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  • South Africa’s Vaishnavi Ministry Reaches Out to Help Vaishnavis During Women’s Month

    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.

  • Food For Life New Jagannath Puri, South Africa Cooks 108 Pots of Prasadam on Women’s Day

    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.

  • Riots in South Africa: Deities and Residents Moved from Durban 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. 

  • ISKCON South Africa’s Leaders Begin Inclusion and Belonging Training

    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."

  • 'Bhakti Bash' Mesmerizes Cape Town Youth

    Cape Townknown as the beautiful ‘Mother City’ at the tip of South Africasaw a weekend mesmerized with the holy names and laughter-filled devotee associationwhich wasgraced by the presence of BB Govinda Swami and Akincana Krishna Das. 

  • Durban Festival of Chariots Celebrates Its 30th Year

    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.

  • Johannesburg Brahmacharis Reach Out To Townships

    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.

  • Durban Distributes 5,310 Biscuits to Celebrate Gaura Purnima

    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. 

  • Entry.title: South African Devotees Walk 650 kms to Raise Funds for Sankirtana Bus
    Entry.type: 'Meditation'
    Entry.tags: [book-distribution] [sankirtana] [south-africa]
  • Hare Krishnas in South Africa

    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. 

  • ISKCON 50 Gala Dinner in Durban, 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.  

  • ISKCON Cape Town Hosts a Banquet in Honour of ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary

    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.

  • Durban Indulges In A Taste Of Devotion In Celebration of ISKCON50

    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. 

  • South African Temples Collaborate For Big ISKCON 50

    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.

  • Festival of Chariots, Durban 2013

    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 Goes Green

    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.

  • Durban Kirtan Festival Through the Eyes of a 15-year-old

    The walls of the temple in Durban, South Africa vibrated to the sounds of the holy name through a six-hour Kirtan Festival.

  • ISKCON South Africa Reports a Year of Inspiring Achievements

    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.

  • "Gaurafest" - Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2015 - Highlights

    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.

  • Durban's Festival of Chariots Draws 200,000
    Organizers say the colourful Festival of Chariots on Durban's North Beach over the long weekend drew around 200,000 people to the promenade this weekend. ISKCON's Govinda Swami has told Newswatch the diversity of the crowd was inspiring.
  • Durban Ratha-Yatra – Making ISKCON Relevant
    How many of us wonder why, in spite of vigorous book distribution and innovative outreach we still appear irrelevant in society? What does it mean to be relevant? Have we generally consigned ourselves to just being isolated spiritual people with near impossible Vedic world objectives? Perhaps the Durban festival holds some clues.
  • Rainbow Splash for the Rainbow Nation
    South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation due to it's diverse ethnic and religious cultures. Sunday, March 31st, at ISKCON Durban's Festival of Chariots held a Rainbow Splash where people threw colors into the air - and on each other - celebrating the theme of the event: 'Culturally Many, Spiritually One.'
  • Durban Ratha Yatra Celebrates Social Harmony
    This years Durban Festival of Chariots, promises to be an incredible gathering featuring a variety of locally and internationally acclaimed performers and entertainers. Inspired by Mayor James Khumalo’s call for a socially cohesive society, the festival has adopted the theme of “Culturally Many, Spiritually one”.
  • Children's Eco Morning at ISKCON Durban
    Hundreds of children from the local communities and schools were invited to the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple of Understanding in Durban, South Africa to participate in a Kids' Eco Awareness Morning.
  • Indradyumna Swami Speaks at a High-profile Function in Zululand
    On December 27th, 2012, ISKCON spiritual master Indradyumna Swami took part in a function at King Goodwill's palace in Zululand, South Africa. The program was organized to promote peace and harmony in South Africa.
  • New Krishna Balarama Mandir to Open in Botswana

    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.

  • Women’s Day Tea Party with Krishna in Durban, South Africa
    The new regime in South Africa in 1994 has assigned August 9th for Women’s Day - a day to honour women of all times. With this in mind, this year, the Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple hosted the Womens Day tea party with Krishna – a celebration of womanhood in a significantly different manner!
  • 3rd Vedic Ecology Convention, Durban, South Africa
    The 3rd Vedic Ecology Convention organized by the ISKCON Vaishnava Research Forum (I-VRF) was held at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple of Understanding, in Chatsworth, south of Durban, on Sunday 22nd April 2012.
  • The Blue Mountain Brings Fun and Growth to Durban Rathayatra
    The Blue Mountain—a spiritual wonderland for children at this year’s upcoming Rathayatra in Durban, South Africa—promises to absorb youngsters in Lord Jagannath’s service through endless fun experiences, craft activities and games.
  • Hare Krishna Happy Meals in Cape Town, South Africa

    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.

  • When ISKCON First Came to South Africa
    In 1972, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada sent two young devotees to South Africa. It was decided that Rsi Kumar Swami and Ksudhi Das would be the first ISKCON devotees to travel to South Africa and establish Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s movement.
  • Bhaktivedanta Care Centre Opens in Durban
    “Devotee Care, South Africa” opened its new Bhaktivedanta Care Centre, a Hospice-styled Care facility for the ISKCON community. This valuable service, inspired by and based on the model of the Vrindavan Hospice, is a multi-level building designed for assisting devotees in their final days, preparing them for their journey back to Godhead.
  • Durban’s Temple of Understanding Turns 25
    Over 2,500 devotees from all over South Africa will flock to Durban this October 16th and 17th to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding.
  • Beautiful Game, Beautiful Festival
    Is there a religious practice that can unite people in the same way that soccer does?
  • Fake 'Hawks' Swoop Down on Defenseless Family
    A sophisticated, well coordinated gang of robbers, posing as police officers from the elite crime fighting unit, the Hawks, unleashed a reign of terror on a well known Durban family, at their plush Umhlanga Rocks home on Sunday afternoon.
  • South African Man Murders Sister

    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.

  • Food For Life South Africa Serves Love to All on Valentine’s Day
    Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time when romantic couples or other closely related people express their love for each other. But this February 14, ISKCON’s Food For Life staff in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, showed their love for everyone by giving gifts of delicious vegetarian food to people they had never met before.