About ISKCON Rishikesh
Hare Krishna! Welcome to ISKCON Rishikesh – Sri Sri Radha Govinda Temple – a home to a loving community of practicing Hare Krishna devotees, dedicated to the practice of bhakti-yoga or loving service to Krishna, the Supreme Person (God). We are a branch of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a worldwide spiritual movement founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in New York City in 1966.
Unarguably, the most powerful unifying force is love. When that love has its foundation in the truth, the unity that it can bring about eclipses all sectarian differences. The truth is that every living entity is a divine part of God and thus related to every other living entity in creation. In our spiritual community, we’re striving to translate these esoteric principles into practical reality, aiming to live as a vivid example of that truth.
Vision of ISKCON
Founder Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Popularly known as the Hare Krishna Movement, ISKCON is a worldwide confederation of more than 600 temples and centres, 110 vegetarian restaurants, and a wide variety of community projects. ISKCON belongs to a monotheistic tradition, Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradaya, within the broad Vedic culture.
The philosophy of ISKCON is nothing but the philosophy of Sanatan Dharma – sanatan meaning that which has no beginning and no end – existing from the dawn of creation as the world’s most ancient religion. ISKCON is based on the Bhagavad Gita, and it traces its spiritual lineage directly to the speaker of this sacred book, Lord Sri Krishna, who is revered as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As Bhagavad Gita teaches, the goal of life is to develop love of God, or Krishna, realized through the practice of bhakti-yoga, the science of devotional service.
7 Purposes of ISKCON
To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all people in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.
To propagate a consciousness of Krishna (God), as it is revealed in the great scriptures of India, especially Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. We accept the principle of transmigration of the soul (reincarnation).
To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna, the prime entity, thus developing the idea within the members, and humanity at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the quality of Godhead (Krishna).
To teach and encourage the Sankirtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy name of God, as revealed in the teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
To erect for the members and for society at large a holy place of transcendental pastimes dedicated to the personality of Krishna.
To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler, more natural way of life.
With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings and to create websites that help realize these purposes.
Rishikesh is home to many religious sites, including numerous ashrams and ancient temples. As one of the Holiest locations in India, it is also known as the Yoga capital of the world, and it is no wonder Rishikesh has been attracting spiritual practitioners from different traditions since decades. Since the ancient times the sages and rishis have visited Rishikesh to practice austerities and meditate in search of the ultimate goal of life – self-realization. The presence of the sacred river Ganga together with ...
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the founder acharya of ISKCON. On 17th September 1965, he entered the port of New York City, arriving from India with a mission of spreading the ancient wisdom of the Vedas to the Western world. Not knowing anyone in a foreign land, Srila Prabhupada did something extraordinary; he created a worldwide spiritual and cultural revolution that encouraged numerous people to seriously take to the process of Krishna Consciousness.
In ISKCON Rishikesh we offer various programs
Temple Programs | Children & Parents’ Education | Live Classes and Courses | Kirtan Programs | Yoga Retreats and Courses | Social Projects
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