By Bhakti Raghava Swami
One devotee from Bali became so inspired that he committed for 16 Golden Bricks on the spot and paid the full US $ 26,930 the next day. This inspired others to also come forward to make their pledges and payments. As we went from temple to temple in Bali, we also distributed the Rs. 1,000 ToVP Currency Notes. Our first temple program in Klung Kung scored 18 notes, in Gianyar, 9, in Singaraja 28, in Radha Gopinath an astounding 124, in Radha Raseavara, 23, in Jagannath Gauranga, the last 20 notes we had. We exhausted all the ToVP Currency Notes we had. Continue reading
The temple is located in Laguna Beach, Orange County, on the main freeway from Los Angeles to San Diego, and one hour’s drive from each. The beach, one block away, is visible from the temple’s lovely brick patio, and the weather’s as close to perfect as you can get.
Close enough to LA to be easily accessible, yet remote enough to feel like a retreat, Laguna Beach was the chosen spot for Hollywood celebs back in the day to unwind on the weekend. It’s still an extremely popular vacation destination—the small town’s 30,000 population doubles in the summer. And it continues to be an artists’ haven, just as it has been for the past 100 years, with at least fifty galleries and large art festivals held regularly.
What it’s known for: Besides its beautiful location, ISKCON Laguna Beach has the only Pancha Tattva Deities in the Continental US (excluding Hawaii). Meanwhile its festivals throughout the year feature some of the most energetic kirtan and sumptuous feasts you’ll find, delivered with a uniquely heartwarming service attitude. Chief amongst these is Laguna’s regional Maha Gaura Purnima festival in honor of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, held a week after Gaura Purnima Day and attended by devotees from all over Southern California and beyond. Read more ›
By the mercy of Their Lordships Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra and His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, the Hare Krishna (ISKCON) Canberra devotees along with local community members celebrated Lord Jagannatha Rathayatra Festival on 29 June 2014 in Canberra, Australia. Read more ›
‘The holy name of Krishna is transcendentally blissful. It bestows all spiritual benedictions, for it is Krishna Himself, the reservoir of all pleasure. Krishna’s name is complete, and it is the form of all transcendental mellows. It is not a material name under any condition, and it is no less powerful than Krishna Himself. Since Krishna’s name is not contaminated by the material qualities, there is no question of its being involved with maya. Krishna’s name is always liberated and spiritual; it is never conditioned by the laws of material nature. This is because the name of Krishna and Krishna Himself are identical.’ Padma Purana Read more ›
When people see a healthy community Vaishnava with deep spiritual and social ties, pure culture and tradition, they are naturally attracted Krishna consciousness. Therefore healthy Vaishnava community – is of paramount importance. I will try to inspire the Vaishnava cooperation and joint construction of the Vaishnava community and, of course, I will try to participate in preaching projects. Continue reading
“We bow to Lord Jagannath on this auspicious day. Today, once again, he sets out on his chariot, giving blessings to the people,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. The ratha yatra marks the annual journey of the three deities – Lord Jagannath, his brother Bhalabhadra and sister Subhadra – from the 12th century Jagannath temple to the Gundicha temple, three km away.
The festival ends after nine days when the deities make their way back to the Jagannath temple. Read more ›
Hare Krishna Chanting outside the Swedish parliament. Read more ›