Discovering Ancient Pandharpur

Pandharpur,in Maharashtra, is one of the most prominent pilgrimage sites in India. Although many ISKCON devotees may be unaware of Pandharpur, historically the town is of great significance to Gaudiya Vaisnavism. Lord Caitanya visited Pandharpur for a full 11 days during His travels through India. His elder brother Visvarupa, who left home at an early [...]

Taking The Opportunity

While traveling through Maharashtra, India, to organize our festival tour here early next year, I have taken the opportunity to visit a number of holy places in this western part of the country. There are many sacred rivers, ancient temples and saintly personalities throughout this lush and green part of India. In one temple we [...]

Sacred Grounds

Before leaving Moscow yesterday we stopped near Red Square and the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral. I make it a point to visit there whenever I can. For me it is a place of pilgrimage because my spiritual master’s lotus feet graced those grounds on his one and


Srila Prabhupada once told Govinda dasi that formerly in Vedic times the land of Russia was known as ‘Rishiya’ – the land of the rishis. The area of Russia was populated by many yogis and sadhus who went to the mountains of the Himalayas and beyond to perform penances and austerities in the frozen terrain, [...]

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 [...]

All In A Day

For Radhastami in Omsk, Siberia we started off with kirtan, katha and abhisekha in the temple. After a big feast we went on harinam samkirtan and took the small Radha Krsna deities for a boat ride up the Irish river. That evening we finished the day with discussion of Srimati Radharani’s transcendental pastimes. All in [...]

The Final Bow

We took our final bow of the season last night after 48 festivals along the Baltic Sea coast. Devotees held back their tears as they performed our 5 hours stage show for the final time. Many people in the large crowd cried being touched by the devotional bhajans, theatrical performances and Krsna conscious atmosphere the [...]

45 Down, 3 To Go

We have just 3 days left on our summer festival tour in Poland. Our bodies ache, but our souls hanker for even more ….

Auspiciousness Reigns

Auspiciousness reigns as we continue with the last of our summer festival programs along the Baltic Sea coast here in Poland. The amount of vacationers is dwindling as people start to return home for work and school, but attendance at our programs remains as high as ever.

The Home Stretch

We are on the home stretch of our summer festival tour here in Poland with just 10 days left to go. One can only marvel at the sincerity of these devotees who have kept up such an intense pace for almost two months now. In appreciation for their services Lord Caitanya is giving them a [...]