About Us

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON, is the name Srila Prabhupada gave to the movement he registered in New York in 1966. Srila Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON, was a follower of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. In Vedic tradition, Vaishnavism is the worship of Vishnu as Supreme and Gaudiya refers to Gaudadesh – Bengal – the home of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who practised and taught the teachings of this branch of Vaishnavism. Gaudiya Vaishnavas follow the Vedic scriptures designating Krishna (Vishnu) as Supreme God and they focus on devotional service bhakti to Him.

Although Vedic scriptures were only compiled some 5000 years ago, the Vedic teachings are millions of years old. Srila Prabhupada, a spiritual master in the disciplic line of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, introduced the ancient Vedic scriptures, teachings and culture to the western world in a way that nobody before him had ever done. With the help of his disciples, ISKCON grew at an astounding rate. From the store front in New York where it began in 1966, it is now, some forty years later, a vast spiritual, cultural and educational institution which has marked history.

ISKCON is also commonly known as the Hare Krishna Movement and today it comprises of more than 350 centers, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants world wide. ISKCON is affiliated to several universities and runs many worldwide projects. Although only about 10 000 devotees live in the temples, many hundreds of thousands of devotees constitute the rest of the worldwide members. The taxi driver who takes you to work every day, or the lawyer defending your case may very well be a Hare Krishna devotee!

Anyone may participate in ISKCON’s wide-ranging activities according to their interests, so please visit our temples and centers and find out more.