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ISKCON Protests Demolition of Lord Krishna Temple in Kazakhstan

by Karan Kapoor, dailyindia.com

Posted November 23, 2006

Ludhiana, Nov.22 (ANI): Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and the followers of Lord Krishna took to the streets in Ludhiana on Wednesday (November 22, 2006) to protest the alleged demolition of Lord Krishna's temple in Kazakhstan.

ISKCON members said they will submit a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana for onward transmission to President of India to direct the Indian Government to take some action in this case.

"We are starting a protest rally from Jagannath temple because the ISKON followers have been cheated. The land mafia of Kazakhstan has demolished the ISKON temple of Lord Krishna there. We will give a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana for the President so that the he can direct the Indian government to contact Kazakhstan Government and ask them to re-establish the temple there," said Raj Surya Daas, head, ISKON temples, Punjab.

The followers of Lord Krishna also appealed to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene in the matter.

"It is indeed very shameful to see such an act of religious harassment going on Kazakhstan. Our religious society of Krishna Consciousness is currently preaching and propagating the message of Krishna Consciousness very peacefully and very clearly. SO we are pleading to the Indian Government and President of India to have some concrete discussion with the government of Kazakhstan and put a stop to this kind of appropriate behaviour," said Advocate Rajiv Duggal, General Secretary ISKON temples Punjab.

The protestors have threatened to intensify the protest if the Government of India does not take action in the case.

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as 'the Hare Krishna' movement, was founded in 1966 by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

While some classified the sect as a new religious movement, its core philosophy is based on scriptures such as the Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, both of which date back thousands of years.

ISKCON was formed to spread the practice of 'Bhakti yoga' (The Yoga of Devotion); wherein aspirant devotees (Bhaktas) dedicate their thoughts and actions towards pleasing the Supreme Lord, Krishna (seen as non-different from God). (ANI)

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