ISKCON Vedic Farm
History of ISKCON Vedic Farm.
During his visit in October 1975, Srila Prabhupada approved the idea of acquiring some land for the establishment of a Krishnaconscious community based on simple living and high thinking.
Same years later land was donatet by one lifemember. The spot was absolutely beautiful, 100 meters off the main road to Central Flacq, looking down to the eastern seashore, completely peaceful, yet less then a 1/4 mile from the next village. A refreshing easterly breeze blew gently to give relief from the sun’s rays. We were completely enchanted by the natural beauty of the place and felt that this would be an ideal situation for an ashram.
Soon after this meeting a committee was set up with interested lifemembers. Thus the planning began. Funds were raised to start the first basic construction, laying of water pipes and connecting electricity. It was now mid 1982. Two rooms were covered with iron sheets and the devotees started to live on the land in very simple conditions. In 1983 the first cow was donated.
In the early nineties, Krishnadas Swami Maharaja visited the island and inspired everyone with the idea of calling the Beau Bois area Vrindabana. He vigorously preached in every town and village of the future glories of Vrindabana, Bon Accueil. Maharaja’s preaching was so effective that the District Council and Ministry of Local Government officially agreed to change the name of Beau Bois to Vrindabana. It was now up to the devotees to make the place really a replica of Vrindabana.
In 1991 the first large scale Krishna Janmastami was held. That festival proved to be a turning point and since then everything seemed to just increase. Construction of the new majestic temple started. Expert marble sculptors were brought from Indiato give the temple the traditional touch of Vrindaban.
Thus by the boundless mercy of Srila Prabhupada – in a place where there was only sugarcane - a sublime temple arose to declare the glories of Sri Vrindavana-dhama, the eternal home of the two Divine Brothers, Krishna and Balarama.