ISKCON Temples and festivals
This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive source of films and documents from ISKCON temples and ashrams on the Internet. ISKCON or the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, is the largest and most famous Hare Krishna organization in the world. We give you information on every temple and ashram, their festivals, ratha yatra and other programs plus whatever other relevant information is available.
Rathayatra is celebrated by devotees of Lord Krishna all over the world after being introduced to the west in 1967 in San Franscisco by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his first American disciples. The smiling figures of Lord Jagannatha, Lady Subhadra and Lord Balarama ride on three, huge, wooden chariots. They are the focus of the festival. Public street festivals are a significant part of ISKCONs outreach programmes.
More info: http://rathayatra.co.uk
Other preaching activities is drama. Srila Prabhupada, after watching one drama, was so moved that he made the stunning remark, “This performance is better than my books.” He expressed his desire to travel with the drama group and preach Krsna consciousness through theater.
Through legal documents, training, and discourse, Srila Prabhupada clearly identified the GBC as the highest managerial body in ISKCON. At present, the GBC body is comprised of thirty-two members who are individually responsible for overseeing the management and spiritual standards of ISKCON centers in assigned geographic regions. GBC members also supervise specific projects, initiatives, and ministries. Following the instructions of Srila Prabhupada, the GBC body convenes yearly in Mayapur, West Bengal for their Annual General Meeting, during which time they discuss proposals, specific issues and projects within ISKCON, and pass resolutions by way of a voting process.