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What is ISKCON?

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) includes five hundred major centers, temples and rural communities, nearly one hundred affiliated vegetarian satvik restaurants, thousands of namahattas or local meeting groups, a wide variety of community projects and millions of congregational members worldwide. With more 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 the year 1966.

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

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ISKCON Movement

There is no point in discussing when the movement started as there is no question of Ancient or Modern in Krishna Consciousness as the teachings are eternal where it is impossible to trace its origin or estimate the date the ending. There was never a time where the Krishna Consciousness did not exist, no point in discussing of when

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Basic Philosophy

ISKCON devotees follow Lord Sri Chaitanya, a tradition which has been historically known as Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Gaudiya Vaishnavism has had a continuous following in India, especially in West Bengal and Orissa, for the past five hundred years. Srila Prabhupada popularised Gaudiya Vaishnava Theology in the Western world through his

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Krishna Consciousness at Home

Srila Prabhupada makes it clear how important it is for everyone to practice Krishna consciousness, devotional service to Lord Krishna. Long ago, serious spiritual seekers left home for the desert or some secluded cave in the Himalayas in order to realise the supreme Lord but this is not practical nowadays and it also does not make one ...

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Who started ISKCON?

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), the founder of ISKCON, was born in Kolkatta, India under the given name, Abhay Charan De. He is widely regarded as the foremost Vedic scholar, translator, and teacher of the modern era. He is especially respected as the world’s most prominent contemporary authority on Bhakti-Yoga, devotional service to the Supreme Person, Krishna, as taught by the ancient Vedic writings of India.

He first met his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami, 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. Upon initiation, Prabhupada began preaching the topic of Vaishnavism.

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ISKCON Visakhapatnam

ISKCON Visakhapatnam, is bordered on three sides by the serene stillness of verdant hills and over-looking the calm blue water of Bay of Bengal. It is situated just a little distance away from the hustle & bustle of the city through the scenic road that hugs the Coast line.

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How it began at Visakhapatnam

May 1999, an ISKCON devotee couple, Sri Samba Das and his wife Nitaisevini dd reached Visakhapatnam to start an ISKCON centre here simply on directive from their Guru. With no backing, no funds to speak of . 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 conducting various programs to spiritually uplift the masses.

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Distinguished visitors

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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Present

ISKCON Vizag is located at Hare Krishna land, Sagar Nagar, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

The Deities of Sri Sri Radha Damodar , Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra are installed in a spacious hall. 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-Acharya,
International Society for Krishna Consciousness

His Grace Samba Das Prabhu

President & Project Director ISKCON Visakhapatnam

Her Grace Nitaisevini Mataji

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