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Founder Acharya

For millennia the teachings and the rich culture of bhakti-yoga, or Krishna Consciousness, had been hidden within the borders of India. Today, millions around the globe express their gratitude to Srila Prabhupada for revealing the timeless wisdom of bhakti to a world.

Born as Abhay Charan De on September 1, 1896, in Calcutta, as a young man he joined Mahatma Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement. In 1922, a meeting with the prominent scholar and spiritual leader, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, proved to be most influential on young Abhay’s future calling.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta was a leader in the Gaudiya Vaishnava community, a monotheistic tradition within the broader Hindu culture. At their very first meeting, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta asked Abhay to bring the teachings of Lord Krishna to the English-speaking world. Deeply moved by his devotion and wisdom, Abhay became a disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta in 1933, and resolved to carry out his mentor’s request. Abhay, later known by the honorific A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, spent the next 32 years preparing for his journey west.

Jayapataka Swami Maharaja

“I went to your country with a mission and you all good souls were sent by Krishna to me.” – Srila Prabhupada.

One of the good souls sent by Krishna to Srila Prabhupada is His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaja who has been serving Srila Prabhupada as a “selfless worker” over the last 4 decades.

Jayapataka Swami was born John Gordan Erdman on April 9, 1949 (the ekadasi after ramanavami) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA to John Hubert and Lorraine Erdman. He was born into opulent surroundings, his father’s father being the founder of a large paint factory, which was a multi-million dollar concern at the time of his birth. Later HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja was glad to see that his name – Gordan John (Gour Dhan Jan) – already suggested what Srila Prabhuapda confirmed, that he and two other devotees were formerly associates of Lord Caitanya and that they had taken their birth in the west to facilitate spreading Krishna consciousness around the world.

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What World Leaders said about ISKCON

Admin 8 april 2018

The Hon'ble Governor General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lady Cosgrove

Admin 13 march 2018

The Governor General was appreciative of ISKCON's various social and spiritual efforts in Australia and the role ISKCON plays in fostering cultural ties between the two countries.

Iskcon udupi welcomes SRI PALIMARU MUTT SWAMI as the next pariyaya swami for 2018-20.

Admin 18 january 2018

ISKCON Udupi also contributed to the ceremony known as Warah(literally meaning carrying on head) Kannike( gifts)..wherein Gifts in " kind " are offered to Lord Sri Krishna as part of the Parayay celebrations this year on 18th January 2018. Devotees and many organisations and people from all walks of life donate in kind, etc for this festival.

TOVP Sudarshan Chakra Installation

Admin 14 november 2017

After more than ten years of planning, fundraising and execution, a major milestone has now been achieved for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. On Feb 7th, Sudarshan Chakra was...

Udupi Paryaya – 2018

Admin 14 november 2017

The Paryaya festival, which the marks the transfer of power of management and worship of Lord Krishna at the 800-year-old Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple from one seer to another seer of the Ashta Mutts...

Happy Shivaratri!!

Admin 14 november 2017

OM SHIVAYA NAMAHA Obeisances to the Auspicious One Sri Sivastakam (Eight prayers glorifying Lord Shiva, spoken by Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Recorded in Murari Gupta’s “Sri Caitanya Carita Mahakavya”) 1) namo namaste...

Our centers are like the oasis in a vast desert. In the desert there is no water, but occasionally if one is fortunate he may come in contact with an oasis and he is saved. Similarly in this material world we are drying up due to lack of spiritual knowledge. Our ISKCON centres are meant to give relief to the dried up conditioned souls who are searching after the nectar of joyful life.

– Srila Prabhupada’s letter