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Flower Palace in Nandagram


My dear Prabhujis, Please accept my humble obeisances _/\ò_. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Not many people know about it, but every year on Ganga Dashera and Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi there are Phul Bangalas (Flower Palaces) and Kavi Sanmelans (Poetry Recitals) in Varsana and Nandagram respectively. Mostly just the local people come and a few outsiders, but it is a truely wonderful ecstatic experience.

For the last month or so, I’ve been staying at Vrinda Kunda since this is supposed to be the hottest time of the year and no one comes for Parikrama so I can work on development there for the pleasure of the Vaishnavas. Every morning the Kokilas begin their beautiful songs at 3:30 AM as my alarm clock. In the distance the peacocks also begin to cry. (more…)

June 26, 2008 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Images from Mayapur

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ISKCON Sannyasi’s Blissful dance

May 18, 2008 at 9:08 am Leave a comment

Indian ISKCON leaders appear thrilled by the opportunities offered by Sraddha-kutir and Damodar programs.

April 21, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (MON) – About eighty ISKCON leaders from all over India—including GBCs, regional secretaries, temple presidents, and other administrators and preachers—converged on Mayapur for the Indian Continental Committee meetings of April 19–20. These meetings offer leaders the chance to discuss and share on relevant topics and breakthroughs.

The Congregational Development Ministry introduced two initiatives, which are becoming its focus for this year. The first is the Sraddha-kutir campaign: the recognition of singles, couples, or families that successfully obtain a certain standard of spirituality in their home. The program aims at building a better, deeper relationship between the temple and its community members by acknowledging the latter’s efforts in purifying their life and living environment. HH Jayapataka Maharaja showed a PowerPoint presentation that highlighted the purposes of the initiative, the means for putting it into practice, and the benefits that temples and communities would accrue by implementing it.

The second part of the presentation focused on the Damodara Program—the engaging of as many people as possible in offering a lamp to Lord Damodara during the Damodara month. This was pioneered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2001, with humble results (five hundred persons offered lamps). Yet by developing their approach, in 2007 the organizers of the program reached their milestone result of seventy thousand people offering a lamp to Lord Krishna! (more…)

April 22, 2008 at 7:16 am Leave a comment

GBC final days overview


Mar 1, MAYAPUR, WEST BENGAL – On March 1st, the seventh day of the meetings, the morning presentations focused on the Youth Fund and Mayapur Temple of Vedic Planetarium, while the afternoon session consisted of a presentation by Bhaktivedanta Institute (Kolkata) and straw voting on proposals.

Ramabhadra Prabhu presented a detailed update of the current status of the Youth Fund effort. So far, four installments, totaling $3,950,000, has been disbursed to about seven hundred youth around the world. Some unsolicited letters of appreciation were shared with the Body, the common theme being gratitude for the help and renewed faith in ISKCON.

A further $5,550,000 is due to be disbursed in several installments up to 2011, making the total amount payable $9,500,000. There was sustained applause for major contributors to the fund such as Bhakti Charu Swami ($1,000,000) and an anonymous contribution of $500,000 arranged by Radhanath Swami. Los Angeles temple, which contributed well above its quota, also drew special mention. (more…)

March 24, 2008 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment

GBC Breaks Meetings for Day of Retreat


Mar 2, MAYAPUR, WEST BENGAL – A mock debate between GBC members on the topic of “Unity in Diversity Across the Continents” ended in intriguing circumstances during the annual GBC Retreat day on March 2. The debate was one of various activities on a day devoted to kirtana and krsna-katha in novel forms in the tranquil setting of the Jagannath Mandir.

The day began with the GBCs, Deputies, and Ministers honouring breakfast prasadam at Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi Mandir, following which they gathered in front of Srila Prabhupada for an invigorating kirtana by Lokanath Swami and re-taking of the Oath of Allegiance to Srila Prabhupada. The GBC then traveled to the Jagannath Mandir, an ancient temple of Lord Jagannath in a quiet village setting, where Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra were gorgeously decorated replete with golden arms. (more…)

March 6, 2008 at 12:44 am Leave a comment

Overview of Days 4-6 of the GBC Meetings


Feb 27 – 29, MAYAPUR, WEST BENGAL (WED – FRI) – Tension was in the air as GBC member Praghosa Das traded insults and criticisms with ISKCON Resolve Director and meeting facilitator Braja Bihari Das during a presentation by Praghosa. As the debate got uglier and began to resemble a “Daksa-yajna”, worried attendees looked to the Chairman to pacify the situation. Some considered leaving. Some were considering removing the two antagonists before the situation got out of control. The good will that had permeated the meetings thus far was being threatened. . . . (more…)

March 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm Leave a comment

Report from the 3rd day of the GBC meetings 2008


Feb 26, MAYAPUR, WEST BENGAL (TUE) – This morning’s kirtan was led by Bhaktivaibhava Swami following which Bhakti Charu Swami read from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.2.12:

“Immediately go wherever there is good protection for the cows and brahmanas and wherever the Vedas are studied in terms of the varnasrama principles. Set fire to those places and cut from the roots the trees there, which are the source of life.”

Srila Prabhupada’s strong comments in the purport on the proper and improper use of paper elicited humour among the meeting attendees. (more…)

March 3, 2008 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment

Report from the 2nd day of the GBC meetings 2008


Feb 25, MAYAPUR, WEST BENGAL (MON) – Bhakti Marg Swami began today’s meeting with a vigorous kirtan following which Bhakti Vaibhava Swami read from Srimad – Bhagavatam 4.11.27:

“My dear boy Dhruva, please surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the ultimate goal of the progress of the world. Everyone, including the demigods headed by Lord Brahma, is working under His control, just as a bull, prompted by a rope in its nose, is controlled by its owner.”

Chairman Bhanu Swami welcomed everyone and announced that today being HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami’s Vyasa Puja, his disciples have sponsored feast prasadam for all devotees and GBC members at the Gada Kitchen. Bhanu Swami thanked Radhanath Swami for his moving tribute to Bhakti Tirtha Swami in class this morning, and announced that ISKCON Juhu was voted to host the next GBC meeting in October.


March 3, 2008 at 10:44 pm Leave a comment

BBT Reports 28% Sales Increase for 2007 – Report from the 1st day of the GBC meetings 2008


Feb 24, MAYAPUR, WEST BENGAL (SAT) —Trustees of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT), the publishing arm of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, reported today at ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission Annual General Meeting in Mayapura, West Bengal, that its international sales for the year 2007 had increased by 28% over the previous year.


March 3, 2008 at 10:16 pm Leave a comment

Mayapur Flood Update


Sep 29, MAYAPUR, INDIA (THU) — The devotees woke up for the second day in the middle of the Ganga. The water has not risen in the last three hours and mangala arotic went on in the temple as usual, although there were less devotees present than usual.

The main problem is fresh veggies and fruits, although milk is still being delivered from our Goshala. Medical center, supply stores and Govindas have been relocated in the Chakra Building. There is no rain and the power is on, although in some parts of the grihasta area the pumps had to be removed. There is no lack of drinking water. (more…)

September 30, 2007 at 8:35 am Leave a comment

Natural Calamities and Vastu


Sep 28, INDIA (THU) — Nature’s fury, as considered by the science of Vastu.

The recent natural calamities (earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones) in Pakistan, Indonesia, the coastal belts of Sri Lanka and India and earlier in Gujarat and in Orissa have left hundreds of thousands dead and homeless. Many of these people are yet to put their lives and properties together.

Were our ancient masters who laid down the laws of Vastu not aware of the destructive powers of natural calamities? Did they not think of these phenomena when they wrote their texts?

They did think of earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones and other natural calamities when they gave us information about ways and means of construction. They spoke of soil evaluation before construction began. They believed that a foundation of a building was much more than a combination of bricks, mortar, concrete, steel etc. They felt that laying a foundation was a symbolic homage to Mother Earth by man and every possible care to strengthen it was necessary. (more…)

September 30, 2007 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

World Holy Name Day in Pune


ISKCON Pune, India Celebrates World Holy Name DayOn 16th of Sept, 250 devotees of the Sri Sri Radha Kunjabihari Mandir in Pune hit the streets to deliver the medicine in this age of Kali Yuga – the chanting of:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

His Holiness Lokanath Swami Maharaja led the kirtan for more than one hour. World Holy Name Day Posters and banners, and placards showing the Maha Mantra, and World Holy Name Day logo, as well as pictures of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai made the event colorful. A powerful sound system transmitted the transcendental sound vibrations. (more…)

September 24, 2007 at 11:05 pm Leave a comment

Sri Radhashtami Celebrations in Mayapur


September 21, MAYAPUR (FRI)
“If you want to see Yama duta or the messengers of death, don’t observe Radhashtami. If you wish to attain Krishna, try to do some service to please Radharani. Radhe…”with his powerful and giant Kartal HH Jayapataka Swami loudly calls Jay Radhe, devotees at Srimad Bhagavatham class wonders their fortune to have this mercy of Srimati Radharani, to engage in her services at Sri Mayapur dham.

Maharaja points out how Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as combined form of Sri Radha and Krishna, was so merciful to deliver this process of loving devotional service. He urges everyone to take this process very seriously and make their vows on this day.Maharaja finishes his special Srimad Bhagavatham class on Sri Radharani inthe morning before Darshan Arthi.

Nitai Gaur Premanande!!. (more…)

September 22, 2007 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Vyasa Puja of Srila Prabhupada, 5-09-2007, Mayapur


For the full photo-coverage please click HERE

Hari Sauri Prabhu said:

I just want to personally thank you and all the other devotees
involved in staging Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasapuja for making such a
wonderful two days of offerings. I had so many devotees come to me to say
thanks. Some of them said it was the best Vyasapuja they have ever been
too. This is all due to your sincerity and determination to properly
glorify His Divine Grace.
Of course, things can always be improved (don’t get puffed up!) but
we made a good start which I hope can be expanded upon each year. I am
sure Srila Prabhupada was very happy with all the presentations, the
Vyasapuja book (which I thought was exceptionally well done), the first
class prasadam, and the program today with invited guests from the local
Once again, my humble thanks for making it a memorable couple of days.

Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa

Mayapur community Vyasa Puja book (hand-made by devotees) was offered to Srila Prabhupada on His Appearance Day, 5-09-07 in ISKCON Mayapur.

The book is 18″ long, 13″ wide and 8.5″ fat, it’s weight is more than 10 kg.
This is 9-th year we offer Srila Prabhupada such large book of offerings. (more…)

September 15, 2007 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment

ISKCON Janmastami Celebrations

Immersed: While elders were immersed in ‘bhajans’ at ISKCON temple in Secunderabad on Tuesday, this little one appeared to be Krishna personified, busy playing his flute.

Sep 5, INDIA (WED) — A compilation of news reports on temple Janmastami festivities.

Hyderbad: Police keep strict vigil on temples in the wake of blasts

‘Bhajans’, special ‘poojas’ and cultural programmes marked ‘Janmashtami’ celebrations in the city on Tuesday. Devotees, in the grip of fear after the recent bomb blasts, visited the ISKCON temple at Nampally and Secunderabad and had ‘darshan’ of Lord Krishna. “Though the temple is typically crowded on Krishnashtami, the devotee count this time is definitely unusual,” said K.B. Anki Reddy, a life-member of ISKCON. The temples were kept under strict vigil by the police. Metal detectors were installed at the entrances though no frisking was carried out. (more…)

September 6, 2007 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment

The Disappearance of the Ganges – 2007 Update

BY STEPHEN KNAPP (Sri Nandanandana dasa)

As reported in an article by Charles Arthur in the June 8, 1999 edition of The Independent in England, new information has been gathered by scientists at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India, regarding how the glaciers in the Himalayas are retreating. As we had explained, the glacier above Gangotri, from which the Ganges River starts, has retreated about one kilometer in the past 20 years or so. In fact, it has been determined that these glaciers are retreating faster than anywhere else on the planet. Professor Syed Hasnain, the main author of the report, relates that all of the glaciers in the middle Himalayas are retreating. He warns that many of the glaciers in this region could disappear by 2035. New fears are that the meltwater could produce catastrophic floods as mountain lakes overflow. (more…)

August 14, 2007 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

Concerns Raised over the production of Ghee


Dear Devotees, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Recently India TV and other channels telecasted the abominable way of Ghee production in many factories all over India. Before showing that horrible seen the news alert everyone that if you are vegetarian then you will be shocked and if you are non-vegetarian then you will give up eating Ghee for your entire life time. Of course it is very difficult to buy pure Ghee from market.

It shows that in the factories profusely animals dead bodies all around. Some where its fat is boiling in a big big drum and some where it is hanging. They boil it for some time and finally they mix only a little pure ghee or ghee perfume for the smell. Then they nicely pack it and send it to market. (more…)

July 25, 2007 at 7:15 am Leave a comment

Rathayatra Wakes up Puri


Jul 18, PURI, ORISSA (WED) — Rathayatra festival reports from Jagannatha Puri.


The hugely majestic and colorfully decorated chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Goddess Subadhra drawn by lakhs of frenzied devotees, moved along the road to Gundicha temple after the conduct of rituals associated with the world famous Rathayatra here.

The sea of humanity, as it is often described, surged forward as the deities came out of their abode to mingle with commoners and proceed on their annual sojourn to Gundicha. Amidst chants of slokas, traditional music and dance the rituals were completed almost as per schedule. The pahandi carrying the deities out of the temple, their swaying mesmerized one and all, including the foreigners for whom, it is the only chance to see the deities (entry to the temple is banned for them). (more…)

July 18, 2007 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

Over a Million Witness Chariot Festival in Orissa


Jul 17, PURI, ORISSA (TUES)— More than an estimated million people yesterday witnessed the world famous Rath Yatra, the annual chariot festival, with devotees driven to a frenzy to catch a glimpse of the chariots. Residents clad in saffron and foreigners, members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon), were part of the sea of people.

The chorused chant of hymns, beating of the traditional drums and other musical instruments and the roar of the teeming crowds were loud enough to drown the roar of the waves by the seashore. “As pulling of chariot is restricted after evening, it couldn’t be pulled up to Gundicha temple. The chariot which is half-a-km away from the temple will be again pulled today morning,” a temple official said.

“The unique annual event has caught on in different parts of the country, but the celebration at Puri continues to be special as the triad comes out and is visible to those who are normally barred from entering the temple,” Surya Narayan Rath Sharma, a Jagannath cult researcher said. (more…)

July 18, 2007 at 7:56 am Leave a comment

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