This Thursday marks the 46th Anniversary of the incorporation of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. It happened on July 12, 1966 at 26 2nd Avenue (right around the block from what is now the Bhakti Center). Srila Prabhupada's ambitious name for the organization proved prophetic because although there was only that one storefront temple when they incorporated, ISKCON now has over 500 temples worldwide.
To celebrate, the daily Harinama party that is usually in Union Square will instead go to Tompkins Square Park under the "Prabhupada Tree" and have their sit down kirtan from 5-8pm. At 7, there will be a short talk about ISKCON's history. After Tompkins Square, they'll be off to the Bhakti Center in full force for more kirtan.
Plaque in front of Prabhupada's tree in Tompkins Square Park
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