Tripurari Swami's North Carolina visit|
by Nitaisundara dasa
Posted October 9, 2012
As the beautiful Autumn season sets in throughout North Carolina, Swami B. V. Tripurari will join us for a month of inner and outer development, exploring the depths of Gaudiya Vedanta and advancing the development of the Saragrahi Community in Lake Lure. This extended visit is an excellent time for everyone who is interested to visit Swami and the community. Swami will be speaking in various locations throughout the entire month. For more information and logistical details, please contact Bhakti-rasa dasi: firstname.lastname@example.org / 828-625-0396.
Oct. 1-19th - Ananda Ashram (Lake Lure, NC)
Swami B. V. Tripurari has been a monk in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition for over 35 years. Dubbed the "contemporary voice of Vaishnavism," Swami is known for his ability to understand and present tradition in a way that remains relevant and practicable in the present day. Swami's developing Saragrahi community in Lake Lure, North Carolina will be his third such community and home to families, a temple, monastery, farm, and retreat center.
Congregational Development Ministry at London Ratha Yatra 2012
On Sunday 17th June 2012, Sri Jagannath, Sri Balarama, and Srimati Subhadra, who were the heart of the event, arrived in Their limousines accompanied by Srila Prabhupada and Their pujaris. Devotees filled London with transcendental bliss coming straight from the spiritual platform.
Partaking in this blissful atmosphere was the Congregational Development Ministry stand. Our stand was buzzing with all categories of visitors and devotees enquiring about ISKCON and how they can get involved in the movement.
Some questions posed to us by devotees and guests were: “How many members does ISKCON have?” “How can I get involved in expanding the Congregation?” “Do I need to be a devotee to get involved?” “I would like to know more, do you have classes that I can attend?”
We were supported by the Congregation development Ministry office in Mayapur and were able to provide handouts and leaflets to answer all these questions.
HG Kripamoya Das – head of ISKCON Congregation Europe/UK, visited our stand and remarked “this is fantastic”. He appeared very happy with our service in developing the Congregation and meeting the Congregation’s needs.
It was really a fantastic opportunity and platform to meet and expand the ISKCON Congregation!
On behalf of the ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry,
Please visit the links below to see the Daytona Beach 2012 Rathyatra and dance.
The Mayor is the gentleman with white hair & blue shirt.
Alachua Temple's Jagannatha Swami, the Lord of the Universe, along with his brother Baladeva and sister Subhadra Devi, graced the residents of Jacksonville Beach, Florida with their seventh annual Ratha Yatra parade on Saturday, May 19. Well over 1,500 people were in attendance.
Many beachgoers danced, received booklets and prasadam, and then joined the celebration at the Festival of India site. About 600 plates of prasadam were distributed.
After Lord Jagannatha's parade through town and then the beach, everyone enjoyed a stage presentation of kirtan and dance. The Bhakti Kalalayam dancers of Alachua performed three beautifully crafted pieces, and Vishvambar and Vrinda of the Mayapuris kirtan group wowed the audience with their dance and song repertoire.
Ten-day Kirtan Fest|
by Nimai Devi Dasi, ISKCON Leicester
Posted October 1, 2012
Kirtan Fest, a ten-day festival, is being held across Leicester to mark Holy Name Week.
Devotees will be chanting every evening in community centres in different wards around Leicester, followed by a 24 hour kirtan in Leicester's new ISKCON centre, 31 Granby Street.
A football club, a university, an Afro-Caribbean centre, and a temple are some of the venues chosen to participate in the chanting feast. In addition, devotees have been invited to chant in a school and a hospital during the festival.
Mantra, music, meditation is the motto for the Kirtan Fest, and over 20,000 leaflets have been distributed across the city, with free radio and newspaper advertising.
The grand finale of the festival is to be a 24 hour kirtan at the new ISKCON temple in the centre of the city, with Panca Tattva, Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra, and Srila Prabhupada presiding over the event.
"It's only been two years since the Deities and the community here in Leicester were practically made homeless after the gas explosion in September 2010. It was a miracle that everyone was safe, and it is now a dream to be able to spread Srila Prabhupada's mission from the palatial new centre" says Pradyumna Das, President of ISKCON Leicester.
Everyone is invited to participate in Kirtan Fest from 6.30-9pm at the following venues: All events are free, with prashadam.
Friday 28th Sept – Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, Rothley Street, Leicester
Saturday 29th Sept – Leicester Nirvana FC, Sandhills Ave, Hamilton, Leicester
Sunday 30th Sept – East West Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Leicester
Monday 1st Oct – Afro-Caribbean Centre, Maidstone Road, Leicester
Tuesday 2nd Oct – University of Leicester SU, University Road, Leicester
Wednesday 3rd Oct – 60, The Fairway, Oadby
Thursday 4th Oct – John Storer House Centre, Wards End, Loughborough
Friday 5th Oct – Hindu Community Centre, St Barnabas Road, Leicester
Sat 6th and Sun 7th Oct, 31 Granby Street, Leicester, from 8am-8pm
For public enquiries contact:
For enquiries, interviews, or high res images of the temple and Deities, please contact:
Nimai Devi Dasi
Tel: 07974 677 170
Sri Krishna Balarama Ratha Yatra On Sunday, August 5, 2012
by ISKCON of Queens, New York
Posted August 1, 2012
The ISKCON devotees of Queens invite all to come and celebrate our annual Ratha Yatra parade.
It will begin at 1:00 pm sharp from the corner of Liberty Avenue and 123rd Street, and will continue all the way to our Mandir at 111-14 101 Avenue at 3:00 pm, followed by a Festival of India until 8:00 pm. Free sumptuous prasadam will be served all day long and we will have a full afternoon packed with dramas, dances, bhajans, devotional talks and fun for the entire family.
Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir
For more info, please contact:
Go the Blissful Country Mile with Lord Jagannath in New Vrindaban on Saturday July 21, 2012 at 11 am (by the brown plastic log house on the road before reaching the Palace), New Vrindaban Community, Moundsville, West Virginia.
Vendors, Mendhi artists and face painters are all welcome (no fee). Devotees welcomed; call ahead for accommodation. Happy souls are invited to increase the bliss by pulling Lord Jagannath's Ratha Cart.
Enjoy sweet sanga, a fantastic picnic-style vegetarian feast and heart-melting kirtans. We'll have a clown doing balloon art, a bouncy house, a children's pool and sprinkler for the kids. Lord Jagannath rides on the Swan Boat. Harinam Sankirtan to the ghat and fireworks.
Devotees from New York City, New Jersey, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Philadelphia and Florida, among others, will be here. Don't miss out.
For information, please visit
www.newvrindaban.com or telephone 304-845-9591 or 304-843-1600,
extension 6. You may e-mail us at servingkrishna -at- aol.com.
For accommodations, please call 304-843-1600, extension 2.
N.B. Please submit announcements 10 days before Event.