Hare Krishnas Help Kiwis Survive Big Day Out
This year's sell out Big Day Out looks likely to be the best ever. Veteran Chris Schulz has some tips for surviving New Zealand's biggest music festival. What do you think of this year's Big Day Out line-up? Got any tips for those heading to this year's sold out event? Send us your feedback and we'll publish your comments.
ISKCON: Mangalore Celebrates Ratha Yatra Festival
By Team Mangalorean/Mangalorean.com
Photographs by RK Bhat
MANGALORE: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) held its fourth annual Jagannatha Rathayatra in Mangalore on March 23.
New Vrindaban's Patron-Leader 'Weekend of Bhakti'
Between June 22 to 24 at New Vrindaban ISKCON leaders and supporters gathered from around North America for a weekend of kirtan, association, prasadam, and festivities at the inaugural Patron-Leader 'Weekend of Bhakti'.
Travelling Spiritual Performers Bring Rain To Australia
For the last six years Australians have suffered the worst drought in a thousand years, say leading agriculturalists. Is it just coincidence that one of the longest uninterrupted streaks of wet weather broke at the same time Indradyumna Swami and his traveling spiritual festival team arrived on Australian shores?
ISKCON New Talavan's Cow Mela 2007
Mississippi, USA – ISKCON’s New Talavan farm recently mourned the loss of one of their oldest friends, the bull Bala. Srila Prabhupada visited the 1300 acre farm once in 1975, inspiring the devotees there to take up cow protection. Since then, the community has acquired over 100 cattle, and its always hard to see one of them go.
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.
Jagadish Pandit Remembered
I realized this when I noticed that January 19th heralded the birth of Jagadish Pandit sometime in the sixteenth century. I know my Hare Krishna festivals well, but I’d never heard of Jagadish Pandit. Why were we celebrating his birthday?
Ganga Sagara Mela: 600,000 Take A Holy Dip
This January, over 600,000 pilgrims swarmed onto Sagara island, just off the Eastern Coast of West Bengal, India, to take a holy dip where the river Ganges meets the ocean. Some had traveled thousands of miles for the sacred event – Ganga Sagara Mela.
A Few Good Men - North American Festival of India Crew 2008
Now accepting applications for the 2008 spring, summer and fall tour. Festival Of India is looking for a few young men that would like to participate in major festivals all over North America. Please visit www.festivalofindia.org to see our 2008 Tour schedule.
Utah Festival of Colors Brightens Day, Blocks Traffic
In Western myth March was going out like a Lion, in Eastern tradition it was time to spatter paint each other.
An estimated 10,000 people gathered at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple Saturday for the Holi Festival, or Festival of Colors. After a colorless, dull winter, Spring is celebrated, in part, by people tossing powdered colors on each other and in the air.
Hare Krishna Youth Hit Auditoriums Across the US
This summer, as they do every year, ISKCON Youth Ministry volunteer Manu Dasa and fifty-five youth will travel across the United States and Canada, performing at and helping set up eight Rathayatras around the country. But for the past three years, they’ve been upping their game.
Maha Nama-Yajna Highlights Festival of Inspiration 2008
Hundreds of devotees from across the world packed into ISKCON’s New Vrindaban temple in West Virginia this past Mother's Day weekend for a mega devotional chanting session, or “Maha Nama-Yajna.”
Can you afford to miss it?
It is the Vaisnava event of the summer, a resounding of the Holy Names that is so resounding, so powerful, that even the demigods might make an appearance. The 2nd Annual 24 Hour Kirtan Festival comes to you live from New Vrindavan Dham, in the gorgeous hills of West Virginia, this upcoming June 21-22, 2008
‘The Lord Have Mercy’ Festival Celebrates Interfaith Harmony
After a two-year hiatus, the Cleveland Nama Hatta Program, a multi-cultural group of “Hare Krsnas” and their well-wishers in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area, again hosted the Lord Have Mercy Festival. Servants of God from a variety of religious traditions were invited to sing, dance, recite poetry, enact dramas and more, to thank God for His mercy and act in a spirit of unity and harmony.
Vrindavana Dhama Comes to Florida this Janmastami
Devotees visiting the New Raman Reti community in Alachua, Florida this Janmastami are in for a special treat.
First introduced in 2007, the Village of Vrindavana is a miniature version of the real Indian holy place. It was created by second generation devotee Raghunatha Zaldivar and his friends, who set to work when they found themselves still buzzing with creative energy after last year’s youth festival, Alachua Kuli Mela.
Gaura Purnima Festival 2009
We take pleasure to invite devotees from all over the world to celebrate Gaura Purnima 2009 festival in Mayapur. The highlight of this year's festival will be Maha Abhisheka to big deities of Sri Panca Tattva on 25th February 2009. Don’t miss it! The next Maha Abhisheka will take place after another five years i.e. in the year 2014.
Mexico Krishna Culture Festival Tour, December 19 - January 4
Manu and Jaya Radhe of ISKCON Youth Ministry are now accepting applications from youth and young adults for the Krishna Culture Festival Tour through Mexico, December 19, 2008 - January 4, 2009.
Month of Damodara Lights the Way Into Thousands of Homes
For the holy month of Damodara, devotees in Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley are going door to door to spread the glories of their Lord.
Also known as Kartik and falling between the western months of October/November, the month of Damodar celebrates Lord Krishna’s pastime of being bound with ropes by Mother Yashoda, and is often observed by offering lamps or candles.
Global Govardhana Hill Photo Collage
Around this time every year in temples worldwide, ISKCON members arrange replicas of the sacred Govardhana Hill to celebrate the Govardhana Puja festival. The hill commemorates Sri Krishna's pastime of lifting the mountain with his finger to shelter the residents of Vrindavana from a great deluge sent by Indra, the rain god.
Punjab Devotees Usher in the New Year
Devotees in Punjab, India kicked off the New Year in true spiritual style with the celebration of “Hare Krishna Nite” at the ISKCON temple in Ludhiana.
Devotees from ISKCON Delhi joined the celebration, which ran from 9pm until midnight. Throughout the night, the festivities built to a crescendo with the enthusiastic chanting of God’s names.
Starting the New Year Right with Ganga Sagar Mela
The Ganga Sagar Mela is an annual festival that takes place in the area known as Ganga Sagar where Lord Kapiladeva instructed his mother Devahuti under a tree about the Absolute Truth. His temple still standing, far away from the original site, but nonetheless a sacred place. Almost a million people during Makara Sankranti, a very auspicious time of the year, come to worship mother Ganga by offering puja and taking bath in her salty waves.
Every Day’s A Festival!
In ISKCON, traveling festivals are one of our main methods of outreach with devotees traveling cross-country to share their spiritual food, music and philosophy with others. So wherever you are, and whatever time of year it is, if you feel like attending a Hare Krishna festival – you’re likely to find one close to your location soon.
38th Mayapur Festival Kicks Off
The biggest event on most ISKCON devotees’ calendars – the Gaura Purnima festival at Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir in Bengal, India – kicked off this February 24.
Traditionally, Gaura Purnima honors the birth in 1482 of Sri Chaitanya, the founder of Gaudiya Vaishnavism.
Go Organic this Holi
Experts say these colours can harm our skin, hair and can cause respiratory problems too.
Holi is synonymous with smiles, gaiety and colours. However, the chemicals used in coours can be a dampener on spirits.
Ganges River Advent Celebrated at ISKCON Mayapur
Hundreds of devotees from all over the world, including ISKCON gurus Chandramauli Swami and Maha-Vishnu Swami, gathered outside the Radha-Madhava Chandradoya temple in ISKCON Mayapur this March 7 to celebrate Gangapuja – the occasion of the celestial Ganges’ descent from heaven to earth.
ISKCON Vrindavana’s Boat Festival to be Held at Kesi Ghat
The annual “Boat Festival” is one of the most unique events at ISKCON’s Krishna Balarama temple in the holy town of Vrindavana, India. Every spring, devotees fill the temple’s courtyard with water to create a pool, decorate its surface with flowers, and take the temple’s presiding deities of Radha-Shyamasundar on a ride in an ornate, flower-bedecked boat. But the event has become almost too popular in recent years, with crowds packing the temple so tightly that many devotees have been unable to attend.
Radha-Muralidhara Re-union in New York, May 2-3, 2009
Her Grace Kama-giri Devi Dasi, dear disciple of Srila Prabhupada, is co-ordinating the first ever reunion of devotees who served or connected in any way with Their Lordships, Sri Sri Radha-Muralidhara, in Cleveland, OH in the 70’s and 80’s before and after They were relocated first to New Vrndavan and later to New York.
ISKCON Vrindavana’s Boat Festival A Triumph at the Yamuna
At 5pm on March 21 – the first day of spring – devotees in Vrindavana, India sat on the steps leading down to the holy Keshi Ghat bathing area, waiting for the famous annual “Boat Festival” to begin. The morning had shown a threat of rain, but clouds passed quickly, leaving a clear, cool evening in its wake.
Excitement Builds for Los Angeles Kuli Mela Festival
The buzz is building for Los Angeles’ Kuli Mela festival, which will run from Wednesday July 29th until August 2nd this year. Kuli Mela is a series of festivals designed to reunite, inspire, educate and entertain alumni from ISKCON’s Gurukula schools, popularly known as “Kulis.” Since its inception in 2006, it has evolved into a sensation and revolutionized the way ISKCON youth socialize and plan their futures.
An Explosion of Color: Hare Krishna Festivals at ISKCON Utah
How do you put on one of the biggest Hare Krishna festivals in the world?
For Charu Dasa, president at ISKCON Utah, Spanish Fork, it was almost an accident. Twelve years ago, he opened the temple doors for the public to join them in celebrating Holi, the festival of colors. Commemorating Krishna’s playful throwing of powdered and liquid colors at his consort Radha and her gopi friends, it is usually celebrated with gleeful abandon in India.
Festival of Inspiration 2009 from a Pilgrim's Point of View
Thursday, May 7, Alachua, Florida -- I settled down on my narrow bunk, people around me stacked in three tiers like tightly packed stowaways and beginning to snore. It wasn’t a five-star hotel, but it was comfortable enough -- and ISKCON Youth Ministry’s Krishna Culture Festival Tour bus was definitely the way to travel. Soon the hum of the road would send me to sleep, and save for a bit of tossing and turning, I’d stay that way for at least half of our sixteen-hour journey.
37th Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) - Toronto
New Remuna Dhama, ISKCON Toronto, would like to extend a warm invitation to devotees around the world to experience our 37th Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) on July 18-19, 2009! Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra has the unique distinction of being accredited by Madhuha das, the organizer of the traveling Festival of India tour, as being the largest Ratha-Yatra in North America with close to 40,000 people in attendance along with a plethora of Srila Prabhupada’s books sold each year!
England's Glastonbury Festival 2009: The Festive Formula
For decades now ISKCON devotees have also been part of the Glastonbury experience. Despite the fact that the festival coincided with London Rathayatra this year, a dedicated team of 20 devotees went down to make a spiritual contribution to the event. “For years the organizers have given us free tickets and a good spot for putting up our tent,” explains team leader Giridhari Dasa, “So we reciprocate by giving people a helping hand and genuine festive experience.”
Balarama’s Appearance Day Observers Pray for Spiritual Strength
Following a spiritual lifestyle requires strength. Strength to hold off the advances of a world intent on selling you products and life choices you don’t need. Strength to aspire for goals of the spirit, outside this body of flesh and blood that we inhabit. Strength to aim for a spiritual destination despite the seeming pleasures of this world. It’s hard. You know it, and I know it. Anyone who is trying to live a spiritual life knows it.
The consolidated city of New York comprises five boroughs (each a county): Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. Among these, the borough of Queens is blessed with The Kṛṣṇa-Balarāma Mandir, which stands in the neighborhood of Richmond Hill.
Krishna's Village of Peace Brings Good Vibes to Polish Festival
Jurek Owsiak makes a plea live on Polish television. "Please don't come to Woodstock. We are already overcrowded. Stay at home and your friends will tell you all about it!" With over 400,000 people attending this years free Polish Woodstock Festival, it was indeed one of the biggest festivals to date. Police and emergency services struggled to cope with the large influx of festival goers that inundated the small town of Kostrzyn, near the German border.
Festival of India Poland Celebrates 20 Years on the Beach
Parvati Dasi, who just turned twelve years old, gives a warm and genuine smile as she hands an old lady an invitation to Festival of India in the town of Rewal, Poland. On the beach beside her, sixty devotees carrying flags, umbrellas and festoons sing the Hare Krishna mantra with the waves of the Baltic sea rippling around their feet.
Mumbai's Bhaktivedanta School Celebrates Govardhana Puja
On Friday, October 9th, 2009, the students, teachers and parents of the Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School celebrated Govardhan Puja with great aplomb and splendor. It was the last day of school before breaking for the Diwali vacations. The school management divided the teachers into three teams to systematically celebrate the pastime of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill.
Govardhan Puja Celebrated in Mathura
Mathura, Oct.18 (ANI): Hundreds of religious-minded people from different parts of the country arrived in Mathura town of Uttar Pradesh on the occasion of annual Govardhan Puja which was celebrated here on Sunday.
Celebrated on the following day of Diwali, the festival of lights, Govardhan Puja holds its own significance among Hindus.
ISKCON Parties Like It’s 2010, Spiritual-Style
At least in the Western World, the night of December 31st is a time for celebration and a chance to start again, a time to release unwanted old habits and to passionately pledge new resolutions.
Pre-Festival Storytelling Workshop in New Vrindavana
The Dramatic Edge: A workshop for those interested in utilizing the dramatic arts
A Festival of ISKCON in the "City of Destiny"
Vishakapatnam, the most prominent coastal city of South India, will host the annual ‘ISKCON Utsav Festival’ from 30th April to May 2nd.
Cheerful Festival in England’s North
Devotees honor the divine half-man, half-lion in whippet and leek country, as they have been annually for two decades.
Festival of India Through The Adriatic Sea
In July, a new harinama festival tour is starting in Europe`s Adriatic region. This will be the seventh since its start in 2004, and it will be performed in seven countries.
New York and London Kick off Ratha Yatra Season
The month of June brings with it summer, sun and vacations—but it also brings Ratha Yatra season, during which the ancient chariot festival is held dozens of times all over the world.
ISKCON Youth: Worldwide Summer Programs
Now in its fifteenth year, the annual youth festival bus tour around North America kicked off an exciting two months of travel, started on the 23rd of June. Over the summer, there will various exciting ISKCON youth programs throughout the world.
ISKCON Remains Prominent at 40th Glastonbury, UK
June 2010 marked the 40th anniversary of Europe's largest green field music festival. Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts was started from humble beginnings four decades ago and attracted mostly those immersed in the hippy culture and those seeking an alternate lifestyle.
Festival Of India Starts Its 21st Tour Of Baltic Coast
Viva Kultura's Festiwal Indii started it's 21st tour of Poland in June. Over 100 Iskcon devotees assembled in a school in the small village of Siemysl just south of Kolobrzeg, one of the Baltic Coasts largest tourist towns. The team of volunteers will put on outdoor festivals for the public 6 days a week right through the Summer until late August.
Mantra Meditation On Washington`s National Mall
Watch out kirtaniyas! The attractive power of musical chanting may soon be rivaled by those hankering to understand the benefits of chanting on beads.
On July 4th, during the Krishna Festival of India on the National Mall in Washington, DC, congregational members of the local Hare Krishna temple set up a tent under a large canopy called "Mantra Meditation.
Ratha Yatras Around The World
Over the past two weeks, ISKCON devotees held several chariot festivals all over the world. Reports from Malaysia, India, Hungary and the USA.
New Vrindaban Hosts Radhastami Festival
On Wednesday, September 15, New Vrindaban Community will celebrate Radhastami, which is Radha’s Appearance Day or birthday.
ISKCON Guyana Celebrates Deities' 25th Anniversary
ISKCON Guyana last weekend celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their first installed Deities, Sri Sri Nitai Chaitanya Chandra, at the Gaura Nitai Ashirvad Mandir near the capital city of Georgetown.
Reaching Inwards and Reaching out at Manor Festivals
55,000 guests visited Bhaktivedanta Manor to celebrate Janmastami, Krishna's appearance, while the appearance day of His divine consort Srimati Radharani was a more intimate celebration.
The Art of Organizing a Krishna Conscious Festival
It wasn’t easy for me to organize such a huge festival in a town where there are only 25 - 30 Indian families.
Orillia Beatles Festival – A Unique Sankirtan Experience
Three enthusiastic devotees from the city of Orillia (a small tourist town along a lake about 250 kilometers north of Toronto) contacted the Toronto Sankirtan Team to organize another ‘sankirtan’ outing at one of Orillia’s famous summer festivals.
Magical India Delights Festive Brazilians
The Magic India festival troupe arrived in Brazil as heavy snow fell around many of their home countries in Northern Europe. Having previously toured Australia for the last three Summers under the name Le Carnaval Sprituel, the same devotees have now just embarked on an 8 week tour of Brazil joining up with local devotees under the name The Magic India.
Hare Krishna Festival In Norwich, UK
On Friday 21st of January, ladies from Bhaktivedanta Manor’s ashram organised a magnificent festival at the Keir Hardie Hall in Norwich, UK.
Mayapur and Vrindavana Festival Schedules Announced
Springtime is approaching soon, and for Vaishnavas that means the world famous annual Vrindavana and Mayapur festivals, in the sacred birthplaces of Lord Krishna and Gaudiya Vaishnavism founder Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu respectively. It also means one of the biggest festivals on the Vaishnava calendar—Gaura Purnima, the appearance day of Sri Chaitanya.
Hare Krishna: The Rise in Krishna Consciousness
The arrival of the Toronto International Film Festival neatly heralds the end of the summer festival season in the city and Canada as a whole. However glamorous the parade of celebrities on the red carpet may seem, nothing quite compares to the peculiar sight of the Ratha Yatra in Toronto and across the country.
Maha-Mantra Festival Celebrations in Toronto
Toronto's Hare Krishna community recently celebrated the annual Maha-Mantra Festival. The festival involved a wide assortment of activities and events that proved to be wonderfully spiritually inspiring. This video contains some of the highlights.
Devotees Perform in Front of Tens of Thousands at a Festival in Poland
Festival of India Bursts with Youthful Energy in New Doc
A brand new documentary film released on June 1st, called “Festival of India,” gives an exhilarating behind-the-scenes look at the whirlwind North American tour of the same name.
Inspiring 7th Ratha Yatra Tour Hits Scandinavian Countries
Not only was it very beneficial for the public but it was also another reason to bring the devotees from the Scandinavian countries together in service.
Nitai Gauranga Chanted by Tens of Thousands in Utah Festival of Colors
New Video of The Kirtaniyas and MC Yogi combining to lead thousands chanting "Nitai Gauranga" and dancing at the Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork Utah.
Produced by Kirtaniyas: Nitai “KrsnaBoy” Prem, Vijay Krsna & Sarasvati Dasi
Composed by Kirtaniyas: Nitai “KrsnaBoy” Prem, Vijay Krsna & Sarasvati Dasi
Mixed by Robin Livingston
Lyrics by Kirtaniyas & MC Yogi
Mastered by Louis Henry Sarmiento @ Sonic Vista Studios
Nitai Gauranga music video:
Directed by Pankaj Vashisth
Produced by Pankaj Vashisth & Vijay Krsna
Director of Photography: Andrew Hancock
B camera: Kade Call
Edited by Andrew Hancock
Shot at Festival of Colors, Hare Krishna Temple, Spanish Fork, Utah.
Special thanks to: Caru Das (Utah Krishnas), LA film crew: Ben Tully, Solana Green Torres & Miguel Torres @ Soulmate wedding photography.
Hare Krishnas return to Cambridge University, UK
After many years, the Hare Krishna Festival team returned to the historic city of Cambridge, UK, to host a festival at Cambridge University, in the West Road Concert Hall.
Calling ISKCON Artists and Entertainers to Mayapur
From February 16 – 20, ISKCON Mayapur will host the ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS). Over 800 temple presidents, GBC members and sanyasis are expected to attend. Following the ILS is the annual Mayapur Gaura Purnima Festival which will run from 27 February until 18 March, 2014. This festival attracts at least 5 000 devotees from all around the World.
Hare Krishna Peace Village - Glastonbury, UK, 1983
Hare Krishna festival back in the day featuring Sivarama Swami, Indradyunma Swami, Dhrystadyumna Swami and others...
Krishna Fest in Gujarat and Mumbai
A video of Inddradyumna Swami's festival tour in Gujarat.
Festivals of Colors, Spanish Fork: March 29th - 30th
On March 29-30th, ISKCON Spanish Fork, Utah, USA, is expecting tens of thousands of visitors for its annual Festival of Colors.
Festival of Colors Explodes Across North America
Festival of Colors, traditionally known in India as Holi, is a spring festival inspired by Lord Krishna’s pastimes 5,000 years ago, when He and the cowherd girls and boys of Vrindavana playfully celebrated with colored dyes. While the festival has not historically been a part of ISKCON’s large repertoire of spiritual festivals, it has gradually become more and more of a staple especially in North America
New Vrindaban Festivals Inspire and Build Relationships
The Vaishnava tradition is famous for its festivals. And within ISKCON, the New Vrindaban community in West Virginia has become one of the most renowned places to celebrate. As New Vrindaban finds a fresh start and rebuilds itself, festivals have been found to be one of the best ways to inspire and bring together devotees, as well as to develop a mutually appreciative relationship with the local public.
Fourteen Years of Inspiration at New Vrindaban
“Aha! I’ve got a name for our festival!” Citralekha Dasi called to ISKCON Communications Director Anuttama Das from her office across the hall. And she told him what it was. He grinned. “It’s perfect." The first annual Festival of Inspiration, held in 2001, quickly lived up to its name. It put New Vrindaban, which had recently rejoined ISKCON, back on the map as an important place of pilgrimage for North American devotees.
Polish Festival Tour 2013
A video captures a day of Indradyumna Swami's Polish festival tour. www.vivakultura.pl
Festival of India in the United States
Founded in 1979, Festival of India has been traveling from city to city putting on festivals and preaching to millions of people in the US. Although there's about 50 tons of festival equipment, what really makes the festivals happen are the 12 to 15 devotees that do the tour. This documentary gives us a glimpse of what these young men do and what happens at Hare Krishna Festivals of India.
Hare Krishna Devotees Celebrate Festival of Chariots in Leicester
Leicester, UK, was awash with music, dance and chanting today, as the Hare Krishna movement held their annual Festival of Chariots procession.
New Vrindaban’s 3rd Festival of Colors Draws Media and 5,000 People
“As you can see, the Festival of Colors in Moundsville today was a complete success!” This was the declaration made by Sarafina Brooks, a reporter from the local TV Channel, WTOV 9 who appeared on TV Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 covered from head to toe in green powdered chalk.
Spiritual Short “Long Lost” Hits the Film Festival Circuit
“Long Lost,” a new 25-minute short film about a young man encountering Krishna consciousness as he searches for answers in life, is being well-received at film festivals and other events internationally. In August at the Russian film festival “I See God,” which features different film-makers’ interpretations of how they perceive the Almighty, Long Lost was chosen for third place out of 65 shorts by the audience themselves.
Devotees to Chant to 50,000 at Brazil’s Festival das Cores
Holi, or the Festival of Colors, which heralds spring and celebrates the pastimes of Lord Krishna and his eternal consort Srimati Radharani, was once an esoteric festival celebrated mainly in India. But today, thanks to festivals like the one at the Krishna temple in Utah, USA, it has become a phenomenon across the world. The latest country to host the event is Brazil, with last year’s hugely successful “Festival das Cores” in Sao Paulo.
1800 Students Attend Biggest Ever Youth Festival by ISKCON in Patna
The festival was greatly anticipated, as students in Patna have lesser opportunities to attend youth events, compared to youth of metro cities of India. The event was aimed at providing Krishna-conscious philosophy to youngsters as an alternative solution to practical problems faced by contemporary society.