The Vaishnavi Ministry of South Africa has been reaching out to honor and serve the Vaishnavi community during Women’s Month, by providing counseling, spiritual support, and care packs during difficult times.
The Food For Life branch in New Jagannath Puri at ISKCON of Phoenix, South Africa – a suburb of Durban – relaunched on August 9th by preparing 108 pots of Biryani, a rice dish with vegetables. As the sun rose in the early morning, the impressive operation saw devotees cooking outside over multiple rows of wood fires against the backdrop of the New Jagannath Puri temple.
As of July 13th evening, the senior devotees, ladies, and other Temple residents have taken shelter at the house of various devotees in safer areas. The Deities also have been moved to a safer place, on the advice of local law enforcement groups said ISKCON Communications Director of South Africa, Nanda Kishore Das.
The program's goal is the "creation of an ISKCON culture and leadership that celebrates and protects diversity and inclusion, making all devotees feel at home."
Cape Town, known as the beautiful ‘Mother City’ at the tip of South Africa, saw a weekend mesmerized with the holy names and laughter-filled devotee associationwhich wasgraced by the presence of BB Govinda Swami and Akincana Krishna Das.
The Festival of Chariots in the South African city Durban celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The four-day festival will be held between Friday March 30th and April 2nd. The entertainment is geared to show unity through diversity.
Last October, brahmachari Narottam Das and his friend Mukharavinda Das walked an incredible 654 kms from Johannesburg to Durban to raise funds for a new Sankirtana bus so that their Brahmachari ashram could bring Prabhupada’s books and the Holy Name to people. The journey, which took them eighteen days, saw them walking alone with no supporting vehicle through baking sun and torrential rain.
The 531st appearance anniversary of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu was the inspiration for devotees from the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple in Durban, South Africa to bake, pack and distribute 5,310 biscuits. The goal of the biscuit distribution was to help spread Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mercy to everyone and anyone.
This documentary was produced at the time of the first Chatsworth Ratha-yatra in 2005. Herein are interviews with a few Hare Krishna devotees and they outline some of the history of ISKCON in South Africa.
The guest list comprised of close to five hundred of Durban’s elite - professionals, businessmen, academics, government members, media and artists– all especially invited to the evening to join Bhakti Charu Swami in reliving and celebrating the journey of Srila Prabhupada and his ISKCON over the last five decades.
Celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of ISKCON are here and ISKCON Cape Town hosted a formal banquet in honour of ISKCON’s 50th anniversary with around 120 attendees. This included VIPs, influential friends of ISKCON in Cape Town and religious leaders. The evening was a wonderful combination of information sharing about Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON as well as entertainment, over a sumptuous dinner of Krishna prasadam.
The Sri Sri Radha Radhanath temple in Durban, South Africa embarked on a rather sweet campaign to celebrate ISKCON 50. On Thursday, 28 July over 150 devotees distributed 5,000 cup cakes all around Durban. The campaign began two weeks prior to the main distribution date, when temple president Vibhu Caitanya dasa, who personally steered and organised all aspects of the campaign, invited devotees and well-wishers to place orders for cupcakes to distribute at their places of employment, schools, universities and other institutions.
With ISKCON’s 50th anniversary year nearly halfway gone, and the date of its incorporation on July 13th, 1966 in New York fast approaching, temples throughout the society are working hard to make a splash for founder Srila Prabhupada. In South Africa, all the country’s thirteen temples are working together to achieve big things, with a steering committee driving efforts nationally, and ISKCON 50 ambassadors in each temple pumping everyone up locally.
Just some small pieces of the beautiful event of social cohesion that took place on the Durban beachfront celebrating 25 years of the Festival of Chariots, with the motto: "We are culturally many, but spiritually one!" A video by Shruti Sheth
ISKCON Durban temple is undergoing major restoration for the 30th anniversary next October. Not only are they restoring the temple to its original beauty, but they are making marked improvements. One in particular—that is both admirable and intimidating—is thir Go Green campaign. This campaign is the brainchild of Vibhu Caitanya Das, Durban Temple President.
The walls of the temple in Durban, South Africa vibrated to the sounds of the holy name through a six-hour Kirtan Festival.
In its recent annual report, ISKCON South Africa – which has fifteen centers and five Govinda’s restaurants – let readers know about a string of inspiring achievements throughout the nation. Many of these came from new centers. In Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape, devotees acquired a three-bedroom house in the suburbs to serve as an ashram for three brahmacharis and three students.
A night of enlightened entertainment in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on the full moon night of 5 March, celebrating the life and teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Between 600 and 1,500 people are expected every day at the three-day grand opening of ISKCON’s new Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir in Botswana, Southern Africa. Celebrations for the custom-built Indian style temple in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital, will run from Friday September 21st through Sunday the 23rd.
Rasika Rai das is a Hare Krishna monk living in Redhill township at Cape Point, Cape Town.
Every week he cooks up hundreds of 100% healthy Vegan meals for the impoverished township residents and distributes it via his trusty wheelbarrow.
Rasika begs all the ingredients himself and operates under the banner of his Gauranga Peace Meals NGO.
A Verulam man who allegedly hacked his sister to death in full view of her five-year-old son, during a bizarre midnight ritual on Saturday, is a Hare Krishna devotee who often spent hours reading spiritual books and meditating with japa (chanting) beads.