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  • Celebrating the Spirit of Togetherness - The 30thDurban Festival of Chariots

    Prince Mangusutho Buthelezi (leader of the Inkhata Freedom Party and Prime Minister of the Zulu Nation) visited the festival on Saturday, 31 March. Prince Buthelezi who will turn 90 years old in August this year is currently the most senior statesman in the government cabinet.

  • Durban Festival of Chariots Celebrates Its 30th Year

    The Festival of Chariots in the South African city Durban celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The four-day festival will be held between Friday March 30th and April 2nd. The entertainment is geared to show unity through diversity.

  • Bhakti Charu Swami in Panel Discussion on 'Healing Historic Divisions in Durban South Africa

     On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Department of Sport, Recreation and Culture of the city of Durban, South Africa, hosted a panel discussion at the prestigious Durban International Convention Centre entitled, "Healing Historic Divisions - towards racial harmony". Over 150 delegates, including city officials, political councillors and religious leaders accepted the Head's invitation to attend this important and ground-breaking event. 

  • Durban Distributes 5,310 Biscuits to Celebrate Gaura Purnima

    The 531st appearance anniversary of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu was the inspiration for devotees from the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple in Durban, South Africa to bake, pack and distribute 5,310 biscuits.  The goal of the biscuit distribution was to help spread Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mercy to everyone and anyone. 

  • Hare Krishnas in South Africa

    This documentary was produced at the time of the first Chatsworth Ratha-yatra in 2005. Herein are interviews with a few Hare Krishna devotees and they outline some of the history of ISKCON in South Africa. 

  • ISKCON 50 Gala Dinner in Durban, South Africa

    The guest list comprised of close to five hundred of Durban’s elite - professionals, businessmen, academics, government members, media and artists– all especially invited to the evening to join Bhakti Charu Swami in reliving and celebrating the journey of Srila Prabhupada and his ISKCON over the last five decades.  

  • Durban Indulges In A Taste Of Devotion In Celebration of ISKCON50

    The Sri Sri Radha Radhanath temple in Durban, South Africa embarked on a rather sweet campaign to celebrate ISKCON 50.  On Thursday, 28 July over 150 devotees distributed 5,000 cup cakes all around Durban.  The campaign began two weeks prior to the main distribution date, when temple president Vibhu Caitanya dasa, who personally steered and organised all aspects of the campaign,   invited devotees and well-wishers to place orders for cupcakes to distribute at their places of employment, schools, universities and other institutions. 

  • ISKCON Gears Up For Incorporation Day

    After years of planning for its 50th anniversary, and nearly six months of celebrations this year so far, ISKCON is now gearing up for its Golden Jubilee Incorporation Day on July 13th, 1966. And temples, centers, and individual devotees all over the world are getting ready to do something big for founder Srila Prabhupada, whom many feel they owe their lives to.

  • South African Temples Collaborate For Big ISKCON 50

    With ISKCON’s 50th anniversary year nearly halfway gone, and the date of its incorporation on July 13th, 1966 in New York fast approaching, temples throughout the society are working hard to make a splash for founder Srila Prabhupada. In South Africa, all the country’s thirteen temples are working together to achieve big things, with a steering committee driving efforts nationally, and ISKCON 50 ambassadors in each temple pumping everyone up locally.

  • Festival of Chariots, Durban 2013

    Just some small pieces of the beautiful event of social cohesion that took place on the Durban beachfront celebrating 25 years of the Festival of Chariots, with the motto: "We are culturally many, but spiritually one!" A video by Shruti Sheth

  • ISKCON Durban Goes Green

    ISKCON Durban temple is undergoing major restoration for the 30th anniversary next October. Not only are they restoring the temple to its original beauty, but they are making marked improvements. One in particular—that is both admirable and intimidating—is thir Go Green campaign. This campaign is the brainchild of Vibhu Caitanya Das, Durban Temple President.

  • Durban Kirtan Festival Through the Eyes of a 15-year-old

    The walls of the temple in Durban, South Africa vibrated to the sounds of the holy name through a six-hour Kirtan Festival.

  • Hare Krishna Festival Dedicated to Nelson Mandela Draws Thousands

    On Decembexr 7th, 2013, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), hosted a magnificent festival for thousands just South of Johannesburg, South Africa in celebration of the life and legacy of South Africa’s most famous son, Nelson Mandela. Condolences, prayer and celebration in tribute to Nelson Mandela were the themes echoed throughout the daylong event. 

  • Mr. Mandela's Speech at Hare Krishna Event Remembered

    President Nelson Mandela  gave a memorable speech at a gathering of 50,000 school children on April 23rd 1997 who were invited by Hare Krishna Food for Life to a public picnic in Durban Kings Park Soccer stadium called the “Festival for the Children of the Rainbow Nation”.

  • ISKCON’s Journey Through Apartheid With Mandela - A Tribute to Nelson Rohihlalha Mandela (1918-2013) Father of the South African Nation

    The memories of Mandela’s association with ISKCON shall forever remain etched in the history of ISKCON.  

  • Durban's Festival of Chariots Draws 200,000
    Organizers say the colourful Festival of Chariots on Durban's North Beach over the long weekend drew around 200,000 people to the promenade this weekend. ISKCON's Govinda Swami has told Newswatch the diversity of the crowd was inspiring.
  • Durban Ratha-Yatra – Making ISKCON Relevant
    How many of us wonder why, in spite of vigorous book distribution and innovative outreach we still appear irrelevant in society? What does it mean to be relevant? Have we generally consigned ourselves to just being isolated spiritual people with near impossible Vedic world objectives? Perhaps the Durban festival holds some clues.
  • Rainbow Splash for the Rainbow Nation
    South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation due to it's diverse ethnic and religious cultures. Sunday, March 31st, at ISKCON Durban's Festival of Chariots held a Rainbow Splash where people threw colors into the air - and on each other - celebrating the theme of the event: 'Culturally Many, Spiritually One.'
  • Durban Ratha Yatra Celebrates Social Harmony
    This years Durban Festival of Chariots, promises to be an incredible gathering featuring a variety of locally and internationally acclaimed performers and entertainers. Inspired by Mayor James Khumalo’s call for a socially cohesive society, the festival has adopted the theme of “Culturally Many, Spiritually one”.
  • Children's Eco Morning at ISKCON Durban
    Hundreds of children from the local communities and schools were invited to the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple of Understanding in Durban, South Africa to participate in a Kids' Eco Awareness Morning.
  • Women’s Day Tea Party with Krishna in Durban, South Africa
    The new regime in South Africa in 1994 has assigned August 9th for Women’s Day - a day to honour women of all times. With this in mind, this year, the Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple hosted the Womens Day tea party with Krishna – a celebration of womanhood in a significantly different manner!
  • 3rd Vedic Ecology Convention, Durban, South Africa
    The 3rd Vedic Ecology Convention organized by the ISKCON Vaishnava Research Forum (I-VRF) was held at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple of Understanding, in Chatsworth, south of Durban, on Sunday 22nd April 2012.
  • The Blue Mountain Brings Fun and Growth to Durban Rathayatra
    The Blue Mountain—a spiritual wonderland for children at this year’s upcoming Rathayatra in Durban, South Africa—promises to absorb youngsters in Lord Jagannath’s service through endless fun experiences, craft activities and games.
  • When ISKCON First Came to South Africa
    In 1972, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada sent two young devotees to South Africa. It was decided that Rsi Kumar Swami and Ksudhi Das would be the first ISKCON devotees to travel to South Africa and establish Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s movement.
  • Bhaktivedanta Care Centre Opens in Durban
    “Devotee Care, South Africa” opened its new Bhaktivedanta Care Centre, a Hospice-styled Care facility for the ISKCON community. This valuable service, inspired by and based on the model of the Vrindavan Hospice, is a multi-level building designed for assisting devotees in their final days, preparing them for their journey back to Godhead.
  • New Book by Prabhupada in Zulu
    Recently, in South Africa, the new Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) division there managed to print a book in Zulu, and the book was launched on a main stage during the Durban Ratha Yatra festival. Copies were given to enthusiastic, Zulu-speaking children onstage.
  • Live Streaming: Durban Ratha Yatra Festival
    Having first graced the Durban shoreline in December 1988, the Durban (South Africa) Ratha Yatra festival has grown from a two day event to a four day event and has relocated due to the increasing need to accommodate the over 40 exhibition and activity tents. On Easter weekend, more than a 100.000 visitors are expected.
  • Durban’s Temple of Understanding Turns 25
    Over 2,500 devotees from all over South Africa will flock to Durban this October 16th and 17th to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding.