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The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement, includes 500 major centres, temples and rural communities, nearly 100 affiliated vegetarian restaurants, thousands of namahattas or local meeting groups, a wide variety of community projects, and millions of congregational members worldwide. In over 50 years, ISKCON has expanded widely since its founding by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, also known as Srila Prabhupada, in New York City in 1966.

Srila Prabhupada has drawn appreciation from scholars and religious leaders alike for his remarkable achievement in presenting India's Vaishnava spiritual culture in an authentic and relevant manner to contemporary Western and worldwide audiences.

Members of ISKCON practice bhakti-yoga in their homes and ISKCON centres and temples. They also promote bhakti-yoga, or Krishna Consciousness, through festivals, the performing arts, seminars, public chanting, and distribution of authentic spiritual literature. ISKCON members have also opened colleges, eco-villages, hospitals, schools and other institutions as a practical application of the path of devotional yoga. They have also led free food distribution projects.

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COVERAGE

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

It has been claimed that veganism went mainstream in 2018, but for many cultures — in London and globally — it has been the dominant dietary preference for a long time. While the West has a tendency to focus on a white wellness narrative around "plant-based" eating, which erases many established food cultures and overlooks a vast array of ingredients and dishes, it's true that vegan dishes have taken up more space on London’s restaurant menus in the past 18 months./p>

Friday, 15 March 2019

The New York Times Style Magazine’s first digital cover story, published on February 14th, features Hare Krishna devotees from ISKCON’s Radha-Krishna Temple chanting on the streets of London.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

A bold fashion statement amidst familiar faces - The New York Times Style Magazine's first digital cover story features our monks chanting on the streets of London, and model Maisie Dunlop. The photograph is part of a series showcasing classic British fashion, paying homage to Savile Row.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Soho is a brilliant part of the city, and a must for anyone visiting or living in the Capital. Bordering the areas of Leicester square and China Town, Soho is situated in the heart of London.

Monday, 04 February 2019

Veganism has got to be the most hipster diet going. And since a plant-based diet is animal-friendly, nutritious and healthy, we can't really argue with it. With Veganuary firmly behind us, some might need new inspiration to keep their vegan spark alive. And old-school vegan veterans probably gave up trying to dine out long ago. So for those who need a little helping hand, here is a list of the best places to grab a vegan meal, whether it be a fine dining dinner or a bucket of popcorn 'chicken' on the go.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

With increasing homelessness in the UK, charities such as Food For Life' are becoming more relevant, coming forward to feed the rough sleepers across the country's capital. The number of people officially recorded as homeless and sleeping on the streets of England rose from 1,768 in 2010 to 4,751 in 2017, but charities estimate the true figure has been more than double.

Friday, 30 November 2018

The devotees of ISKCON-London are known for their special yearly anniversary event festivities and this year was no exception with what can only be described as a spiritually uplifting theatre production that left the audience at the edge of their seats - entertained throughout.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

London's a foodie city, no doubt about it. There are delicious fusions, imports and experimentations galore. But among the bubble waffles, avocado ice creams and Japa-zilian cuisine (we're looking at you, Sushi Samba), there are many restaurants still keeping the much-loved classics front and centre.

Saturday, 03 November 2018

On the evening of 24th October, devotees from across London gathered at the Radha-Krishna Temple in Central London to celebrate Sharad Purnima, the beautiful full moon night of the autumn season. Sharad Purnima, which takes place on the eve of the month of Kartik, commemorates Lord Krishna performing a beautiful dance called "rasa lila" with His dear-most devotees, the gopis – the cowherd damsels of Vrindavana.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Hare Krishna monks with a temple on wheels pulled by two bullocks have reached the final Thanet pits stop of their journey. The six day pilgrimage for peace set off from Ramsgate yesterday (August 20) and is due to arrive in Canterbury on Saturday (August 25). It arrived in Margate today.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

A group of Hare Krishna monks is set to lead a pilgrimage for peace starting in Ramsgate. The six day walk, which will make its way to Canterbury, will feature a temple on wheels pulled by two bullocks.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Hare Krishna monks and a temple on wheels pulled by two bullocks will lead a six day pilgrimage for peace setting off from Ramsgate next Monday (August 20). The procession, which will be making its way to Canterbury, will also include music, food, philosophy and dance. It will be received by officials from Canterbury Cathedral on August 25 as part of a week-long, walking 'Padayatra' festival.

Friday, 10 August 2018

The one place that immediately springs to mind is the famous Govinda’s. It’s part of the Radha-Krishna temple in Soho Street owned by the Hare Krishna movement.

Monday, 06 August 2018

You don't have to fly abroad to feel like a tourist for the day. From food freebies to cultural experiences, boat rides to cheap swims - head to a new bit of the city and explore what's on offer there. Here are four adventures in the city to suit any budget.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

With the summer heat settling in, Soho’s Radha-Krishna temple will be hosting a musical weekend of light and joyful meditation. Its third London Mellows Annual Kirtan Weekend will be one for all to enjoy, on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June.

Friday, 20 April 2018

For the very first time, a film depicting the life and work of the founder of the internationally renowned Hare Krishna movement will be released in cinemas across the UK. Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement, and the Swami who started it all will premiere at the Odeon Covent Garden on Monday 23rd April.

Friday, 06 April 2018

The wait in the UK is finally over! Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami who started it all(formerly known as Acharya) is coming to cinemas in the UK! Never before has there been a bigger opportunity for a mainstream audience in the UK to experience the incredible story of A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami (affectionately known as Srila Prabhupada), the 70-year-old Swami from India, who arrived in America without any support or money in the turbulent 1960s. Despite all difficulties and obstacles, his unflinching determination and faith ignited a worldwide spiritual phenomenon, known as the “Hare Krishna Movement” and officially named the “International Society of Krishna Consciousness” (ISKCON).

Thursday, 22 February 2018

ISKCON London’s own record label, Radha Krishna records, is currently in production on an ISKCON 50th Anniversary London Mellows kirtan album.

The Radha Krishna Temple at ISKCON of Soho Street, London inaugurated London Mellows, an annual 24-hour kirtan weekend, in 2016 as an offering to Srila Prabhupada on ISKCON’s 50th anniversary.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Food for Life in London, an initiative from London’s Radha-Krishna Temple, has been feeding hot meals to the homeless for over 20 years, and in 2017 expanded it’s usual Monday to Thursday offering to include Fridays and Saturdays. Its incredible efforts were officially recognised in December 2017 when the chief organiser of the London-based service, Asish Soni, was honoured with a British Empire Medal for voluntary and charitable services to homeless people.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Thanks to ethical eating initiatives such as Veganuary, more people than ever before are taking the plunge and going totally meat and dairy-free in 2018.

It's lucky then that PETA recognises London as the most veggie and vegan-friendly city on the planet, with more and more specialist restaurants (and pubs) opening every year.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Food for Life in London, an initiative from London’s Radha-Krishna Temple, has been feeding hot meals to the homeless for over 20 years, and in 2017 expanded its usual Monday to Thursday offering to include Fridays and Saturdays. Its incredible efforts were officially recognised in December 2017 when the chief organiser of the London-based service, Acyuta Charan dasa (Asish Soni), was honoured with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for voluntary and charitable services to homeless people. The BEM is awarded for a “hands-on” service to the local community, either a long-term voluntary or charitable activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration that has made a significant difference.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Devotees are given new names at their initiation

‘I was working in investment banking and earning a decent salary but engaging in lots of drinking and drugging. I realised the path I was on was a dangerous one and decided to look at alternatives. After some years of practice and training, I took vows and received a spiritual name to help me remember Krishna. My birth name is James Edwards, but my spiritual name is Jai Nitai Dasa, which means “he who is the servant of the glorious lord Nityananda”.’

Wednesday, 03 January 2018

A Croydon dad who helps to run the largest vegetarian food charity for homeless people in London has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year’s Honours list.

 
 
 
 
 
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