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  • 26 for 26 (2nd Avenue) - Matchless Gifts

    Despite all the transformations that New York has undergone throughout the years, 26 2nd Avenue remains a place of sacred pilgrimage to tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world.

  • Fund Established to Care for Varsana Swami Amidst Health Challenges

    A beloved long-time resident of New Vrindaban and dedicated disciple of Srila Prabhupada, Varsana Swami has been battling Chronic Lyme Syndrome for several years.

  • “Pathways to Perfection” Series Dives Deep Into Bhakti Practice

    As part of its online Bhakti Wisdom offerings, designed for people who want to dive deeper into their practice, the Bhakti Center in New York City is offering Pathways to Perfection, a 10-part series on the nine processes of devotion.

  • New Vrindaban Provides Summer Weekend Retreats in Safe Environment

    Only a maximum of five to ten guests attend each retreat. Guests stay in their own separate rooms with attached bathrooms in the Palace Lodge, which receive deep cleaning and disinfection after every stay.

  • New Vrindaban Holds Small Rural Rathayatra with COVID-19 Restrictions

    In a small procession consisting of the chariot-truck along with several devotees’ cars, Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra visited six different spots across New Vrindaban. 

  • Internship Program Launched to Help Develop ISKCON at the UN

    After applying and going through a rigorous approval process, The Office of Communications for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) received ECOSOC status with the UN in 2016, the highest level at which an NGO can be associated with the UN.

  • ISKCON New Zealand Returns to Normal As Country Lifts All Restrictions

    New Zealand has been widely praised for its aggressive response to COVID-19, aiming for an elimination strategy early on that many thought would not work. On March 25th, when the country only had 205 COVID-19 cases and no deaths, the government announced Alert Level 4 and implemented one of the strictest lockdowns in the world.

  • 50 Million Meals Distributed by ISKCON Food-Relief in India and Worldwide

    Since the beginning of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has been doing its part to help, worldwide. The major donor of this food has been ISKCON in India, that has served more than 50 million meals and dry good boxes through its 75+ kitchens across 22 states.

  • New Vrindaban Reopens to Pilgrims With Precautions in Place

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, ISKCON temples worldwide have been in lockdown, unable to connect with their communities or give spiritual knowledge to newcomers in person, and instead shifting these activities online.

  • Towaco Zoom Sangas A Bright Spot in the Darkness of the Pandemic

    The program has delivered talks by some of the most illustrious speakers in the Hare Krishna Movement eight times a week online, providing the kind of experience that would have been hard to find even before the pandemic began.

  • Devotees Use New Innovations to Distribute Thousands of Books Amid COVID-19

    With ISKCON book distributors off the streets and staying at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you might think their service has completely ground to a halt. Instead, however, they’ve put all their energy into innovations such as mailing, contactless delivery, and e-books to distribute thousands of Prabhupada’s books at a time when people need them more than ever.

  • New Vrindaban Scales Down to Core Personnel, Appeals to Devotees to Follow COVID-19 Guidelines

    New Vrindaban has 2,200 acres, has been established as a foremost place of pilgrimage in North America, and welcomes 35,000 visitors per year. With a stay-at-home order issued in West Virginia, ISKCON New Vrindaban has closed down Prabhupada’s Palace, the Palace Lodge, and Govinda’s restaurant, losing half its income in the process. 

  • Foundation Stone Ceremony to Herald Grand New ISKCON New Jersey Temple

    Over 500 people, including congregation members and the local community at large, are expected to attend the April 4th Foundation Stone Ceremony for ISKCON of New Jersey’s grand new temple in Parsippanny. The ceremony is set to launch construction on a project that took over a decade of hard work, and will ultimately cost a total of $7 to $8 million.

  • European ISKCON Youth Leaders' meeting in New Vraja Mandala

    35 ISKCON devotees from 25 European countries gathered for three days to overview the existing and future possibilities to help young devotees to develop their full potential, and opportunities within the existing Erasmus+ framework. 

  • Bhakti Center Lays Foundation For A Transformative Year Ahead

    The Bhakti Center’s community is what its team are most proud of, fostering incredible transformation. Its latest report, shares several “Bhakti Journey” stories from everyday New Yorkers who were searching for something more, showing their step-by-step progress.

  • New Jersey Devotees Appear on TV Asia to Over 1.5 Million Viewers

    TV Asia was the first coast-to-coast entertainment and information channel for the South Asian community settled in the U.S. It airs regularly scheduled programs in Hindi, English, Gujarati and other regional languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Dublin Crowds Join Chanting and Dancing at New Year’s Eve Harinama

    The exhilarating experience has been a tradition for ISKCON Ireland for over three decades, and is well known to the Dublin public. 

  • ISKCON Brooklyn to Distribute 10,000 Books By End of the Year

    Historically, ISKCON Brooklyn, New York, was perhaps the greatest center of book distribution in the world. The huge amounts of books distributed from Brooklyn, meanwhile, contributed much of the funds to build flagship ISKCON centers such as the Juhu temple in Mumbai, and Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir. For the past twenty years, however, book distribution came to a complete standstill in Brooklyn.

  • Dream Made Reality: Owning New York's Bhakti Center
  • High Tunnels Grow Vegetables and Flowers for New Vrindaban Deities into Winter Months

    In West Virginia, the first frost can hit in Fall and the last in late Spring, halting the growing season all the way from October to May. But devotees in New Vrindaban, ISKCON’s first farm community have just introduced three high tunnel greenhouses, allowing them to offer locally grown flowers and vegetables to Sri Sri Radha Vrindabanchandra and the temple kitchens all year round.  

  • Farm Conference Celebrates 50 Years of Cow Protection in ISKCON

    The conference ran from October 4th to 6th in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, where ISKCON’s first cow protection program started in Spring 1969 with a black Jersey, “Kaliya,” named by Srila Prabhupada himself.

  • ISKCON Devotee Nominated Co-Chair of UN Multifaith Advisory Council

    Gopal Lila Das (Gopal Patel) is Director of the Bhumi Project, an environmental effort of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. He also co-leads The Sacred Ecology Forum at the Bhakti Center in New York City, and is an advisor to the Climate Action Task Force at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

  • New Vrindaban Releases Booklet For Self-Led Temple Tour

    “We have mostly Indian preachers, and noticed that there was a disconnect, due to cultural differences, between them and our Western guests,” says Anuradha Dasi, director of the communications team behind the booklet. “Guests would come into the temple, stay for just a minute, and then turn around and walk out.”

  • Young ISKCON Activists Take Part in Global Climate Strike

    Over four million people around the globe walked out of their schools and workplaces on Friday September 20th to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. The protests were organized by young people led by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. The campaign has seen students walk out of their schools on Fridays to demand their political leaders take urgent action to address climate change.

  • Whale Populations in New York Harbor Are Booming—Here's Why

    As water quality improved and pollution levels fell, tiny oceanic life-forms such as algae and zooplankton bounced back, providing a crucial food base for a resurgence in menhaden, a schooling fish favored by whales.

  • New York State Appellate Court Denies Former Brooklyn Temple Directors’ Application for Injunction

    On Sri Balaram Jayanti Mahotsava (the Appearance Day of Lord Balaram), ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (“GBC”) and the Board of Directors of Bharati Center, Inc. (“Brooklyn Temple” or “Temple") won a notable victory in the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.

  • ISKCON Farms Make Progress as New Vrindaban Hosts 2019 Conference

    2019 marks the 50t hanniversary of cow protection in ISKCON, so it’s an excellent time to look at and celebrate that progress. And this year’s North American Farm Conference will take place where it all started – New Vrindaban, West Virginia.

  • Author Deepak Chopra Receives Set of Prabhupada's Books in New York

    Devotees of Yuga Dharma Sankirtana Ashram are found chanting and distributing books at New York’s Union Square almost every day. 

  • Historic Times Square Kirtan Brings Holy Name to the Masses

    The historic Harinama Sankirtana event drew some 200 devotees, and was used to promote New York Rathayatra and the accompanying Hare Krishna Festival from June 7th to 9th.

  • Second Generation Kirtan Leaders Commit to Initiation Vows

    Initiates hailed from Houston, Washington D.C., New York, and London, and included prominent kirtaniyas such as Gaura Vani, Jahnavi, Tulasi, Ananta Govinda, and Janaki Priya. All others in the group are also dedicated to regular ISKCON service in their areas.   

  • ISKCON Australia’s First Community Services Conference

    Presenters at the conference were devotees who are developing Vaishnava community welfare services including mentoring, counseling, mental health support, youth support, widows support, palliative care and caring for the sick, women’s support, social justice and more. The conference was attended by just under 100 devotees.

  • ISKCON Brooklyn Rebuilds

    Many ISKCON devotees around the world are now aware of the conflict and court cases that took place over the past few years regarding managerial authority of the Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir in Brooklyn, New York City.

  • New York Times Style Magazine Features Devotees Chanting

    The New York Times Style Magazine’s first digital cover story, published on February 14th,  features Hare Krishna devotees from ISKCON’s Radha-Krishna Temple chanting on the streets of London.

  • New York Brooklyn and Bhaktivedanta Institute Reports Headline March 7th Afternoon GBC Session

    The first topic up for discussion in the afternoon March 7th, was ISKCON’s Radha-Govinda Temple in Brooklyn, NY. The last few years have seen conflict over the managerial authority of the temple, prompted by an earlier proposed sale of the property.

  • 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. 

  • Appreciating New Vrindaban-Dhama, Her Beauty and Glory, Message and Grace - Photobook by Varsana Swami

    Nestled in the wooded hilltops of the Appalachian Foothills, New Vrindaban is a favorite destination for thousands of pilgrims every year. Varsana Swami’s new photo book is an invitation to realize and enter its deeper, magical dimensions of Sri Dhama.

  • Intention, Attention, and Affection…in the Coming Year

    If I want to place an intention, I need to focus my attention. But then, where is my heart? Where do I place my affection?

  • Divya's Kitchen Named as One of the 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America

    These scrumptious spots are located across 15 states and Washington, D.C., and offer a range of cuisine from American to Indian to Mediterranean.

  • ISKCON New Vrindaban Reaches Out to Jewish Community

    On October 27, ISKCON New Vrindaban devotees in West Virginia heard of the horrific mass shooting at the Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, a 90-minute drive away from their idyllic rural community. Jaya Krishna Das, the Temple President of ISKCON New Vrindaban, wrote a heart-warming condolence letter to the Tree of Life Synagogue and the Jewish community, which was noted by the Intelligencer newspaper of Pennsylvania. 

  • New York State Court Returns Control of Hare Krishna Temple in Brooklyn to ISKCON

    Radha-Govinda Temple in Brooklyn, NY, also known as Bharati Center, has been restored to the control of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, due to arecent decision of the New York State Supreme Court for Kings County.

  • Hare Krishna School Students Perform on Top New Zealand TV Show

    What Now? is a New Zealand institution. The children’s television program has been running for nearly forty years and is one of the top ten most popular shows in the country.

  • ISKCON New Vrindaban Seeks Three New Executive Directors

    “New Vrindaban is not your average temple – it’s a very big and complex project, because it has so many departments to take care of,” says search committee chairperson Vrindavan Das. “So instead of having one temple president take care of everything, we are restructuring and creating a management team of three ‘executive directors’ who will work as a team.”

  • Pro BMX Rider Pursues Adventure, Finds Krishna

    Professional BMX freestyle rider Joris Coulomb always chased adventure. He didn’t realize that one day it would take him to a place of deep meaning where all his questions about life would be answered.

  • Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold Named One of the Most Beautiful Places in the U.S.

    The popular website INSIDER recently published a list of “The 30 Most Beautiful Places to See in the U.S.,” “from breathtaking natural wonders to architectural marvels built by humans.”

  • ToVP and the 'Splendor in the Grass'

    Remarkably, devotees from New Govardhana Farm have set up a Govinda’s prasadam stall there with a theme representing the TOVP itself as the shape of the stall.

  • Gopal Agarwal, Prabhupada's Initial Sponsor in the West, Passes Away

    On July 31st, Gopal Agarwal, husband of Sally and father of two daughters, Srila Prabhupada’s first sponsor in the West, left his body due to old age afflictions. 

  • Divya’s Kitchen Voted in the Top 10 Restaurant in Manhattan

    What makes this achievement even more unique is that Divya’s Kitchen is the only vegetarian/vegan restaurant on the list. 

  • Finance Exec Talks Krishna Consciousness in the Workplace

    ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada often said that the sign of a true devotee, and a good representative of the Hare Krishna Movement, is his or her behavior. Yasoda-dulal Das, an executive officer in a mid-size New Jersey insurance company, is doing his best to follow these tenets and represent devotees well at work. 

  • “Mysteries of the Sacred Universe” Seminar in New York

    On June 16, organized by the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies, Murali Gopal Das presented a lively seminar at New York City’s Bhakti Center. Murali Gopal holds a Ph.D. in physics from Ohio University, has served an internship at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

  • Sacred Ecology Forum Hosts Conference on Sustainability in New York

    “Sustainability from the Inside Out”, as the conference was named, was hosted conjointly by Govardhan Eco Village (GEV), Mumbai and the Sacred Ecology Forum at the Bhakti Center on June 10th, to explore the profound connection between the practice of yoga and the sustainability of the Earth and its resources ahead of the International Yoga Day.

  • New Zealand Charity Plans to Provide 1.2 Million School Lunches Annually

    To feed 6000 kids every day for a school year of 40 weeks, the charity would produce 1.2 million meals annually.

  • ISKCON’s First Farm Community Celebrates 50 Years

    New Vrindaban, established in the rolling hills of West Virginia in 1968 at the behest of Srila Prabhupada, is a unique place. It’s ISKCON’s very first farm community, and the first cow protection program in the Western World.

  • New Christchurch Temple Celebrates 1st Anniversary

    Back in February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake had completely destroyed the temple they had called home since 1986, the 130-year-old Bealy Manor. Even more heartbreakingly, during the quake the devotees’ beloved Deities, Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra had fallen and shattered to pieces.

  • GBC Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Against Banning of Congregants by Brooklyn Temple Board

    On January 19, 2018, an emergency hearing was held in New York Supreme Court for Kings County on an application for a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) enjoining the Bharati Center Board led by Ramabhadra Das (the "Ramabhadra Board") “from interfering with any congregant’s attendance at worship, service and other religious functions in the ISKCON Bharati Center house of worship in Brooklyn, NY.” 

  • Bhaktivedanta Vedic Library Offers Free Spiritual Resources for Newcomers, Families and Preachers

    The newly-launched Bhaktivedanta Vedic Library, offers audiobooks of ISKCON Founder-Acharya Srila Prabhupada’s works for free, to stream or download onto your laptop, smartphone or other electronic device. It also offers helpful introductory video guides on various elements of the process of Krishna consciousness.

  • New York Retreat Will Bring Attendees to the Heart of Bhakti Yoga

    Lovers of spiritual inspiration may want to set a weekend aside this summer for the Heart of Yoga retreat, to be offered in New York for the sixth time from June 1st to 3rd. The event grew out of the Bhagavad-gita classes senior Prabhupada disciple Yogesvara Das taught at Jivamukti for ten years.

  • In Brooklyn, a Hare Krishna Reckoning

    As the Hare Krishna Society builds a lavish new temple in India, it is struggling to control a faction in the city where the religion was born.

  • 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.

  • TOVP Tour - Australia, New Zealand and Fiji: November, 2017

    This November, 2017 the TOVP Tour bringing Lord Nityananda Prabhu's Padukas (Divine Shoes) and Lord Nrsimhadeva's Sitari (Sacred Helmet) from Sridhama Mayapur will be setting foot in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

  • Prasadam Café Gives New Orleans Diners “Good Karma”

    New Orleans is known for its seafood and meat dishes, but the Good Karma Café – only the city’s second vegan eatery – is giving people a taste for prasadam, and could change hearts in the process.

  • 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.

  • Sri Gaurachandra's Installation at New York's Bhakti Center

    On October 4th,  a divine form of Sri Caitanya was installed on the altar of the temple at New York's The Bhakti Center. Accompanied by a chorus of voices chanting Vedic mantras and jubilant kirtan, brahmins began the ceremony by establishing the intention in the minds of the community, honoring and seeking the blessings of the seniors present and commencing the rites with the traditional Vedic fire ceremony.

  • New York State Court Renders Historic Decision in favor of Hare Krishna Movement

    The case began in 2004 in Freeport, New York, when persons from outside Long Island, through deception and subterfuge, took control of the Long Island ISKCON Temple board of trustees. Those persons opposed GBC authority and taught a philosophical system called ritvik, which the GBC declared a deviation from traditional Hare Krishna, or Vaishnava Hindu teachings.

  • "Discover India" Tour in the USA, 2017

    Sixty devotees, from 14 different countries around the world, performed almost daily in many of the prestigious universities on the east coast of the United States. Professors, students, and various dignitaries gave resounding applause devotees' performances which were centered around the pastimes of the Lord recounted in the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Ramayana. Other performances included bhajans, the Sankhya dance company from Mumbai, a talk on the wisdom of Bhagavad Gita and more. Everything was presented in a professional, and most important, devotional way. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • 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. 

  • East Village

    According to many, what makes New York City exciting is the web of microcosms that are so different, still blending harmoniously together. Don't be surprised to find an Eastern monastery in the midst of a tattoo parlor, a funeral home and a gay bar. An observational short film featuring Bhakti Center priest Mike Ceragno, created by Kristina Danka and Violet Benny, produced at the New York Film Academy.

  • Indradyumna Swami’s ‘Discover India’ U.S. Tour Kicks Off With Resounding Success

    Coming to the U.S. for the first time, Indradyumna Swami’s ‘Discover India’ tour began with a resounding success, performing to a receptive audience of over 500 people at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center in New York on September 10th. The epic show of dance, theater, martial arts and live music has been touring Poland for 28 years under the name Festival of India, putting on forty events every summer and drawing audiences of three to five thousand people each night.

  • Where Pipelines and Coal Mines Intersect: Under Hare Krishna Shrines

    The Krishna devotee community in Moundsville, W.Va., has been giving and taking its share of the earth’s bounty for decades. In recent years it signed leases with two natural gas companiesgiving them access to the fuel trapped inside. The lease bonus money has already gone a long way toward restoring New Vrindaban’s campus, which had fallen into disrepair.

  • 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.

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

    A video by Kunjabihari Dasi.

  • DJ Michael Phoenix - Maha Mantra | Official Music Video

    A day on the beautiful New Govardhana farm in NSW, Australia.

  • New Vrindaban Celebrates 10th Anniversary of 24 Hour Kirtan

    The 10th annual 24-Hour Kirtan at New Vrindaban, West Virginia, USA, will be held on June 17th and 18th, 2017, featuring an amazing group of kirtaneers from all over the world! The organizers cordially invite all devotees to join in the continuous congregational chanting of Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra, which is a unique opportunity to become absorbed in the holy name. 

  • ISKCON Holds Town Hall Meeting on Sale of Brooklyn's Radha Govinda Mandir

    The pending sale of ISKCON’s Radha Govinda Mandir has been a matter of interest, concern and even controversy among temple board members, congregational members, devotees and interested persons in the New York metropolitan area and elsewhere, especially in light of the GBC Body’s stated opposition to this sale transaction. In order to foster openness, inclusivity and greater awareness of the current state of affairs as well as to dispel confusion and misconceptions, last year’s GBC Executive Committee will host an ISKCON Informational Town Hall Meeting.

  • Krishna Holi in New Zealand
  • Devotees Invited to Refresh and Renew at Reimagined Festival of Inspiration

    One of the first of the retreat-style festivals currently so popular in ISKCON, Festival of Inspiration, launched in New Vrindaban in 2000, has always offered something a little unique. “Whereas previous Festival of Inspirations were a high-speed puzzle of eighteen different short presentations you could choose from, we now plan to offer people an immersive experience that they can dive into and experience together,” says ISKCON New Vrindaban temple president Jaya Krsna Das. “We also want to provide them with practical tips they can implement in their day-to-day lives.”

  • Kirtan: Meditation with a Bang

    A short video to give a people a taste of kirtan. For more videos please visit www.enoughmagazine.orgThis video was produced by Bhakti Lounge -

  • Youth to Celebrate New Year with Brazil Kirtan Fest

    Around 1,000 devotees, including many youth, from Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile, the U.S., the U.K., and India are expected to celebrate the New Year with the Holy Name during Kirtan Fest at Brazil’s Nova Gokula Dhama from December 31st to January 3rd It is the biggest Vaishnava festival in Latin America.

  • Srila Prabhupada Envisions a “New” Vrindaban

    In 1968, Prabhupada was issuing instructions about the community: “The Ashram may be named as "ISKCON-Nagari or New Vrindaban.” 

  • Mississippi Kirtan Mela to Promote Cow Protection

    Seven hundred people including animal lovers, environmentalists, alternative medicine enthusiasts and ISKCON devotees are expected to turn out for this year’s Save The Cow Kirtan Mela at New Talavana, Mississippi from October 24th to 26th. The event will raise awareness for New Talavan’s cow protection program – one of the largest in the US – which has cared for a steady 100 cows or more since 1976.

  • World Harinama Party Induces Subway Riders to Chant Hare Krishna

    Harinamananda Das and the World Harinama Party inspires passengers on a New York City subway to chant Hare Krishna. September 20, 2014.

  • Developing ECO-Vrindaban Project On The Lookout For General Manager

    ECO-Vrindaban (ECOV), the self-sufficiency wing of ISKCON’s New Vrindaban community in West Virginia, USA, is on the lookout for a general manager to oversee its steadily expanding operations. Today ECOV has a herd of 48 cows, oxen, and calves, in contrast to the 300 it started with at its inception. This may at first seem like a step back, but it’s actually an intentional move towards a far more sustainable model.

  • People of Faith March to Save The Planet

    As the General Assembly of the United Nations convened in New York, events around the world drew attention to the issue of climate change. In New York City, more than 400,000 people took to the streets in the People's Climate March to make a big statement about the urgency of the issue. Among the marchers were thousands of people representing the full spectrum of faith groups, coming together in the belief that all people are steward's of God's creation.

  • Introducing Brazil's New Gokula Dham

    A video produced by Jaya Deva Das. 

  • New Vrindaban’s 3rd Festival of Colors Draws Media and 5,000 People

    “As you can see, the Festival of Colors in Moundsville today was a complete success!”  This was the declaration made by Sarafina Brooks, a reporter from the local TV Channel, WTOV 9 who appeared on TV Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 ­­covered from head to toe in green powdered chalk. 

  • New Jersey, USA, Welcomes BAPS Hindu Temple

    The new Shri Swaminarayan Mandir covers 160 acres, and the primary mandir, or temple, on the premises measures 133 ft long and 87 ft wide.

  • Nick Mom TV Show Features ISKCON Devotee Girl's 7th Birthday Party

    On July 13th, the American Nick Mom TV Channel featured 7 year old Gauri, daughter of Bal Gopal Das and Lalita Sundari Dasi, residents of ISKCON New Dwaraka Dham, Los Angeles. The television show called Take Me To Your Mother was exploring how different children from all walks of life celebrated their birthdays.

  • New Vrindaban Invites Visitors to Experience Renovated Guest Lodge and Restaurant

    During the winter of 2012 to 2013, as the pilgrimage season quietened down and a blanket of snow fell across the rural West Virgnia community, professional devotee foremen, carpenters and electricians flung themselves into five months of hard work to transform the guest facilities.

  • New Audiobook and E-book Releases on

    BBT media has just released new audio books and e-books, including The Nectar of Instruction” by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrita, Part One, by Srila Sanatana Goswami.

  • New Govardhana Begins Final Stage of Self-Sufficiency Plan

    In the picturesque Tweed Valley in New South Wales, Australia, ISKCON’s New Govardhana farm began work on the final stage of its five-part self-sufficiency plan in late May of this year. Once the plan is complete, it won’t immediately render the community fully self-sufficient; however it will set the farm on the path towards gradually reaching that goal.

  • New Vrindaban 24 Hour Kirtan Set to “Tattoo Hearts with the Holy Name”

    Today, 24 and 12 hour kirtan festivals seem to be spreading all over the world like wildfire. Devotees are gathering to immerse themselves in the Holy Name every year with events like Kirtan Mela in Mayapur, Germany and Australia; in the UK;  Italy,  Belgium, and several places in the US. But back when the New Vrindaban 24 Hour Kirtan began in West Virginia, it was one of only a small handful of early trendsetters.

  • Global Thinking Conference for a New Paradigm in London

    This summer will see the Second Global Thinking Conference in London 2014 for emerging future leaders. The conference is convened by Civitatis International.

  • The Return of a Cult Classic—Hare Krishnas are Back

    Nearly 50 years after Srila Prabhupada journeyed from India to America to bring the new teachings of Krishna to a generation of Western burnouts, Hare Krishnas have moved out of the airports, into the streets, and into the cubicle right next to yours.

  • Fourteen Years of Inspiration at New Vrindaban

    “Aha! I’ve got a name for our festival!” Citralekha Dasi called to ISKCON Communications Director Anuttama Das from her office across the hall. And she told him what it was. He grinned. “It’s perfect." The first annual Festival of Inspiration, held in 2001, quickly lived up to its name. It put New Vrindaban, which had recently rejoined ISKCON, back on the map as an important place of pilgrimage for North American devotees.

  • New Vrindaban Festivals Inspire and Build Relationships

    The Vaishnava tradition is famous for its festivals. And within ISKCON, the New Vrindaban community in West Virginia has become one of the most renowned places to celebrate. As New Vrindaban finds a fresh start and rebuilds itself, festivals have been found to be one of the best ways to inspire and bring together devotees, as well as to develop a mutually appreciative relationship with the local public.

  • New Vrindaban Greets Sally Aggarwal

    One elderly American lady and two younger ladies wandered into the lobby of Sri Sri Radha Vrindabanchandra temple the afternoon of Thurs. March 13, 2014. “Rhis is my mother, Sally Aggarwal!" a younger one says. "She sponsored Srila Prabhupada on the Jaladuta from India in 1965!” she proudly declared.

  • New Vrindaban Boards Sign Gas Leases for Utica Shale

    The boards of ISKCON New Vrindaban and ECO-Vrindaban, the two landholding entities in New Vrindaban, voted on February 20th and February 23rd, respectively, to sign leases for the Utica Shale, a deep natural gas formation.  In 2010, both boards signed similar leases for the Marcellus Shale.  As with that decision, this one was fraught with controversy.

  • How Can We Really Help People?

    It is very common to find people who want to love, care and help in a world where suffering is so prominent. But to motivate those people to become truly qualified to love, care and help, that's where society seems to come up short. (Produced by Bhakti Lounge, Wellington, New Zealand.)

  • New Vrindaban Amid “Transformation of a Spiritual Community”

    When New Vrindaban, ISKCON’s first rural community, was first established in 1968, it became, for many years, a shining example of the best that ISKCON had to offer. After a series of well-documented legal transgressions and spiritual deviations in the 1980s, however, many devotees left. Now New Vrindaban is in the midst of a major transformation.

  • Now and Then: Sri Prahlada and the Krishna Kids of Australia (1986)

    Archival video clip from 1986: gurukula children from New Govardhana, Australia, taking part in the campaig to free the Russian Hare Krishna devotees from prison and religious persecution. 

  • Spiritual New Year’s Eve Party Takes Over London

    “On New Year's Eve central London becomes one big party,” says organizer Parasuram Das, who serves prasadam meals to one thousand needy people daily as director of the Food For All charity. “Millions of people take to the streets, and no cars are allowed. The ground is set for the biggest Harinam ever.”

  • Restoration Work Underway at Srila Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold

    Today, as they did four decades ago, devotees at ISKCON New Vrindaban are embarking on a labor of love. They’re restoring the Palace of Gold, home to Srila Prabhupada. Devotees began building the Palace with their own hands back in 1973 as a simple residence for Srila Prabhupada, who enjoyed the peace and spiritual atmosphere of New Vrindaban during his visits.

  • Ding Dong, Ding Dong - George Harrison (1974)

    "Ring out the false ring in the true." A Happy New Year song released by the former Beatle just prior to New Year's Eve 1974/75. 

  • New Vrindaban Makes Great Progress in Exciting New Phase

    New Vrindaban, established in 1968 by ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada as his society’s first rural community, is continuing its transition into an exciting new phase. After a series of difficult pioneering attempts in the early years, the community struggled for decades with a dedicated skeleton crew. But since spring 2011, a renewed effort has been made to revitalize New Vrindaban.

  • Prabhupada's Palace of Gold Project Manager Position

    The Palace of Gold was constructed during the ‘70s and opened in 1979. Time and weather have taken their toll over the last 35 years and Srila Prabhupada’s “Samadhi in the West” is in need of major renovation work.

  • A 20 Year Headache

    The Story of Muni Cari, a devotee who suffered a serious car accident. A short documentary by Leigha Speirs-Hutton, Catherine Moreau-Hammond, Marah Roque and Tom MacGregor.

  • Festival of Colors - World’s Happiest Event Comes to West Virginia

    New Vrindaban, home of Srila Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold, will host its second annual Festival of Colors on Saturday, September 14, 2013 (11 am to 7 pm). The Festival of Colors is an exuberant event, full of excitement and many bright colors. 

  • “Modest Elegance”: A New Project in New Vrindaban

    Srila Prabhupada’s vision for New Vrindaban includes four main topics, one of which is holy pilgrimage.  New Vrindaban is, of course, an ongoing and very important place of holy pilgrimage for many devotees and guests from all over the world.

  • Ever Increasing Bliss – 24 Hour Kirtan in New Vrindaban, USA
    The energy was uplifting at New Vrindaban’s 7th 24 Hour Kirtan! Many say that last weekend’s 24 hour kirtan from June 15 to June 16 was the best one yet.
  • Service Opportunities at Srila Prabhupada's Palace of Gold in New Vrindaban

    Srila Prabhupada's Palace of Gold, his samadhi in the West (in West Virginia, USA), attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Palace was recently elected by CNN travel as one of the eight religious wonders to see in U.S.

  • The 13th Festival of Inspiration in New Vrindaban
    This year there were some real improvements not only in the restaurant, but in the Palace Lodge rooms and the new New Vrindaban Welcome Center as well.
  • New Vrindaban Rebuilds, Sees Bright Future Ahead
    Established in 1968 in West Virginia, New Vrindaban was ISKCON’s first rural community. In recent times, there has been renewed energy to rebuild New Vrindaban and to turn it into the exemplary self-sufficient, Krishna conscious community that Srila Prabhupada envisioned.
  • Green Building Workshop at New Vrindaban’s Immediately After Festival of Inspiration
    New Vrindaban (West Virginia, USA) will be hosting a five day green building workshop put on by Blue Rock Station starting on Monday May 13th, immediately after the Festival of Inspiration.
  • Let's Search for “New” in this “New Year”
    Every individual on this planet earth very eagerly wait for the arrival of the New Year because of the hope that the New Year will bring something new in their lives. However in the New Year practically nothing changes.
  • Open Services at New Vrindaban

    ISKCON New Vrindaban, ISKCON's first farm community is looking for devotees to help fulfill Srila Prabhupada's instruction and to serve the many devotees and pilgrims visiting.

  • New York Pulls Out All the Stops for Sri-Sri Radha Govinda’s 40th
    New York’s Brooklyn ISKCON temple has become famous for its epic, multi-day festivals. But this year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its presiding Deities, Sri-Sri Radha Govinda, the community pulled out all the stops and threw its biggest festival so far.
  • Open Services at New Vrindaban, ISKCON's First Farm Community

    New Vrindaban looking for devotees to help with the day-to-day operations as well as with implementation of Srila Prabhupada's instructions through the Master Plan.

  • New Vrindaban Labor Day Ends Festival Season in Style
    Over 1,000 pilgrims visited New Vrindaban this September 3rd, 4th and 5th for a special Labor Day Festival that has been a tradition at the rural ISKCON community for more than a decade.
  • Presenters Wanted for the 10th Annual Vaishnavi Retreat in New Vrindavan
    As the Retreat enters it’s tenth year, the organizers cordially invite interested Vaishnavis to consider sharing their talent and expertise, their wisdom and spiritual knowledge with others during this very special occasion.
  • New Vrindaban’s Homeschool Co-op’s End-of-year Celebration
    On June 17, Gopal’s Garden Homeschool Co-op held its end-of-the-year celebration. “This year we had five full-time students in grades 1, 2 and 3,” said Ruci devi dasi, tutor at Gopal’s Garden. “Next year, we will be expanding. We will have at least nine students, and possibly more.”
  • New Vrindaban Featured On CNN
    This May and June, the Palace of Gold and the Palace Rose Garden will be featured on CNN Headline News. The five-minute interview with Damodar dasa, Vice President of Guest Services in New Vrindaban Community, will air approximately 50 times in over 875,000 homes in the Pittsburgh, Laurel Highlands and Ohio Valley regions.
  • 2011 Festival of Inspiration in New Vrindaban, USA

    The schedule of Festival of Inspiration in New Vrindaban, USA, May 6, 7 & 8th, 2011 has been announced. Among many other topics there will be discussions on the different aspect of family life, devotional practice, there will be music lessons, kirtana and drama performance.

  • New Vrindavan Community Leadership Service Opportunity

    ISKCON New Vrindavan has begun a search for candidates interested in applying for leadership positions in the United States. New Vrindavan, ISKCON’s old community and largest pilgrimage site in North America, is entering a new phase in operations and has opportunities for career services.

  • 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.
  • Summer in the Appalacian Foothills

    Experience the best of nature and spiritualism in New Vrindaban.

  • Festival of Inspiration 2010

    New Vrindaban Community will host the tenth annual Festival of Inspiration on May 7 – 9.

  • New Vrindaban Hosts Harvard's Pluralism Project
    On April 10 and 11, New Vrindaban Community hosted 36 students from the Global Leadership Center (GLC) at Ohio University it Athens, OH.
  • Gas Rush Is On Around New Vrindaban
    Natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation is a hot commodity in the Northern Panhandle.
  • Country Get Away: New Vrindaban Looking for Temporary Landscape Assistance

    Due to a forceful winter, there is a lot of "getting ready" needed before the opening of New Vrindaban's Pilgrimage Season, which kicks off with Festival of Inspiration (May 7,8,9th).

  • Natural Gas Royalties to Improve Hare Krishna Community
    Both the temple and devotee residents take advantage of the opportunity to lease their land.
  • New Vrindaban Community Graces Magazine Cover
    The road leading to the New Vrindaban Palace of Gold is tortuous, and snakes through some of the roughest interiors of West Virginia. Until recently, much of the road was unpaved, and before that, there was no road at all to the original community.
  • New Year’s Resolutions and Srimad Bhagavatam
    OK, I admit it. I’m a junkie, a New Year’s resolutions junkie. Every year I make so many resolutions, and every year I fail to keep them. I know I am not alone in this. Is there a support group out there?!
  • New Vrindaban Hosts the World’s Most Famous Bush Doctor
    On October 28, New Vrindaban Community in West Viriginia, USA, hosted the world’s most famous bush doctor. Dr. Landveld manufactures natural medicines from plants, roots, tree barks, carrots, fruit and lianas from the Amazonian rainforest of Suriname.