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Sri Giriraj

Sri Sri Gaura Nitai

Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladev & Subhadra

Sri Londonisvara

Sri Londonisvara's Lotus Feet

Sri Radha

Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara

Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara

Welcome to ISKCON-London

Welcome to the world of Vaishnava culture and Vedic learning, the home of Radha and Krishna. Welcome to the world of tranquillity, beauty and spiritual bliss. Welcome home.

Daily Darshan


Sri Sri Radha Londonisvara

A Window to the Spiritual World

When you think of London what comes to mind?

Shopping, night clubs and cheap thrills! In other words maya (illusion) and materialism. When you think of Oxford Street, what comes to mind? The stores, the bustle, the mad rush! Wait a minute. Turn off Oxford Street into Soho Street and you come upon a sand and orange painted building which you might miss at first. This is the ISKCON-Soho London temple.

Welcome to the world of Vaishnava culture and Vedic learning, the home of  Radha and Krishna. Welcome to the world of tranquillity, beauty and spiritual bliss. Welcome home.

Make your way to the first floor, leave your shoes on the racks and step into the Temple Room. On the altar in front you is the Lord Himself, none other than
Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara (Sri Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead and Srimati Radharani, His eternal consort and best devotee), Sri Giri Govardana, Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama, Lady Subadhra and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai.

These are the deities of the temple and it is recommended that you bow down and offer your obeisance to them. Behind you is the murti (form) of the founder acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.



Residents of Radha Krishna templeNot only a home for Radha and Krishna

The temple is not only home to the Deities of Radha-Londonisvara but is also an ashram for the brahmacaris and brahmacarinis. These are the men and women who manage the temple, look after the Deities, prepare offerings for the Lord and perform numerous other services throughout the day and through their lives. They can also be found out and about in London distributing Srila Prabhupada´s books, and chanting the Holy Name through the streets on Harinama Sankirtana.

In short, the brahmacaris are incredible beings who have dedicated their lives to the service of Krishna and ISKCON London. They are enthusiastic enough to answer any questions that you might have and guide you through your Radha-Krishna Temple experience.


All the Paraphernalia for Your Spiritual LifeIskcon Community shop

You might want to venture upstairs once more to the second floor. Here you will find the temple's community shop which has a wide variety of paraphernalia for the spiritual seeker and potential devotee. It stocks books by ISKCON founder, Srila Prabhupada and his disciples on all aspects of life, chanting beads to enable you to constantly repeat the name of Krishna, incense sticks, transcendental music, videos, DVDs, deities, photographs, herbal medicine, vegan cosmetics, saris, dhotis and so much more. The devotee in the shop can also help with any questions you may have about the temple and life as a Hare Krishna devotee.

Govinda's sweetsSumptuous Vegetarian Food

Don’t forget to pay a visit to Govinda´s, the temple restaurant. It is a great place for Prasadam (mercy of God), where delicious vegetarian food freshly prepared throughout the day.

It is first offered to the deities before being served to you. If you eat Prasadam with a sincere heart on a regular basis you will not only experience great health and vitality but also an alteration in your consciousness.


ISKCON Soho Mission StatementHarinam in Central London

We will spread Krishna conciousness from Central London to the world by

  • joyfully chanting the holy names
  • distributing books and prasadam (vegetarian offered food to Lord Krishna with love and devotion),
  • and educating people in the techniques of spritual life

- strictly according to the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna consciousness (ISKCON).

Samskaras (Ceremonies)

In the Vedic tradition of Gaudiya Vaisnavism, the procedures of samskaras and yajnas are based on the domestic manual of the Sama Veda. Lord Caitanya deputed Gopala Bhatta Gosvami to document these procedures for the use of future devotee communities and thereby protect the principles of devotion (bhagavad-dharma-rakshartham). For this reason, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami wrote the Sat Kriya Sara Dipika in Sanskrit and documented the ceremonial procedures for posterity. This manual has been used as the standard for performing devotional rites in the Gaudiya tradition for over 500 years. Bhaktivinoda Thakura propagated this manual while establishing Lord Caitanya’s philosophy and Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati published it thrice with the last in 1935.

We perform "Samskaras" or purificatory ceremonies at the Radha Krishna temple. The Vedic literatures describe that there are many opportunities during one's life – from before birth to after death – when one may perform a ceremony for purification to evoke auspiciousness and ensure advancement in spiritual life.

Celebrate the various occasions in your family through various Vaishnava Homas. Homa, Havan, Agni-hotra or Yagna is a Vedic Fire Sacrifice where offerings are made to Lord Vishnu through the sacred fire (Agni).

Nama-karana homa/Name giving ceremony:

It is explained in the Satapatha-bramana, that one’s name act as a shield against evil. A good combination of sounds, when forming a name in harmony with the person receiving it, has a most important effect.

A child should receive his name on the tenth, eleventh, twelfth, twenty-first, (this is most favourable) hundred and first day, or exactly one year after birth, or on an auspicious day like purnima. The child should be in good health and not premature.

Anna-Prasana/Child's first grains ceremony:

During this ceremony, the priest asks Lord Vaisvanara (Vishnu) to enter the child’s body to accept the solid foods he will eat throughout his/her life. This ceremony marks the beginning of a certain detachment from the mother by the child.

Sri Krishna says in the Bhagavad-Gita (15.14) I am the fire of digestion in the bodies of all living entities, and I join with the air of life, outgoing and incoming, to digest the four kind of foodstuff.

Unless the supreme lord helps the child in digestion, there is no possibility of eating. He thus produces and digest foodstuff, and by His grace we are enjoying life. This rite must be perform on an auspicious day if possible on the sixth or eighth month after the birth of the child if it’s a boy, and during the fifth, seventh or ninth month if it’s a girl.

Along with Anna-prasana the Child’s Tendencies is also performed. Parents can verify their child’s tendencies by placing before him different objects right after anna-prasada. What he chooses will reveal his calling.

Cuda-Karan/Child's first haircut ceremony:

It is custom among pilgrims in India to offer one's hair to the Deity. This is a sign of detachment for mankind greatly values this bodily ornament. This is also an offering unto nature in return for her gifts in the form of foodstuff and well-being.

This ceremony is usually performed at the age of three or five for a male child. The child's head is then shaved clean except for a small tuft of hair which is left around brama-randhra (sikha).


This is the last samskara, the last ritual associated with the body which it will purify one last time. This ritual is performed in order for the soul to become detached from the body and not have to take on the form of a ghost (preta), as well as to make sure the departed soul is promoted to a better world.

Griha–Pravesa/House Warming ceremony:

This ritual is performed so that the new place (House, Shop etc.) will be purified, and Vishnu can reside at that place and stay there to make their place protected and blessed. This is done also to scare away the negative subtle entities and burn the bad karma associated with the place.

Please contact our head pujari for more details.

Sponsorship and Donations

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is a non-profit, social welfare and spiritual organization engaged in propagating the teachings & values of the great ancient literatures of Vedas. Our London center, which is located in heart of the cosmopolitan city of London, is a dynamically expanding center. This center is tirelessly endeavoring to strengthen the ethical and spiritual fabric of society through various spiritual and educational programs. Your generous donations go towards supporting our temple.

"One who builds or helps to build a beautiful temple for the Lord will be freed from all sinful reactions and will enter the Vaikuntha planets."
(Narasimha Purana)

Why give?

To give something to Krishna is an extremely elevated activity – whether you give some of your time to hear and chant, some of your energy, some of your money or ultimately some of your love. If we give something to Krishna we do not lose anything. In whatever way you give something to him, he will reciprocate in manifold ways. If you can therefore give something to please the Lord, it is also for your own benefit. A devotee offers everything to Krishna – his words, his actions and his thoughts. This is, of course, an elevated platform, but Krishna declares in the Bhagavad-gita that if you cannot do this, then give at least a part of the fruits of your activities and you will gain upliftment to a spiritual platform.

In order to offer Krishna opulent worship, many things are required. Your help will be highly appreciated.

What to give?

There are unlimited ways to contribute to Krishna’s temple – your time and service, financial support.

How to give?

Every contribution, large or small, makes a difference. Making a donation to ISKCON London today is a first step in establishing a special relationship with the temple. Learn about the many ways you can give to Krishna and become part of our growing family of contributors.

Daily Sponsorship


Arati Amount
Mangala Arati - 4.30 am £71
Dhoopa Arati – 8 am £46
Raj Bhoga Arati - 12.30 pm £86
Dhoopa Arati - 4.15 pm £46
Sandhya Arati – 7 pm £51
Shayana Arati – 9 pm £41

"One who offers the Deity gifts of land, markets, cities and villages so that the regular daily worship and special festivals of the Deity may go on continually will achieve opulence equal to My own."
(Srimad Bhagavatam 11.27.51)


Item Amount
Bhoga for Deity dept per week £95
Milk for Deity dept per week £55
Breakfast £108
Ekadasi Breakfast £131
Lunch Program £175
Ekadasi Lunch Program £108
Sunday Feast £251
Ekadasi Sunday Feast £300
Daily flowers for garlands £51

"One should distribute vishnu-prasada to everyone, including the poor man, the blind man, the nondevotee and the non-brahmana. Knowing that Lord Vishnu is very pleased when everyone is sumptuously fed with vishnu-prasada, the performer of yajna should then take prasada with his friends and relatives."
(Srimad Bhagvatam 8.16.56)

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Festival Sponsorship

Festivals are an important time when we celebrate auspicious days to connect and receive blessings from Sri Radha and Sri Krsna. There are many ways that you can participate - attend services at the temple, sponsor particular events, make donations on behalf of other loved ones. Please see below sponsorship opportunities.

Festival All Deities Radha & Krsna Jagannath, Baladev & Subadra Giri Govardhan Gaura & Nitai Tulasi Devi
Gaura Purnima £2000 £800 £1080 £30 £50 £40
Janmastami Day outfit £2000 £800 £1080 £30 £50 £40
Janmastami Night outfit £2000 £800 £1080 £30 £50 £50
Radhastami (Flower outfit) £700 £175 £315 £35 £140 £35
Govardhan Puja £2000 £800 £1080 £30 £50 £40


Festival All Deities
Janmastami festival feast £751
Other festival feast £301
Janmastami flowers £501
Flowers for other festival £251

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On the day of the festival, your name will be displayed and you can collect a box of Maha Prasadam from the Temple Shop.

If you would like to dedicate a special offering, prayer or some words of appreciation, send us an email with your message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving us the amount and date on which you donated and the item you would like to sponsor. This will be read out to the Deities on the festival day.

You can also give while at the temple! While visiting the temple make your donation directly into the donation box located in front of the altar or at Radha’s Boutique.

Govinda's Restaurant

Govinda restaurant in londonOur aim is to provide fresh, nutritious meals at affordable prices. We serve a wide variety of pure vegetarian cuisine which is freshly cooked on the premises throughout the day. All of our products are meat, fish and egg free with many dishes suitable for vegans too. We do not use onions, garlic or mushrooms. When you walk into the restaurant ,  you are amidst an oasis of tranquility, health and balance.

We offer a myriad of options to enchant your taste buds. Try the thali (it literally means plate) which consists of 2 sabjis (vegetable dishes), rice, chapattis, and a side salad. If you prefer the more conventional, choose a pizza, lasagna, veggie burger, egg-free quiche or one of our delicious spinach rolls, all of which can be served with salad.

There are at least 10 different types of fresh salads available. Try creations like mango, celery and walnut salad caprese, or fried and marinated courgette and eggplant. You can also sample our simple salads like beetroot, potato or even mixed green. If available, you should try the tahini dressing, it´s delicious!

We are yet to come across someone who has been able to resist the lure of the sweet dish counter! We have a selection of English treats such as home-made ice cream, cheesecakes and gateaux or try traditional Indian items such as sweet rice, laddhu (gram flour sweets) and barfis (condensed milk balls).

Karma Free DietAltar in Govinda's restaurant

Our restaurant also has an additional unique feature: all our preparations are first offered to Lord Krishna before being served and are thus called prasadam which means the Mercy of God. Dine in Govinda´s for a truly blessed and karma-free experience!

Take a piece of mercy with you

All of our menu items are available as take-away, so even if you are in a rush or have just popped out from the office to grab a bite, you can experience the mercy of Lord Krishna!

Party Time?

If you are having a celebration and want to treat your guests to the Govinda´s experience we can cater for any size of function.

Celebrate someone special with a sumptuous egg-free cake. We have various sizes for any occasion. Contact us and we can make happen.

Why not try Govinda´s recipes at home? We have a large selection of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks to help you delight your friends and family with healthy, karma-free cooking.

Pop in when you are next in the area or after visiting the temple next door.

We look forward to serving you soon. 

Opening times  

Monday to Saturday:
12 pm - 9 pm
12 pm - 4 pm


We takes orders for catering - from classic India cooking to Italian (customized to your taste), please contact our Manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 078 2444 3816 (leave a message with number - if he is busy).


We specialise in making different kinds of birthday cakes,


Vegan (no milk products)

Ekadasi (no grains)

*We do not use eggs on our cakes

Contact restaurant for your orders.



At the beginning of creation, Krishna spoke the knowledge of the Vedas, which guides souls on the journey of life and ultimately back to their spiritual home.Krishna and Arjun
From time to time that knowledge becomes diluted or changed. To revive it, Krishna came to this world 5,000 years ago and spoke Bhagavad-gita to His friend Arjuna. The Gita contains detailed teachings on the supreme, infinite soul (God), the finite souls, karma (work in this world), time, and creation.

After Krishna left this world Vyasadeva compiled Srimad-Bhagavatam, from the ancient oral tradition originating from Krishna. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a treatise of 18,000 verses, explaining in detail the science of God.

Five hundred years ago, Krishna came again, this time in the guise of His own devotee as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He taught that the easiest method for returning to God is to chant His holy names, especially by chanting the maha-mantra: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. By His life, Sri Krishna Chaitanya demonstrated how a devotee of Krishna lives in this world and progresses to the next.

Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, and the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu form the core of the Bhakti teachings, the essence of which is to return to our relationship with God and live with Him eternally.

Take away Menu

Take Away Menu



Dhal (Lentil Soup)/Vegetable soup
Tasty soup with herbs and spices; goes well with rice, bread, or baked potatoes
  £ 2.00
Bean Pot
Daily variety of beans with tomato soup; beans are rich in iron, vitamin B, and protein, and their available protein content increases when combined with bread or rice
Chili Paneer
Daily variety of beans with tomato soup; beans are rich in iron, vitamin B, and protein, and their available protein content increases when combined with bread or rice
Pakoras (Vegetable Fritters)
Spiced, batter-dipped, deep-fried, vegetables that make perfect snacks or hors d'oeuvres
Spinach Roll
Spinach filling laced with cheese and spices between soft pastry topped with sesame seeds
  £ 3.25
Handmade triangular deep-fried savoury pastry, stuffed with spiced mixed vegetables
  £ 0.75
Spring Roll
Handmade deep-fried savoury pastry, stuffed with spiced mixed vegetables
  £ 0.90
Savoury Dishes


Subji (Vegetable Curry)
Succulent mixed spiced vegetables with variety of flavours
Govinda´s Vegetable Quiche
Our own unique recipe, the perfect meal, an open pie with savoury filling, goes well with salads or lentil soup
  £ 3.25
Govinda´s Special Cheese Burger
Freshly-made grilled curd-cheese burger in home-baked sesame-seed wholemeal bun, with a choice of fillings:
- chickpea, tomato and oregano pat³
- salad with vegetarian mayonnaise
- light tomato sauce
  £ 3.25
Govinda´s Veggie Burger of the Day
Govinda´s own burger recipe, combining lentils, grains, fresh vegetables and herbs, with a choice of fillings
  £ 3.25
Tender pasta sandwiched between layers of tasty sauce, cheese, spinach, and herbed tomato sauce
  £ 4.25
Lasagna with single salad item   £ 5.25
Pizza of the Day
Melted mozzarella and cheddar vegetarian cheeses topped with olives, peppers and a variety of fresh vegetables on freshly home-baked crisp wholemeal-mix bread
  £ 1.85


Rice & Bread


Brown Rice, or Yellow or White Basmati Rice
Delicately flavoured Basmati, called ´King of Rices´, goes well with Dhal (lentil soup) or Bean Pot
Indian Flat-Bread
  £ 1
Indian Filled up Bread
  £ 2.25
Wholemeal Roll
Crusty wholemeal bread that goes well with lentil soups, beans and subjis
  £ 0.55
Deep-fried crispy dhal-wafers
  £ 0.60


Choice of Salads
(including a range of freshly-made dressings)

small single

small mixed

large mixed








Freshly prepared from nuts, butter and sunflower seeds
  £ 1.30
Flapjack with carob topping
  £ 1.55


Roadsted chickpea-flour and butter fudge with variety of nuts
  £ 1.25
Ice Cream
Variety of flavours (Strawberry, Mango, Vanilla/Almond, Lemon, Carob)



Vegan Fruit Cake
Spongy sweet made from wholemeal flour, dried fruits, golden syrup, brown sugar and sunflower oil
  £ 2
Cheese Cake
Daily varieties of flavours; rich and opulent treat servedwith wipped cream and fresh sliced fruits
  £ 2.50
Apple Crumble
Succeulent stewed apples baked with a buttery, crunchy topping, served with double cream
  £ 2.00
Gateaux with Fresh Fruit & Cream
An irresistable three-tiered carob cake, light in texture, filled and iced with carob-flavoured Vienna icing or cream with fresh fruits
  £ 2.50
Carrot Cake
Moist cake with a spicy, rich flavour, iced with a vanilla cream cheese frosting
  £ 2.50
Cakes & Muffins
  £ 2.50
Trifle Cups
  £ 2.50
Energie balls
  £ 1.25




Refeshing yoghurt drink
Fresh Orange juice
  £ 1.50








Bowl of Yoghurt
  £ 1.00
Assorted Herbal Teas
  £ 1.50
Decaffeinated Coffee
  £ 1.50
Barley Cup
  £ 1.50

*There is an extra charge applied for eating on the premises.



Audio recording of key lectures at the temple


ISKCON Mayapur

What is ISKCON?

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), popularly known as the Hare Krsna movement, is a worldwide
 association of devotees of Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. God is known by many names, according to His different qualities and activities. In the Bible he is know as Jehovah ("the almighty one"), in the Koran as Allah ("the great one"), and in the Bhagavad-gita as Krsna, a Sanskrit name meaning "the all-attractive one."

The movement's main purpose is to promote the wellbeing of human society by teaching the science of God conciousness (Krsna conciousness) accourding to the timeless Vedic scriptures of India.

Many leading figures in the international religious and academic community have affirmed the movement's authenticity. Diana L. Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard University, describes the movement as "a tradition that commands a respected place in the religious life of humankind."

In 1965, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, know to his followers as Srila Prabhupada, brought Krsna conciousness to America. On the day he landed in Boston, on his way to New York City, he penned these words in his diary: "My dear Lord Krsna, I am shure that when this transcendental message penetrates [the hearts of the westerners], they will certainly feel gladdened and thus become liberated from all unhappy conditions of life." He was sixty-nine years old, alone and with few resources, but the wealth of spiritual knowledge and devotion he possessed was an unwavering source of strength and inspiration.

"At a very advanced age, when most people would be resting on their laurels," writes Harvey Cox, Harvard University
theologian and author, "Srila Prabhupada harkened to the mandate of his own spiritual teacher and set out on the difficult and demanding voyage to America. Srila Prabhupada is, of course, only one of thausands of teachers. But in anothersense, he is one in a thausend, maybe one in a million."
In 1966, Srila Prabhupada founded the International Society for Krishna Conciousness, which became the formal name for the Hare Krsna movement.

Astonishing Growth

In the years that followed, Srila Prabhupada gradually attracted tens of thausands of followers, started more than a hundred temples and ashrams, and published scores of books. His achievement is remarkable in that he transplanted India's ancient spiritual culture to the twentith-century Western world.

New devotees of Krsna soon became highly visible in all the major cities around the world by their public chanting and their distribution of Srila Prabhupada's books of Vedic knowledge. They began staging joyous cultural festivals throughout the year and serving millions of plates of delicious vegetarian food offered to Krsna (known as prasadam). As a result, ISKCON has significantly influenced the lives of millions of people. In the early 1980's the late A. L. Basham, one of the world's leading authorities on Indian history and culture, wrote, "The Hare Krsna movement arose out of next to nothing in less than twenty years and has become known all over the West. This is an important fact in the history of the Western World."


Video recording of key lectures and festivals


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School Workshops

Experience Hinduism

Explore the beliefs and practical aspects of Hindu life with your students.

We offer workshops for engaging and experiential learning to schools, colleges and universities. Sessions can be a general introduction, theme based or tailor made to suit your requirements. We can also create a temple in your school and visit you with our workshop.

School workshops

Our basic 2 hour workshop includes:

  • Core beliefs in Hinduism
  • Deities and sacred stories
  • Puja (worship) workshop and visit to shrine

Other features can be included:


  • Story-telling
  • Indian costumes and face painting
  • Festivals
  • Rites of passage
  • Food and clothing
  • Making garlands and lamps for the shrine
  • Playing Indian musical instruments

Secondary and Further/Higher Education

  • Pilgrimage and sacred places
  • Caste and gender
  • Worship
  • Moral issues and ethics
  • Ashramas
  • Bhagavad-gita

Students are also invited to enjoy an authentic Indian vegetarian lunch for £3.50.

Teacher Training

We also provide training for teachers striving to make the teaching of Hinduism as rewarding and effective as possible. These sessions address challenges teachers face when teaching Hinduism.

Workshop Fee: £35 per hour, plus travel cost (to your school).

All of our sessions can be tailor made to your requirements. Please call us to discuss your needs.

Radha's Boutique

A full range of books, murtis, arati trays, posters, bindis, saris and fact sheets are available for purchase by teachers, trainees and students at our temple shop.

Contact Us

Questions? Interested in learning more? Please visit us.

Address: Radha-Krishna Temple
9-10 Soho Street,
London W1D 3DL
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7437 3662
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Important Accomodation Information
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any accommodation facilities. We have no guest houses. However, there are hotels near by which are a walkable distance to the temple.

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Nearest Tube Stations:

  • Tottenham Court Road (1 Minute Walk)
  • Oxford Circus (5 Minutes walk)

Book Distribution

Somethings are so good, you just cant keep it to yourself

People from all over the world come to London looking for happiness in different ways - shopping, nightclubs, sightseeing, etc. When they meet the devotees, engaged in distributing Srila Prabhupadas books, they are amazed at the devotees enthusiasm and blissful nature and become inspired to take some books. By taking and reading these books they are able to rediscover the actual way to achieve happiness.

These are not ordinary books!

These books are encyclopedias of religion and spirituality. They are also books of psychology and lifestyle management - they give spiritual solutions to the material problems of life and are relevant to all of todays social, political and cultural issues. These books present the ultimate goal of life and give the reader practical and direct methods for achieving spiritual enlightenment.

As the books deal with the basic philosophy that we are the soul and not the body, people from all backgrounds, from all countries, speaking any language and of all ages are considered equally. This is equal vision and these books will help the reader to attain this vision. It is this vision that makes this philosophy ideal for everyone.

We, at the Radha-Krishna temple, are presenting Srila Prabhupadas books for the ultimate happiness of humankind. As distributors we are experiencing the bliss of Krishna consciousness whilst practicing a lifestyle of health and meditation. This bliss is perceived by the people we meet and distribute books to; they also want to feel this bliss and, although they cant quite understand why, they are curious and enlivened to know more about the values and practicalities of spiritual life.

They often see that these books are the key to relieving their suffering, anxiety and stress. Along with the enthusiasm of the distributor they become enthused and feel confident that they are acquiring something very special.

This transcendental literature is distributed world wide in over 50 languages and the distribution team, here at the Radha-Krishna temple, is giving these books to the cosmopolitan crowds on the streets of London every day.

"The fruit of love of god is so tasteful that wherever a devotee distributes it, those who relish the fruit, anywhere in the world, immediatly become intoxicated."
CC. Adi. Ch9 Text 48

If you'de like to taste this nectar by sponsoring books or distributing them please contact Naam Sankirtan dasa on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Department Contacts

Position/Name Contact
Temple President
Jai Nitai dasa
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Temple Secretary &
Mentorship System
Bhava Bhakti devi dasi
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Govinda's Restaurant
Bhakta Thiru
Restaurant: +44 (0)203 687 0617
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Radha's Boutique (Temple Gift Shop)
Bhakta Gurpaal
Tel: +44 (0)203 687 0618
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Educational Services
Jaga Mohini devi dasi
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London College of Vedic Studies
Bhaktin Anna
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Volunteers Coordinators
Bhakta Dhaval & Devaki devi dasi
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Food for Life
Acyuta Charan dasa & Krishna Kanta devi dasi
Tel: +44 (0)7905 254 107
Press & Media Enquiries
Bhaktin Natasha
Email: media.enquiries@iskcon.london
Child Protection
Bhakta Pritesh
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Street Chanting (Harinaam)

Hare Krishna's in London

Harinama-sankirtana (the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord) may be most familiar from seeing the devotees out in the streets, dancing and chanting the maha-mantra Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare accompanied by mridangas (two headed drums) and karatalas (hand cymbals). Krishnas holy names are endowed with all of His potencies and this sound vibration can reawaken a person to his spiritual identity and existence. We have forgotten our real identity as spiritual beings, part and parcel of Krishna, and this forgetfulness is the root cause of all our suffering. When a person is asleep he forgets who he really is and in his dreaming he assumes one illusory identity after another, in each existence suffering unnecessarily.

500 years ago Lord Krishna came as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (or Lord Gauranga). He appeared as a devotee of Krishna (Himself) to reawaken all the conditioned souls by the method of harinama-sankirtana. He would go with His followers into the streets and chant the names of Krishna so that peoples suffering could be ended, and they could take to the real activity, the spiritual activity, of worshiping and serving the Supreme Lord.

Bhaktivinoda Thakura writes in one song:

Jiv jago jiv jago gauracandra bole
Kota nidra jao maya pisacira kole Lord Gauranga calls: "Wake up sleeping souls, wake up sleeping souls! You have slept so long in the lap of the witch Maya" (the superintendent of the material world who facilitates one forgetting his spiritual nature).

He continues, "You came into this world saying O my Lord, I will certainly worship you but having forgotten this promise, you have remained in great ignorance."

"I have descended just to save you. Other then Myself, who else is your friend?"

"I have brought the medicine for destroying the illusion of Maya. Now pray for this hari-nama maha-mantra and take it."

Although Lord Caitanya performed harinama-sankirtana throughout India, He desired harinama to be performed in every town and village around the world for the benefit of everyone, without discrimination.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanata Swami Prabhupada brought harinama to the rest of the world, fulfilling the desire ofHarinam in London Lord Caitanya. Srila Prabhupada created ISKCON (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) to take harinama-sankirtan to every town and village. The members of ISKCON are working to achieve that goal and we need your help.

 Harinam Every year 250 million people from all parts of the world pass through Oxford Street alone. Just by hearing the harinama they can be reawakened to their spiritual existence and will surely, sooner or later, take to harinama themselves, returning to their towns.

Harinama Sankirtana starting:
Monday to Friday

2.30 pm         to         4.15 pm    
5.00 pm         to         6.00 pm    
Friday and Saturday
7.45 pm         to         9.00 pm    

Karma free diet

Karma Free Diet

The Sanskrit word karma means "action", or more specifically, any material action that brings a reaction that binds us toGovindda's restaurant the material world. Although the idea of karma is generally associated with eastern philosophy, many people in the West are also coming to understand that karma is a natural principle, like time or gravity and no less inescapable. For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma, except those who understand how it works.

To understand how karma can cause war, for example, let´s tale an illustration from the Vedas. Sometimes a fire starts in a bamboo forrest when the trees rub together. The real cause of the fire, however, is not the trees but the wind that moves them. The trees are only the instruments. In the same way, the principle of karma tells us that the United States and the Soviet Union are not the real causes of the friction that exists between them, the friction that may well set off the forest fire of nuclear war. The real cause is the imperceptible wind of karma generated by trhe world´s suppososedly innocent citizens.

According to the law of karma, the neighborhood supermarket or hamburger stand (the local abortion clinic too, but that could be the subject for another book) has more to do withtyhe threat of nuclear war than the White House or the Kremlin. We recoil with horror at the prospects of nuclear war while we permit equally horrifying massacres every day inside the world´s automated slaughterhouses.

The person who eats an animal may say that he hasn´t killed anything, but when he buys his neatly packaged meat at the supermarket he is paying someone else to kill for him, and both of them bring upon themselves reactions of karma. Can it be anything but hypocritical to march for peace and then go to McDonald´s for a hamburger or go home to grill a steak? This is the very duplicity that George Bernard Shaw condemned:

We pray on Sundays that we may have light
To guide our footsteps on the path we tread;
We are sick of war, we don´t want to fight,
And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead.

As Srila Prabhupada says in his explanations of Bhagavad-gita, "Those who kill animals and give them unnecessary pain—as people do slaughterhouses—will be killed in the same way in the next life and in many lives to come... In the Judeo-Christian scriptures, it is stated clearly ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ Nonetheless, giving all kinds of excuses, even the heads of religion indulge in killing animals and, at the same time, try to pass as saintly persons. This mockery and hypocrisy in human society brings about unlimited calamities such as great wars, where masses of people go out onto the battlefields and kill each other. Presentlythey have discovered the nuclear bomb, which is simply waiting to be used for wholesale destruction." Such are the effects of karma.

Those who understand the laws of karma, know that peace will not come from marches and petitions, but rather from a campaign to educate people about the consequences of murdering innocent animals (and unborn children). That will go a long way preventing any increase in the world´s problems we need people with purified consciousness to perceive that the real problem is a spiritual one. Sinful people will always exist, but they shouldn´t occupy positions of leadership.

One of the most common objections non-vegetarians raise against vegetarianism is that vegetarians still have to kill plants, and this is also violence. In response it may be ointed out that vegetarian foods such as ripe fruits and many vegetables, nuts, grains and milk do not require any killing. But even those cases where a plant´s life is taken, because plants have less evolved consciousness than animals, we can presume that the pain involvedis much less then when an animal is slaughtered, what to speak of the suffering a food-animal experience throughout its life.

It´true vegetarians have to kill some plants, and that is also violence, but we do have to eat something and the Vedas say, jivo jivasya jivanam: one living entity is food for enother in the struggle for existence. So the problem is not how to avoid killing altogether—but how to cause the least suffering to otherceatures whle meeting the nutritional needs of the body

The taking of any life, even that of a plant, is certainly sinful, but Krishna, the supreme controller, frees us from sin by accepting what we offer. Eating food first offered to the Lord is something like a soldier´s killing during wartime. In a war, when the commander orders a man to attack, the obedient soldier who kills the enemy will get a medal. VBut if the soldier kills someone on his own, he will be punished. Simelarly, when we eat only prasada, we do not commit any sin. This confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita (3.13) "The devotees of the Lord are released from all kind of sins because they eat food which is offered first for sacrifice. Others, who prepare food for personal sense enjoyment, eat only sin."

 If the living being has made his conciousness like an animal´s, he is sure to get an animals body.
¨You can judge a nation by how it´s treats it´s animals.¨
Mahatma Ghandi
¨As long there are slaughterhouses there will be always war.¨
L. Tolstoy
¨I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.¨
Henry David Thoreau
¨A dead cow or sheep lying in pastureis recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher´s stall passes as food.¨
J. H. Kellog
¨It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.¨
Albert Einstein
¨As long as man massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who saws seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.¨
¨The eating of meat extinguishes the seed of great compassion.¨
Mahaparinirvana Sutra, a Buddhist scripture
¨And the flesh of slain beasts in his body will become his own tomb. For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself, and whoso eats the flesh of slain bests, eats the body of death.¨
The Essene Gospel of peace

Food for Life

Devotees have been feeding the needy for the last 26 years!

On the face of it, Food For Life is the largest vegetarian food distribution program in the world with 1000 volunteers serving more than 40,000 free meals in over 60 countries every day. However, its activities have a deeper history, sweeter motive and farther-reaching impact than your common altruistic organisation.

CultureFood For Life in London

In the village life of ancient India the religious householders, or grhasthas, of Vedic times saw themselves as providers for all living beings, including the animals. Not even a rat or a snake would go without food during the pinnacle of Vedic civilization in India, what to speak of human beings. During a room conversation in Tokyo, the founder of Food for Life, Srila Prabhupada explained:

"It is the duty of a householder to loudly cry, "If anyone is hungry, please come. We have still got food." That is the duty of a grhastha. If one does not come, then the chief of the house, he takes prasada. If somebody says, "I am hungry," so he should offer his own food. "You eat." This is duty of a religious householder: Bhunjate te tv agham papa ye pacanti. Those who are cooking for themselves, they are simply eating sinful things. That's all. Bhunjate te tv agham papa ye pacanty atma-karanat. So hospitality is one of the duties of the householder." (Room Conversation Tokyo, April 22, 1972)

Food for the soul

The main impetus for any of ISKCONs activities is a mood of devotion and love for the Supreme Person, Sri Krsna. The food cooked is therefore done with that extra little bit of tlc. Once prepared, the food is offered to Krsna in a gesture of love. The food is then called prasadam meaning the Lords mercy. Imbued with this spiritual ambience, prasadam satisfies and nourishes, not just on the physical level but also on a spiritual level. Subsequently, prasadam is distributed to all, whether to address the hunger of the stomach, or to quell the thirst of the heart and soul.

The order

In 1974, Srila Prabhupada was looking out from his room at ISKCON's temple in Mayapura (West Bengal), when he noticed a group of village children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food. Shocked and saddened by what he saw, Srila Prabhupada turned to his disciples and said, "Imagine how hungry they are.... "God is the Father. Wherever there is the Father, the children should not be hungry? A temple therefore means: free food distribution.... "No one within a ten mile radius of our temples should go hungry.... ". I want you to begin distributing food immediately."

These prophetic words rang loudly, inspiring his followers. A global network of free food kitchens, cafes, vans, and emergency services were soon established. Hare Krishna Food for Life has emerged as the world's largest vegetarian/vegan food-relief program with 170 free food kitchens, home delivery programs, mobile kitchens, school services and disaster relief programs. From the time of the order up to the turn of the century over 100 million meals had been served worldwide.

FFL London

At present, the food for life team based at Soho street are operating 4 nights a week on a purely voluntary basis. The helpers arrive after work, and descend into the restaurants kitchens where they prepare an assortment of dishes. Pasta, halava, rice, subjis, shortbread, kitchari, chutney, herbal teas and juices. Different meals are freshly prepared and distributed, mostly at Lincolns Inn Fields where 60 80 hungry souls gather in anticipation. The programme also supplies prasadam to university and temple functions that operate on those nights.

Hare Krishna Food for All
Hare Krishna Rickshaw Project

The Hare Krishna Rickshaw has become a common sight on the streets of central London, distributing free hot, nutritious meals to the public.

This project is in keeping with India´s spiritual culture, promoting vegetarian diet for health and well being and feeding vulnerable groups such as the homeless.




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