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Articles tagged as Pilgrimage

  • Padayatra Nepal Gets Under Way

    A two-devotee padayatra in Nepal are currently heading West through the lowlands towards Janakpur dhama, the birthplace of Sita, the consort of Lord Rama.

  • Padayatra Embarks on 7th Pan-India Tour from Dwarka

    January 6th, 2021, marked the start of the All-India Padayatra’s (pilgrimage) seventh grand march around India, including the char dham yatra. 

  • 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.

  • ‘The Pilgrimage’ Provides Luxury Spiritual Retreats for Corporate Clients

    A new project, The Pilgrimage, is providing luxury spiritual retreats and online education for corporate clients, while also offering ISKCON devotees the chance to earn a living amongst Vaishnava peers.

  • Kartik Navadvip Mandala Parikrama 2019

    Kartik Navadwip Mandal Parikrama organized by the Mayapur Chandras is a small and intimate gathering of devotees travelling to various holy places hearing and chanting about the glories of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Their associates.

  • The Traveling Monk at Mount Kailash - New Movie Released

    Although little known in the western world, Mount Kailash is one of the most sacred spots on Earth. It is a holy pilgrimage site for people of the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon faiths.

  • ISKCON-London Organizes First International Community Retreat to India

    The first ever ISKCON-London India Retreat was organised by Champakalata Priya devi dasi and Bhaktin Aartee who led around 12 devotees on this beautiful journey in March 2019. 

  • Nowhere To Hide

    Surrounded by a plethora of convenient justifications, we often avoid doing the internal soul-searching required for any sincere spiritualist.

  • “May Mother Ganges Bless You Today”

    Going anywhere outside the Guru Karishni Camp was a challenge because there was a veritable flood of humanity outside its confines: an estimated 64 million people were descending upon the Mela to bathe on February 4th, the most auspicious bathing day.

  • ISKCON Camp at Kumbha Mela Distributes Thousands of Books and Prasadam Meals

    Kumbha Mela is the largest public gathering and collective act of faith in the world, and drew about 120 million pilgrims – nearly double the population of the UK or France – this year. 

  • Pilgrimage to Udupi 2019

    Udupi is considered to be “Mathura of the South,“ where the Supreme Lord Krishna performed many childhood pastimes for the pleasure of his mother Devaki.

  • Purushottama: The Monarch of the Months

    This year in Sridhama Mayapur between the 16thof May and the 13thof June, the resident devotees will make their way to the temple each evening through the summer heat for an opportunity that only comes once every three years.

  • Deena Bandhu Das Re-Releases Entrancing Book of Krishna’s Pastimes

    Srila Prabhupada disciple Deena Bandhu Das, who is renowned as a pilgrimage guide, storyteller and scholar of Vraja area folk tales and temple histories, has re-released his book Vraja Lila Part One in print and Kindle editions.

  • Paramahamster - The Material World

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • Pave the way for the Lord of the Universe

    Touchstone Media has churned the ocean of nectar and come up with a marvellous masterpiece, ‘Sri Ksetra: Vaikuntha on Earth.’ Lord Jagannath is dear to every devotee. His Dham, Sri Ksetra is as glorious as Him.

  • Kartik Navadvip Mandal Parikrama by Mayapur Chandras

    By the inspiration of Jayapataka Swami, The Mayapur Chandras team organizes Kartik Navadvip Mandal Parikrama every year. For more information please visit:

  • Devotees Take Srila Prabhupada on Historic Trip to Antarctica

    The intrepid explorers are Kesihanta Das, a Prabhupada disciple and co-director of ISKCON Alachua’s Save the Cow program, and Trivikrama Das, bass player for Vaishnava hardcore band 108. The two held the first kirtan in Antarctica and distributed Prabhupada’s books there for the first time, placing the Bhagavad-gita As It Is in several Antarctic research stations. What’s more, in bringing a murti of Srila Prabhupada himself with them, they have ensured that the ISKCON Founder-Acharya has now visited every continent in the world.

  • Vrindavan's Sacred Parikrama

    The famous 3-hour parikrama around Vrindavan encompasses walking around thousands of temples, as many samadhis and a multitude of cows, brahmanas, sadhus and sacred places of all kinds. Some Vraja-vasis do it once or even twice a day. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • Don't Look Back

    Yesterday I went on Parikrama, which literally means to “walk around.” Circumambulation of holy places has a symbolic meaning – to always keep our spiritual aspirations central and close, regardless of where we are in life (whatever point on the circle, one is never further away from the centre).

  • Ahmedabad Holds 5-Day Padayatra for ISKCON’s 50th

    Between March 2014 and the end of 2016 – ISKCON’s 50th anniversary year – the Padayatra Worldwide Ministry is aiming to hold 50 padayatras. 

  • Is This Progress?

    My trip to India brought a few surprises. It’s been some years since I was last there and things are changing fast. The cities are still the same bustling mess of teeming madness, much like anywhere else I suppose, but it’s in the outlying rural areas that I was most shocked.

  • 10,000 Devotees to Attend Jagannath Puri Pilgrimage

    This pilgrimage tours the sacred land of Jagannath Puri, Orissa (also known as Sri Ksetra), where the famous Jagannath Temple is located, and where Gaudiya Vaishnavism founder Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu lived and performed many of his pastimes.

  • Walking Monk Exemplifies the Simple Life

    In a changing world where buying stuff and watching screens has become more important than human interaction or feeling the sun and air on your skin, walking Hare Krishna monk Bhaktimarga Swami is demonstrating how wonderful the simple life can be.

  • A Trailer for a New Feature Documentary: Rasa Yatra

    RASA YATRA evokes the beauty of pilgrimage and explores the essence of devotion in Hindu culture through non-linear narrative. Rasa is Sanskrit for 'juice' or 'taste', and it can also mean 'dance'. Yatra means 'journey', suggesting a joyful inner expedition, beyond the confines of routine and conceptual conventions. Photographed over a period of four years, RASA YATRA takes the viewer on a meditative journey from the majestic Himalayan mountains into Vrindavana, the spiritual heart of India. For the receptive viewer, RASA YATRA becomes a pilgrimage rather than a mere depiction of one.

    To learn more about the film please visit:

  • Spanish Devotees Walk St. James’ Way for Interfaith Adventure
    Seventy ISKCON devotees from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, and the UK are set to participate in a 220-kilometer Padayatra, or Holy Walk from July 15th to 28th this summer. Their path? The famous Christian pilgrimage route El Camino de Santiago, or St. James’ Way, in Northwest Spain.
  • Vrindavana Awaits!
    As the sacred month of Kartika fast approaches, devotees around the world make their travel arrangements for the long journey to Vrindavana. The sacred land of Radha and Krishna's eternal pastimes is the holiest of pilgrimage places for Gaudia Vaishnavas.
  • ISKCON Vrindavana Announces Annual Pilgrimage Schedule
    Now that Janmastami and Radhastami Festivals have finished, thoughts turn towards Kartika. The Puranas glorify the month of Kartika (October-November) as very special for making spiritual advancement, and the best place to be in Kartika is Sri Braja Dham—the area surrounding Lord Krishna’s birthplace of Vrindavana.
  • Annual Pilgrimage to Puri
    Over the past six years the parikarama has been conducted very successfully, with an increasing number of attending devotees from all over the world. Last year more than 6.500 devotees participated, listening to sannyasis and Srila Prabhupada`s disciples speaking about the pastimes of Lord Jagannatha and Lor Gauanga every day.
  • Touch of the Brajabasi: The Musician
    In Vrindavan, I had a policy: don’t give to beggars. I envisioned that if I gave to one, I would be swarmed with beggars from the entire street demanding their share. So I just didn’t give. I had lived in Vrindavan for over a month and I had not given a single rupee to a single beggar. I had planned to keep it that way.
  • Shukratal: Where Sukadeva Goswami Explained the Srimad Bhagavatam
    More devotees should know about the holy town of Shukratal. Shukratal is the place where Sukadeva Goswami spoke the sacred Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) to Maharaja Pariksit 5000 years ago.