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Iskcon Haridwar

In Haridwar, The seed of Krishna consciousness was personally planted by His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisidhhanta Saraswati Thakur the spiritual master of ISKCON founder Acharya Srila Prabhupada. Srila Saraswati Thakur visited Haridwar with a group of disciple and preached Krishna Consciousnes.There he established Gaudia math centre and installed deities of Sri Radha Krishna.
Srila Prabhupada also visited Haridwar with his many foreigner disciples in May 1977 while on his way to Hrishikesh for his health improvement & recovery. He stayed here for few days and liked it very much. When local people and visitor came to know that Srila Prabhupada is here, they became eager to meet him. Everyday Prabhupada met people in evening time and preached them about Krishna consciousness. Seeing the spiritual significance Srila Prabhupada desired for a beautiful temple in this place. In his letters also Prabhupada inspired others to visit here.
From time to time many Iskcon sanyasis & preachers kept on visiting Haridwar for preaching. It was the year 1992 when H.H.Nava Yogendra Swami Maharaj one of the senior disciples of Srila Prabhupada came here with few devotees and started regular preaching program for local residents and visitor and soon he was able to get a small place for preaching having 2-3 rooms and a small lawn. The resident devotees started temple program, Nagar Kirtan, Books Distribution and congregation development. Time to time His Holiness was coming and encouraging devotees for preaching activities, still we did not have our own Iskcon property. Then by Krishna’s grace His Holiness single handedly arranged a nice building for Krishna conscious activities. We shifted our temple in the new building & the first official Iskcon centre got started in 1994.
Even though the centre was not so big but many visitors and localities got inspired and came to learn about Krishna consciousness .Some of them started chanting, following four regs, also joined ISKCON as full time devotee in various centers in India. Soon we were able to attract many dignitaries like central and state government officials, VIPs who visited the temple during festivals.
In 2007 we started renovations and modified this centre. Now stands a small but beautiful temple hall along with a nice altar (deity room) where Sri Gopal ji & Sri Sri Gaur Nitai (the presiding deities) are seated. There are many realizations of devotees and visitors about Their Lordships. Many time Their lordships shower their mercy on visitors and devotees by coming in dreams. Some time visitors just came here to stay but these realizations totally transform them and they start following Krishna consciousness and become devotees.We have a small guest house having 4-5 rooms only for visitors and life patrons who come and stay to offer their services in the lotus feet of their Lordship.
Iskcon Haridwar recognizes Book Distribution, Youth Preaching and Congregation Development as its the main praching programs. Recently we started bhakti vrksha program with 2 groups and many families are getting benefited by this Krishna conscious activity. We are also doing youth preaching programs under banner of Prabhupada Youth Forum. There is also a separate girl’s wing for girls. Many youth are participating enthusiastically .Regularly devotees and youth go for hari nam and books distribution at har ki paudi, public places, and mass public programs. Thousands of books are being distributed every year. Iskcon Haridwar also organizes mass preaching programs annually during janamastami, Gour Purnima, Ram Navami, Goverdhan Puja etc. Many dignitaries, VIPs and thousands of people come to participate. On special occasions we also organize nagar kirtan, sobha yatra. We are organizing spiritual tour like Hrishikesh, Badrinath, Vrindavan, Puri, etc. to encourage people. During any special occasion or bathing event visitors come, stay and take benefit of various Krishna consciousness programs. Iskcon Haridwar does play an active role during kumbh in assisting Iskcon activities like local official works, Pandal erection, Books Distribution, food for life and volunteer support etc.
The resident of Haridwar welcomed Iskcon as greatest part of Vedic culture & true instructor of the society .many people were seeking for true spirituality and they were misguided by so called philosophers or preachers of self made religions. When they got the teachings of Srila Prabhupada their search got finished and their minds were convinced by the factual teachings.
Now we are trying to acquire a land which is under dispute. We have some future plans on papers for a big temple at this place which includes Auditorium, Goushala, Guest House, Gurukul, Restaurant etc.
We all pray at the lotus feets of the predecessor Acharyas, Vaisnavas and the Supreme Lord Krishna that we will be able to get this new land, where we may fulfill the dream of Srila Prabhupada of a beautiful temple in Haridwar.

HH Navayogendra
Swamiji Maharaj
Srila Prabhupada Lord Chaitanya Lord Krishna
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