Five members of a family and a driver were killed when their car collided with a mini-truck at Ranaghat area of Nadia district on March 3.
R. Harish Kumar Aiyar, a 30-year-old mechanical engineer with a Delhi company, drowned in the Bhagirathi yesterday after pulling his sister to safety. He and his family were visiting the ISKCON temple in Nadia's Mayapur.
ISKCON Mayapur invites devotees worldwide to celebrate the Gaura Purnima 2008 festival, commemorating 522nd birth anniversary of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu at Sri Mayapur, India.
When ISKCON Mayapur’s resident elephant, Gulab Kali, passed away in April 2006, devotees mourned her almost as if she were a human Vaishnava. Brought to Mayapur when she was only three years old, she had served the community during festivals and other religious functions for 24 years until her untimely death at age 27.
It was difficult to even think about replacing such a fine and devoted animal, but Hrimati Dasi and the other members of the Mayapur Animal Protection Team were sure that, having passed away in Lord Caitanya’s holy land, Gulab was now in a better place. And so their search for a new elephant began.
Srimati Meira Kumar, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment in India, recently visited ISKCON’s Mayapur campus. The Union Minister was responding to an invitation extended from National ISKCON Communications director Vrajanandana Dasa to the Indian Government. She was greeted warmly by Sankarshan Nitai Dasa, General Manager at ISKCON Mayapur.
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.
A gathering in India of different religions and different people offers hope for the unity of religions.
I recently spent nearly two weeks as a vegan, interfaith explorer and peace-pilgrim at the world headquarters of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness, more popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement) at Sri Mayapur, West Bengal, India.
The 2009 Annual General Meeting of ISKCON's Governing Body Commission commenced with arati and guru-puja kirtana to Srila Prabhupada, who is present in murti form in the meeting hall. Apart from the large murti, this year there is a small murti of Srila Prabhupada fixed on a beautiful altar near the Chairman's seat. After the reading of Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.16, Ramai Swami, Chairman, began the proceedings by explaining the absence of several members, mostly due to health issues. He also gave a brief summary of the Executive Committee's work during the year.
This year a very special offering is being prepared for Srila Prabhupada. Using the facility of modern technology a team of devotees from Mayapur.tv (www.mayapur.tv) will bring the Sridham Mayapur and Gaura Purnima festival into your home or your temple, live on the Internet.
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.
Two ISKCON Mayapur residents, Jahnudvipa Dasa from Denmark and his wife Braja Sevaki Dasi from Australia, were badly injured on March 12 when their taxi collided head-on with a truck near Kolkata airport in the early hours of the morning.
The two ISKCON Mayapur residents who were badly injured in a car crash on March 12 are steadily recovering after devotees around the world feared the worst. Jahnudvipa Dasa from Denmark and his wife Braja Sevaki Dasi from Australia were rushed to the local Apollo hospital when their taxi collided head-on with a truck near Kolkata airport.
In that classic spiritual text, The Way of the Pilgrim, an unnamed monk of the Eastern Orthodox Church depicts the earnest spiritual journey of a truth seeker. In the end, the reader realizes that the seeker’s journey was of greater relevance than the destination.
Every year at the ISKCON Center in Mayapur, India a festival is held where the presiding deities are covered in sacred sandalwood paste (candana) and decorated beautifully.
What students have been learning in MI's Bhakti-Sastri course is real knowledge for the soul. The Bhakti-Sastri degree, originally conceived by ISKCON's founder Srila Prabhupada, is a course where students systematically study key literature in the Gaudiya Vasihnava tradition. It is a metaphorical “Bhakti Bank” in that it's an investment of time and energy.The interest that accumulates is bhakti or love.
Great news from Mayapur. Here’s a few photos I took today. As you can see, some major changes are taking place. The park is being cleared in preparation for the ground work to begin on the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP).
Senior Prabhupada disciple and ISKCON guru Subhag Swami Maharaja has been discharged from hospital after receiving surgery for a blood clot in his brain.
Gammon India, one of India's leading construction companies, has obtained a contract worth Rs 1.37 billion from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
This year ISKCON proudly celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its Nama-hatta project, which sees to the spiritual development of congregational devotees.
A spiritual care tour has been launched under the leadership of Dr. Vishwarupa Das of Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Juhu, Mumbai. The tour especially targets nurses, doctors and health care personnel, aiming to promote spiritual care in the hospitals throughout the world.
The Minister for Culture at the Indian High Commission in the United Kingdom hosted a presentation of ISKCON’s new mega-project—the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium—on August 30th at the Nehru Centre, London.
The Primary School students Of Sri Mayapur International School spent a happy afternoon recently celebrating the festival of Govardhan Puja.
There are vacant positions for Grade 6 primary school teacher (start by March 2011) and high school English teacher (to start January/February 2011).
The students of Sri Mayapur International School held their Annual Sports Day on December 16th. The event was well attended by parents, community members and special guests.
Sri Mayapur International School is now accepting applications for admission for the new academic year beginning on the 1st of August, 2011.
Sri Mayapur International School has vacancies for the following teachers starting in August, 2011: High School Biology Teacher, English Teacher, Middle School Science Teacher, Primary School Teacher.
Recently, 35 students from Sri Mayapur International School performed a pandal program for the pleasure of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama at the Chandan yatra festival at Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir, ISKCON Bhubaneswar. They were accompanied on their travels by parents and teachers.
The Mayapur Institute has announced its new courses for the Fall and next Gaura Purnima.
Informational video about the upcoming Deity worship course at the Mayapur Academy. For more information please visit www.mayapuracademy.org.
The 2012 Gaura Purnima Festival in Mayapur will be a little different than the previous ones. The first four days the focus will be on re-learning how to chant from the heart.
On Friday 17th February, several GBC members visited Sri Mayapur International School to inaugurate the new playground which they had sponsored. The students were very excited to be given the new outdoor play equipment and basketball court and wanted to thank the donors.
Once, in a holy place in the forest of Naimisāranya, great sages headed by the sage Śaunaka assembled to perform a great thousand-year sacrifice for the satisfaction of the Lord and His devotees.
In the same mood, modern sages, vaisnava followers of Srila Prabhupada gathered in Germany from Aug 30th to Sept. 4th for an akanda kirtan, in hope of bringing real peace and prosperity to the world having pleased the Lord by chanting his Names. Eight hundred to a thousand devotees committed to a minimum of 8 hours a day of chanting, thereby creating an atmosphere that is better felt than described. There were an additional 6000 to 7500 views on Mayapur TV daily, often with over 500 viewers at one time, many using the chat to express both their chanting and their joy. It was an ecstatic experience that kept many awake transcending their respective time zones.
As far as Mayapur kirtan culture, it was Tamal Krishna Goswami's strong desire to see it be revived in Mayapur. He took it upon himself starting with kirtans in his room and later moving into the temple room. The first day of the 1st Mayapur Kirtan Mela, February 22nd, is dedicated to his memory. Since his departure devotees have kept the tradition under the banner of Holy Name Abhiseka during the first days of the Mayapur Gaur Purnima Festival. This year the evenings of Holy Name Abhiseka have expanded into 4 -12 hour kirtan days.
Mayapur, being the center of the Sankirtan movement, its birth place hosts such a mela between February 22-25, 2012.
On this video Indradyumna Swami leads the kirtan on Day 2.
Sri Mayapur International School Teaching vacancies starting August 2012: English First Language and English Literature, Biology, Mathematics, Thinking skills and secondary school teachers.
Sri Mayapur International school is a unique school which provides a broad educational program. Its aim is to give the students a strong spiritual foundation, build their character and develop their academic studies.
Bhakti Caitanya Swami, the ISKCON Governing Body Commission Chairman for 2012, addresses the community from Sridham Mayapur, March 2012.
A new playground sponsored for the Sri Mayapur International School in West Bengal by the Governing Body Comission (GBC), ISKCON’s highest ecclesiastical authority, is nearing completion after four months of preparation.
A beautiful snapshot of a unique school for girls in Sri Mayapur Dhama - the Anasuya Vidyamandala. A short film directed by Deva Gaura Hari Das.
Staff and students of the Institute, from all parts of the globe, speak about their experiences in Mayapur, and how they have benefited from studying and living in the Holy Dhama.
A video produced by Deva Gaura Hari Das.
The Mayapur Temple of the Vedic Planetarium Exhibits division has a vacancy for a PROJECT MANAGER.
The Temple of The Vedic Planetarium is an ambitious project aiming to reconcile the two main aspects of human search for truth: science and religion. On September 5th a new half an hour long film has been released documenting the first steps in realizing this unique project worth the world's attention.
Last year the Mayapur Institute launched the Bhakti-pravesa Course to address and serve the needs of ISKCON’s Vaisnavis according to the understandings Srila Prabhupada imparted to his followers.
At a meeting of the ISKCON Bureau of India on January 10th, Radha Jivan Das laid out his new plan for funding Srila Prabhupada’s passion project, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, West Bengal.
Sri Mayapur International School in Mayapur, West, Bengal, India is a unique school which provides a broad educational program. Their aim is to give the students a strong spiritual foundation, build their character and develop their academic knowledge.
Due to a large increase in student numbers Sri Mayapur International School (SMIS) has new service opportunities beginning August 2013.
Lead singer: Madhava Das.
By Nadia Mani Dasi, Tulsi Nadia Harrison, Madhvi Dasi.
Celebrated Bulgarian street artist Nasimo R' Naste took 3 months off recently to reside in India and study at the Mayapur Temple. In that time he worked on a few murals around the temple campus that reflect the mood and mission of Sri Mayapur Dham. In this video he discusses his work and the spiritual motivation behind it due to the influence of Mayapur. Rather than praising himself Nasimo goes deeper and acknowledges from whom his talent comes from. A must see for any artists, aspiring spiritualists or philosophically inclined individuals.
A video by bhakta Harry.
An incredible fifty hours of kirtan from this year’s Kirtan Mela in Mayapur, West Bengal has just been made available for download. Professional audio engineer Ekendra Das has spent over 300 hours editing and mixing the recordings, to create the best quality spiritual listening experience.
500 years ago an blind old man prompted Lord Jagannath to appear in a quaint village near Mayapur in West Bengal. The Lord has been worshipped there ever since, but it is only since 1978 that ISKCON, having been requested to take over the worship, started organizing Rathayatras in Mayapur.
In just a few years the Mayapur Rathayatra has grown from minuscule to huge in size. Many thousand pilgrims attend from the whole Nadia region, including movie and TV celebrities from Kolkata. The stage program on Ulto Rathayatra (the return trip seven days later) draws as many as the Kolkata Ratharaytra stage.
A video by Vasudev Das.
ISKCON's flagship project the Temple of Vedic Planetarium attracts people from around the world who are eager to offer their talents and expertise to the project.
Next time you land at Kolkata at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Domestic Terminal, you will be greeted by a big banner of Sri Mayapur in the baggage section.
On August 27th, to celebrate the auspicious appearance day of ISKCON-founder Srila Prabhupada, the students and teachers of Sri Mayapur International school attended a very special event at the Srila Prabhupada ashram
In a ghastly incident an Argentine National was brutally hacked with sharp weapon by miscreants at his apartment located at the ISKCON campus in Mayapur late on Friday night.
Braja Sorensen’s autobiography, about a spiritual and personal journey that ultimately led to her finding a home in the sacred village of Mayapur, West Bengal, is already earning rave reviews.
Following the success of the Mayapur Kirtan Mela, a “Kirtan Academy” a 3-month series of courses opens in Mayapur in December 2013. The spirit of the academy is one of “living education”. Practice and application of the philosophy are important parts of the curriculum.
The staircase tower is moving forward as the shuttering of form work is being done. The next layer is concrete with the following layer will being the blue tiles. The planetarium wing is also making great strides in it’s momentum.
The 25th Navidvipa Mandala Parikrama will take place from 5th to 11th March 2014. For further information go to: www.navadvipaparikrama.com
This week, Hari Sauri Das and Sridhama dasa of the Mayapur-based Temple of the Vedic Planetarium's Exhibits team left for a tour of the US and Europe to attend conventions and visit planetarium service providers.
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.
Construction Company Gammon India and chairman Ambarisa Das (Alfred B. Ford) have addressed concerns raised by a former employee about the structural stability of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, India.
As the rising moon dispels darkness, so too did the Golden Avatar Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appear in this world to bestow infinite light, hope, and love. Day by day, the worldwide bhakti revolution He ignited accelerates, as the background noise of doubt and fear is drowned by the vibration of sacred mantra. A video by the KRIYATE group.
Ten thousand devotees are expected to attend the special 25th anniversary Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama from March 5th to 11th this spring.The Navadvipa area of West Bengal is considered sacred as it is the place where Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu -- believed to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna, or God Himself -- lived and taught his message of chanting God’s Holy Names.
As ISKCON's flagship project The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium's representatives put it: "The day has come. The suspense is over. After over a year of correspondence, negotiations and near failure, the blue marble has finally been ordered."
Nearly 1,000 ISKCON leaders from around the world are confirmed to attend the second ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) in Mayapur, West Bengal from February 16th to 23rd. The event was created by ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) to provide leaders with a forum where they could share best practices and learn from each other.
GBC Stategic Planning ISKCON Leadership Sanga in Mayapur, Feburary 2012.
The one Srimad-Bhagavatam verse that vividly describes Lord Caitanya’ appearance tells how this incarnation of Krishna has descended in Kali-yuga “accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions [the Panca-tattva]” and how He is worshiped by “intelligent persons” who “perform congregational chanting.”
The 2014 ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) was inaugurated on February 16 in Sridham Mayapur. Day 1 consisted of three sessions during which at least ten seminars would run in parallel per session. Seminars such as Effective Outreach, How to Implement the 5 Steps of Succession and Identify Future Leaders, Devotee Care Through Cow Care, Invest in the Future, and To Love is to Cooperate were just a handful of the numerous seminars devotees had the opportunity to attend.
Devotees had the opportunity to attend talks such as Unity in Diversity, Being Trusting and Trustworthy, Harmonizing Lines of Authority, Srila Prabhupada: The Living Bhagavatam, The Avanti Schools Model or a Theatre Arts Workshop (VANDE) which were among the twenty two seminars offered in the morning.
Day 3 of the ISKCON Leadership Sanga in Mayapur, India, was dedicated as Devotee Care Day.The day was filled with presentations where devotees had the opportunity to attend five seminar slots and choose between forty-eight presentations! As the day was devoted to Devotee Care the majority of presentations focused on this important topic.
The ILS serves as a forum for devotes to not only learn about the work being done to push forward the ISKCON’s Governing Commission’s (GBC) strategic plan, but provides leaders with the tools to help implement it in their own communities.
Devamrita Swami took to the stage to deliver a powerfully relevant class on Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur and the topic of innovation. Maharaja spoke as to the numerous ways by which Saraswati Thakur utilized the technology and resources of his time to spread Krishna-consciousness.
The final plenary was scheduled for two hours, but went on for three, with devotees longing for more. As a perfect ending, the very last plenary for the ISKCON Leadership Sanga 2014 ended as the first one started – with a very sweet and loving Guru puja for the founder acarya, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Throughout the entire ILS, Srila Prabhupada and his teachings were at the center.
1008 Golden bricks with the names of the sponsors engraved on them which will be put on the platform of Mahaprabhu’s altar in the new temple which is now under construction. These are limited to 1008 and many people who have come for the festival are sponsoring these bricks as a donation towards the construction of the new Temple. www.tovp.org
A landmark spiritual project with universal significance. This video summerizes the most important 2013 achievements in the process of building the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur.
Hundreds packed into the auditorium at Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi in Mayapur, West Bengal at 7pm on February 21st to watch Fabric of the Gods, a show depicting Vaishnava fashions throughout history.
March 3rd, 2014, marked the anniversary of the installation of the Mayapur Panca Tattva Deities. It was celebrated by a Maha Abishek (bathing ceremony) and hours of chanting in the midst of thousands of Krishna devotees gathered there from every corner of the world.
Guests staying at Mayapur's largest and new guesthouse, Ishodyan, had the privilege of having their morning shower with hot water heated by solar power. Due to the new “Green Revolution”, it is not long before residents and visitors see ISKCON Mayapur transforming into being a truly sustainable Krishna-community.
A beautiful video of this year's Maha Abhisheka. Produced by Tripada Das and the ToVP Team. Music by Grammy-winning Havi Das (Ilan Chester).
Hrdaya Caitanya Das, who served as president of ISKCON’s Radhadesh community in the Belgian Ardennes for twenty-seven years, is grateful to be taking on the service of co-director at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal. He and fellow newcomer Gauranga-Simha Das from South Africa will bring the board of co-directors to six.
Radha Jivan Das International Director of Fundraising for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (ToVP) explains that the ToVP is not another ISKCON preaching center, but is Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's home.
Golden Gauranga and his dear associates glanced at thousands of devotees with eyes full of compassion. There was love in the air and it seemed like thousands of honey bees had finally found the treasure house of nectar.
This spectacular four-minute video from BhakTV shows a massive crane lifting a one-ton stainless-steel panel onto the center dome of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Sridham Mayapur, India. The crane is accompanied by a remote-controlled miniature helicopter with an on-board HD video camera.
Exciting news lands in Mayapur. A service whereby helicopters transport pilgrims and devotees and guests from Kolkata to Mayapur is moving forward. May 30th marked the first time the journey was made and several people greeted the arrival with enthusiasm.
This spectacular four-minute video from BhakTV shows a massive crane lifting a two-and-a-half ton stainless-steel panel onto the center dome of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Sridham Mayapur, India. The crane is accompanied by a remote-controlled miniature helicopter with an on-board HD video camera. With complementary footage from a second camera on the ground, "Another Panel On The Dome" presents a view of how the construction of this immense dome proceeds, panel by panel.
On the hundredth anniversary of the disappearance day of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, this brand new video about the TOVP project, which was so dear to Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has been released. Many of prominent leaders in ISKCON have spoken very well to encourage participation from all members of ISKCON society. This video was produced by a young devotee, resident of Sridham Mayapur, as a seva for the new Sri Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir. A video by Jaganath Kirtan Das.
This is the Ratha Yatra Festival in Mayapur 2014. This video is narated by Jananivasa das. He tells the story of how the appearance of these Jaganath deities came about and the eternal link they have to the Holy Dham. A video by bh. Jeff Wilson.
In celebration of Sri Krishna Janmasthami and Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja Part Two of the film series documenting the construction of Prabhuapada's flagship project The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, West, Bengal, India, has been released. While Part One entitled "The Cosmos out of the Rice Fields" explores the history and start-up of the project, Part Two of the series focuses more on the community behind this ambitious project, and points out that it is just as much selfless dedication, respect, and cooperation than bricks and marble that have been the main building blocks of the development.
Executive producer: Alfred B. Ford Director/Producer: Dr. Krisztina Danka Photography: Filip Cargonja, Denes Doboveczki Sound: Stipe Kristic, Gyula Szarnyas Editing: Szabolcs Guth Studio: Karuna Productions (www.karunaproductions.com) Music: BB Govinda Swami, Gaurangi Dasi, Gunagrahi Das
For more information about the project please visit: www.tovp.org
Please visit TOVP.org and donate to help build The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.
A brand new professionally-shot documentary about the construction of ISKCON’s flagship temple, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, West Bengal has just been released, as the initial burst of progress settles to a slower yet steady pace.The documentary is the second in a multi-part series focuses on the community behind the ambitious project.
On the auspicious day of Radhastami, Jayapataka Swami, co-minister of the Congregational Development in ISKCON, congratulated the Namahatta devotees from Sridhama Mayapur for having reached out to a record number of 15 million people in their last 35 years of preaching Krishna Consciousness.
The TOVP team is providing an opportunity to offer a lamp in your name to Sri Sri Radha Madhava in Mayapur for the entire month of Kartika. All devotees who donate a minimum of one Golden Brick for the TOVP project will have a Kartika lamp offered in their name in Sri Dhama Mayapur.
A birds eye view tour of Mayapur and the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, a short video by Prananatha Das. Music by Gunagrahi Das.
A Day in SMIS is a short video which shows how the school gives a unique opportunity for young devotees to progress in their academic education, while at the same time having the unique experience of living in Sri Mayapur Dhama
An initiated devotee of ISKCON, who wishes to remain anonymous, approached his spiritual master Devamrita Swami, that he wished to donate 1 million dollars to some project in ISKCON. Devamrita Swami immediately motivated his disciple to donate this money to the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) project in Mayapur, India, which is at the present the most important project of ISKCON.
Just as Srila Prabhupada had folded his hands and thanked his disciples in Mayapur for helping build the Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir, Ambarish Das and his wife Swaha Dasi this kartik month toured Dubai, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries to raise awareness about the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur. Their sincere appeal to the devotee congregation raised over 3 million dollars in pledges.
ISKCON Mayapur has announced the dates for the 2015 Gaura Purnima festival. In 2015 Gaura Purnima will be celebrated on March 5th. The Mayapur community is working very hard to accommodate the tens of thousands of devotees from all over the world that are to be expected to visit Mayapur at this time of the year.
ISKCON Mayapur invites everyone to join our Sri Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama 2015 from 22nd to 28th February 2015.
Nasimo mural in India, Mayapur 2014-2015. Video by Carocandra das
ISKCON-guru Giriraja Swami speaks about the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium and the astounding thing Srila Prabhupada said to him about what would happen if we build this temple.
Sixty leaders of ISKCON Temples in North America met in Dallas for four days, to prepare for the upcoming 50th Anniversary of ISKCON in 2016.
As the community in Mayapur expands at an unprecedented rate, so too does the needs of Sri Mayapur International School. This school, presently home to over 220 Vaishnava children and prestigiously affiliated with Cambridge International. For further information on the positions available please contact the SMIS principal, Gunacuda dasi at : firstname.lastname@example.org
On February 1, 2015 the TOVP Seva Office in Mayapur officially opened with a grand celebration consisting of Lord Nityananda's Paduka (shoes) leaving the altar for the first time to bless the occasion. The Lord's divine shoes are also scheduled to go on an extensive three month tour to North America starting in March, 2015 to bless and give all the devotees His darshan.
Today saw the start of the much-anticipated Sanga of Sannyasis, Gurus and GBCs, (SGGS). Over eighty of ISKCON’s most senior leaders and preachers from across the globe gathered in Sri Dhama Mayapur for three days of association, contemplation, and in-depth discussion in response to Srila Prabhupada’s directive to find unity in diversity.
After concluding the three-day Sanga for GBCs, Gurus and Sannyasis, ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission began its Annual General Meetings (AGM) on 6th February, in Mayapur, India. The meetings began with a presentation on the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) by Badrinarayan Swami, congratulating the devotees for the best book distribution year since 1996.
After four days of Strategic Planning Network meetings, the GBC Body reconvened with presentations on the ISKCON Disciples Course, the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai and Mayapur and on ISKCON's Child Protection Office.
The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is Rising! Srila Prabhupada's gift to Lord Chaitanya is nearing completion of the first stage. Be a part of all the intricate work that's gone into the construction last year by a dedicated team of devotees at Sridham Mayapur in West Bengal, India. A film by Sridama dasa and the team at the TOVP.
On the third day of the ISKCON GBC’s Annual General Meetings there were presentations about a mega kirtan festival, entitled as “Chant for Change”, about the work of ISKCON Deity Worship and Youth Ministries. The GBC members also visited the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium and the Sri Mayapur International School.
In a gesture expressing unity of purpose for the service of ISKCON Founder-Acharya, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Praghosa Das, the newly appointed Chairman of the GBC, has announced in Mayapur that 2015, the 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in the Western world, is the Year of the TOVP.
On its recent annual meetings in Mayapur, India, ISKCON's Governing Commission has declared 2015 to be the "Year of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium." This documentary is Part 1 of the series capturing the major milestones and aspects of the ambitious ToVP project.
On its recent annual meetings in Mayapur, India, ISKCON's Governing Commission has declared 2015 to be the "Year of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium." This documentary is Part 2 of the series capturing the major milestones and aspects of the ambitious ToVP project.
The GBC’s Strategic Planning Network (SPN) recently concluded its five-day bi-annual meeting in Mayapur. Facilitated by the GBC’s Strategic Planning Team, the numerous SPN committees, made up of GBC members and ISKCON leaders and thinkers from across the globe, continued to explore new ideas and initiatives with the view to providing documents that will form a comprehensive plan for the future of ISKCON.
A short deocumentary about the ToVP featuring Indian actress and parliament member Hema Malini.
Giriraj Swami recalls the TOVP project during Srila Prabhupda's time and relates many pastimes with him in this regard. He believes that ISKCON is now ready for this project and encourages all devotees to take it seriously. It will be one of the great wonders of the world and people from all over the world will come to see it.
Over 650 tribal people from six different states and twenty-seven tribes in India attended the second annual ISKCON Tribal Convention from March 26th to 29th in Mayapur, West Bengal this spring. The event was organized by ISKCON Tribal Care (ITC), which provides spiritual, educational, emotional, social and health care to tribal communities throughout India.
Indradyumna Swami expresses his appreciation for the progress of the TOVP and the hard work of the TOVP Team to fulfill Srila Prabhupada's desire to establish the World Headquarters of ISKCON.
The following pictures depict Mayapur's Bhaktivedanta Academy school led by Bhakti-vidya-purna Swami. Photography By Indradyumna Swami.
After being officially affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in Delhi in July 2014, the Bhaktivedanta National School at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal continues to expand its operations. The school has ensured that teachers’ qualifications and salaries meet with CBSE requirements, and is now undergoing a series of physical improvements and additions.
Mayapur Tourism, ISKCON Mayapur’s travels and tours division, has announced the launching of its improved website www.visitmayapur.com. Sri Mayapur is the birthplace of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu- the most merciful form of Lord Krishna who distributed love to even the most fallen through the chanting of the Holy Names.
A beautiful video by www.valmiki.ru
This twenty-one-minute video shows carefully selected moments from ISKCON's International Navadwip Parikrama 2015. The event took place on 22-28 Feb, and was organised by the ISKCON World Headquaters at Mayapur Dhama. A video by Vasudev Das.
A beautiful video about Mayapur dhama.
On Sunday, July 5th, at the last Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) presentation of the North American fundraising tour, the CHAD "Chapter a Day" children's group of the Seattle, Washington, USA, temple pledged $11,000 (Silver Gratitude Coin) for the TOVP under construction in Mayapur, West Bengal, India.
The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) in Mayapur, West Bengal, India, will undoubtedly become one of the wonders of the world in beauty, architecture, design, and sheer size. This beautiful animated view of the TOVP provides a window into that reality.
The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is named as such because within its main dome it will house a 3-dimensional, moving model of the universe according to the Vedic scriptures. This explanation describes the planetary systems and all the universal contents to be in the shape of an incredible chandelier.
The monsoon in West Bengal is midway and has brought tremendous rainfall already. The ISKCON Mayapur campus and the surrounding villages are fully flooded with three feet water. Devotees now are getting around in boats and still continue to attend temple functions and visit the Deities.
Teak wood is a naturally grown wood from Myanmar (previously Burma). This wood is known for its superb stability, good strength, easy workability, resistance to bugs – and most of all, its outstanding resistance to decay. It basically will last forever. This wood will be used for all windows and doors in the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.
ISKCON’s Sri Mayapur International School (SMIS) has a vacancy for the position of a High school Mathematics teacher.
Srila Prabhupada's vision for ISKCON’s world headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal, India focuses on inspiring devotees worldwide through education. For the last fifteen years, the Mayapur Institute (MI) has been developing as a powerful institute to fulfill his vision.
Cinematic aerial footage of TOVP shot in September of 2015 in Mayapur, India.
ISKCON Youth Ministry and ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry will hold their first ISKCON Youth Leadership Sanga next Spring in Mayapur. Their vision is to have youth leaders from around the world spend quality time together, brainstorm, share best practices, network, and give presentations to ISKCON leaders about the benefits of having youth programs at their temples.
The seminars will cover a wide variety of topics such as book distribution, devotee care, communications, team-building, fundraising, and temple administration.
In 2006, there have been many "films" made since then. The time has come to honor the best productions during the past 10 years.
The superstructures of all three domes of ISKCON’s upcoming flagship temple – the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, West Bengal – have been completed, and finishing work is now underway. At its highest point, the temple will stand 113 meters (370 feet) tall, higher than the Taj Mahal and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
A video by Paul Tuffery.
Ekachakra Dham is Lord Nityananda's birthplace. ISKCON's new temple innauguration on the 14th of February, 2016 is an offering to Srila Prabhupada on ISKCON's 50th Anniversary.
Several nights ago there was an incident in Mayapura outside the Conch Building where tempers flared and a scuffle ensued among several dozen devotees. Angry words were exchanged and some began pushing and shoving. One devotee was hit in the head with a stick. There were no serious injuries. However, that such tension has manifest in the Dhama raised concern for many devotees.
The grand annual Mayapur festival began today with the inaugural session of the ISKCON Leadership Sangha (ILS 2016) with 1,200 delegates attending 87 seminars spread over 12 venues at ISKCON Mayapur. ILS 2016 features a spectacular 50th Anniversary Expo highlighting the achievements of ISKCON, and stalls from various international projects such as Vanipedia, ISKCON Congregation services, TOVP and several others.
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On the second day of the ISKCON Leadership Sanga, Praghosha Das, the GBC Chairman presented several quotes of how Srila Prabhupada’s appearance was predicted in many scriptures and by several spiritual masters. Titled, ‘The greatest story ever told’, his presentation pointed out the five steps Srila Prabhupada had taken to make his institution more effective.
The third day of the ILS started with a presentation on ISKCON’s 50th anniversary by Anuttama Das, GBC Minister for Communications and Pancharatna Das, Executive Member of the International Fiftieth Anniversary Committee. They spoke about the importance of the 50th as an opportunity for glorifying Prabhupada, educating the public, celebrating achievements, and appreciating devotees.
On the fourth day of the ILS, delegates at the plenary session heard a presentation by Anuttama Das, GBC Minister for Communications on the topic, ‘Srila Prabhupada, the greatest communicator’. He explained that we normally associate Prabhupada with his books, letters, conversations and speeches, but we should also remember that Prabhupada was a skilful communicator.
The fifth day of the ILS was the Appearance Day of His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, the spiritual master of Srila Prabhupada. ILS delegates were given a break from seminars on this holy day so that they could spend a day in prayers, meditation, hearing and chanting.
After screening a short film about Mayapur on the sixth day of ILS, Brjavilasa Das spoke to the ILS delegates on behalf of the Temple of Vedic Planetarium (TOVP), stressing the importance of Mayapur in the eyes of Srila Prabhupada. He mentioned that Prabhupada had wanted to establish Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as the yugavatara for this age from the precincts of this temple.
At the pre-launch of ISKCON Connection on the 7th day of the ILS, Praharana Devi Dasi explained that the new initiative will help connect every devotee to our worldwide community. ISKCON Connection, which will be formally launched on Gaura Purnima day this year, is a 50th anniversary initiative.
The ToVP team have commenced the stainless steel structure for the West Wing kalash. What you are seeing in the photos is the first segment for the small dome. There will be three more layers on top of that. This gives an indication of the immense size of the kalashes. Soon work will commence on the main dome kalash. A video by Prananath Das.
The ISKCON Leadership (ILS) seminars in Sridhama Mayapur during ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and the Gaur Purnima Festival are underway and a dynamic partnership with the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) Fundraising Team is helping to facilitate this year’s seminars.
The concluding day of the ILS started with a presentation on the position of Srila Prabhupada by Akrura Das. Bhaktivaibhava Swami encouraged temples to ensure that Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa puja celebrations were celebrated with the importance they deserved. Gauranga Das from ISKCON Chowpathy and Govardhan Eco Village described several training courses designed to ‘lead ISKCON with tradition and intelligence’.
In our latest photo-journalism piece blogger Manoj, an Indian living in Australia, shares a highlight of his recent trip to ISKCON’s headquarters in holy Mayapur, India. There, he caught a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the hard-working temple cooks prepare food for thousands of devotees.
On February 29th ISKCON's Congregational Developmdent Ministry presented medallions and certificates to over fifty devotees from around the world in recognition of their outstanding efforts in expanding and supporting their congregations. The ceremony took place at the main hall where all the attendees to the ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) had gathered during lunchtime.
Devotees from ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal are expected to feed hot sanctified vegetarian meals to around 50,000 villagers in the nearby town of Shantipur on March 20th. “The Shantipur Festival is a very popular draw,” says organizer Sankarshan Nitai Das. “Because Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the founder of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, declared that anyone who gives or receives prasad [sanctified food] during the festival will get Krishna Prem, or love of God.”
Several days ago, in Sridham Mayapura, Indradyumna Swami gave sannyasa to his disciple, Uttama Sloka dasa. He became Bhakti Rasayana Sagara Maharaja. Ananta Vrindavan dasa followed the ceremony from start to finish and produced this video.
For Tomorrow, a short film produced by Kriyate is focusing on a typical day in the life of 12-year-old Mayapur Gurukula student and his school-friends. Through training, introspection, and perseverance, the boys set aside their differences to serve a common transcendent purpose: giving pleasure to the Supreme Person, Sri Krishna. Puru's typical day turns out to be not so typical after all, as he gains an experience which will forever alter the lens through which he sees the world. -- Written and Directed by Jagannath Kirtan Das (JP Lew), Directory of Photography: Dhira Krishna Das (Dan Karpinsky).
A new inspirational video produced by Prananatha das shows a current view of the TOVP construction site. 3 of the 8 chatris have been completed with blue tiles and kalashes. More segments have been put onto the 3 domes, in preparation for the kalashes. The 4th stage (out of 6) of the decorative sandstone features has been completed.
A new inspirational video produced by Prananatha das shows a current view of the TOVP construction site. 3 of the 8 chatris have been completed with blue tiles and kalashes. More segments have been put onto the 3 domes, in preparation for the kalashes. The 4th stage (out of 6) of the decorative sandstone features has been completed.
The 2nd Annual Vaishnava Film Festival, held from March 18th to 20th in Mayapur, West Bengal, premiered new productions, awarded upcoming and veteran filmmakers, and showed how ISKCON is truly beginning to embrace the most popular medium of the 21st century. Over the first two nights, held during the famous annual Mayapur festival, thirty trailers, shorts, and documentaries were shown in Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi Auditorium.
A new office for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium – ISKCON’s upcoming flagship center in Mayapur -- has opened in Alachua, Florida, USA. The office will locally process North American donations, maintain good relationships with donors, and make sure that their contributions are properly managed.
With the aim of keeping devotees informed about the progress of the TOVP literally right at their fingertips, the new free TOVP App gives everyone access to features such as news updates, links to the website, photos, YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, TOVP social wall, and even a donation link. Future links will include the up-and-coming TOVP online store.
ISKCON Mayapur had the biggest Gaura Purnima in the history. More than 300 thousand devotees and pilgrims from all over India and from more than 70 countries visited Sri Mayapur Dham on Gaura Purnima day 2016. Please note that we are not talking about the whole festival that started on the 5 of March and went on until the end of the month. We are talking about the Gaura Purnima day alone!
A video by Prananath Das.
ISKCON's Governing Body Commission (GBC) held its annual general meetings in Mayapur between February 22 and March 5th, 2016. Among many other topics they have discussed the new zonal configuration of Northern America, including the administrative responsibilities of the zonal supervisors, as well as topics concerning ISKCON's 50th Anniversary celebrations.
As it outgrows its current facilities, the Mayapur Institute is beginning to build a new campus on ten acres at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal. Manager Anantashesh Das says that the new campus for the Institute – which trains ISKCON devotees in the systematic study of Srila Prabhupada’s books – will be located fifteen minutes from Mayapur’s main ISKCON campus, in a serene and beautiful spot.
This year the festival runs from 13th to 18th August 2016. Daily about 5,000 devotees and pilgrims come to swing Their Lordships from around Mayapur, Navadvipa and other localities.
“Mayapur is so huge, and so many pilgrims come for the main Radhastami celebration at the temple, that it’s not really a community celebration,” says parent and teacher Noam Hillel. “So we decided to hold our own festival the evening after the main one, with students, faculty, parents and all other community members who wanted to attend.” About fifty youth under eighteen worked hard to put on the festival, with boys and girls embarking on their own separate efforts and bringing them together on the day.
On October 16th, the ashes of leading Russian devotee Radha Damodara Das were placed in the holy river Yamuna.
The city of Sri Mayapur is expanding with its number of residents and visitors increasing every passing year. Owing to this, a brand new multispecialty hospital project has been initiated to provide health care at Sri Mayapur. On November 12th, a ground breaking ceremony for the hospital took place which was graced by Jayapataka Swami, Hridaya Chaitanya Das, Bhakti Purushottam Swami, Bhakti Nityananda Swami and other senior Vaishnavas.
According to the Bengali Vaishnava tradition walking in Sri Navadvipa Dhama is the greatest opportunity to connect with the Supreme. Parikrama Coordinator Bhaktipurushottama Swami says: “parikrama means to dive all the senses at once in full bhakti practice. It is a complete absorption. Thus the devotees experience full Krishna-consciousness and this sensation conquers the mind. That is the main reason why the acharyas emphasised the performance of Parikrama. It is very important.”
Last week the construction of the bas-relief dedicated to the first saint of ISKCON Jayananda Thakur has been completed. The artwork is situated near the samadhi of Jayananda, on wall of the Lord Jagannatha temple complex in Mayapur. Three sections of the bas-relief depict scenes from the life of Jayananda, glorifying his outstanding contribution to the development of the mission of Lord Caitanya, and his spiritual master Srila Prabhupada’s love and gratitude to him.
Most religious organizations fail to survive past four generations. These generations are tasked with challenge of preserving the original teachings of their founder. How each generation successfully navigates issues that arise provide the foundation for the next generation. On February 12th, senior ISKCON leaders comprised of GBCs, sannyasis and gurus assembled in Mayapur to discuss the challenges the organization faces.
The year 2016 was a very marvelous year for the TOVP as all the works planned were completed. The superstructure has been fully completed with many major works. In 2017 they will start the prime internal and external detailing.
TOVP 2017 is a presentation by TOVP Chairman, Ambarisa das, about the current progress of the TOVP construction and an appeal for donations to help continue the current pace towards its completion in 2022. A video by Thakur Saranga Das.
The number of sannyasis grows from year to year in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, to well over 100; and those who take the vows of this final ashram of renunciation are, since recently, receiving formal training over and above what they receive individually in the course of their devotional lives and through the guidance of their sannyasa mentors. In pursuit of this aim of formal training, on February 18 – 22 we held a Sannyasa Candidate Training Seminar in Sridham Mayapur.
Mayapur is a land of treasure, and the gem-like devotees make it shine. A video by West Coast Monk.
Devaki Dasi in conjunction with the Institute for Spiritual Culture organized an International Girls' Mela at the Jagannath Temple in Rajapur, just outside of Mayapur, at the end of February. The event was for girls between 13 and 20 years of age, coming from different parts of the world, many of them living permanently in Sri Dham Mayapur. Devaki conducted a seminar entitled "Fascinating Womanhood In Spiritual Culture".
At the recent GBC Meetings in Sridham Mayapur, the ISKCON Governing Body (GBC) College was pleased to present 32 graduates from the GBC College to the assembly of GBC members. As Rupanuga Das (President of the GBC College) called out the names of the graduates, Romapada Swami handed them their graduation certificates, Bhakti Charu Swami gave them a pavitra (in the colours of the GBC College and offered to Lord Nrsimhadev) and Gopal Bhatta DAs gave them a GBC College bag.
Srila Prabhupada called Krishna conscious art “Windows to the Spiritual World.” Every once in a while, an artist comes along who is truly blessed with the ability to open those windows for us.