ISKCON Chaplain Provides Spiritual Support at London Olympics
London, UK: ISKCON had a small yet significant presence at the London Olympic Games this year, with ten devotees from various UK temples serving as volunteers, and two playing important staff roles. Ajay Kumar was accepted on the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, ISKCON London brahmachari monk Saci Kisore Dasa served as a Hindu chaplain at the Multi-Faith Centre in the Olympic Athlete’s Village, offering spiritual guidance to athletes, support coaches and volunteers seeking it.
Women’s Day Tea Party
Durban, South Africa: The Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple Africa celebrated and honored women by hosting a Womens Day Tea Party with Krishna. Ladies were invited to a relaxing morning of conversation, entertainment, enlightenment and refreshments. The idea behind the event was to engage women in topical discussion that centers on God consciousness, not merely a celebration of feminism.
Olympic Medal Winner visits ISKCON Bahadurgarh
Bahadurgarh, Haryana: Olympic medal winner Yogeshwar Dutt visited Bahadurgarh on August 19, 2012. Yogeshwar and his coach Satpal, participated in harinama-sankirtana. Both received a copy of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita.
ISKCON Pune Conducts Gita Contest
Pune, Maharashtra: ISKCON conducted a Gita contest across dozens of schools in Pune. More than ten thousand students participated from eighty-five schools participated in the contest. Prizes worth thousands of rupees were distributed.
Lord Jagannatha at the Caribbean Festival
Toronto, Canada: Devotees from ISKCON Toronto chanted and danced in a Ratha-yatra procession during the Toronto Caribbean Carnival. About 140 spiritual books, 1,400 prasada sweets, 2,000 prasada lollipops, and 2,500 cards inscribed with the temple’s contact details and the Hare Krishna mantra were distributed. Devotees were interviewed, explaining that they were bringing the spiritual sounds of the East to the Carnival, on five different television stations.