Krishna Balarama Mandir to Celebrate 40th Anniversary
Alachua, Florida Welcomes Krishna Balarama
At least one hundred Prabhupada disciples, including several who helped build Krishna Balarama Mandir, are expected to attend the epic five-day celebration of the Vrindavan temple’s 40th anniversary from March 24th to 28th 2015. They’ll be recalling the even grander original opening festival from April 16th to 27th, 1975, attended by 1,000 devotees.
The weekend of May 29th to 30th saw over 3,000 devotees converge upon rural New Raman Reti in Alachua, Florida—the largest ISKCON community in North America—to bear witness to a truly rare event in today’s ISKCON: the installation of full-size deities of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama. Many leading disciples of ISKCON’s founder Srila Prabhupada, including Radhanatha Swami, Indradyumna Swami, Lokanatha Swami, Devamrita Swami, B.B. Madhava Swami, Varsana Swami, and Deena Bandhu Dasa also arrived to see the forms of God and His eternal elder brother join New Raman Reti’s already presiding deities of Radha-Shyamasundara and Gaura-Nitai.