NEW DELHI -- Anti-Christian violence that started in a remote corner of eastern India last month is breaking out in other states and is expected to spread further ahead of nationwide elections to be held in the next few months. In the past week in Karnataka, the southern Indian state that is home to India's high-technology capital of Bangalore, at least 17 attacks have been reported on churches and prayer halls, according to local Christian groups, independent monitors and police.
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.
When Cyclone Phailin hit the Eastern Indian states everyone feared the worst. Fifteen years ago, a storm of similar power, killed 10,000 people. But this time, the government took serious precautionary measures by evacuating 900,000 people to shelters. Still, the situation is serious. To provide aid, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation joined forces with ISKCON Juhu and Chowpatty in Mumbai.
Two weeks after Cyclone Phailin struck Odisha (formerly Orissa) and Andhra Pradesh at 140 mph, the Eastern Indian states are still reeling. Doing its part to help, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation -- which delivers healthy vegetarian meals to 1.2 million underprivileged school children around India every day -- flew members into Odisha on October 15th.
A historic film from Bengal, produced in 1957.
The Initiative is currently focusing on the Munda and Sauntala tribes of the state of Orissa, the Karbi and Dimasar tribes of Assam, the Riang and Tripuri tribes of Tripura, the Mizo tribes of Mizoram, and the Naga tribes of Nagaland.
This year's Jagannath Puri parikrama will be from the 27th to the 30th November. The parikrama usually consists of a majority of Hindi and Bengali speaking devotees, so this year the organizers have decided to have an even bigger international group specifically for English speaking devotees.
After years of struggles of various types, including having to overcome a number of legal hurdles, ISKCON has inaugurated the beginning of a grand project at Jagannath Puri by performing the bhumi puja and installation of Ananta Shesha on the 18 acre ISKCON project land in a grand ceremony.
“The sign above the book store says: one book will change your life,” commented Pancharatna Das. “All of us know that Srila Prabhupada’s books have transformed the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world. We hope that our humble offering to Srila Prabhupada in the 50th anniversary year of ISKCON will please His Divine Grace by increasing book distribution and generating more publicity for ISKCON.”