On Thursday August 13th, ISKCON temples worldwide celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the westward journey of founder A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who, at the age of 69, left India this day in 1965 to introduce Krishna-consciousness to the West.
Then, on July 13th, 1966, in New York, Prabhupada established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which now, 50 years later has:
Over the past 50 years, approximately
The poster of the inauguration event in Kolkata
Since its establishment ISKCON has
Today, there are
To this date, Padayatra (pilgrimage) devotees have walked 210,000 km on Padayatra Worldwide, visiting 52 000 villages in 110 countries.
The Netaji Indoor Stadium was packed.
To inaugurate the ISKCON 50th Anniversary year, on August 13th in Kolkata a grand celebration was held with the participation of thousands of devotees from 108 countries, spiritual leaders and dignitaries such as the Chief Minister of West Bengal.
India’s Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard sent ISKCON their special greetings on this occasion.
A brass sculpture of Swami Srila Prabhupada measuring 2.05m was unveiled at Kidderpor Dock, Kolkata, from where Prabhupada began his journey.
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