ISKCON – “International Society for Krishna Consciousness”
Full form of ISKCON is “International Society for Krishna Consciousness” known as the Hare Krishna movement. Swami Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada started this movement in the year 1966 in New York city. It is based on the Hindu manuscripts mainly on Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavad purana.
The purpose of the organization was to practise the God love. In India, its followers increased most rapidly in 2007 specially after Soviet Union collapsed in Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Today, its members are more than a million worldwide.
ISKCON followers follow Gaudiya Vaishnavism which means “Worship of Vishnu” which was originated from Gauda, a territory located in Bengal. Gaudiya Vaishnavism had followers mostly from bengal and Odisha in India.
The Saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had founded Gaudiya Vaishnavism which rapidly increased its followers throughout Bengal. He stressed on the Krishna Maha Mantra “Hare Krishna” and established Sankirtan which means practise of expressing devotion for Lord Krishna publically.
Swami Prabhupada brought Gaudiya Vaishnavism in New York in 1965 when he has no money. Initially he started chanting in public parks which attracted the youth. With time, the Maha mantra “Hare Krishna” grew rapidly. It gained high popularity and financial backing when it spread to England. He then recorded many tracks with the Maha mantra “Hare Krishna” in popular track “My Sweet Lord”. Swami Prabhupada established the first Hare Krishna Commune in 1968 in Virginia. After that more than 600 centres of ISKCON have been established all over the world.
ISKCON centres worldwide
- Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir in Vrindavan
- Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir in West Bengal
- Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir in Bangalore
- Sri Sri Parthasarathi Mandir in New Delhi
- Bhaktivedanta Manor in watford
- Radhadesh in Belgium
Srila Prabhupada is the founder of ISKCON. He left India at the age of 69 to teach Bhakti Yoga. His guru was Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura.
ISKCON is hindu which belongs to the Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya.
Lord Krishna is the Supreme God in Hinduism.
ISKCON was established in July 1966 in New York city.
Anybody as a devotee can join ISKCON.
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The four principles of ISKCON are based on 4 pillars of dharma and these are austerity, cleanliness, truthfulness and compassion.
ISKCON is famous for its Bhagavad Gita Animatronics.
Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, Mayapur is the biggest ISKCON.
ISKCON is a Gaudiya Vaishnava religious organization.
Hare Krishnas devote has their own choice to get married or never marry. Generally, they spend their whole life in the devotion of lives in the temple and never marry.
ISKCON follows the Hare Krishna movement which is a Vedic system, started by Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. They never mention Hindu or Hinduism in their vedic system.