His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada appeared in this world in 1896 in Calcutta, India. He met his Spiritual Master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, in Calcutta in 1922. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, a great scholar and the founder of 64 Gaudiya Mathas, instructed this educated young man and convinced him to devote his life to teaching Vedic Knowledge in English, across the world. Srila Prabhupada eventually took initiation from , Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, on 1933.
Srila Prabhupada took the instructions of His Spiritual Master as His Life and Soul. Soon, Srila Prabhupada composed a commentary on the Bhagavad-gita, helped the Gaudiya Matha in its work, and, in 1944 he single handedly began writing, editing, proof-reading and printing Back to Godhead, an English fortnightly magazine. The magazine is currently being proceeded by his devotees globally.
ISKCON Dumdum is a beautiful place, near Dumdum (Kolkata) Airport, spreading the divine knowledge of Krishna Consciousness. Visit and join us to gain that knowledge and make your life richer. We are trying our best to fulfill the missions and serving all of you by conducting various enriched courses and cultural events.
Srila Prabhupada instructed His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj to make at least ten temples in Kolkata. ISKCON Dumdum is one of the three centers in Kolkata. By the mercy of His Divine Grace, this center has started functioning since the 24th of January 2014 and was identified as an individual project since 2020.
Amidst COVID, lockdown we are striving our best to serve the society by rendering various services including serving COVID patients with free meals as well as build this as a temple for the pleasure of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada.
The teachings of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) are based on ancient Vaishnava scriptures: Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavt Puran), Srimad Bhagavad-gita, and Sri Chaitanya-Charitamrta (the teachings of Lord Chaitanya).
The first level of the philosophy is based on our identification and understanding that we are not this body but spirit soul. The soul keeps changing from one body to another life one changes old cloths and take up new cloths. This transmigration between bodies is seen as birth and death.
Lord Chaitanya taught us that every living entity is an eternal spirit soul and has a distinct relationship with Supreme God, Krishna. Qualitatively, both spirit soul and God are of the same in their spiritual nature, but in quantity, the Lord is unlimited and the spirit soul is His tiny part and parcel. This is “inconceivably oneness and difference” is called as acintya bheda bheda tattva. This is the core principle of Lord Chaitany’s teachings whch is the philosophy followed by ISKCON.
The eternal relationship between Krishna and the soul can be revived through bhakti-yoga, or the process of serving the Lord with love and devotion, and most importantly by chanting his holy names.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare,
As confirmed in Srimad Bhagavad Gita, it takes millions of birth for a soul to finally reach the stage of understanding the supremacy of Krishna and starts the journey of Krishna Consciousness. At that time, all thoughts and actions are performed solely for Krishna’s pleasure. When this happens, the soul has regained its original pure position, it goes to Krishna’s eternal, spiritual realm and does not take a new body in this material world again.
To successfully follow the process of devotional service, one should accept initiation and instruction from a bonafied spiritual master in Lord Krishna’s parampara. At the time of initiation, ISKCON followers take vows to strictly abstain from:
• eating non-vegetarian food like - meat, fish and eggs
• taking intoxication (through drugs and alcohol)
• performing gambling
• having illicit sexual connections
They also promise to daily chant a minimum of 16 rounds, of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra on sacred beads (one round is made up of 108 beads).
ISKCON is a non-profit organization functioning for social welfare. ISKCON has 7 main purposes and all of these are centered around spreading the values and teachings of Vedas.
The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts. So Come to out temple to connect your soul to Lord Krishna.