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  • Hungarian Farm Photo Featured in London Paper

    This photo appeared on page 24 of The Times (of London) on the 10th of February 2009. The caption reads, "Krishna worshipers are seen through a window while eating together after a temple service in the Krishna Valley of Somogyvamos, 180 miles southwest of Budapest in Hungary. They live apart from the mainstream population on a 250-hectare estate, where they produce all their own food."

  • Interview: Gaura-Sakti Dasa of Hungary's Krishna Valley Project

    ISKCON's Krishna Valley self-sufficient rural project in Hungary now attracts 30,000 tourists per year. Why did these young people turn to a natural and simple life? What is the mission of their community? Gaura-Sakti Dasa, the president of Krishna Valley ISKCON community, answers these questions for Krishna Valley Magazine (published by Manorama Dasa, Hungarian Society for Krishna Consciousness).

  • Sivarama Swami Receives Hungarian Gold Cross
    ISKCON guru and leader Sivarama Swami received the Gold Cross of the Hungarian Republic, the second highest award in the state, during a Diwali celebration this October 20th.
  • “The Water Took Everything”: Hungarian Devotees Help In The Flooded Area
    Since the beginning of June, unusual flooding has been causing major problems in Northeastern Hungary. The members of the Hungarian Society for Krishna Consciousness have been distributing a thousand plates daily of free food in the flooded area.
  • 16 Students Graduate From Accredited Bhaktivedanta Colleges
    In June and July 2010, sixteen students will graduate with Vaishnava Theology degrees from two state accredited Bhaktivedanta Colleges in Europe: Budapest, Hungary and Radhadesh, Belgium.
  • We Are All Children of Mother Earth: Drawing Competition
    The Education Team of Krishna-valley Indian Cultural Center and Eco-Farm of Hungary has organized a national drawing competition for children.
  • Krishna Valley Teaches Sustainable Living to Thousands
    Established in 1993 by ISKCON guru and GBC Sivarama Swami, Krishna Valley is a sustainable farm community of the kind that ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada encouraged devotees to establish all over the world.
  • Food For Life Helps Hungarian Villages Flooded by Toxic Red Mud
    There has never been a red mud disaster as serious as the one that hit seven villages in Western Hungary on Monday, October 4th.
  • UN Invites Hungary’s Eco Valley Foundation to Attend COP16
    The Eco-Valley Foundation-a non-profit organization run by ISKCON devotees in Hungary—received an invitation from the United Nations this September 20th for the COP16 Climate Summit in Cancun, Mexico.
  • Hungary`s Krishna Valley Devotees Elected to Local Mayor’s Council
    Since 1998—for the past three elections—one of the seven people on the Mayor’s council in the village of Somogyvamos in Hungary has been an ISKCON devotee. This year, there will only be four people on the Mayor’s council, as well as the newly elected Mayor Mrs Marianna Dekanyne Karoly—and three of them will be devotees.
  • New Sivarama Swami Books to Feature Top-Notch Original Illustrations
    A new series of books by Sivarama Swami, called Nava Vraja Mahima or, literally, “The Glories of New Vraja Dhama,” will feature a high quantity of top-notch original drawings by ISKCON artists. The series, which is set to be released mid 2012, will be that largest book yet written by Sivarama Swami exceeding 4000 pages.
  • Hungary’s Bhaktivedanta College Moves Into New Renovated Villa
    ISKCON Hungary’s Bhaktivedanta College for Religious Science, the first fully accredited Vaishnava Theology College in Europe, is set to move from its old rented location into its own brand new building this February 9th.
  • Krishna Valley Featured at Budapest Tourism and Travel Expo

    Devotees from ISKCON Hungary’s Krishna Valley presented their rural community’s activities at Budapest’s annual Tourism and Travel Expo this year, in an effort to further promote the already very popular tourist attraction.

  • New Vraja Dhama Plants Forests for Carbon-Neutral Heating
    Devotees at New Vraja Dhama, a sustainable ISKCON farm community in Hungary also known as Krishna Valley, are set to plant 6.5 hectares of trees—an incredible 50,000 Acacias, Oaks, and Willows—on their property at the end of this March.
  • ISKCON Hungary’s Vedic Science Research Center Reports Busy 2010
    ISKCON Hungary’s Vedic Science Research Center (VSRC) recently submitted its annual report to the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Science Committee. It included many statistics about lectures given, videos made, and conferences attended in 2010.
  • Shyamasundara Dasa: Preaching to the Choir
    A Hungarian music teacher has brought together two beautiful yet unlikely companions—Western classical music and traditional Vaishnava songs.
  • Food For Life Soup Kitchen Forced to Move by Budapest Municipality
    After a decade of distributing free vegetarian food in the busy Blaha Lujza square, ISKCON devotees in Budapest, Hungary have been forced by the Municipal Government to move their Food For Life soup kitchen to the less-than-ideal Teleki square.
  • Children`s Art to Protect Cows
    The Shri Prahlada elementary school, situated in Krishna-valley, Somogyvamos, Hungary held its annual children`s art competition. This year the topic was cow protection. 265 children from all over Hungary sent in their drawings and paintings, all emphasizing their love for cows, the need to take care of them, and the importance of milk products in people`s lives.
  • New Building of Budapest`s Bhaktivedanta College Inaugurated
    In June, 2011, the new building of the Bhaktivedanta College of Budapest got inaugurated. As part of the opening ceremony, a conference was held entiltled The India and Europe: Cooperation & Common Values. A new temporary exhibition has opened featuring Hungarian indologist Sir Aurél Stein's unique archaeological work.
  • Hungarian Parliament Passes New Church Law; 14 Churches Acknowledged
    Parliament passed a cardinal law on churches at its last session before summer recess late on Monday. The law defines 14 churches and religious communities; other denominations will further need two-thirds parliamentary approval to become registered as a church or religious community. ISKCON Hungary, too, lost its status, it has to re-register.
  • Churches Divided On Hungary's New Religion Law
    Christian leaders in Hungary are divided over a restrictive new law on religion, with larger denominations welcoming its curbs on church activities and smaller groups voicing fears for their future.
  • ISKCON Hungary Stays Positive in the Face of Legislative Changes
    Depending on whether re-registration is accepted without a hitch or not, the new bill could simply be a passing inconvenience, or it could introduce sweeping changes that would be unfavorable to ISKCON.
  • Krishna Valley Visitors Learn Sustainability and Mud-House Building
    One professor and seven university students from France, Germany, the US, and Belarus attended a seven-day mud house building workshop at Krishna Valley from June 6th to 12th, as part of their landscape development and management study.
  • Pillars of Sustainability: Conference in Krishna-valley, Hungary
    From October 9th to 16th, sponsored by the European Union, the ISKCON associated Eco Valley Foundation of Hungary held a week long seminar called Pillars of Sustainability, at New Vraja Dhama, the Hare Krishna farm community in the South-Western part of the country.
  • "Sir! Where Can We Graze?" – Cows To Demonstrate In Front of the Hungarian Parliament
    In order to protect their land and their cows, on December 13th, 2011, Hungarian Krishna believers will hold a peaceful demonstration in front of the Parliament in Budapest.
  • Dozens Of Small Churches In Hungary Fear Loss Of Status Due To New Politicized Law On Religion
    Hare Krishna members on Tuesday protested outside Hungary’s Parliament against a new law that could strip them of their status as a recognized church.
  • Cows and Children Protest Outside the Hungarian Parliament
    On Tuesday December 14th, members and supporters of the Hungarian Society for Krishna Consciousness protested outside Hungary's Parliament against a new law that could strip them of their status as a recognized church, and which puts the very existence of their world-famous self-sustainable Krishna-valley farm into question.
  • Hungarian Constitutional Court Strikes Down Repressive Religious Law
    The Constitutional Court of Hungary today struck down a repressive religion law that would have deregistered over 300 religious organizations and established an onerous and arbitrary re-registration system.
  • Although Disappointed, Hungarian ISKCON Devotees Prepare for Christmas Food Distribution With Full Steam
    There was a window of hope for Hungarian Krishna-believers and many other religious organizations when on the 19th of December, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Hungary struck down the restrictive religious law. However, it all evaporated less than two days later.
  • The Hungarian Parliament Passes A New Law On Religion

    On the 30th of December, the Hungarian Parliament passed the new religious law that is in lieu of the one cancelled by the Constitutional Court earlier in December. The next two months will still remain crucial in defining ISKCON Hungary`s future for decades.

  • Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Expresses His Concerns About New Hungarian Religious Law
    Thomas Hammarberg expressed his concerns to the Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs about the new Law on the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion, which deprives a great number of religious denominations of their church status.
  • Our Trip to New Vraja Dham, Hungary

    Featuring Bramacaris from UK traveling to Hungary and visiting New Vraja Dham.

  • ISKCON Retains Its Religious Status in Hungary
    On February 27, 2012, the Hungarian Parliament voted on the amendment to the new religious law, adding 18 religious organizations to the list of fully recognized churches in Hungary.
  • Hungary’s Parliament Expands List of Recognized Churches, But Rejects Many Applicants
    Hungary’s coalition government on Monday expanded the list of churches the nation formally recognizes from 14 to 32. Initially, the church law granted official status to 14 Christian churches and Jewish groups. The rest had to apply for recognition by Parliament.
  • Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary Visits ISKCON Delhi
    The Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Zsolt Semjen, Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament Janos Latorcai, along with the Hungarian Ambassador to India and seven other Hungarian government officials visited ISKCON Delhi on the 6th of May.
  • Hungary: The Ombudsman Turned to the Constitutional Court Because of the Provisions of the Law on Churches

    According to the opinion of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights the legal provisions regulating the recognition of churches are in contrary to the principle of separation of power, to the right to fair procedure and to the right to legal remedy.

  • New Food For Life Facility Opens in Budapest, Hungary
    A new ISKCON Food for Life facility supported by the municipality of Budapest’s 7th District opened on November 12th in the Hungarian capital city to a positive reception.
  • ISKCON Hungary Distributes 10,000 Plates of Hot Meal Over Christmas
    ISKCON Hungary distributes several hundred thousand plates of free hot meal all year long, but they always make an extra effort to take care of the poor during the cold months, especially during Christmas time.
  • Pillars of Sustainability Seminar in Krishna Valley, Hungary
    The Eco Valley Foundation is organizing a seminar entitled "The Pillars of Sustainability", which will take place between 22nd and 30th June, 2013, in Krishna Valley, Somogyvámos, Hungary.
  • The 20th Anniversary of ISKCON Communications Europe
    20 years ago the first Communications Conference was held in Europe. The anniversary of that first meeting has just been celebrated in Budapest, Hungary, early in May 2013.
  • Christian Churches Back Jews Facing Anti-Semitism in Hungary
    When Hungarian radical right-wingers rallied against a Jewish conference in Budapest in early May, a well-known Protestant pastor hid behind the stage while his wife stepped up to the podium to denounce Jews and Israel.
  • Hungary’s Krishna Valley Celebrates Twenty Years
    Krishna Valley, ISKCON Hungary’s 660-acre sustainable farm, celebrated twenty years on May 15th, with a special program and the official opening of its new reception building.
  • ISKCON Devotees Help During Floods Sweeping Through Central Europe
    Rising rivers menaced swaths of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria this week, as floodwaters inundated historic cities and forced mass evacuations of low-lying areas. While the Danube floodwater level is expected to reach its highest point on Saturday, June 8th, ISKCON devotees are helping those getting prepared to protect the inhabited areas.
  • Dialogue of Cultures: Hungarians, Romas and Hare Krishnas in Somogyvamos

    The cul-de-sac village of Somogyvamos, Hungary, inhabited by a thousand people sets a very good example of cooperation: Hungarians of diverse religious and social backgrounds, Romas (commonly known as gypsies) and Hare Krishnas, putting aside all their differences and focusing on finding common grounds, have been working harmoniously together for over 20 years.

  • Spiritual Embassies of the World - New Vraja Dhama, Hungary

    New Vraja Dhama, or Krishna Valley as it is also known, is a 250 hectare self-sufficient Hare Krishna farm community in Hungary. This 30 minute film by Barnaby Booth explores the experiences of different devotees living in and visiting the community.

  • ISKCON Hungary's Merry Charity "Krishmas”

    6,000 plates of hot meal and 32 tons of food packages, warm cloths and toys were distributed by Hungarian Krishna devotees over the Christmas holidays. Many political leaders, well-known public figures, sportsmen and artists joined them as volunteers in helping their efforts to care for underprivileged families.

  • Temple Profile: Budapest, Hungary

    The interior is like a combination of modern museum and Indian palace. It is spotlessly clean, airy and full of sunlight from the skylights in the ceiling. And it’s filled with chandeliers, glass, shining reflective Italian marble floors, hand-painted furniture from Gujarat, and a stunning marble altar for Sri Sri Dayal Nitai Vijay Gauranga.

  • ISKCON Hungary Sends Aid to the Flood Affected Bosnia

    On May 23rd, ISKCON Hungary has sent a group of volunteers to the flood affected Bosnia. Having served in several flood and other natural disaster affected areas, these volunteers are experienced humanitarian workers. Primarily, they will help in the Sarajevo area by cooking, serving, driving and taking care of the victims in many other ways.

  • “Blossoming of Vedic Life in Rural Hungary”- Art Exhibition Opens in Budapest, Hungary

    On September 18th a special art exhibition opened at the Cultural Center of the Indian Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. The “Blossoming of Vedic Life in Rural Hungary” exhibition displays over 40 original drawings from ISKCON-guru and author Sivarama Swami’s new book the Nava Vraja Mahima, a monumental work in glorification of New Vraja Dhama (or Krishna-valley), a rural Vaishnava community in Hungary.

  • Princes’ Islands Offer Turkish Devotees the Bhakti Experience

    Turkish devotees gathered on one of the beautiful Princes’ Islands off the coast of Istanbul for Bhakti Fest, from September 12th to 15th. 27 devotees stayed for the full duration of the event, while daily guests brought attendance to 45 by Sunday. Although that may have been a small group for many ISKCON communities, it was a crowd for Turkey, an Islamic country with very few devotees and no official ISKCON presence.

  • ISKCON Hungary Celebrates Christmas With Massive Food Distribution

    During the month of December, ‘Food For Life Hungary’ ISKCON Hungary’s charity program has been distributing 30 tons of dry food (rice, flour, oil, pasta, canned vegetables) as well as 30,000 plates of hot meal to the needy all across the country. The ‘Christmas packages’ that the volunteers have been giving out in 12 locations and cities represent the only source of food for many families during the cold winter and the holiday season.

  • Open Weekend in Krishna-valley: "Outsiders" Experimenting with the Hare Krishna Lifestyle

    A short video of  "outsider" people trying out the Hare Krishna lifestyle for a weekend in Krishna-valley Indian Cultural Center and Ecofarm, Hungary. (Text in Hungarian.)

  • ISKCON Hungary Steps Up to Help Middle Eastern Refugees

    UN data show that more than 300,000 refugees have tried to reach Europe so far this year. Of those, almost 200,000 landed in Greece and 110,000 in Italy. At the same time, some 2,500 migrants or refugees are estimated to have died or gone missing this year, trying to reach Europe. Civil organizations have stepped up to help refugees with medical aid, water or food.

  • Sivarama Swami on the European Migrant Crisis

    With the European public completely divided over how to treat refugees poring in from war-torn countries, whether Europeans should welcome them or be afraid of them, likewise, being at the epicenter of the crisis, Hungarian devotees have also expressed their concerns about the issue. Sivarama Swami addresses some of these concerns.

  • Sivarama Swami on the European Refugee Crisis

    Sivarama Swami talks about his personal experience as a refugee fleeing Hungary in 1956, about his recent encounters with Syrian refugees in Budapest, and about the ancient Indian scriptures' teachings of how to treat people who are "different" from us. A video created by Janos Kapcsos, Laszlo Tas Balogh, Gandharvika Prema and Krisztina Danka, Ph.D.

  • Sivarama Swami Addresses World Peace Forum

    The World Peace Forum is a worldwide platform that brings together a large number of professionals of all backgrounds and from all corners of the Earth. Their recent meeting was held on October 2-3, 2015 in the European Parliament in Luxembourg and Germany, where ISKCON devotees were also invited.

  • Transit Zone: A Dirty Underpass in a Hungary Railway Station Becomes an Isle of Humanity

    When I lay down in my comfortable apartment in Budapest, all I could see are images of little children lying on the dirty floor of Budapest’s railway stations waiting for their transfer to a new, safer and better life.

  • "Soka-nihata-prarthana" by Guna-grahi & Kirtan for the Soul

    A video by Blaiseus. Music by Gunagrahi Das and the Kirtan for the Soul group (Hungary).

  • Krishna-conscious Carnival at Hungarian Nursery Schools

    It is an age-old custom in Europe that people say goodbye to the cold and dark winter and welcome spring in a celebratory way, singing, dancing, and dressed up in colorful costumes. The students of Krishna-valley and the Budapest Gurukula’s nursery schools did not want to miss out on the fun, so they also put up their own show, -- while at the same time kicking off ISKCON's 50th Anniversary year. 

  • Visit of Budapest Accredited Diplomats to Krishna Valley, Hungary

    To spread awareness of the importance of cows for a peaceful society, the devotees at New Vraja Dham organise a special festival every spring to celebrate the first grazing of the cows after a cold winter. 

  • New Eco-School Inaugurated In Krishna-valley, Hungary

    Krishna-valley in Somogyvamos, Hungary is one of the fastest growing villages in the area. In the past two decades, due to the hard work of the devotees, the 275 hectars of land has become Europe’s largest eco-village. There are 50 children living in Krishna-valley, who, by know, outgrew the original school building. Therefore it was time to build a new building, which, with its 200 square meters, 3 classrooms, big communal space could accommodate an additional 48 students.

  • Heaven on Earth: Krishna-valley, Hungary

    A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • ISKCON50 Book Distribution Days in Hungary

    As part of the ISKCON50 program series, Vaishnavas in Hungary organized a two-day national book distribution event, taking place at different locations of the country. Devotees who had never distributed books before, or had not taken part in sankirtana for a long time were also involved. During the two days, 36 participants from the farm sold 619 books, while the 195 devotees on the streets of Budapest distributed 2,650 books. 

  • ISKCON Hungary Organizes Interfaith FFL on UN World Food Day

    On October 16th the United Nations and the world celebrates World Food Day. ISKCON Hungary organized a major free food distribution event to the needy in Budapest. Volunteers of different faith groups worked together and distributed 1,600 plates of hot lunch, and gave out tons of dry food, including pasta, flour, vegetable oil, rice and other items from which families can cook from for weeks.

  • Govardhana Puja Around the World in Photos

    Govardhana Puja – the sweetest day of the year – celebrates the day when Lord Krishna as a young boy lifted Govardhana Hill with just His little finger, to protect the residents of Vrindavana village from Lord Indra’s furious thunderstorm. Devotees around the world pour their hearts into their own offerings for the late October festival, engaging their creativity in Krishna’s service to often astonishing effect.

  • Winter Arrives at New Vraja Dhama

    New Vraja Dhama is a self-sustainable Krishna-community in the heart of Hungary. Its beauty is marveled by the tens of tousands of guests who visit there yearly to relax and to learn about "simple living - high thinking." A video by Kunjabihari Dasi. 
    Music by Shaun Taylor McManus - Last Memory

  • Dignitaries Celebrate ISKCON50 at Hungarian Gala

    Every year, prominent people take part in ISKCON Hungary’s annual Divali dinner. This year, as usual, government officials, public personalities, sponsors, decision-makers, artists, representatives of other religions, university professors, scientists and others from the fields of politics and media all enjoyed the Hungarian devotees’ hospitality. The main theme of the event was the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of ISKCON.

  • Food for Life Hungary Lights Up the Holidays for Thousands of Under-privileged Families

    Although the program runs all year long, due to the cold weather and the holidays, the month of December means increased service and dedication for the volunteers of Food for Life Hungary. During the December holiday season, they distributed 10,000 plates of hot meal and 6,000 packages of dry food all across the country.

  • Spring in Krishna-valley: Happy Cows Grazing for The First Time

    Krishna-valley, Hungary, is one of the main cow-protection centers in Europe. This video by Kunjabihari Dasi captures the happy moments when the cows are let out to graze on the fields for the first time, after a long cold winter.

  • Faith Counts: Video Featuring ISKCON Devotees Among Best 10

     A 2-minute short film entitled “Transit Point” featuring Hungarian ISKCON devotees taking care of refugees arriving from war-torn Syria is among the best ten in the video contest run by Faith Counts, an American multi-faith organization with mission is to promote the value of faith.

  • Celebrating Janmashtami and Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja in Krishna-valley, Hungary

    A video by Kunjabihari Dasi.

  • New Vrajadhama to Host 10th Anniversary of ISKCON Farm Conference

    New Vraja Dhama is perfect for the main event – devotees on the 660-acre farm have had decades of experience and grow their own vegetables, fruits, and grains. They also care for cows and have their own waste water treatment system and solar panels that cover a large portion of their electricity needs.

  • ISKCON Farm Conference Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    The event showed how far ISKCON farms have come in networking and working together particularly over the last decade, with conferences now regularly organized in four continents by the GBC Ministry of Agriculture and Cow Protection.  Because the ISKCON Farm Conference began in Europe in 2008, however, the 10th anniversary event focused on European farms. 

  • New Vrajadhama Warms Hearts This Autumn

    Dovetailing the fall pumpkin obsession in a Krishna conscious way, devotees drew 300 tourists to New Vrajadhama for their autumn Pumpkin Festival on October 14th. On this day the temple and altar were decorated with beautifully painted pumpkins inscribed with lotus designs and the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

  • Heaven On Earth - New Vraja, Dhama, Hungary

    New Vraja Dhama, ISKCON’s 300 acre farm in Hungary, is the largest eco village in Europe. It is situated in a small village in the southernmost part of the country, 2 hours drive from Budapest. It was established in 1993 with the purpose of educating people about the values of self sufficiency, cow protection and a natural, God centered lifestyle.

  • European Religious Leaders Hold Annual Conference and Visit Krishna Temple in Budapest, Hungary

    The main topic and the title of the conference was “The Role of Multi-religious Cooperation in Social Cohesion and Human Security.As part of the program, on May 7th the European religous leaders visited the Hare Krishna Temple in Budapest.

  • Food For Life Hungary Feeds Thousands During Holiday Season

    “There are so many families in Hungary who are on the edge of homelessness,” says ISKCON Hungary spokesperson Gandharvika Prema Dasi. “They are in debt, have no jobs, and without external help they struggle to maintain their lives and may lose their homes.”

  • Ox Training Seminar in New Vraja Dhama, Hungary

    While recognizing cow protection as an important branch of our Krishna Conscious society, training and working with the oxen remains to many an ideal yet to be achieved. The upcoming Ox Training Seminar to be held in New Vraja Dhama, Hungary between April 17thand 24th, will shed more light on this important, yet less practiced side of cow protection. 

  • Sivarama Swami Presents Bhagavad-gita As It Is at Hungary's Largest Bookstore Chain

    The book has been available in translation for many years in Hungary, but could only be obtained through book distributing devotees. However, 2019 has been announced to be the year of Bhagavad Gita in Hungary, therefore the organizers thought it was timely to make the Gita available through bookshops.

  • 8,000 Learn About Simple Living, High Thinking at Krishna Valley Fair

    “Krishna Valley is not just for us to realize Srila Prabhupada’s vision of simple living, high thinking, but to show others that it’s accessible, and teach them how they can also live naturally while keeping God in the center, ” says Communications director Gandharvika Prema Dasi.