Expansion of Deity Worship Academy
Mayapur, WB: The Mayapur Academy, which aims to train brahmanas with a focus on Deity worship, is about to add a new building to its educational campus. The new building will have 8,400 square feet, giving the Academy a total of 13,400 square feet over two buildings. One of these buildings will accommodate classes for men and the other for women.
Worldwide Ratha-yatra Celebrations
Udupi, Karnataka: On May 7, 2011, devotees from various cities in Karnataka converged in Udupi to celebrate the Ratha-yatra festival of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva, and Subhadra Devi. More than 2000 devotees attended.
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA:
The third annual Festival of the Chariots was held in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Upcoming Janmastami Celebrations
Los Angeles, USA: Devotees in New Dvaraka are gearing up for a three-day celebration during Janmastami (August 20–22), in honor of the 40th anniversary of the installation of Rukmini-Dvarakadhisha. About 7,000 people are expected to attend.
New Hare Krishna Temple in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: The second Hare Krishna temple in Utah will be established here on a four-acre plot near the University of Utah. It is expected to open in November. Temple priest Caru Dasa says the campus will be perfect for weekend yoga and spiritual retreats.
New Vrndavana Featured on CNN
Moundsville, WV, USA: The Palace of Gold and the Palace Rose Garden was featured on CNN Headline News in May and June. “The Palace of Gold is being featured due its international and historical significance,” said Damodara Dasa, an officer of the New Vrindavan management. “The Palace Rose Garden was featured due to the extraordinary beauty of the rose varieties, as well as the fact that this garden blooms three times a year from June through September.”
Harinama in Srinagar
Srinagar, J&K: On June 11, 2011, ISKCON devotees in Srinagar distributed the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in this war-stricken area by distributing transcendental literature and by performing harinama-sankirtana. Local people and military soldiers gladly welcomed them and even participated in kirtana.
Contributed by Bhakti Raghava Swami, Madhava Smullen Caleb Warnock and by Deena Bandhu Dasa .