of the total 1,300 km that comprise the Yamuna, the 22 km stretch falling in Delhi records 80 per cent of the pollution load. "The difference can be clearly seen. The colour of the river water changes the moment it enters the Palla area," said Krishna.

Yamuna Action Plan


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Vaishnava Toshani

Vaishnava Toshani. New edition, Sep 6,2005: "Srila Sridhar Maharaj always took every aspect of Krishna consciousness to its finest point..." posted by Srutasrava Prabhu currently staying with Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj here in Nabadwip.


Sri Radha Damodar - Vrindavana Daily Darshan

7 September 2005


Sri Sri Radha-Nilamadhava Today

Darshan of Deities on: September 07 2005

Iskcon Houston

Britain celebrates Krishna's birthday

Immigration Minister, Tony McNulty MP, was among several dignitaries who celebrated the religious festival of Krishna Janmasthami at the Shri Venkateswara Balaji Temple in Birmingham. The temple is developing into one of Europe's largest Hindu temples.

The celebrations were organised by Dr Narayan Rao of Hindu Council UK, and the guest list consisted of dignitaries from the political, business and religious communities, including Adrian Bailey MP, Lord Bhattacharyya, Lord King, Sri and Gopi Hinduja, Sangar and Swami Nirliptanandaji.

He concluded by saying that as regards the contribution of the Hindu community in the UK, it is not just confined to temples, celebrations and spirituality, but that the Hindu community gives a lot back to the country and respects other communities. "Our strength as a nation is our respect for each others' diversity", he said.


SC allows Delhi govt to adopt Yamuna plan

Wednesday, September 7, 2005 (New Delhi):

The Supreme Court today allowed the Delhi government to adopt the action plan to clean river Yamuna, in line with the steps taken by the British government to clean river Thames.

The Court approved the action plan for constructing sewage treatment plants at all points where major drains meet the river Yamuna, so that no untreated sewage gets discharged into the river.

The Yamuna, considered one of the holiest rivers in India, has today become one of the most polluted as well, and its water declared unfit for drinking.

Even in small cities like Mathura, devotees have been ritually pouring milk into the holy river for centuries, believing it can heal their illnesses and cleanse their sins.

But it's not just milk. People also throw sweets and sindoor, wrapped in plastic bags, all of which makes the river highly polluted.


Krishna Temple raising money for relief efforts

Whenever the building is open, the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple on the southern edge of Spanish Fork has a buffet available for anyone who needs a meal.

"That's basically our policy worldwide, that no one within 10 miles of our temple should go hungry," said temple vice president Caru Das.

That policy is the reason the Hare Krishna Food for Life program distributes meals to people who need it. While the organization brings meals to people every day of the year, the number of Hurricane Katrina victims needing food has caused an surge in the services. Das said the temple in Spanish Fork is raising money to send to the national organization and will match every dollar it receives until the Festival of India Sept. 17.

"What inspires us to do what we do is not only feelings of humanitarianism, but the food that we give to people is consecrated in our temple," he said, adding Krishnas believe that by doing this, they are nourishing the soul as well as the body.

About $500 have been raised since Monday, when the program was started. Das hopes to raise several thousand dollars, which is about what they raised for the tsunami in Southeast Asia last year and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.


Ford to bring NASA, Vedic scholars together

Kolkata, September 7: Scientists from NASA will join hands with Vedic scholars to explore mysteries of ancient Indian cosmology at a Vedic planetarium about 100 km from Kolkata, once the initiative of Alfred Brush Ford, scion of the US automobile giant Ford, bears fruit.

Planned at Mayapur, an ancient seat of Vaishnavism and global headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the planetarium forms part of a Rs 283- crore economic initiative by Ford, an ISKCON devotee.

Ford's company, ABF International, will promote the project along with a village industries park and a tourism hospitality complex at Mayapur visited by lakhs of tourists each year from India and abroad.

"This will be unique project showcasing the scientific evidence on ancient cosmological descriptions of space. We have conducted a series of research and found that the distance between planets, as mentioned in Vedic cosmology, are profoundly accurate with the findings of modern studies,'' said ABF International senior vice-president Alister Taylor recalling that Mayapur was a famous seat of scientific and cultural learning in medieval Bengal, he said, "through our research, we realised that something very interesting (cosmological studies) was happening here."


ISKCON Mayapur Design page

Nanda Gram - Krishna's kids Blog


Festival of India

On Copenhagen town square they had a Festival of India, which was great fun to attend.

Festival was arranged by the danish Krishna movement and had a program for the whole day incl. free (and very tasty - I might add...) vegetarian food for people passing by.

Created by Sachmanns.dk

Yadupati's photos

A special appearance of Shri Krishna Bhagavan in Puri, Orissa.

Yadupati's photos

Monday Hindu

Rejina Jinaraj wanted her fiancee to know what to expect. She wanted him to get a glimpse of the world she once called home, a world rich with Hindu traditions.

"He's never seen it," Jinaraj said of the Indian traditions she grew up with in the southwest Indian state of Kerala.

Jinaraj left this behind in 2001 when she came to study at the University of Utah. But on Saturday, Jinaraj, 22, her husband-to-be Ryan Sincic, 29, and their friends made their way to Spanish Fork to the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple for their Betrothal Ceremony, where those traditions live on.

Not much is spoken of Hindus in Utah County. Not much is even said of Hindus in Utah. But they're here, and they have their own temple modeled after the famous Indian palace, Kusum Sarovar, which means "temple on a lake of flowers."


Joshi assails move to distort Indian history

Monday, September 05, 2005, New Delhi: Former human resource minister Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday assailed the move to distort the Indian history by the NCERT and demanded that school syllabus, which described Lord Ram and Lord Krishna as 'imaginary figures,' should be scraped immediately.

He said: "Our children are taught that Rama and Krishna are imaginary figures, Aryans came from outside and they consumed beef." Mr Joshi, a senior BJP leader, was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the 27th foundation day of Kendriya Arya Yuvak Parishad.

Mr Joshi, who was the former HRD minister during the NDA rule, said instead efforts should be made to "save" India's culture, history and religion. He demanded that the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads should be included in the school curriculum.


Vrindavan artist’s ode to Lord Krishna through exotic Kanhai gold paintings

God can be worshipped in many ways. Some do it through music, some by following rituals, and some through paintings, which was evident at the Kanhai Gold Painting Workshop in Kolkata. Just one look at the Kanhai paintings will make you feel there has been a reincarnation of Lord Krishna.

Kanhia Chitrakar, who has been considered the pioneer of Kanhai Gold Paintings, is conducting a month long workshop in Kolkata, where participants are made familiar with the art of making the distinctive gold paintings.

"With the blessing of God I realised that painting was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. First I started with portraits, and then, slowly added gold to the paintings. That's how the birth of Kanhai painting came into existence", said Kanhia Chitrakar.


Lord Krishna in 2005 Nepal

- If Lord Krishna reincarnates in 2005 Nepal to harness his Mahabharata wisdom and experience to resolve our conflicts, would he not find himself in a state of quandary?

Lord Krishna is a legendary figure in Mahabharata epic for craftsmanship in war and peace. The Gita was the product of the Kurukshetra battlefield. He tried his best to clinch peace between two belligerent sides, the Pandavas and the Kauravas. He failed in his peace mission but he had no regret because he believed it was his duty to try but success was not under his control.


The many moods of Mahabharata

Exploring the woman’s world in the Mahabharata with Draupadi at the centre. Rituparno Ghosh’s “most difficult film” will roll out of city-based RPG Group’s Saregama Films early next year. The Hindi-English bilingual called Draupadi is aimed at both the national and international audiences.

“Even Satyajit Ray had attempted the Mahabharata but backed out due to the complexity of the relationships which is so difficult to convey to an international audience. I want to work with the characters of Mahabharata, and not the story. Indian audiences are familiar with the storyline, but international audiences will not know the plot. Striking a balance between the two will be the most difficult task for me,” said Rituparno on Tuesday.

Draupadi, Krishna and Ved Vyas will be the three significant characters Rituparno will focus on. Chandril Bhattacharya, of Chandrabindoo, is working with him on the script that is likely to be ready in the next two months. Only then will the cast be finalised.

Sush to play Draupadi?


Report of the first annual WVA meeting in Europe

Devotees from different Vaishnava missions from all over Europe (Austria, Spain, Slovenia, Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic etc.) gathered in the most beautiful temple of Sri Sri Radha Govinda in Vienna (a branch of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mission founded by Srila Bhakti Vaibhav Puri Maharaj) to participate in the first annual meeting of WVA in Europe. Devotees were nicely taken care of by Sripad Bhakti Sadhak Muni Maharaj, disciple of Srila B.V. Puri Maharaj.


Friends of the BBT Newsletter - Sept/Oct issue

by The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Dear Vaisnava community:

Please relish this BBT related news from around the world. The mercy of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is actively spreading in many interesting ways.

Now available online

Hare Krishna Video chat

Each week, devotees in over 11 countries around the world are taking part in transcendental video conferences and being blessed and inspired with the Divine Harikatha of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj. We are delighted to announce that these video conferences are now improved in broadcast quality and are much easier to use than before. It could not be easier to take part!

* There is no need to download any software!
* You do not have to login! Its free! Absolutely no cost for you.
* Just tell us that you want to join in and we will send you an email. All you have to do is click on the link in that email and you will immediately enter the conference meeting room.


Sri Radha-astami - The appearance day of Srimati Radharani

When King Vrshabhanu offers his Beautiful, blind baby girl to Narada Muni for blessings, Narada Muni became overwhelmed in ecstasy, his hair stood on end, tears were flowing from his eyes, all his body was shivering. . .Narada Muni took that girl baby and put her on his lap. He started to think :'I have gone to all the places in the entire universe, no where I had found such a beautiful girl like this.

All about Srimati Radharani and Sri Radhastami

New book of Srila Sridhara Maharaja

A new book by Srila Sridhara Maharaja entitled Encounters With Divinity is being published by Gosai Publishers. Some of the subjects discussed in the book include sannyasa, varnasrama, Deity worship, the form of Jagannatha, parakiya-rasa, and vipralambha-bhava.

The book will be available by Karttika.

Narasingha Chaitanya Matha

The Universal Teacher

Devavision Productions is producing The Universal Teacher, a new documentary on the life and precepts of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada. The film includes interviews with acaryas of various Gaudiya missions, interviews with some of the last remaining disciples of Sarasvati Thakura and rare footage and photographs from that time. Bonus features on the DVD will include articles about and by Srila Sarasvati Thakura, trailers and a still photograph gallery.

The film will be available in Karttika (mid-October).


Sri Krsna Janmastami at Govindaji Gardens

Sri Krsna Janmastami was celebrated in a grand style at Govindaji Gardens on Saturday 27th August. In the early morning, Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha-Madhava were dressed in a dazzling yellow outfit and decorated profusely with various garlands and flowers.

Full report: www.gosai.com

The little Gokulam

There were a number of spiritual and cultural activities in Nanganalur on the occasion of Gokulashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. The famous Guruvayoorapan temple resembled a mini Gokulam. Devotees thronged this temple in Ram Nagar from dawn to have a darshan of 'Kochu Krishna'. The icon of the Lord is petit, flashing an impish smile, making his devotees ecstactic. Special poojas which included milk, rose water and sandal abishekam, were performed in the morning followed by recitation of verses from holy scriptures like Bhagavatham, etc.


Radharani is Krsna's pleasure potency

TODAY IS RADHASTAMI, the appearance day of Srimati Radharani. Fifteen days after Krsna's birth Radharani appeared. Radharani is Krsna's pleasure potency. Radha-krsna-pranaya-vikrtir hladini-saktih. The Supreme Personality of Godhead has varieties of energy, as confirmed in the Vedic literature:parasya saktir vividhaiva sruyate.

A lecture given on Radharani's Appearance Day, in London, September 18, 1969
By A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja


Radhastami celebrated worldwide

Radharani's birthday is considered one of the most auspicious days of the year by Vaishnavas. Radha is the eternal consort of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Radharani is described in the shastra as the pleasure potency of Krishna. Krishna is Param Brahman. He cannot
enjoy anything material. He has to create the source of enjoyment by His own spiritual potency. That is Radharani. Devotees of Lord Krishna sing on this day: "Jaya Radhe" to please her. If she is pleased then Krishna is pleased. So devotees are very busy on this day to please and serve Radharani understanding that without her mercy no one can approach Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Jaya Radhe! Jaya Radhe!.

File photos of Radhashtami 2004 - ISKCON Bangalore

Radhastami Cum Boat Festival on 11.9.05

Come September 11, it will be the most auspicious appearance day of Srimate Radharani the pleasure potency of Lord Krishna.She is very dear to lord Krishna.Anyone who approaches Her,She will immediately take him or her to Lord krishna, as She being a uttama adhikary sees everyone as more advance and more devoted than Herself.This is her supreme compassion on fallen souls like us.Kindly not miss this opportunity in receiving Her divine mercy.Devotees are expected to fast till 12 noon.Program to start on the 11.9.05 from 12 noon for puspanjali,Arati and prasadam.In the evening, the Boat festival will begin from 6pm to 9pm at the Jalan Besar Swimming Complex.For more information please contact the Temple at 6250 2280.


Invitation for Sri Brahmotsava Festival

We invite all Devotees to participate for the annual Brahmotsavam festival on the German Bavarian Farm. The program will be held starting on Friday 16.9.2005 with a opening ceremony (Vastu Shanti) and a special evening Puja for Lord Laxmi Narasimha Swamy(Swinging the divine Couple with special Mantras and Bhajans). On Saturday we will have a special Abhisheka with 108 Herbs and do a evening Maha Mantra Svathi Puja and Homa for the Lord. All the day we will have good prasadam for all the devotees and participants. There will be time for relaxing and Krishna and Narasimha Katha as we expect a good crowd of Devotees. The leading Sannyasi HH Sacinandana Swami will be Moderator and spiritual Guide for all of us. Please feel free and register under Nandi Mukhi devi: info@simhachalam.de or come straight for the festival to: Narasimha Ksetra Germany, zielberg 20, 94118 Jandelbrunn / Waldkirchen, tel: 0049- 8583 316 Hope to see you all there, Your team of Narasimha Ksetra