India

Santipur Utsav
By Nila Kamal das - 11.3 2017 Every year before the Gour Purnima festival, thousands of Gaudiya Vaisnavas assemble in the holy land of Santipur, the house of Advaita Acarya to celebrate the divine disappearance day of Srila Madhavendra Puri. This year the festival took place on the 9th ...Read more...
Message 2017 from the TOVP
By Braja Vilas das - 11.3 2017 Gaura Purnima Message 2017 from the TOVP Dear Devotees and Friends, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Greetings from Sridham Mayapur, and blessings from Sri Sri Radha-Madhava, Panchatattva and Nrsimhadeva. Yet...Read more...
Lakshmana Temple at Thirumuzhikkalam, Kerala
By Adideva Giridhari Dasa - 8.3 2017 Located near Ernakulam, locals call this Temple as Muzhikkalam, one of the most exquisitely scenic divya-desam Temples. The Lord revealed the Srisukti (or Thirumozhi) to sage Harita at this place. Thirumozhi means “sacred language”. Kalam...Read more...
Thoughts on Puri Jagannatha Temple
BY: JAHNAVA NITAI DAS Thoughts on Puri Jagannatha Temple's Discrimination Against Foreign Devotees Recently in the news the topic of Puri Jagannatha temple prohibiting western devotees from entering came up due to some unfortunate confrontation between a German devotee and a...Read more...
Training Seminar in Mayapur
By Krishna Kshetra Swami 2nd Sannyasa Candidate Training Seminar Held in Mayapur The number of sannyasis grows from year to year in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, to well over 100; and those who take the vows of this final ashram of renunciation are, since recently,...Read more...
German Tries to Enter Jagannath Temple
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 27.2 2017 German Pilgrim Tries to Enter Jagannath Temple, Assaults Priest Govinda Dev dasa  [ Photo: Sampradaya Sun ] A 35-year-old German tourist allegedly tried to barge into Puri Jagannath Temple, which is off limits to non-Hindus, and assaulted a...Read more...
Atop Ugra Sthambham, Ahobilam
BY: SUN STAFF - 27.2 2017 Ugra Sthambham, Ahobilam, Nallamala Hills, Andhra Pradesh From Youtube poster, 'ChennaiNature': 'Took a more-than-1hr long detour from the trail to go to Jwala Narasimha - an exhausting trek. The last stretch requires you to descend a bit along a ridge...Read more...
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's pilgrimage
By editor - 24.2 2017 Holy places visited by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself are held in a great esteem among the Gaudiya Vaisnavas. They are listed in the summary of Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila, Chapter Nine "Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Travels to the Holy Places":...Read more...
Kumari Kandam: The Lost Continent
By Dhwty - 24.2 2017 Most people are familiar with the story of Atlantis, the legendary sunken city as described by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. Till this day, opinion is still divided as to whether this story should be understood literally or taken merely as a morality tale....Read more...
Radha Gopinath of Govinda Ghosh
By Nila Kamal das - 22.2 2017 On the 20th of February 2017, HH Subhag Swami Maharaj and a group of fifty enthusiastic devotees travelled to Govinda Ghosh’s residence in Agradwip. Govinda Ghosh was a close associate of Mahaprabhu as were his two brothers: Madhava and Vasudeva. The...Read more...
Going to Mayapur or Vrndavana?
By Kusha devi dasi - 17.2 2017 Devotees visiting the Holy Dhama do so with the hope of utilizing their time to diligently endeavor to attain their most noble aspirations. In planning your trip to India, there are a few things to consider to ensure the blissful accomplishment of immense...Read more...
Ganga Sagara Mela
BY: SUN STAFF Ganga Ma on Makara-vahana Gangapujan Dashahara or Dussehra is the "appearance day" or day that marks the descent of Mother Ganges - Ganga Ma". Throughout India this festival lasts ten days beginning on the Amavasya (dark moon night) and going through to the...Read more...
7 Must-See Places in Vrindavan
By Gourkeshava das - 24.1 2017    While visiting places in Vrindavan one should not forget that there are 5000 different temples in this holy place related to Lord Krishna. Still you will not have time to visit all of them. You might have difficulties to decide which sites...Read more...
Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting, Part 10
BY: SUN STAFF - 21.1 2017 Vasant Ragini  Rajput Ragamala – Bundi, Rajasthan, c. 1660 A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture. THE RAGAMALAS The Rajput School of paintings grew out of the Sisodiya dynasty in Udaipur...Read more...
The Mirror of Lord Jagannath
BY: SUN STAFF - 18.1 2017 Jagannath Temple Iconography Lord Jagannath's daily bathing ritual at Puri Dhama temple, from an article by Mahimohan Tripathy. Among the articles required for the daily rituals worship in the Sri Jagannath Tmple at Puri are three mirrors. The mirrors are...Read more...
Red monkey
By Purushottam Nitai Das - 27.12 2016 When suddenly from nowhere the red monkeys came and conquered all Recently when I went to Ekchakra, the birthplace of Nityanand Prabhu, I went to a temple and there everywhere it was written in bold letters in English, Hindi and Bengali – ...Read more...
A Story From Guruvayor Temple
By editor - 19.12 2016                There was a Bhattahari brahmana who was an expert poet, logician and tantric.  A relative got a deadly disease.  The  brahmana transferred the disease to himself,...Read more...
Vraj Mandal Padayatra 2016
By Parasuram dasa - 15.12 2016 When the full moon, marking the beginning of the month of Kartik, rose in the sky, we knew this was the start of a new adventure on the open road. Everything is there on Padayatra, the Harinam, Prasad distribution, book distribution, Deity worship, cow...Read more...
ISKCON Mira-road attracts 5,000 students
By Krishna Nandan Das & Bhagavati Kripa Devi Dasi - 9.12 2016 On the most auspicious occasion of ISKCON celebrating 50 years and ISKCON Mira-road celebrating first year after inauguration, which took place in September 2015, HG Kamalalochana Prabhu – President of ISKCON Mira-road,...Read more...
The Faces of Rani-ki Vav
By editor - 8.12 2016 Rani-ki Vav Stepwell - Patan, Gujarat   The ancient town of Patan, Gujarat is home to one of India's most exceptional water works – the Rani-ki Vav stepwell. Situated a few 2 kilometers northwest of the central Patan district, this stepwell site was...Read more...
Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting, Part 3
By editor - 6.12 2016 Bodhisattva Maitreya Ashtasahashirika Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom)  West Bengal, Pala period, early 12th c. A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture. THE PALA SCHOOL  11th to 12th...Read more...
Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting, Part 2
By editor - 5.12 2016 Astasahasrika-prajnaparamita  Mahipala era, c. 983 A.D. A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture.   THE PALA SCHOOL  - 11th to 12th Centuries (Continued) India's earliest examples...Read more...
Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting
By editor - 5.12 2016   Mamaki with Vajra on Lotus Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Manuscript  Pala School, late 11th c.    A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in devotional paintings, sculpture and temple architecture. Today we begin a summary...Read more...
The Glories of West Bengal – Ambika Kalna, Part Six
By editor - 25.11 2016 Krishna Chandraji Temple, Ambika Kalna A serial presentation of West Bengal kshetras, and the tirthas associated with Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His parishad associates. Thus far in our series on Ambika Kalna, we have been discussing the pastimes of Lord Caitanya...Read more...
The Glories of West Bengal – Ambika Kalna, Part Five
By editor - 23.11 2016 Sri Sri Nitai-Gour and Shyamsundar  Deities Worshipped by Gauridas Pandit Syama-raya Temple, Vrindavan A serial presentation of West Bengal kshetras, and the tirthas associated with Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His parishad associates.   Gauridas...Read more...
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