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  • Seed Banks Protect Biodiversity

    Seed banks are located across the globe and are instrumental for collecting, saving, and exchanging indigenous seed varieties that would otherwise be lost, as well as empowering locals and villages in rural areas of the world to be less dependent on multi-national corporations seed stocks. 

  • ISKCON News Wishes You a Happy Janmashtami

    We here at ISKCON News, wish you a very healthy and happy Janmashtami. May the Lord shower you with His blessings. 


  • GBC Announces Panel to Examine Lokanath Swami Issue and its Own Past Decision Making

    The GBC Executive Committee released a statement regarding a recent GBC decision on how to proceed with the controversy regarding Lokanath Swami. 

  • ISKCON Law Department 2nd Annual Conference - “Building the Law Department”

    The second annual ISKCON Law Department Conference was conducted May 1 and 2, 2021, in a meeting attended by more than 50 devotees, with good representation from six continents, via Zoom. 

  • Transcendental Throwback: ISKCON Memories Part 1

    In our Trancendental Throwback, a spin on "Throwback Thursday," devotees from around the world submit a photo from earlier in their devotional life to ISKCON News. Along with it, they share their memories of the moment shown in the photo and what it means to them. The result? A fun and inspirational look back at ISKCON of decades past.

  • ISKCON News Managing Editor Position Opening

    ISKCON News has an opening: the Managing Editor position in its team for a seasoned editor, manager, or budding professional looking for experience.

  • Centennial Celebration Marked for Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja

    The year 2021 marks the centennial celebration, the 100th appearance anniversary, of Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja. A disciple of Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Maharaja—himself one of the foremost disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur—Narayana Maharaja served the Gaudiya Vaishnava community as a sannyasi for fifty-eight years. 

  • Sharing the Love: ISKCON 3.0 Leadership Conference Series

    There is only one word to describe the Next Generation Leadership conference - excitement. There was a buzz felt throughout the two-day virtual conference, by youth and youth leaders that lingered on after in group chats and social media.

  • New Book Discusses An “Endangered Species: ISKCON Ashramites”

    In their new book, Kalakantha Das and Jitamitra Dasi posit that ashrams are still an important part of today’s ISKCON. They explain how to create an ashram program that attracts devotees from all backgrounds in the West, especially in North America.

  • ISKCON News Design Contest

    ISKCON News is inviting talented designers from around the world to help redesign and the site's Facebook page

  • New Educational Booklet Explores ISKCON and Hinduism

    A newly-published booklet, entitled “ISKCON and Hinduism: Exploring the Hare Krishna Movement and its Broader Traditions,” will be used to help students and teachers in schools, as well as visitors to ISKCON temples, better understand ISKCON and how it relates to broader Hinduism.

  • ISKCON Communications Course - Now Online!

    ISKCON Communications Minister Anuttama Dasa, in collaboration with Bhaktivedanta College, translated the 'ISKCON Communications' training he gives world-wide in the classroom into the online environment - dynamic, powerful and thought-provoking as it is when taught in person.

  • ISKCON Desire Tree Celebrates 17 Years of Serving the Vaishnavas

    On Nityananda Trayodasi in 2002, when Internet in India was still very poor and it took three to five minutes to download a 10MB file, Vaishnava Seva started his first website,

  • ISKCON’s Global Contributions Recognized at the World Hindu Congress

    The World Hindu Congress, which has been billed by many as one of the largest international Hindu conferences with over 2,500 participants from 60 countries, recognized Srila Prabhupada and his International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) for its vital role in spreading the message of Bhagavad Gita around the world.

  • ISKCON News Spreads Across Spanish-Speaking World

    Since it was launched in January 2014, readership of ISKCON News’ Spanish language sister website ISKCON Noticias ( has increased rapidly, now reaching around 7,000 every week, and growing. Readers are more far-flung, too. Although most hailed from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay when the site was first launched, today there are also readers in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Spain, as well as Spanish-speakers in the USA.

  • How Can ISKCON News Help You?

    Have a story to share about your temple? Want to stay updated with the news in ISKCON? Watch this video to know how can ISKCON News help you and your service.

  • Log On To ISKCON News

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  • ISKCON Begins Plans For 50th Anniversary

    On July 11, 1966, Srila Prabhupada officially registered his International Society for Krishna Consciousness in New York. At the time, he had one small storefront on New York’s Lower East-Side, and a handful of students. Today, there are nearly four hundred ISKCON centers all over the world, and thousands of ISKCON devotees. ISKCON is now gearing up for its 50th anniversary, with plans for celebratory events all over the world throughout 2016.

  • ISKCON Youth Travel and Serve in Europe

    This summer, the Krishna Culture Youth Bus Tour toured Europe for the first time ever.

  • Anniversary of the Incorporation of ISKCON
    The lawyer under whose aegis the fledgling movement was officially instituted was Mr Steven Goldsmith, an attendee at Srila Prabhupada’s Second Avenue lectures.
  • Hearing from ISKCON's Youth
    One of the aims of ISKCON's Congregational Development Ministry is to promote the activities of the youth in ISKCON. An interview with Caitanya Cintamani devi dasi, co-ordinator of Mayapur Youth Entertainment Seva.
  • ISKCON Youth Joins Staff of Interfaith Magazine ‘KidSpirit’
    An ISKCON youth based near the Hare Krishna temple in Potomac, Maryland, USA has joined the staff of online interfaith magazine KidSpirit. A free teen quarterly that empowers youth to tackle life’s big questions, KidSpirit holds its headquarters in New York but has satellite editorial boards run by youth in schools in Maryland, California, and India.
  • VANDE Is Calling All ISKCON Artists

    VANDE’s mission is to inspire, nurture and network artistic talent, thereby creating a fraternal community spirit for artists, thus attracting the public and patrons through quality presentations.

  • Who Is a Member of ISKCON? #6 - What ISKCON Membership Is Not
    The ISKCON movement is comprised of anything up to one million individuals, only a fraction of them initiated. Are the others then not members? Should another organization be created for them?
  • Who is a member of ISKCON? #5 Note: Terms and Conditions May Apply
    You’re basically a member of ISKCON if you want to be one. While that’s true, it might also be an over simplification. In real life, you often have to meet certain expectations before you’re accepted by a group.
  • Who is a member of ISKCON? #3 When Members’ Needs Change
    The course of any organization never runs perfectly smoothly, and in the case of spiritual movements you can double or triple the lack of smoothness. Why?
  • Who Is a Member of ISKCON? #2 The ISKCON Apple
    It is the level of commitment – not only to developing ones personal spiritual potential but to sharing that and helping others – that will be influential in determining how any particular member will be instrumental in producing the next generation of members.
  • Who Is A Member of ISKCON? - The Types of Membership
    All types of member are absolutely valued and essential to healthy growth. Like growth of any biological organism, deficiency in one type of member can lead to weak or inhibited growth patterns.
  • Communications Seminar Tackles the Environment and the Hindu Question
    Around forty ISKCON leaders and communications staff attended the 2012 ISKCON Communications Europe Seminar at the Community Hall in Radhadesh, Belgium this April 22nd to 25th.
  • Year in Review: Ten Stories that Shaped ISKCON in 2011
  • Is ISKCON Shrinking or Growing?
    I agree that some temples are closing; and that some don’t seem to be attracting the national demographic of their particular country. But I know for a fact that growth is happening in other areas, and I would respectfully suggest to any ISKCON critic that he take certain factors into consideration.
  • The Passing of Srikant Das
    ISKCON devotee Srikant Das passed away on November 10 from complications resulting from congestive heart failure. A resident of ISKCON's New York temple in Brooklyn since 1997, he served as the temple's Chief Cook and was well known for the elaborate feasts he would prepare and his kirtans.
  • Hinduization of ISKCON? What do you mean exactly?
  • Pyari Radhe: A Single From ISKCON Coventry`s New Musical Album Has Been Released
    "Pyari Radhe", a single from the forthcoming album “Krishna of Vrindavan” has been released on iTunes on 19th August. It is currently number 7 in the world music chart on ITunes UK.
  • New Srila Prabhupada Busts Promote ISKCON Founder
    Festival of India offers a new gift to donors which adds just that much more of a personal touch: a beautiful and detailed bust of ISKCON’s founder.
  • ISKCON Las Vegas Is Looking For An Investor
    ISKCON of Las Vegas is looking for a person capable to invest in purchasing a temple building in Vegas.
  • ISKCON News Grateful to Ekendra Dasa, Welcomes New Managing Editor
    We’re extending our gratitude to Ekendra Dasa, the managing editor whose two and a half years of dedicated service brought the site to where it is today—and welcoming a new face.
  • USA's Prabhupada Village Becomes ISKCON Affiliate

    On May 21, 2009 the Board of Directors of Prabhupada Village (Sandy Ridge, North Carolina) decided to affiliate with ISKCON, thereby joining the greater communities of ISKCON temples throughout the world. Tamohara Dasa was selected as the GBC representative.

  • Holy Name Photo From Vrindavana

    The children at the ISKCON school in Vrindavana, India make a visual offering for World Holy Name day celebrated on September 17th.

  • Devotee Remembers KGB Persecution
    For 730 days, Gagik Buniatyan ate bread. So what? Well, for 730 days Buniatyan ate only bread, very coarse and just three slices. That was all that the 23-year-old was allowed while serving time in a Siberian labour camp, where temperatures dipped to negative 50 degrees Celsius.
  • Sri Sri Radha-Shyamasundara - Janmastami 2007

    In the sacred land of Vrindavana where Lord Krishna enacts his childhood pastimes ISKCON has erected a temple that has, over the last three decades, become one of the most visited temples in the area. There reside the deities of Sri Sri Radha-Shyamasundara who are decorated lavishly on a daily basis. On special days like Janmastami thousands of pilgrims line up to catch a glimse of them.

  • INSIDE ISKCON: Tasty Jail Food Tempts Prisoners to Stay
    Inmates at a prison in southern India are eating so well that many are reluctant to leave, while other convicted criminals are trying to move in, a newspaper said Thursday.

    ISKCON, commonly known as the Hare Krishna movement, started serving prasadam—pure vegetarian sanctified fare— in the jail on May 21 under contract from the Parappana Agrahara prison in Bangalore.

  • 'Walking Monk' Hits the Road for Third Cross-Canada Walk
    The walk begins each day at 4 or 5 a.m., and Swami spends about nine hours walking 45 kilometres per day. He carries with him a sack holding his meditation beads, and often chants and talks to the Creator along the way. The personable monk, who joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1973 and changed his name from John Vis, said he runs into a lot of cyclists and marathon runners, along with regular citizens curious about his exploits. “Walking in the summer, it‘s when people are out and about,” he said. “It‘s the real natural time to be there, and the really big part of this project is to meet people and get inspired . . . and to inspire.”
  • ‘Centralization Critics Off Base,' Says GBC Leader
    Ravindra Svarupa Dasa addresses charges of 'centralization' in ISKCON in regard to the proposed new bylaws drafted for North American ISKCON temples at a meeting of ISKCON’s North American leadership on May 17, 2007 in Houston, Texas. "Various areas of misunderstanding and forgetfulness," he says, mark the opposition to the proposed bylaws in regard to the workings of management of ISKCON and its structure. Drawing on facts from a 1972 attempt at centralization, Ravindra Svarupa Dasa outlines how the current proposal differs, and how it is in fact in line with the original management structure established by ISKCON's founder-acharya.
  • BOOKS: Upcoming Release Looks at Four Decades of Growth and Change in ISKCON
    The Hare Krishna Movement: Forty Years of Chant and Change examines the changes and developments which have shaped ISKCON in the past 40 years. In essays by both leading ISKCON devotees and scholars of religion, it tracks ISKCON's history through a wide range of issues and themes, including the movement's own evolving self-perception.
  • ISKCON: Joyful Devotees Parade Through Baltimore
    Chanting "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna," hundreds of believers of the Hindu sect dragged a crimson 30-foot-high chariot cloaked in sunflowers, carnations and roses. Wrapped in colorful clothing, they marched down Light Street yesterday afternoon and ended in the Inner Harbor, stalling traffic and drawing curious stares.
  • ISKCON: North American Leaders Explore Balance of Power, Share Best Practices
    More than thirty temple presidents, and a handful of Governing Body Commissioners, representing North American chapters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) gathered here on May 17 to kick off a three-day regional meeting. Organizers of the meeting hope to bring together the two facets of ISKCON's leadership in order to foster greater accountability and cooperation, and explicitly address the need for a balance of power.
  • ISKCON: Festival of Inspiration Enlightens and Entertains

    Enthusiasm seemed to float on the air—along with the yellow clay dust of the western world's most famous Hindu pilgrimage site—as devotees arrived by the car- and busload for a three-day weekend of Krishna conscious education, enlightenment, and good times.

  • ISKCON: Mayor Gives Green Light to Moscow Temple
    The Moscow mayor has allocated land to the local unit of International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) to build a temple despite objections by the Orthodox Christians who have threatened to renew their stir against the construction.
  • A Minute with Bhanu Swami: The Quality and Intensity of Love
    The real devotees consist only of love.
  • Understanding ISKCON

    Charles Brooks wrote The Hare Krishnas in India, an important study of the Hare Krishna movement in India, focusing particularly on their presence in Vrindavan. Thus he is perhaps more qualified than most to comment on the legitimacy of ISKCON, of which he is convinced. However, like many devotees, Dr. Brooks would like ISKCON to address issues that, even after thirty years, seem to have been neglected.

  • ISKCON Takes Part in Puri Congress of Peace and Harmony
    ISKCON devotees from around the world won the hearts of Puri residents at the 'Congress for Peace and Harmony.' Mahadevi Dasi reports.