International Society for Krishna Consciousness - Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The Lord shows He is everyone’s ultimate caretaker
May 21, 2020

By Damodarlila dasa, Maharashtra Padayatra leader Since the India-wide lockdown was announced in March 2020, the Maharashtra Padayatra has been under the shelter of the Sawantwadi ISKCON centre. The devotees here have been taking good care of us, especially temple president Vasusresta dasa. As we can’t leave the centre due to the lockdown, we have […]

Lord’s protection evident as lockdown continues
April 26, 2020

By Acarya dasa, All-India Padayatra leader We had been in the Gujarati onion production town of Mahuva for only a few days when on March 24 the Indian government announced the Covid-19 lockdown, whereupon we were forced to stop in a shade by an onion factory. It was dreadful to stay in an open shed […]

Sankirtan and service continue despite global pandemic
April 4, 2020

By Acarya dasa, Ritudeep dasa, Damodarleela dasa, and Radhavallabha dasa (respective padayatra leaders) All-India Padayatra Just as the AIP reached Mahuva, a large town on the Arabian Sea coast in the Bhavnagar District of Gujarat, the Indian Government announced a three-week lockdown to inhibit the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the community. Initially, as people became […]

AIP devotees endure a week of mishaps and apprehension
April 1, 2020

By Acarya dasa, All-India Padayatra leader On February 7 the All-India Padayatra reached Vataman Chokdi, a village in Gujarat at a crossroads about 135km south of Ahmedabad. We had planned to celebrate Nityananda Trayodasi there and wanted to stay for the day, but there was a local yatra and the village sarpancha (political headman), Mr Dhirubhai, […]

Vraja-mandala Parikrama: the best thirty days in the life of a devotee
March 16, 2020

by Jayabhadra devi dasi Just as every year, Karttika 2019 welcomed devotees for the Vraja Mandala Parikrama, the thirty-third year of the month-long walk. About 1800 devotees engaged in parikrama, walking to the places of Lord Krsna’s pastimes in Vrndavana and hearing Radharaman Maharaja and other senior devotees give katha and lectures.   Day 1: […]

AIP walks with the recently inaugurated Gujarat Padayatra
January 4, 2020

By Acarya dasa, All-India Padayatra leader Srila Prabhupada once declared that he would personally travel by car taking dozens of men to preach in the villages of Gujarat. “In the afternoon Kartikeya drove us five miles to a local village for a programme. In the car Prabhupada talked enthusiastically about village-to-village preaching. He is eager […]

Padayatra captures hearts and showers mercy
December 28, 2019

By Acarya dasa, All-India Padayatra leader On November 27 the All-India Padayatra was in Navsari, the ninth biggest municipality of Gujarat state, where we presented several programmes. That evening I received a call from a devotee asking after padayatra’s location. While we do post updates on social media, we regularly get telephone enquiries from devotees so […]

Padayatris celebrate Kartik on Vraja Mandala Parikrama
December 19, 2019

By Jayabhadra devi dasi This year’s Vraja Mandala Parikrama was special due to there being a confluence [sagam] of padayatris from three different padayatras:the All-India Padayatra, the Maharashtra Padayatra, and the Uttar Pradesh Padayatra. Also present were the devotees from the soon-to-be-inaugurated (on October 17) Andhra Pradesh Padayatra. Normally in our Vraja Mandala Parikrama tent […]

Padayatris take their holy walk into southern Gujarat
December 5, 2019

By Acarya dasa, All-India Padayatra leader After one month on the Vraja Mandal Parikrama,the AIP padayatris returned to ISKCON’s Nilachal Dham farm at Talasari in Maharashtra on November 16. The ratha, our oxen and the large Sri Sri Nitai-Gaurasundar deities stayed at Talasari while we all got charged up spiritually in Vraja. Normally when we […]

Mood of entering Vrindavan resounds through Govardhan Eco Village
December 1, 2019

By Acarya dasa, All-India Padayatra leader On October 4 the All-India Padayatra reached the Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) at Wada, Maharashtra, a seventy-acre sustainable farming community and retreat in the foothills of the Sanhyadhri Mountains, 108km north of Mumbai. The GEV is a fusion between ancient Vedic wisdom and modern science. Srila Prabhupada frequently encouraged […]

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