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What is ISKCON?

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), otherwise known as the Hare Krishna movement, includes five hundred major centers, temples and rural communities, nearly one hundred affilated vegetarian restaurants, thousands of namahattas or local meeting groups, a wide variety of community projects, and millions of congregational members worldwide. Although less than fifty years on the global stage, ISKCON has expanded widely since its founding by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda in New York City in 1966.

ISKCON belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradāya, a monotheistic tradition within the Vedic or Hindu culture. Philosophically it is based on the Sanskrit texts Bhagavad-gītā and the Bhagavat Purana, or Srimad Bhagavatam. These are the historic texts of the devotional bhakti yoga tradition, which teaches that the ultimate goal for all living beings is to reawaken their love for God, or Lord Krishna, the “all-attractive one”.

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ISKCON Movement

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON),also known as ‘the Hare Krishna’ movement, was founded in 1966 in New York City 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 more than two millennia. The distinctive appearance of the movement and its culture come from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, which has had adherents in India ever since the late 1400s.

Basic Philosophy

“Human life is simply awarded to a living entity so that he can realize his spiritual identity and his permanent source of happiness.”

Krishna Consciousness at Home

Living in the association of Krishna’s devotees in a temple or ashram makes it easier to practice devotional service. But if you’re determined, you can follow at home the teachings of Krishna consciousness and thus convert your home into a temple.

Who started ISKCON?

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada appeared in this world in 1896 in Calcutta, India. He first met his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, in Calcutta in 1922. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, a prominent religious scholar and the founder of sixty-four Gaudiya Mathas (Vedic institutes) in India, liked this educated young man and convinced him to dedicate his life to teaching Vedic knowledge. Srila Prabhupada became his student and, in 1933, his formally initiated disciple

At their first meeting Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati requested Srila Prabhupada to broadcast Vedic knowledge in English. In the years that followed, Srila Prabhupada wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad-gita, assisted the Gaudiya Matha in its work, and, in 1944, started Back to Godhead, an English fortnightly magazine. Single-handedly, Srila Prabhupada edited it, typed the manuscripts, checked the galley proofs, and even distributed the individual copies. The magazine is now being continued by his disciples in the West.

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The ISKCON movement needs no introduction. Recongnised the world over, this group is one of the few international organisations that profound benefits of the Vedanta philosophy.

The international society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was established in 1966 by his divine grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Sirila Prabhupada) when he visited the United States at the age of 69. ISKCON, better known worldwide as the, ‘Hare Krishna’ Movement, is a non-sectarian, monotheistic movement working towards promoting the well being of society by teaching the science of krishna consciousness according to Bhagwad-Gita and other ancient scriptures, as thought by 16th century Saint Chaitanya Maha Prabhu… believed to be an incarnation of Krishna himself by his ardent devotees. As per His teachings, Lord Krishna is the principle deity, God Himself, and that everyone can regain a personal relationship with Krishna through bhakti, snakirtana and chanting of the Hare Krishna Mantra. ISKCON today is spread over in all the 7 continents with more than 600 centers, including 80 farm communities, 50 schools, Hospitals and 90 restaurants.

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How it began at vizag

May 1999, an ISKCON devotee couple Sri Samba Das and his wife Nitaisevini dd reached Vizag to start an ISKCON centre here simply on directive from their Guru. With no backing, no funds to, speak off , they started from absolute scratch armed only with a laminated photo of Radha Krishna and five thousand rupees worth of Srila Prabhupad books but burning with a towering ambition to build a grand temple complex for Krishna, a project they fondly named “Glory of Andhra” They embarked on the sanctified mission conduct-ing various programs to spiritually uplift the masses.

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Distinguished visitors to vizag

Srila Prabhupada visited Simhachalam during his stay at Visakhapatnam, The following is an excerpt from Srila Prabhupada lilamrita. “One day Srila Prabhupada took his disciples to see a famous temple of Lord Narasimha, Sri Simhachalam, on top of a hill about five miles north of Visakhapatnam. Thousands of stone steps led up the hill to the temple, which was situated in a natural amphitheater on the side of the hill.

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Bordered on three sides by the serene stillness of verdant hills and over-looking the calm blue wa-ter of bay of Bengal, situated just a little distance away from the hustle & bustle of the main Vizag city through the scenic road that hugs the Coast line, your reach ISKCON, Hare Krishna land in Sagarnagar.

The Deities of Sri Sri Radha Damodar and Jagannath Baladev Subhadra are installed in a spacious nail. Adjacent is the Prasadam hall , Mechanized kitchen for Annadanam, Children Park, Free Homeopathy Clinic and Brahmachari Ashram.

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His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Founder-Acarya of the ISKCON

His Grace Samba Das Prabhu

President & Project Director Iskcon Vizag

Her Grace Nitaisevini Mataji

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