Tulsi Gabbard’s 2014 Diwali Greetings

Hare KrishnaBy Tulsi Gabbard

Diwali Message from Tulsi Gabbard: (First Krishna conscious US Congresswoman) On Diwali friends come over for the whole day and relatives come and go. Everyone has a wonderful time celebrating the return of Sita and Rama. Thus Diwali has become a day when all the sad things of the past are forgotten and happy times are remembered. Continue reading

GBC Meetings Conclude with Inspiring Reports

Hare KrishnaBy Yudhistir Govinda Das

The international committee overseeing the celebrations of ISKCON’s 50th year of incorporation in 2016 presented its report. Pancaratna Dasa and Anuttama Dasa, committee members, informed the GBC about the various events being planned in major cities of the world such as New Delhi, Kolkatta, New York, London, etc. This included a seven day mega padayatra in 2015 from Mayapur to Kolkata dock where Srila Prabhuada boarded the Jaladuta ship and began his journey to the west. Continue reading

Govindas Vegorama Surfers Paradise Australia moves to new location

After seven years in the Paradise Centre, Govindas Vegorama has moved to 3120 Surfers Paradise Blvd. Surfers Paradise. The new location is larger, more visible and right in the heart of the Surfers paradise eating and entertainment area. There is a new exciting self serve “eat till your hearts content” style hot food and Salad bar buffet. All the delicious sweet selections are back with a few new surprises. In the coming weeks live music in the evenings and a Big Aussie Veg Breakfast buffet menu will be introduced. Govindas is the major sponsor for Iskcon Bhakti Centre Gold Coast, the new location is only a short walk from the Bhakti Centre. Read more ›

Srila Prabhupada writes about the observance of Diwali

Hare KrishnaBy Srila Prabhupada

(Letter from Srila Prabhupada to Hamsadutta dasa written from Seattle). Diwali ceremony can be observed in the temple by illuminating 100s of candles, indifferent parts of the temple, and offering a special Prasad to the Deity. This ceremony was observed by the inhabitants of Ayodhya, the Kingdom of Lord Ramachandra, while Lord Ramachandra was out of His Kingdom due to His 14 years banishment by the order of His father. His younger step-brother Bharat, took charge of the Kingdom and the day on which Lord Ramachandra took back the charge again from His brother, and seated on the throne, this is observed as Diwali, and Deepabali. Continue reading

Giriraja Swami talks about Sri Giriraj Govardhan Puja

Hare KrishnaBy Giriraja Swami

The day after Diwali is called Annakuta, or Govardhana Puja. On this day the inhabitants of Vrindavan (Lord Krishna’s abode on Earth) used to hold a festival to honor King Indra, the demigod responsible for providing the rains essential for a successful harvest. In Sarasvata Kalpa, i.e. the end of the Dvapara Yuga, Bhagavan Sri Krishna stopped the worship of Indra and started the Govardhana Puja by doing Himself. It was a wonderful sight. Being worshipped by Sri Krishna, Giriraja himself became like Sri Krishna. It was like He (Sri Krishna) worshipping Himself. Since then all the six seasons resided permanently on Giriraja. Continue reading