ISKCON Ballari, an extension of ISKCON Bangalore, opened a new preaching centre in the city on January 19, 2020.

The inaugural program which included Vaishnava Homa and Sudarshana Narasimha Homa was held from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, in the holy presence of HH Stoka Krishna Swami, Vice President, ISKCON Bangalore. It was graced by Sri G. Somashekar Reddy, MLA, Ballari who was the chief guest and Dr. S. J. V. MAHIPAL, Chairman of T. E. H. (Tungabhadra Education Health) & Rural Development and also the Chairman of Basavarajeshwari Public School & College. His Grace Gunabhadra dasa, His Grace Gunarnava dasa, His Grace Sripati Dasa and His Grace Ishvara Puri Dasa were present on this occasion.

iskcon-bellariSri G. Somashekar Reddy, MLA (right) along with Dr. S. J. V. MAHIPAL, Chairman of Basavarajeshwari Public School & College (left).
iskcon-bellariSri G. Somashekar Reddy doing Sankalpa
iskcon-bellariHH Stoka Krishna Swami and other devotees preparing to begin the Homa
iskcon-bellariAudience at the inaugural ceremony
iskcon-bellariPurnahuti – the final offering into the Homa
iskcon-bellariBeautifully decorated altar
iskcon-bellariHH Stoka Krishna Swami giving a lecture
 iskcon-bellariHH Stoka Krishna Swami performing puja
iskcon-bellariDevotees participate in kirtan
iskcon-bellariParticipants honouring lunch prasadam

The new building is located at Kappagal Main Road, Sir M V Nagara, 10th cross, Ward No. 22. It is dedicated to preaching the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness to the people in the city. Classes on Srimad-Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita will be held here on every Sunday.

ISKCON Ballari started its preaching activities in the year 2012, from a rented hall located at 2nd cross, Gandhinagar, with a seating capacity of 400 devotees. It was decided to open a new centre with a larger sitting area, considering the growing number of devotees attending the classes. The present building can accommodate 600 participants.

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