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  • How River Yamuna Cleaned Itself In 60 Days Of Coronavirus Lockdown

    Two months of the Coronavirus lockdown have done what successive governments could not do in 25 years with over Rs 5,000 crore at their disposal - clean up the Yamuna river.

  • Give Us Back The Yamuna River - New Video by Jayadeva Das and the Bhaktivedanta Manor Children

    Can a video save a dead river? It may sound far-fetched, but miracles happen through public awareness—especially when Krishna Himself notices the sincere devotion of his bhaktas.

  • Happy Earth Day! - Award-Winning Film About the Yamuna River Streams for Free for 10 Days

    Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Celebrate the occasion by watching 'The Stolen River' film about the plight to preserve and restore the holy river Yamuna -- streaming for free for 10 days.  

  • The Jewel in The Crown: A Night of Appreciation of the "Spiritual Beatle"

    “It’s a subtle mind-shift between entertainment and appreciation” says our host Sakshi Gopal das, having greeted us all warmly this chilly Friday eve, 29th November 2019, “but let’s all appreciate what we owe George Harrison. Where would we be without him and the Beatles?"

  • Indian Central Government Plans to Bring Yamuna to Vrindavan Ghats; Parks to Replace Illegal Structures

    The Municipal Corporation was directed to prepare a proposal calling for horticultural experts and agencies to participate in the project.

  • ISKCON European Communications Conference - Day 2

    Day Two of the European Communications Conference began with a very relevant and hard-hitting talk by Willy Fautre of Human Rights Without Frontiers. Next was an enlivening discussion where ISKCON leaders from across Europe and the US shared their experiences of using advocacy, engaging with politicians and examples of when this has been successful.

  • World Environment Day: The River Yamuna Still Needs Our Help

    Despite the great efforts of and protests by hundreds of thousands of activists, and despite the countless promises by present and previous Indian governments, so far, there has not been any improvement in the Yamuna’s condition.

  • Yamuna Boat Festival Captures Sweetness of Vrindavan

    As well as the kirtan procession, some fifteen boats filled with devotees glided across the Yamuna to Sringar Vat as the sun began to set. 

  • 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. 

  • The Award-winning Documentary About the Yamuna Released in Six Languages

    The Stolen River, the multiple award-winning documentary about the River Yamuna has been released for public screening in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. The film is now available in six languages: English, Italian, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. 

  • Water Appreciation & Management

    With everything else we’re concerned about, perhaps it’s too easy to overlook just how precious for us water really is. 

  • World Water Day: Award-winning Film About the Yamuna Released for Public Screening

    On this occasion, the production team of ‘The Stolen River’, a 40-minute documentary about the sacred Yamuna, has made the film available for public screening for communities, temples, educational- and other organizations.

  • Yamuna Film “The Stolen River” Gets U.S. Premiere in Gainesville

    “The Stolen River,” which deals with an issue that has been of deep concern to devotees as well as environmentalists for years now, about the pollution of the Yamuna river, received its world premiere in India in October 2015. Since then, it has won Best Green Film at the LIFFT India Filmotsav, and was in the official selection at many other film festivals.

  • A Voyage Down the Yamuna River

    A spiritually rewarding boat ride down the sacred Yamuna river to the sacred asrama of Durvasa Muni, during the auspicious month of Kartika. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

  • The Stolen River - Official Trailer

    Six young people in India discover a major ecological disaster that we all unknowingly contribute. A documentary by Kristina Danka, Ph.D. For more information please visit

  • Giving Human Rights to the Yamuna Is Not Enough, New Documentary Reveals

    Recently, a high court in India declared the Yamuna river a living entity, bestowing on her the same legal rights as a person. Many shared the news on social media, excited about this seemingly major move towards cleaning up the heavily polluted river, once called “dead” by the United Nations. But a closer look shows that the development, while a nice gesture, won’t actually achieve much.

  • Indian Court Gives Ganges, Yamuna Same Rights as a Human

    A court in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has granted the same legal rights as a human to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians.

  • Yamuna restoration: National Green Tribunal Asks Committee to Determine Flow

    The National Green Tribunal has directed a principal committee to hold a meeting to determine the environmental flow of Yamuna from Hatnikhund barrage in Haryana up to Agra in Uttar Pradesh. 

  • Rescuing the Stolen River Premiers at Asia’s Largest Green Film Festival

    The festival, which ran from October 9th to 13th at Delhi’s NDMC Convention Centre, is ranked in the top two environmental film festivals in the world. It deals with a vast range of issues including climate change, natural heritage conservation, biodiversity, and renewable energy. This year, the festival received a total of 178 entries from India and around the world. 


  • Rescuing the Stolen River - A Documentary, Official Trailer

    "Rescuing the Stolen River", a feature documentary produced by ISKCON devotees will be premiered at Asia's largest green film festival in New Delhi on Saturday October 10th at 11.30AM at the Delhi Convention Centre. The admission is free, but registration is required:



  • Yamuna Will Be Clean in Three Years: Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra

    "The oxygen level in the river has also gone way below what is required. We'll make the river so clean that people will be able to bathe in it," Mishra said.

  • Vrindavan Devotees Ask Modi to Control Town’s Urbanizing

    Recently, devotees of Vrindavan started a petition asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to control the town’s “modernization”, as they think it is neither suitable to the holy place, nor sustainable. According to many in Vrindavan, modernization has reduced this place to a weekend spot for tourists instead of a sacred place of pilgrimage.

  • Yamuna Restoration

    The National Green Tribunal has directed a principal committee to hold a meeting to determine the environmental flow of Yamuna from Hatnikhund barrage in Haryana up to Agra in Uttar Pradesh. 

  • Yamuna River Will Be Brought Under Environment Protection Act, Says Govt

    Union Minister R. Prasad gave this assurance to the members of Yamuna Muktikaran Padyatra, undertaken for making Yamuna pollution free.

  • Yamuna Protest Will Not Budge or Negotiate This Time

    100,000 people are expected to participate in a third march protesting the condition of the sacred river Yamuna this spring – and this time, organizers say, they will not budge or negotiate with the government. Two previous marches in 2011 and 2013 yielded some results -- for instance, the government agreed to construct a sewage canal to stop Delhi drains discharging pollutants and sewer waste into the river.

  • Yamuna Muktikaran Abhiyan – “Save Yamuna” March

    Starting March 15th, once again, more than 100,000 Vrajavasis, devotees, farmers and people from various organizations will march from Vrindavan to Delhi to stop the abuse of the Yamuna River. This Pada Yatra represents a turning point in the popular Save Yamuna Campaign and takes place under the name “Yamuna Muktikaran Abhiyan”.  

  • "Yamuna Puline" by Guna-grahi & Kirtan for the Soul

    Music by Guna-grahi Das (Hungary) and the Kirtan for the Soul team. Video by Balazs Sarudi. 

  • Hema Malini Appeals to ‘Save Yamuna’

    Bollywood’s "dream girl" and Lok Sabha member from Mathura, veteran actress Hema Malini demanded an immediate release of water into the Yamuna River from the Hathini Kund barrage.

  • You Can Drink Yamuna Water and Also Swim in the River by 2017: JICA Representative

    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), expressed hope that the Yamuna would be clean by year 2017. 

  • Prabhupada’s First Bengali Disciple Remembers Cooking With Pishi Ma

    It was Prabhupada's own sister Pishi Ma who trained Saci mata, Prabhupada's first Bengali dispicle to cook in such a way that pleases Krishna. Saci Mata, now a gentle lady in her late sixties was touring South India along with her husband, inspiring second generation ISKCON devotees by narrating their sweet encounters with their spiritual master Srila Prabhupada. 

  • Rare Archival Footage: Prabhupada Bathing in the Yamuna

    A rare colered film from 1971: ISKCON-founder A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada takes a ritual bath in the holy river Yamuna at Vrindavana's Keshi Ghat.

  • The Save Yamuna Campaign: Environmental Activism and Devotional Service

    Unlike the irresistible natural forces that caused the disappearance of the Saraswati from the world map, the human influences that have caused lethal damage to the Yamuna River are resistible and reversible.

  • Delhi's Yamuna River to Be Revived with Help from London
    London is to help India revive Delhi's Yamuna River, once revered as one of the country's most sacred waterways but now regarded as toxic and lethal by environmentalists.
  • Global Kirtan for Yamuna Gears up Amidst Political Breakthroughs
    It’s the second time the worldwide prayer will be held for the beleaguered holy river, after the hugely successful January 30th, 2010 kirtan, which saw 130 groups participating along with prominent kirtaniyas Aindra Babaji, Shyamdas Ji, Radhanath Swami, Jai Uttal, Gaura Vani, Karnamrita, and The Mayapuris.
  • Samadhi Built in Vrindavana for Yamuna Devi
    After a groundswell of support from ISKCON devotees and leaders, a Samadhi (mausoleum) is being constructed in the sacred land of Vrindavana, India for Srila Prabhupada’s famous early disciple Yamuna Devi.
  • Children's Art to Save Yamuna

    Having seen photographs and discussion the issue of current condition of river Yamuna the children at the Vaisnava Summer Camp at Fruska Gouranga, Serbia, have made two posters entitled: "THE YAMUNA WE WANT" and "THE YAMUNA WE DON’T WANT".

  • 80 Million People Made to Drink Sewage in Vraja, India
    Millions of pilgrims visit the temple towns on the River Yamuna every year. Up until now, none of them has realized that what they have been taking their ritual baths in, is not sacred water but poisonous sewage.
  • Bringing the Yamuna River Back to Vrindavan
    The Executive Committee of ISKCON`s Governing Body Commission suggests ISKCON devotees be aware and get involved in the Saving Yamuna Campaign.
  • Memorial Celebration for Yamuna Devi at New Vrindavan

    Last night the New Vrindaban community celebrated the life of a well-known and much loved godsister of the Hare Krishna movement, who passed away recently, namely Yamuna Devi.

  • Devotees Say Their Goodbyes to Yamuna Devi at Alachua Memorial
    Around 200 devotees attended a memorial service for Yamuna Devi, an ISKCON pioneer, award-winning chef and much loved friend and guide, in Alachua, Florida on Tuesday December 27th.
  • Fight for the Yamuna River Reaches Indian Parliament
    After a whole year of active protesting and lobbying by sadhus, devotees, and environmentalists, it looks like the fight for the Yamuna River is finally reaching its peak, with the issue snowballing its way into Indian Parliament on December 18th.
  • ISKCON`s GBC Remembers Yamuna Devi
    With great sadness, the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON, deeply mourn the departure of Her Grace Yamuna Devi. She dedicated the last 45 years of her life to the worship of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada. She was a mentor, guide, and friend to many and a beloved member and hero of ISKCON.
  • ISKCON Pioneer and Award-Winning Author Yamuna Devi Passes Away

    Yamuna Devi, a pioneer and influential early western convert of the Hare Krishna movement, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), passed away early on the morning of December 20th in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

  • The Yamuna River: India’s Dying Goddess
    "Early this year, at the point in northern India where the Yamuna River empties into the Ganges, several hundred people set out on a six-week protest march. The surprising thing, at least to untutored Western eyes, was that the leaders of the Yamuna march were not primarily political activists", says a Yale University study.
  • Battle for the Yamuna Makes Waves in Delhi
    After a month-and-a-half-long march in protest of the pollution of the sacred river Yamuna, thousands of sadhus, Krishna devotees, and environmentalists have made huge waves in the political scene and brought the attention of the Indian public to the plight of what has been called a “dead river.”
  • 72 People On Hunger Strike For The Yamuna
    72 people have been on a hunger strike since the 16th of April. An open letter of appeal has been sent to the President of India and Prime Minister of India demanding they immediately issue public notices stating the actual condition of the Yamuna beyond Delhi.
  • Is It The Arctic Circle? No, It Is The Yamuna River!
    Simultaneously to the big procession from Allahabad to New Delhi, ISKCON devotees are doing an awareness campaign to save the Yamuna river.
  • Krishna Devotees March on Delhi to Save Yamuna River
    Thousands of sadhus, Krishna devotees, environmentalists and worshippers of the Yamuna are just completing a month-and-a-half-long march in protest of the pollution of the sacred river, culminating at the common protest ground of Jantar Mantar in Delhi on April 15th.
  • Call For International Protest to Save the Yamuna River
    On March 3rd, a march started from Allahabad to New Delhi to draw the the public`s attention to the the issue of the pollution of the holy Yamuna River. Muslim and Sikh leaders, as well as the Indian Farmers Union have all joined the cause. The organizers are asking groups outside India to send supporting letters that could be presented to the Government of India.
  • Padayatra To Save Yamuna From Pollution
    "Yamuna, considered as a pious in mythology, is now counted among the most polluted rivers in India," said Bhanu Pratap Singh, president Bhartiya Kisan Union, Mathura. Delhi alone contributes around 3,296 mld (million litres per day) of sewage in the form of drains which fall into the river.
  • Campaign Against Yamuna Overpass Continues
    In Braj, India, the area where Lord Krishna appeared and performed His pastimes 5,000 years ago, a lengthy court battle over a new highway overpass on the sacred Yamuna River continues to rage.
  • ISKCON Vrindavana Celebrates Boat Festival
    On March 6, 2010, ISKCON Vrindavan celebrated its annual boat festival. For only the second time, Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar were taken to the Yamuna, instead of sailing on the temple property.
  • Six Continents Join in Global Prayer for the Yamuna River
    As urban developers threaten to destroy the rich culture and heritage of Vrindavan, India—the holy place of Lord Krishna’s birth—devotees around the world united in a globe-encompassing kirtan to pray for the future of Vrindavana and its sacred Yamuna River this January 30th.
  • Devotees Pray for Yamuna’s Future With Global Kirtan
    Over one hundred locations around the world--ISKCON temples and centers, home programs, yoga studios, and sanga groups--will participate in a synchronized 24-hour prayer for the future of the sacred Yamuna River this January 30th.
  • ISKCON Vrindavana’s Boat Festival A Triumph at the Yamuna
    At 5pm on March 21 – the first day of spring – devotees in Vrindavana, India sat on the steps leading down to the holy Keshi Ghat bathing area, waiting for the famous annual “Boat Festival” to begin. The morning had shown a threat of rain, but clouds passed quickly, leaving a clear, cool evening in its wake.
  • Thousands Throng to See Yamuna in Full Flow

    Agra, Sep 24 (IANS) Thousands of people have been flocking to see the river Yamuna flowing with full gusto right next to the magnificent Taj Mahal - a rare sight in Agra as the river is mostly dry and is often described as an ‘open drain’ or the ’sewage canal’. The river is in spate and people can be seen spending hours at the banks admiring the natural beauty and the return of aquatic animals to the Yamuna.