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  • Several U.S. Temples Close Due to COVID-19, Continued Vigilance Required

    The coronavirus pandemic, which has now claimed over 276,000 lives in the United States, and 1.5 million around the world, continues to be a major health threat. And ISKCON temples have not been immune to the challenge.  

  • U.S. Teens Take After Their Parents Religiously, Attend Services Together and Enjoy Family Rituals

    But American adolescents often participate at parents’ behest, and tend to be less religious in more personal, private ways

  • ISKCON Bloomington, USA, Offers 10-week Gita Course for Children

    BMI-Bhaktivriksha in Bloomington, Illinois, USA conducted its first 10-week course of Bhagavad Gita As It Is for children from ages 9-16. The initiative was met with great enthusiasm, and all the twenty-eight children who participated in the program graduated and received their certificates during a ceremony on Saturday December 16th.

  • 'Discover India' - USA Tour 2017

    A video by Indradyumna Swami Official. 

  • Washington ISKCON50 Gala Video Released

    A 10-minute video has been released about the prestigious ISKCON50 Gala event that took place in September 2016 at the Hilton Presidential Ballroom, in Washington, D.C. Over 300 people attended the event, seventy-five of them special invitees including religious leaders, religious liberty experts, members of the media, and political leaders. The video presents the highlights of the Gala, including some of the speeches and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's leading kirtan. 

  • Religious Groups, Leaders Respond to New US Immigration Policies

    “I keep asking, where are God’s borders?” he said. “If Jesus was a Mexican, would Donald Trump deport him?”

  • The "Locker Room" Excuse - What Do The Vedas Say?

    Probably, most of us say things in private we wouldn't dare utter in public. But, is that acceptable or morally healthy? Hindu texts indicate that all speech reveals who we are. The Upanishads say our actual character is made up of our deepest desires; those desires manifest as our words and actions, which, in turn, create our destiny. 

  • Washington to Host Two Major ISKCON 50 Events

    The capital city of the United States will host two major events over the next month celebrating in style and en masse the 50th Anniversary of ISKCON and the power of chanting God’s names to change the world. On September 13, in the Presidential Ballroom of the Capital Hilton Hotel three hundred people will gather for a formal ISKCON 50 Gala Evening. Picking up right where the Gala ends—with kirtan—on Saturday October 8th, the celebration will move just a mile away to the foot of Washington’s famed Lincoln Memorial.

  • The Future of Hinduism in America's Changing Religious Landscape

    The principal challenge to the religious commitment of a new generation of Hindu Americans is the indifference to religion.

  • Tulsi Gabbard's Speech on Servant Leadership in Bengaluru, India

    Programme organised by Manthana and Mythic Society, Bengaluru.

  • Tulsi Gabbard Visits India and Talks About Bhakti

    Tulsi Gabbard, the only Hindu member of the US Congress visits India for the first time. In an interview Tulsi speaks about her life as a Krishna devotee. 

  • President Obama's Diwali Message 2014
  • US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbardi’s 2014 Diwali Greetings
  • 16 Million People in the US are Now Vegan or Vegetarian!

    In 2009, a tiny one percent of the US population reported eating vegetarian or vegan. The rates have skyrocketed over the last five years.  

  • US Lawmaker Gifts Gita to Modi

    Tulsi Gabbard, the only Hindu member of the US Congress, gifted her personal copy saying it was a gesture to express her love for India. 

  • India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Meets US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

    Tulsi Gabbard presents Mr. Modi with her personal copy of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, the one she had sworn in to when she was elected to be a member of the US Congress.

  • Happy Janmashtami from Tulsi Gabbard US Congress Woman
  • Festival of Colors Explodes Across North America

    Festival of Colors, traditionally known in India as Holi, is a spring festival inspired by Lord Krishna’s pastimes 5,000 years ago, when He and the cowherd girls and boys of Vrindavana playfully celebrated with colored dyes. While the festival has not historically been a part of ISKCON’s large repertoire of spiritual festivals, it has gradually become more and more of a staple especially in North America

  • Nelson Mandela's First Address to the USA July 2nd, 1990

    Nelson Mandela gives an historic address at Riverside Church in New York City as part of an interfaith "Service of Thanksgiving for Nelson Mandela" on July 2nd, 1990. Odyssey Networks (VISN at the time) recorded his remarks that were broadcast across major networks at the time.

  • Back to Church Day in the USA

    75 percent of Americans think the USA would be a better place to live if more people were religious–even though many of those surveyed reported they don’t attend church themselves.

  • North American ISKCON Leaders Complete Second Day of Meetings

    he NA GBC/TP meeting in Houston began its second day of meetings with a presentation on the Strategic Planning Initiative of the international Governing Body Commission (GBC).

  • 10 Ways Religion Shaped the News in 2012 in the USA
    From the nuns to the “nones,” religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Faith was a persistent theme in the presidential race, and moral and ethical questions surrounded budget debates, mass killings and an unexpected focus on “religious freedom.”
  • The American-Western European Values Gap

    How do Americans differ from Europeans in their views on religion? A new survey report by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project compares American attitudes on religion with those of residents in Britain, Spain, France and Germany.

  • Radhanath Swami Embarks on North American Book Tour
    American-born spiritual teacher Radhanath Swami will set off on a North American book tour from August 1st to December 1st this year, to promote the US trade release of his autobiography The Journey Home.
  • USA: The World's Drug Addict
    Many of us are familiar with the statistic that America, with only 5% of the world's population, consumes nearly 25% of the world's resources. Here's a less known fact: With the same 5% of the population, the United States consumes 65% of the world's illegal drugs.
  • America’s Largest ISKCON Community Welcomes Krishna Balarama
    Temple president Mukhya Dasi expects several thousand devotees from all over the United States and some from around the world for the event, which will begin on Saturday May 29 and lead up to the grand installation on Sunday May 30.
  • Faith-Based Panel Submits Recommendations to White House
    A White House advisory council on March 9 submitted 164 pages of recommendations on ways the federal government can better partner with faith-based groups in tackling a host of social problems, from poverty to improving interfaith relations.
  • 'God Gap' Impedes U.S. Foreign Policy, Task Force Says
    American foreign policy is handicapped by a narrow, ill-informed and "uncompromising Western secularism" that feeds religious extremism, threatens traditional cultures and fails to encourage religious groups that promote peace and human rights, according to a two-year study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
  • President Obama's Religion by Remote
    The leader gets a daily devotional e-mail from one of his staff members.
  • Hindu Gods on US 'Stamps'
    Devotional postages can be used in place of official stamps.
  • Divali Observed at Governor’s Mansion
    Martin O’Malley, Governor of the US State of Maryland, observed Divali at a special reception for local dignitaries in the Governor’s Mansion on October 28. The event commemorated the Hindu New Year, and was the first official Divali celebration in Maryland’s history.
  • ISKCON Included in Nashville’s “Celebration of Cultures”

    ISKCON devotees from Nashville, Tennessee participated in Nashville’s annual Celebration of Cultures for the first time this October 3rd. The popular multi-cultural festival was established in 1995 by Scarritt-Bennett, a center committed to empowerment through cross-cultural understanding, education, creativity and spiritual renewal.

  • ISKCON Boston Celebrates Prabhupada’s Arrival on US Shores
    On the weekend of September 19th to 20th, four hundred ISKCON devotees will congregate at Boston’s Commonwealth Pier to celebrate the day that changed their lives forever. For it was at the Pier that ISKCON’s founder Srila Prabhupada first stepped onto American soil on September 17, 1965. Determined to fulfil his guru’s request to preach Krishna consciousness in the West, he had endured a thirty-five-day sea journey from Calcutta on board the cargo ship, Jaladuta.
  • ISKCON North Carolina Throws George Harrison Festival

    This November 7, ISKCON devotees at the rural Prabhupada Village community in Sandy Ridge, North Carolina will be holding “George Fest,” the latest in a series of innovative festivals designed to attract the general public. At previous events, devotee and outside professionals spoke on different aspects of sustainability such as transportation, farming, energy production, and solar panels.

  • U.S. Views on God and Life Are Turning 'Hindu'

    America is not a Christian nation. We are, it is true, a nation founded by Christians, and according to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as Christian (still, that's the lowest percentage in American history). Of course, we are not a Hindu—or Muslim, or Jewish, or Wiccan—nation, either. A million-plus Hindus live in the United States, a fraction of the billion who live on Earth.

  • The Golden Palace of the Appalachian Foothills
    The drive from Cleveland to Wheeling, West Virginia is a beautiful juxtaposition of Ohio forests with the industry that supports Ohio. As you live the city behind you, your trip will take you past small towns and awe-inspiring factories, like the First Energy plant just outside of Steubenville, which spans the roadway and creates a tunnel.
  • Food, Faith, & Farming: New Vrindaban Takes the Lead

    To the delight of many devotees living in rural ISKCON communities, the GBC (ISKCON’s administrative authority) recently set guidelines instructing all GBC members to spend 10% of their time boosting farm projects.

    Do any GBCs really spend 10% of their time promoting rural projects? Are the guidelines making any measurable change?

  • Los Angeles Ratha Yatra Festival a Big Draw
    LOS ANGELES, CA - The Temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at Watseka Avenue here, just off Venice Blvd. conducted its 33rd Annual Festival of the Chariots Parade on August 2, which started at the Santa Monica Civic auditorium and ended on Venice Beach.
  • This Farm is Dedicated to Happy Cows, Not Happy Meals
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On farms across West Virginia, 204,000 beef cattle now await slaughter. But at the International Society for Cow Protection's 168-acre hillside farm in Marshall County, cattle are treated far differently from those that are headed to slaughterhouses and onto plates.
  • ISKCON's New Jersey Temple Plans For Visitors

    PARSIPPANY--A new Hare Krishna temple would include a gift shop and bedrooms for pilgrims visiting the religious movement's only northern New Jersey temple, according to a member of the congregation.

    But that likely wouldn't contribute to a spike in traffic in the Troy Road neighborhood the Radha-Krishna Temple is eyeing for relocation, worshipper Mehul Barot told the township zoning board Wednesday night.

  • Fourteenth Annual Youth Bus Tour Set to Change Lives

    On June 17, ISKCON Youth Ministry’s fourteenth annual Krishna Culture Festival Tour set off on a 16,000 mile epic journey, during which it will visit almost every state and province in North America.

    Thirty-three excited youth were on board, down from last year’s fifty-five due to the damaged economy. But on the positive side, regular “bus tourians” have bowed out this year to make way for new faces from countries as diverse as Italy, Bolivia, Canada, Ireland, and even Taiwan.

  • ISKCON Inaugurates Motel Bhagavad-Gita Project
    On April 22-25, 2009, at a convention center just outside Washington, D.C., members of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) met for their annual national convention and trade show. Amid the booths of vendors of furniture, ice machines, accounting software, and just about everything else related to the hospitality industry, stood a booth of a different kind, in which a group of earnest volunteers passed out copies of Bhagavad-Gita and made a humble request to the assembled hotel and motel owners: “Please let us provide copies of Bhagavad-Gita to place in your rooms alongside the Gideons Bibles.”
  • USA's Prabhupada Village Becomes ISKCON Affiliate

    On May 21, 2009 the Board of Directors of Prabhupada Village (Sandy Ridge, North Carolina) decided to affiliate with ISKCON, thereby joining the greater communities of ISKCON temples throughout the world. Tamohara Dasa was selected as the GBC representative.

  • Baltimore Mayor Proclaims Hare Krishna Ratha Yatra Day
    Baltimore’s Mayor, Sheila Dixon, has named May 30, 2009 as “Hare Krishna Ratha Yatra Day” in a glowing proclamation. “The City of Baltimore celebrates its diverse community and has respect for all groups who have chosen to make this city their home,” writes the Mayor in the official document.
  • Festival of Inspiration 2009 from a Pilgrim's Point of View
    Thursday, May 7, Alachua, Florida -- I settled down on my narrow bunk, people around me stacked in three tiers like tightly packed stowaways and beginning to snore. It wasn’t a five-star hotel, but it was comfortable enough -- and ISKCON Youth Ministry’s Krishna Culture Festival Tour bus was definitely the way to travel. Soon the hum of the road would send me to sleep, and save for a bit of tossing and turning, I’d stay that way for at least half of our sixteen-hour journey.
  • Festival Reunites Deities, Brings Together Devotees
    New York City – More than two hundred devotees gathered together to welcome the small (chota in Sanskrit) deities of Sri Sri Radha-Murlidhar to a Hare Krishna temple here, where They join larger deities of the same name. The last time the two sets of deities were worshiped together was more than twenty years ago, in Their original home in Cleveland, Ohio. The two day festival, held on May 2 and 3, featured abhishek (sacred bathing of the deities), kirtan, and devotees sharing memories of the deities over the years.
  • Krishna Lunches Become a University of Florida Tradition
    Krishna lunch at the University of Florida means more than just grabbing a quick bite to eat; for some students, it has become a tradition. The Krishnas have been there, in the same spot at the plaza, for more than 38 years. Every day, rain or shine, students can enjoy a healthy vegetarian, all- you- can- eat buffet, for a donation of $4. Students can also buy lunch cards, which drop the price to a mere $3.33.
  • Survey Finds Many Americans Seeking Religion in the Market

    A study of why people change religious affiliations, released this week by the Pew Forum for Religion & Public Life, found that more than half of Americans have changed faiths in their lifetime. Sixteen percent of the population is not affiliated with a religion, according to the study, but many respondents said they had not found the right religion.

  • Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At US Border

    Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed.

  • An Explosion of Color: Hare Krishna Festivals at ISKCON Utah
    How do you put on one of the biggest Hare Krishna festivals in the world? For Charu Dasa, president at ISKCON Utah, Spanish Fork, it was almost an accident. Twelve years ago, he opened the temple doors for the public to join them in celebrating Holi, the festival of colors. Commemorating Krishna’s playful throwing of powdered and liquid colors at his consort Radha and her gopi friends, it is usually celebrated with gleeful abandon in India.
  • Dallas Hare Krishna Parade and Festival Set for April 25

    Kalachandji's Hare Krishna Temple of Dallas, Texas, will conduct its annual "Jagannatha Ratha Yatra" Parade and Festival on Saturday, April 25th, 2009. The parade will leave from the front of the Temple at 1:00 p.m. from the front of the Temple which is located at 5430 Gurley Avenue, near 1-30 and East Grand Avenue.

  • Building Bridges Conference Kicks Off

    Washington, DC – More than fifty ISKCON devotees – including several temple presidents and project leaders – are gathered here to explore how to more effectively share Krishna consciousness with others. The three-day conference, co-hosted by ISKCON Communications and ISKCON North American leadership, features presentations and panel discussions dedicated to examining best practices and dealing with challenges in engaging in dynamic, even unconventional outreach.

  • Bhagavad Gita Distributed at Hotel Owners Convention

    “Asian-Indians own almost 65% of the total motel rooms available. Our goal is to place Bhagavad-Gita As It Is in every one of those rooms,” says Milan Doshi from the Pancajanya Project. “The motel owners we already approached were very receptive. They liked the idea of placing Bhagavad-Gita As It Is in their own motels. They also gave us recommendations for their friends are relatives in the industry!” Approaching motel owners on an individual basis has proven successful.

  • Utah Students Get Lesson in Foreign Religion and Culture
    SPANISH FORK — Older Utahns may not consider the wide-open spaces of southern Utah County a cultural mecca, but school students who regularly make the trip here know better. Rising atop a knoll along U.S. 89 amid a patchwork of gentlemanly farms and pastures, the stark white domes of the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple gleam in the sunlight — a mirage in the desert that may well disappear on second glance.
  • God Still Isn't Dead
    America was famously founded by companies and churches. The woes of American capitalism are well known: Wall Street is a synonym for excess and greed around the world, and Detroit is tottering on the edge of bankruptcy. But just as its temples to Mammon are under fire, so suddenly are its churches to God.
  • America: A Superpower No More

    Oakton, Va. - Two American icons, General Electric and Berkshire Hathaway, lost their triple-A credit ratings. Then China, America's largest creditor, called for a new global currency to replace the dollar just weeks after it demanded Washington guarantee the safety of Beijing's nearly $1 trillion debt holdings. And that was just in March.

  • New England Now Least Religious Part of USA

    New England, where the Puritans and others sought religious freedom, has surpassed the West Coast as the least religious region in America, according to a new major national survey. The study, released last week, showed that since 1990, the percentage of Americans claiming no religion has nearly doubled, growing to 15% last year. That was the overall conclusion. But tucked inside the report are figures offering portraits of various regions.

  • Festival of Colors Draws Thousands to Krishna Temple
    SPANISH FORK, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Thousands chanting, flowing robes, and an ornate Hare Krishna temple. You might think you were in India or another country from the Far East. Utah Valley probably wouldn’t be the first place to come to mind.
  • Holi Moley: Utah to Celebrate Festival of Colors
    Getting to throw handfuls of brightly colored powder at a 15,000-strong crowd also seems too good to be true, so what's the catch? No catch. In celebration of the Indian Holi Festival, also known as the Festival of Colors, the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork opens its doors to celebrants of all types -- from full-blooded Indians with an understanding of Holi, to ne'er-do-wells who simply get a kick out of chucking dyed flour at strangers.
  • Dallas: Kalachandji's Still Attracts Rave Reviews
    Being vegan is supposed to do lots of lovely spiritual and gastrointestinal things to you. You're supposed to feel lighter and healthier, for one. And your bowels work better (if "better" can be defined as "with alarming frequency"). A less-publicized side effect of veganism, however, is the constant urban foraging.
  • Religious Leaders Battle Abuse Bill in New York

    Roman Catholic and Orthodox Jewish officials in New York are mounting an intense lobbying effort to block a bill before the State Legislature that would temporarily lift the statute of limitations for lawsuits alleging the sexual abuse of children.

  • Building Bridges Conference at ISKCON of DC, April 10-12, 2009

    I'd like to personally invite you to attend an important conference called "Building Bridges" to be held at the ISKCON of Washington DC temple from April 10th-12th, 2009. This conference focuses on the question: How can we best share the timeless wisdom of Krishna consciousness with increasingly diverse audiences?

  • ISKCON Conference Explores Effective Outreach

    When  A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada set sail for the West in 1965, he carried with him the conviction that India's ancient tradition of devotion to Lord Krishna must be shared with the world. Today, more than forty years since Prabhupada's fateful journey, many devotees of the organization he established grapple with how to stay true to Prabhupada's mission, and at the same time be relevant to the needs of the particular times in which we live.

  • Hare Krishna Temple Shares Culture & Cuisine
    I am visiting the Sri Sri Radha Hare Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, and we are right in the middle of the evening's lecture before we partake of a ceremonial "Love Feast." Though my stomach is rumbling, the speakers are quite captivating. There are two brief discussions that explain the core tenants of the Hare Krishna movement. Caru Das, the director of the temple, explains that people are, "shaped to serve," and that the reason they chant is to, "clear the dust off our hearts."
  • ISKCON New York Gets Its Own TV Show

    The weekly Tuesday programs at ISKCON’s first ever center on New York’s 26 2nd Avenue have been opened up to a potential audience of up to three million people, via a public access TV station.

  • President Obama Receives Prabhupada's Bhagavad-gita

    The 44th president of the United States Barack Obama has been presented with a copy of Bhagavad-gita As It Is by an old friend – the brother of Srila Prabhupada disciple Krishnalaulya Dasi.

  • Americans Prefer To Live With Religious Diversity

    Some 59% of Americans say they would rather live in a community where there are many people with different religions, while 25% say they would prefer to live mainly among people who are the same religion as they are. Some 40% of white evangelicals, 42% of Hispanic Catholics, 38% of those who attend religious services at least weekly and 41% of conservative Republicans say they would rather live in communities mainly filled with people who share their religion.

  • Healthy ISKCON Marriages to be Honored This May

    This Valentine’s Day seems a good time to consider booking a spot at ISKCON’s first “Vaishnava Marriage and Family Fest,” hosted at the Festival of Inspiration in New Vrindaban, West Virginia this May 8 – 10 by the Grihastha Vision Team (GVT), a group of professional marriage and family educators and therapists.

  • ISKCON Idaho: Reflecting the Light of God Through Service
    She says: "Who am I? We're not the body. The body is just the covering of the soul; it identifies us. I am Aruddha, born in India but really, we are spirit - part and parcel of the greater spirit. "And then the part serves the whole, just like the hand serves the body. The purpose of our tiny soul is to serve the greater soul, which is God. That's where our happiness is.
  • Every Day’s A Festival!
    In ISKCON, traveling festivals are one of our main methods of outreach with devotees traveling cross-country to share their spiritual food, music and philosophy with others. So wherever you are, and whatever time of year it is, if you feel like attending a Hare Krishna festival – you’re likely to find one close to your location soon.
  • Chanting-4-Change In the Nation’s Capital: A Full Report
    What do yoga, spiritual music, and Hare Krishna have to do with Barack Obama? At first blush, not a whole lot. Sure, Obama carried around a Hanuman trinket for some time, as indicated by Time Magazine. But there's no direct evidence -- as far as we know -- that our new president has a penchant for boogying down with eastern rhythms.
  • 'Japathon' Spreads Across the USA

    Towards the end of 1997, Ananta Rupa Dasa, president of the ISKCON Boise, Idaho, USA center, came up with an idea to inspire members of his community to chant Krishna's names. Instead of staying up until midnight ushering in the New Year, he held the first Japathon on January 1st, 1998.

  • Hearty Krishna Cuisine in Jersey City
    The latest addition to Jersey City's vegetarian cavalcade is Krishna Cuisine. It occupies a rather grand space a few steps up from the colorful hubbub of Newark Avenue, where greengrocers hawk vegetables unfamiliar to Westerners, vendors roll unguent spice combinations into betel leaves, and shops display the gold jewelry that constitutes an Indian bride's dowry.
  • Obama Likely to Retool Bush’s Faith-based Initiative

    President-elect Obama has promised to build on the faith-based initiative of President Bush and, by adding key reforms, to make it “the foundation of a new project of American renewal.” But to do that, his administration will need to resolve constitutional and other tangles that have made Mr. Bush’s effort so controversial.

  • Hare Krishna in Sedona, Arizona
    Dr. Misra, adorned in plain white robes, stood facing a colorful display of godly figures in a temple dedicated to Krishna, Hindu avatar of Vishnu, their lord. He presented a red blossoming flower, its scent mixed with the sweet incense of the temple. He smiled and joined his open palms together gently under his chin.
  • Turkeys Most Grateful at ISKCON’s Thanksgiving
    On November 27, families across America will gather around their tables to give thanks for their blessings, spend some quality time together, and, of course, fill themselves up with turkey. But at Govinda’s restaurant of Tucson, Arizona, the turkey won’t be dead on the table – she’ll be alive, sitting alongside her human friends and “gobbling” the vegetarian Thanksgiving meal.
  • Diwali Celebrated for First Time at U.S. National Cathedral

    Washington, D.C. – When the first large wave of Indian immigrants began to arrive to America more than forty years ago, few would have dreamed that they would one day see a Hindu holiday observed within the “National House of Worship.” On October 28, 2008 this dream indeed became reality when Washington National Cathedral hosted, for the first time in its history, an event in celebration of Diwali.

  • Utah Governor Hosts ISKCON Leader for Diwali

    The smells of paneer pakora and stuffed okra filled the Governor's Mansion on Friday night as Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. invited many from Utah's Indian community to celebrate Diwali with himself and his family.

    Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of good over evil in people, and is recognized by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists worldwide.

  • North American Hindus Hold Conference in Michigan

    Hindu Mandir (Temple) Executives representing 113 Temples and Hindu Organizations from more than 25 states of US and Canada and Caribbean converged in Romulus, MI to attend the Third Hindu Mandir Executives Conference (HMEC), from September 26, 2008 through September 28, 2008.

  • ISKCON Co-sponsors 9/11 Unity Walk

    New York, N.Y.– The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was among a handful of religious organizations officially sponsoring the 9/11 Unity Walk, a gathering to commemorate the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks and promote interfaith solidarity and peace-building. The event, now in its fourth year, takes place simultaneously in Washington D.C. and New York.

  • Time to Burn: Krishna Camp Returns to the Desert

    A new tradition has been born from the desert floor like a phoenix, and the fire of devotion continues to burn as Krishna Camp once again descends on Burning Man 2008, the annual festival of all things alternative, creative, and progressive, which ensues this year, as always, from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.

  • ISKCON Devotee to be Featured on Primetime Reality Show
    Detroit, Michigan (USA) - ISKCON devotee Saraswati Richardson will be one of three women featured on "The Secret Lives of Women," a reality television show on the Women's Entertainment cable network.  The episode with Saraswati, entitled "Extreme Beliefs," will air on  On August 19, 2008 at 10pm EST. 
  • Californian Parents May Home-school Without Teaching Credential

    Parents may legally home-school their children in California even if they lack a teaching credential, a state appellate court ruled Friday. The decision is a reversal of the court's earlier position, which effectively prohibited most home schooling and sparked fear throughout the state's estimated 166,000 home-schoolers.

  • Sri Nathji: The Transcendental Cowherd Boy Goes West
    Sri Nathji gazes down at the thousands of pilgrims who have decided to use their July 4th long weekend to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of his installation in New Vrindaban, West Virginia. His mischievous smile captures their hearts instantly, and as they look up at him, with his left hand raised and holding a flower symbolizing Govardhana Hill, they wonder at how “The Master of All Creation” can look just like a charming young cowherd boy.
  • Chant Hare Krishna, Be Happy
    MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. -- Sujoy Bhowmik lives in two worlds. On most days, he is a pharmacist at a CVS in Columbus. Other days, he is Narottama Das, a devotee of Hare Krishna, who finds peace in West Virginia at the Palace of Gold. Once a religion whose members gave their life to the movement, the Hare Krishnas today welcome the most devoted people and the casual follower. In the 1970s, many of the members lived in communes. Now many, like Bhowmik, have careers and live outside the movement but are still devoted to their religion.
  • Ratha Yatra Part of July 4th Festivities
    Washington, D.C. – Dubbed “America’s official birthday party,” the National Independence Day Parade, held on the Fourth of July, attracts more than three hundred thousand spectators each year. This year, the Washington D.C. Chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was again invited to join the procession, adding an authentic Indian chariot, deities of Lord Krishna, and devotees dressed in traditional dhotis and saris.
  • 24-hour Kirtana Festival Rocks New Vrindavana
    The verdict was unanimous. You could hear it all around: "This is the best festival I've ever been to!" "These kirtans are so ecstatic that I can't believe they're happening!" "I've never felt so enlivened in my whole life!" "I've been dancing for hours and hours, and I don't want to stop!" It was a mass revelation that harinama sankirtan is the safest and most exciting place to be in the world for the hundreds of devotees who descended on New Vrindaban Dham in West Virginia for the 2008 24-Hour Kirtan Festival, recently held on June 21-22, 2008.
  • As Kindred Spirits Bring Pop-Flavored Kirtan to the Masses
    From sitting on his dad’s lap as he sang devotional songs, to studying harmonium and singing in ISKCON’s gurukula schools, kirtan was the only music Gaura Vani Dasa knew as a child. Even later, when he educated himself in modern pop and rock music, paintakingly picking his way through the decades, kirtan remained his one true love.
  • ISKCON Devotee Profiled on National Public Radio
    New York – National Public Radio (NPR), voted the most trusted news source in America in a 2005 Harris poll, featured Hare Krishna devotee Gadadhara Pandit Dasa as part of a year-long series profiling dynamic young religious leaders called “The Young and the Godly.”
  • New ISKCON Temple in Orlando, Florida
    Plenty of hard work and searching has paid off for ISKCON devotees in sunny Orlando, Florida with their recent acquisition of a large house and seven-acre property. Set on the east side of town, and well connected by main roads, the house has been converted into a temple with an ornate altar, large temple room, two kitchens, prasadam hall and three bedrooms for devotee accommodation.
  • Indian Animal Rights Activists Preach Veg Diet to Bush
    WASHINGTON: One way to beat the worldwide grain shortage is for meat-eaters to turn vegetarian, and the movement should start with US President George Bush, the Indian affiliate of the animal rights organization PETA has said.
  • Maha Nama-Yajna Highlights Festival of Inspiration 2008
    Hundreds of devotees from across the world packed into ISKCON’s New Vrindaban temple in West Virginia this past Mother's Day weekend for a mega devotional chanting session, or “Maha Nama-Yajna.”
  • Hare Krishnas Strike a Soft Tone in Houston
    Dr. Hansa Medley wakes up at 3:30 a.m. once a week and walks to the Hare Krishna Temple just around the corner from her small bungalow in northwest Houston. There she joins her mother, sister and three other devotees to prepare the temple's nine deities for the day. Before the first Arati ceremony at 4:30 a.m., they carefully lay out special outfits for eight statues, choosing coordinating jewelry and face paint.
  • Devotees Add Color to San Diego’s Earth Day Celebrations
    ISKCON devotees joined San Diego’s Earth Day parade, one of the biggest in America, this Sunday April 20 for their 12th year in a row. Two hundred devotees participated, pulling a modest but beautifully decorated Ratha-yatra cart from one end of Balboa Park to the other, and showering onlookers with flower petals.
  • Hare Krishna Youth Hit Auditoriums Across the US

    This summer, as they do every year, ISKCON Youth Ministry volunteer Manu Dasa and fifty-five youth will travel across the United States and Canada, performing at and helping set up eight Rathayatras around the country. But for the past three years, they’ve been upping their game.

  • Utah Festival of Colors Brightens Day, Blocks Traffic
    In Western myth March was going out like a Lion, in Eastern tradition it was time to spatter paint each other. An estimated 10,000 people gathered at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple Saturday for the Holi Festival, or Festival of Colors. After a colorless, dull winter, Spring is celebrated, in part, by people tossing powdered colors on each other and in the air.
  • Judge Denies Motion for Summary Judgment Against CAPEEM
    California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials (CAPEEM) scored a major victory on Tuesday when Judge Frank C. Damrell, Jr. of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of California rejected  the defendants' motion to dismiss CAPEEM's lawsuit to correct inaccuracies in sixth grade history textbooks.
  • Transcendental Hootenanny Set to Hit America
    Dallas ISKCON devotees have christened their new festival tour of popular parades the "Transcendental Hootenanny." Originating in 2007 as a simple float for their chanting party to ride on in the local St. Patrick's Day parade, the idea soon evolved into a major event that will hit ten parades annually in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
  • Utah Temple Project Grows Roots in Mormon Country
    Whatever made the Hare Krishna movement build a Hindu temple in the midst of Mormon dominated Utah? “The Lord built a temple here just to show He could do it. Caru Dasa, the president of the temple, has often said, “He did it as a prank.”
  • Survey: Hindus Have the Lowest Divorce Rate in USA
    Not only are the Hindus and Mormons the most likely to be married (78 percent and 71 percent respectively), but also the most likely to be married to someone within their own faith (90 percent and 83 percent respectively), a landmark survey that details the religious affiliation of the American public and explores the remarkable dynamism taking place in the US religious marketplace has found.
  • Americans Change Faiths at Rising Rate, Report Finds
    WASHINGTON — More than a quarter of adult Americans have left the faith of their childhood to join another religion or no religion, according to a new survey of religious affiliation by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The report, titled “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey,” depicts a highly fluid and diverse national religious life.
  • University of Florida 'Krishna Lunch' Program Raises Price
    The Hare Krishna have been offering hot, inexpensive, vegetarian meals to University of Florida students every week since 1971. On any given day the karma friendly group can serve up to 1,000 students. But due to the rising cost of food as well as the eco-friendly plates and silverware, the group is running short on money.
  • Limits Proposed on Fast-food Restaurants
    Amid worries of an obesity epidemic and its related illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, Los Angeles officials, among others around the country, are proposing to limit new fast-food restaurants -- a tactic that could be called health zoning.