An Ancient Siva Temple

The other day myself and Badahari prabhu visited an ancient Siva temple in Koteswara, Karnataka. The temple was very clean and well organized. The brahmana priests were friendly and curious at to how we, as westerners, had adopted Vedic culture. We felt very much at home there and spent several hours observing how nicely the [...]

Most Inspired!

The holy town of Udupi lies on the Arabian Sea in the South Indian state of Karnataka. The town is famous as a place of pilgrimage because of the temple Sri Krishna Matha. This temple was founded by Srila Madhvacharya (A.D. 1238 -1317), one of the greatest saints, philosophers, and religious reformers of India. Udupi [...]

The Last Stop

The town of Melkote in Karnataka is a celebrated place for Sri Vaisnavas. The illustrious head of the Sri Sampradaya, Srila Ramanujacarya ( 1137 AD – 1077 AD ) resided in Melkote for 12 years. The utsava ( festival ) Deity was once stolen by invaders and taken to Delhi. Ramanujacarya personally went to Delhi [...]

The Lord Who Drank Poison

The Srikanteswara temple in Nanjangud, Karnataka is dedicated to Lord Siva. The Deity is called Nanjuneswara, which translates as, “The Lord Who Drank Poison.” Lord Siva drank poision to protect the world during the famous pastime of the churning of the milk ocean. Numerous other Deities are worshipped in the complex.The beautiful and ornate temple [...]

The Rush For Darshan

The temple of Venu Gopala Swami lies on top of a mountain 1,400 meters high in a densely forested area in Karnataka. Agastya muni once resided there and performed severe austerities. Because of his penance Lord Krsna agreed to come and reside there permanently. The temple was built in 1315 AD by a Hoysala king [...]

One Of ISKCON’s Finest

The rural community of New Vraja Dhama in Hungary, with 207 devotees and 50 cows, is Sivarama Swami’s offering of love to his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada. Over two decades of selfless hard work by the Hungarian devotees has produced one of the finest projects in ISKCON. The presiding deities, Radha Syamasundara, are worshipped with [...]

By His Strong Desire

Five thousand devotees came for the installation of Panca Tattva deities on the first day of the Russian Yatra festival in Anapa. After presiding over the festival the deities will be worshipped in the temple in Krasnodar. Their installation is another milestone in the amazing history of the Russian yatra. It has all come about [...]

Twenty-Two Years To The Day

Yesterday devotees in Moscow celebrated the installation of their Gaura Nitai deities exactly twenty-two years ago. I was thinking how pleased Srila Prabhupada must be with them for maintaining a consistent and high standard for over two decades. Because of various factors the devotees have had to move their temple numerous times – but the [...]

Worship in Awe and Reverence

We are not forbidden to worship the Deities but it must not become a casual thing. We have to very careful in the Deity worship, to worship in the proper mood and not to commit offences against the Deities.

Yamuna Devi Deity

Today we are taking the Yamuna deity who was discovered underground at Radha Kunda last year for repair in Jaipur. Yamuna devi is one of the 5 personalities who grants entrance into the transcendental abode of Vrindavan. We beg for her mercy and hope to reestablish her worship to it’s full glory. “Yamunadevi is so [...]