Queen Visits Krishna Avanti School

During a visit to the Krishna Avanti School on March 29th, Queen Elizabeth II appreciated the school’s unique values and principles, based upon the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Out of four London locations the Queen visited on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee—commemorating sixty years of her reign—Harrow, the North London Borough where the […]

Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold

Tucked among the hills of the rural northern panhandle at the end of a crumbling, unlined paved road, you would have a hard time stumbling across this hidden treasure. You have to be going there on purpose. Otherwise, you would never notice the 22-karat gold-leaf roof of Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold perched atop a hill, […]

Mumbai’s Bhaktin Radhika Breaks All Book Distribution Records

For the past four years—2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011—Bhaktin Radhika, still in her thirties, has received the World Book Distribution Award from ISKCON sannyasis at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur Dhama, West Bengal. All this despite the struggle of living on her own outside the brahmachari-only Chowpatty ISKCON temple. Read more…

ISKCON Retains Status In Hungary

On February 27, 2012, the Hungarian Parliament voted on the amendment to the new religious law, adding 18 religious organizations to the list of fully recognized churches in Hungary. Among others, the new list includes well-established Christian groups (such as the Methodists, Anglicans, Adventists, Mormons), the Jehovah Witnesses, representatives of other Eastern world religions (2 […]

Temple Profile: New Govardhana, Australia

The temple is situated in New South Wales’ picturesque Tweed Valley, full of lush green mountains, rolling farmland, and towering rainforests, and often capped by neverending blue skies. The climate is sub-tropical, and the temple lies forty minutes from the beach. The nearest town, Murwillumbah, has a population of only 13,000, mostly farmers, but has […]

India’s Richest Shrine Goes Green

The crown jewel is the dazzling gold-plated temple of Lord Venkateshwara. Located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, this is not just one of Hinduism’s holiest shrines, but also one of the richest. It has an annual income of $340m – mostly from donations. Between 50-100,000 people visit this temple every day. This […]

GBC Launches Own Web Site

 ISKCON’s top managing authority, the Governing Body Commission, continues its efforts to put a face on itself and connect more with the general devotee public with a new website, gbc.iskcon.org, launched at 1pm Mayapur time on Friday February 10th.“There has been a lack of easily available information about the GBC—the structure, who the members are, […]

ISKCON Year in Review

 In 2011, ISKCON braved natural disasters; lost loved ones; made key societal and managerial breakthroughs; triumphed over oppression; made important social contributions; and found new focus on basic principles of Srila Prabhupada’s mission such as kirtan and book distribution. Below, in chronological order, we look at these defining moments of the past year. Read more…

Nitai Left his Body

My friend Nitai left for good yesterday. He is not coming back, he died in a car accident. He is not going to ask me again in a dry monotone-” whats going on” By Piyush Gupta My friend Nitai left for good yesterday, he is not coming back, he died in a car accident, he […]

Bhaktivedanta Research Center Expands

 The library catalog of the Bhaktivedanta Research Centre (BRC) in Kolkata, India—which opened in June 2009 and aims to be an easily accessible resource of all Gaudiya Vaishnava literature—has expanded from 3,500 titles in October 2010 to an amazing 15,000 works today. Naturally, these include all ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada’s books, and an expanding library […]