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  • WWOOFING on a Hare Krishna Farm, Australia

    World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). Willing Workers on Organic Farms is a loose network of national organizations that facilitate placement of volunteers on organic farms. The video was filmed at on the Hare Krishna Farm in Murwillumbah, New South Wales Australia.

  • Morialta, the Black Boys,and Berry Cheesecake

    World-famous Hare Krishna cook, Kurma dasa, is on the road again, teaching, cooking, and eating. The latest report comes from Adelaide, Australia.

  • Natural Disaster Strikes New Govardhana Festival
    At the beginning of every year a gathering takes place at the ISKCON New Govardhana Community in Australia. Devotees come from all around the world to hear thoughtful classes, dance in the blissful kirtans and honor the sumptuous feasts offered to the Supreme Lord with love and devotion. This year’s schedule ended up a lot different from previous years as unexpected flash flooding was a prominent theme.
  • Australian ISKCON Farm Goes Officially Organic
    This week the ISKCON New Govardhana farming project in Australia received organic certification from the national Organic Growers Association. After several rigorous inspections, the farm was granted a certificate of compliance which allows all fruit and vegetables grown to carry the official OGA logo.
  • Indian Sights Bring Delight to Sydney Residents

    One of the oldest and most important Indian celebrations was held in the Liverpool CBD [Sydney, Australia] last Saturday when about 4000 people attended Rathayatra, the Festival of Chariots.

    It was the second year the festival had been held in Liverpool and organisers said it could become an annual event.

  • Upliftment Down Under: 'Le Carnaval Spirituel' Hits Australia
    The ISKCON-produced Le Carnaval Spirituel is now in the second year of its Australian tour. Many devotees spend months in advance advertising in regional newspapers, television and radio for the upcoming shows. A group of twenty-six devotee artists from around the world come together to deliver a performance that is a thrill for the mind, senses and soul.
  • New ISKCON Restaurant Opens in Australia
    Another ISKCON restaurant opened in Burleigh Heads, Queensland Australia on the 27th of April, 2009. The seating capacity of the new facility, located at 20 James Street, is 30. The ground-level café appeals to what Australians would call an ‘up-market’ clientele.
  • Melbourne Welcomes Parliament of World Religions

    This December 3rd to 9th, the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions will be held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia. The world’s largest global interfaith gathering, it will include 10,000 participants from over 80 countries and represent dozens of religious and faith traditions.

  • ISKCON to Attend Parliament of the World’s Religions

    ISKCON is set to contribute significantly to the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions, held from December 3rd to 9th at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Hundreds Attend Krishna Meditation Workshops
    Australians flock to hear about how the Maha Mantra can help them be more peaceful.
  • Part Bollywood Glitz, Part Other-Worldly Bliss
    It may represent the grand, horse-drawn chariot of Lord Jagganatha, a form of the Indian deity Krishna, but rules are rules on Sydney roads.
  • Billionaires Declare Meat War on Australian Building Site
    The Western Australian construction union has hit out at a ban on building workers eating ham sandwiches and meat pies at the building site of a $70 million mega-mansion.
  • Vedic Leadership Seminar in Sydney, Australia

    On August 7th an 8th, 2010, almost 60 devotees gathered in Sydney, Australia to attend a Vedic Leadership seminar presented by Bhakti-Vidya Purna Swami. The seminar was held over two days with profits donated to the Mayapur Gurukula, to fund scholarships and other requirements.

  • ISKCON Australia School Hall Receives Government Funding

    The Australian Commonwealth Government is funding $250,000 of a new $300,000 Multi-Purpose Community School Hall for the Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula on ISKCON’s New Govardhana farm.

  • Sydney Ratha Yatra: A Garland of Spiritual Devotion

    Sydney Australia: A garland of spiritual devotion weaved its way through the heart of Sydney today as the annual Sydney Ratha Yatra was celebrated by devotees and well wishers of Lord Krishna.

  • G’day Mate: Welcome to Kulimela Down Under
    Kulimela—a meeting of ISKCON youth and second generation devotees that has taken off around the world—is coming to Australia. Starting December 27th, Kulimela Australia will be held at the Hare Krishna farm community of New Govardhana in northern New South Wales, on Australia’s east coast.
  • Countdown to Kulimela Australia

    Kulimela Australia will be drug and alcohol free and will be packed with productive seminars focusing on Health and Medicine, Business and Management, Spiritual and Community Development, and Arts and Entertainment.

  • Australians Ignite Kulimela Fuse
    The recent Australian Kulimela was a great success. Attended by up to 300 devotees and well wishers from around Australia and across the world, many are still swooning over their memories of the association, the kirtan and the prasadam.  
  • Aussie Devotees Bring the Delicious to Byron Bay Bluesfest
    ISKCON devotees in Australia have set up shop to serve delicious prasadam at the week-long music festival Bluefest for the seventh time this year, from Thursday April 21st to Tuesday April 26th. A champion since 1990 of diverse music genres such as Blues and Roots, Latino Music, and African music, this year’s festival will see Bob Dylan headlining on its two final days.
  • Early Disciples Celebrate Forty Years of ISKCON in Australia
    Hundreds of devotees from all over Australia and the world will be converging on Sydney’s Hare Krishna temple from Friday May 20th to Sunday May 22nd, to celebrate forty years of ISKCON in Australia.
  • Brisbane Temple Plans Continue Despite Locals’ Protests
    Locals and environmentalists in Brisbane, Australia have raised strong objections about the City Council’s recent approval to build a new ISKCON temple on land they say used to be protected.
  • On Book Distribution: Vijaya Das Talks At ISKCON Melbourne
  • Govinda`s Restaurant On The Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Temple Profile: New Govardhana, Australia
    New Govardhana wasn’t always the thriving community it is now, starting small and surviving many struggles to get to where it is today. It is known for its large-scale prasadam distribution, beautiful scenery, good weather, beautiful Deities and lots of opportunities for devotional service.
  • New Australian Communications Director Puts Caring First
    ISKCON Australia’s brand new Communications Director, Bhakta Dasa, has a refreshing take on his just-assigned post. “I see it as more than just dealing with media issues,” he says. “I would like ISKCON to communicate with, connect with, and care for the general public."
  • Fascinating Archival Videos from ISKCON Australia's Campaign to Set the Soviet Hare Krishnas Free

    In the 1980's the children of ISKCON Australia played a major role in setting the imprisoned Soviet ISKCON devotees free. A 12 year old boy Prahlada wrote a letter to president Gorbatchev, and along with other children he went on a campaign and regularly performed in the media inspiring people to join their petition.

    The children's famous song was inspired by the letter Prahlada and Raman wrote to Mr. Gorbachev. The lyrics were then penned by the late Yasomatinandana dasa and Harii Bandhu wrote the music.

    The other video is a live television program recorded on March 16th 1988, on Sri Prahlada's 14th birthday.

  • Australasian Teachers Share Best Practices at Education Mela
    Around twenty teachers and other educational staff from ISKCON schools around Australasia converged at the peaceful, retreat-like setting of New Govardhana, Australia for their first “Education Mela” from July 4th to 6th this year.
  • Govinda’s Cooks Up Good Vibes Down Under at Splendor in the Grass
    It’s winter down under, a popular time for music festivals in Australia. And last month’s Splendor in the Grass, the biggest festival of the season, drew 20,000 fans every day from July 27th to 29th.
  • New Sundari Doll Collection Transforms Barbies into Gopis

    Full-time mom Nandini Zaldivar has put her creativity to use in transforming Barbie—the ultimate material girl—into a devoted Gopi doll that’s the perfect role model for ISKCON children.

  • Australia’s First Holy Name Retreat to be Held at New Govardhana
    Australian devotees are thrilled about the event. “We had the idea in 2007, and have been asking the very busy Sacinandana Swami to come every year since then,” says Damodara Pandit. “We’re so excited that he’s finally coming. We haven’t had a major event like this at new Govardhan since the 1980s.”
  • Healing with Kirtan in Australia
    In the 1990s, internationally acclaimed kirtan artist Carmella Baynie was riding the early success of a pop music career. The Sydney-based singer had landed a record deal, her first single was charting well and life had become a blur of television appearances, long days in the recording studio and late-night gigs.
  • Madhava: Kirtan Discussions: Australia 2012

    Kirtan artist Madhava spends some time with us during the October 2012 Sacred India Kirtan Fest in Perth, Australia discussing the roots of Kirtan, its external adaptability, and its spiritual significance. He talks about his life in Switzerland and the many countries he's visited, his first meeting in Vrindavan with kirtan legend Aindra Prabhu, and his final moments with Aindra.

  • "Take Animals Off The Menu!" - Former Citibank Vice-president For Animal Rights

    Philip Wollen OAM (born 1950) is an Australian philanthropist. He is a former vice-president of Citibank and was also a general manager at Citicorp. Wollen became a vegetarian following his departure from Citibank and is a prominent member of the Animal Rights movement. He conducts intervention programs to rescue abused animals and funds outreach programs that promote animal welfare and abstinence. At age 34, Australian Business Magazine named him in the top 40 headhunted executives in Australia. In 2005 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia and in 2007 he won the Australian of the Year (Victoria) award.

  • New Govardhana Gurukula, Australia

    A film about the Hare Krishna School at New Govardhana Community, Australia.

    Produced and directed by Deva Gaura Hari Das.

  • Prime Minister of Australia Accepts Meat-free Challenge!
    Imagine: You're in year 12, and you find out that the Prime Minister is coming to your school. Not only that, you'll get the chance to speak with her! What do you say to her? Passionate young South Australian, and Animals Australia Unleashed member, Leah knew just what to do — be a voice for the animals.
  • A Glimpse into the Ratha Yatra at New Govardhan, Australia

    A short video by Visnujana dasa and about the Ratha Yatra festival taken place in New Govardhana Farm (Australia) 07 Jul 2013.

  • Teaching Positions Available in Australian Krishna School

    The Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula School in New Gorvardhana Australia is currently seeking to employ Secondary School teachers of multiply subjects for the 2014 academic year.

  • Bhakti Short Film Fest in Australia

    Films on Bhakti filling up cinemas?  Yes it is happening. In the Tweed Valley, Australia local devotees have just celebrated the second annual Bhakti Short Film Fest. The event has been held in the local Murwillumbah "Regent" Cinema.

  • Now and Then - Sri Prahlada: Sharing a lifetime of Kirtan (2010)

    Sri Prahlada share his thoughs on his lifetime mission of bringing people happiness.

  • Now and Then: Sri Prahlada and the Krishna Kids of Australia (1986)

    Archival video clip from 1986: gurukula children from New Govardhana, Australia, taking part in the campaig to free the Russian Hare Krishna devotees from prison and religious persecution. 

  • First Ratha Yatra Festival in Adelaide, Australia

    For the first time ever ISKCON Adelaide Hare Krishna Temple celebrated Jagannath Ratha Yatra (Jagannath Chariot Festival) on Sunday 26th January as part of the Australia Day celebration which included a parade, concert & fireworks.

  • Australia: What Happened to the 1st and 2nd Generation Hare Krishnas?

    "The Hare Krishna's First Second and Third Generation. Where are they Now?" On Australian TV Show "Compass".

  • New Govardhana Begins Final Stage of Self-Sufficiency Plan

    In the picturesque Tweed Valley in New South Wales, Australia, ISKCON’s New Govardhana farm began work on the final stage of its five-part self-sufficiency plan in late May of this year. Once the plan is complete, it won’t immediately render the community fully self-sufficient; however it will set the farm on the path towards gradually reaching that goal.

  • Prabhupada Disciple Madhudvisa Das Passes Away

    On August 5th, 2014, one of Srila Prabhupada's earliest disciples, Madhudvisa Das, passed away at the age of 67. He took his initiations in 1968; the first in San Francisco, and the second in Los Angeles. Srila Prabhupada once described him as the "Emperor of Kirtan." When Srila Prabhupada himself was departing this world he said, "bring my son Madhuvisa here."

  • $500,000 Government Grant awarded to ISKCON Melbourne for Temple Kitchen Refurbishment

    On 22nd Oct 2014 the Victorian Government awarded a $500,000 grant to ISKCON Melbourne (Australia) for the Temple kitchen’s upgrade. The Temple kitchen has been distributing sanctified food to the poor and needy of Melbourne through the Temple and various other outlets such as Crossways Hare Krishna Food for Life, for over thirty years.

  • Devotees Chant for Peace in the Aftermath of the Sydney Siege

    An armed man took 17 hostages in a cafe in Sydney's central business district on Monday. Two hostages as well as the gunman died in the incident. Sydnyers are coming to terms with the tragic loss of life during the siege on Tuesday, by adding to a rapidly expanding floral tribute in Martin Place. To help the healing process ISKCON devotees led by Indradyumna Swami have been chanting and doing Harinama nearby. 

  • New Govardhana Gurukula

    A film about the Hare Krishna School at New Govardhana Community, Australia.

  • Teaching Position Available at Australian Gurukula

    The Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula School (New Gorvardhan, Australia) is currently seeking to employ Primary School Teachers for the continuation of 2015 academic year.

  • Devotee Academic Wins $10,000 Bhagavad-gita Essay Prize

    In Australia, devotee academic Padma Dasi was chosen to receive first prize in a Bhagavad-gita As It Is Essay Competition amongst 200 university and tertiary education students across the country. The competition was organized by Satya Armstrong and other disciples of ISKCON guru Bhakti Charu Swami to encourage people to delve more deeply into the ancient spiritual text.

  • Famous Indian Yoga Teacher Swami Baba Ramdev Visits ISKCON Melbourne

    As part of ongoing efforts to establish good relations with the wider Hindu Community, ISKCON’s Melbourne Mahaprabhu Mandir Temple was honoured to welcome Swami Baba Ramdev, the famous yoga teacher from India, on Friday 10th April. It was just a short visit (part of an official welcome to Melbourne) as Swami Ramdev gave his yoga programs elsewhere.

  • Sydney Ratha Yatra Praised by Australian Member of Parliament

    On 16th May, ISKCON held its annual Ratha Yatra Festival it Parramatta, Sydney. The program was a great success, it was also attended by Julie Owens Member of the Australian Parliament. On May 27th, Julie Owens in a speech given in the Parliament House expressed her heartfelt appreciation of the Ratha Yatra festival

  • Mukunda Goswami Returns Home After Five Weeks in Hospital

    After receiving both triple bypass heart surgery and hip surgery, his Holiness Mukunda Goswami has returned safely home to ISKCON’s New Govardhana farm in New South Wales, Australia. His occupational therapists expect him to be “back to his normal self in no time.”

  • Sydney Opera House to Host ISKCON 50th Celebration

    A world-class show celebrating ISKCON’s 50th anniversary is set to play at the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia on Saturday August 20th, 2016. 

  • Teens Inspire on Australian Youth Bus Tour

    15 teenaged youth hailing from Australia, New Zealand and Bali, were inspired in Krishna consciousness as they traveled across Australia.

  • Revival of Regular Harinama at New Govardhana, Australia

    Alone and penniless during his first years in America, Srila Prabhupada’s early pastimes were ideal examples of powerful grassroots preaching. Sitting on a park bench in New York City, he revealed to one acquaintance that so many devotees and temples existed – it was simply time that separated them.

  • Govinda Valley Australia

    A promotion video of Govinda Valley retreat, just south of Sydney, New South Wales. A video by Nick Collins.

  • Sydney Opera House ISKCON 50 Event Sells Out in Three Days

    Back in January 1967, Mukunda Goswami was instrumental in putting on The Mantra Rock Dance in San Francisco, a key counter-cultural event of its time that put Srila Prabhupada and his disciples on the map. Now, nearly fifty years later, he has been a driving force in organizing the hugely ambitious Transcendental Journey, a spectacular show at Australian landmark the Sydney Opera House in celebration of ISKCON’s 50th anniversary.

  • Do We Care? - Australia’s First Home for Cow Protection

    In the 21st century more and more emphasis is being placed on the protection of animals, the reduction of violence towards animals, changes in the consumption of animals as food for humanity and the understanding that animals are sentient beings possessing feelings and emotions. In fact the rights of our animal brothers and sisters are being discussed and debated within society as never before. A new booklet is an offering written by Mukunda Goswami and Mandira Mani Dasi and an important contribution to this worldwide change of consciousness toward animals.

  • 50th Celebrations at the Sydney Opera House Attract Devotees from Around the World

    ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary was commemorated in style in Sydney, Australia from August 19 to 21 with a weekend of celebrations. The weekend’s events started on Friday night with Bhakti Film Fest and a patron’s dinner. The highlight of the weekend was a theatrical, musical, and multimedia performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House with 800people attending two performances.

  • Radhe Syam - Kirtaniyas & Sufi Soul Sangeet - Gold Coast, Australia 2016

    Kirtaniyas & Sufi Soul Sangeet in Australia just after our debut tour of Australia. Video produced, filmed and edited by Nila and Sundari Vanwolf (AUS).

  • Historic Sydney ISKCON 50 Show Released on Youtube, DVD

    “Transcendental Journey: Hare Krishna Celebrates 50 Years,” an historic variety stage production put on by Australian devotees for ISKCON 50, is now available on Youtube and for pre-order on DVD. The film is a nearly two-hour presentation that cuts together the best bits from the show’s matinee and evening performances at the famous Sydney Opera House on August 20th, 2016. Professionally shot with ten cameras and edited by technical director Deva Gaura Hari Das, the film seamlessly blends live acts and narrative slideshow segments.

  • Get Ready for Australia’s Biggest Kirtan Retreat

    Just as Europe has Radhadesh Mellows in Belgium, Asia has the Mayapur Kirtan Mela in India, and North America has the Sadhu Sanga Retreat in North Carolina, organizers hope to make Sacred Sound the major kirtan festival for Australia and New Zealand, where devotees can dive deep into the nectar of the Holy Name and recharge their spiritual batteries. Around six to eight hundred devotees from New Zealand, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and along the east coast of Australia are expected over the four-day weekend for this year’s festival. 

  • Sacred Sound Festival in Australia

    Over Easter weekend devotees from all over Australia, and beyond, came together at the New Govardhan community to chant and dance in ecstasy to the holy names of the Lord. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • ISKCON Melbourne Represented at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

    The devotees of ISKCON Melbourne were asked to participate in this year’s 2017, 5 days Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show at the wonderful Melbourne Exhibition Centre. A team of devotees came up with the concept of presenting Radha and Krishna in the groves of Vrindavan with their Gopi and Gopa friends.  The title of their display was “SPIRITUAL VISION”. The organizers don’t usually select religious organizations as entrants but because the Hare Krishna Movement is known for their use of beautiful flower arrangement they made an exemption.

  • Australia: Vandals Pay Night Visit to Brisbane Temple

    Australia’s national news agency, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has reported vandalism at the Brisbane Hare Krishna temple.  Visiting in the night, vandals spray painted walls and smashed a window. ISKCON News spoke to temple president, Jaya Vijaya Dasa, who said he doesn’t think the devotees are being targeted.

  • DJ Michael Phoenix - Maha Mantra | Official Music Video

    A day on the beautiful New Govardhana farm in NSW, Australia.

  • TOVP Tour - Australia, New Zealand and Fiji: November, 2017

    This November, 2017 the TOVP Tour bringing Lord Nityananda Prabhu's Padukas (Divine Shoes) and Lord Nrsimhadeva's Sitari (Sacred Helmet) from Sridhama Mayapur will be setting foot in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

  • TOVP Melbourne, Australia Fundraising Event

    On November 11th the TOVP Tour Team brought Lord Nityananda’s Padukas and Lord Nrsimhadeva’s Sitari to the original Capital City of Australia, Melbourne. Although Canberra is now the Capital, Melbourne is one of the largest cities in Australia and this showed by the incredible response of the devotees who pledged over $500,000 U.S. to the TOVP.

  • Peter Cosgrove Australian Governor General Visits ISKCON New Delhi

    Due to the arrival of the Australian royalty in an entourage of four cars and a Mercedes limo, the main thoroughfare (Rajadhirsen Marga) adjacent to ISKCON's Radha Partha-sarathi Mandir, was blocked off. Sir Peter Cosgrove, along with his wife, Lady Cosgrove, was the first ever Governor General of Australia to visit an ISKCON center,

  • Australian Opposition Leader Visits ISKCON Melbourne

    On June 16, 2018, ISKCON Melbourne had the privilege to receive very distinguished guests Hon Matthew Guy, Leader of the Opposition from Victorian State Parliament, Andrew Bond local candidate from Albert Park, and Katie Allan a candidate from Prahran and other prominent members from Indian community.

  • ToVP and the 'Splendor in the Grass'

    Remarkably, devotees from New Govardhana Farm have set up a Govinda’s prasadam stall there with a theme representing the TOVP itself as the shape of the stall.

  • First High School Graduation Held in Australian Gurukula

    While most Year 12 students plan a week of partying at Surfers Paradise to mark the end of their school years, seven students from the Hare Krishna School at Eungella are planning something completely different.

  • The Interview: A Gurukuli Temple Vice President Shares His Journey

    Succession is currently a hot topic in ISKCON. So recently we spoke to Janardan Kewin, an Australian alumnus of Vrindavan Gurukula, who now works professionally as a regional manager at the University of Queensland, serves as Vice President at ISKCON Brisbane, and is known for his sweet kirtans.