• Message from Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa
    President - ISKCON, Bangalore
    July 01, 2020

Hare Krishna! Please accept the blessings of Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra.

As another quiet day ended on Hare Krishna Hill, I was reminiscing the journey of ISKCON-Bangalore.

It was by good fortune that I joined the Hare Krishna movement. Srila Prabhupada's books and teachings inspired me to dedicate my life in the service of humanity. By the will of the Lord, I soon got an opportunity to serve in the beautiful city of Bangalore. In the initial days, we were a small group of young devotees who lived in a small rented apartment in the city. Our dwelling was humble; the resources were scarce. Nevertheless, the desire to spread the message of Lord Sri Krishna was intense.

Srila Prabhupada desired to build a nice temple in Bangalore that would become a spiritual centre benefiting lakhs of people in this region. We were constantly remembering this direction and fervently praying for Lord's plan to manifest.

In due course, our prayers were answered, and ISKCON Bangalore got a new address. In the year 1997, a barren hillock in a sparsely populated locality became the holy site of the first Radha Krishna temple in Bangalore. Generous support and contributions from our donors, supporters & well-wishers miraculously transformed the non-descript mound of earth into a well-known landmark, attracting pilgrims and visitors from across the world.

Since the last 23 years, ISKCON Bangalore campus situated on the Hare Krishna Hill has provided hope and inspiration to lakhs of people from all walks of life, irrespective of religion, caste, creed or any other considerations. We have strived to conduct various activities to preserve the glorious culture & heritage and promote the authentic spiritual traditions of our Vedic culture. Our social outreach programs continue to touch under-served communities that are expectantly looking forward to our support and care.

The captivating beauty of Sri Radha Krishnachandra and other deities, strict standards of temple worship and grand festivals have enthralled the devotees. The widespread distribution of spiritual literatures (Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam), and various initiatives to promote these teachings have given people a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Thousands of children and youth have been introduced to the exalted culture and values of our country with engaging content in contemporary formats. Every visitor has been served a cup of piping hot khicdi prasadam, leaving them satisfied and happy.

In the last few months, our full-time resident devotees and volunteers have been involved in extensive COVID-19 food relief efforts across the country. I am humbled to inform you that over 6.7 crore meals have been served to the distressed and vulnerable sections of the society in the form of food-relief kits and freshly cooked meals through our social service initiative, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and other associate foundations. The Government of India, State Governments, and international organizations such as UNESCO have appreciated our efforts. We thank all our donors, supporters, volunteers who are working with us in these relief activities.

These transformational activities have given millions of people a reason to smile.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has had a devastating effect on many of our spiritual programs and activities. With practically no visitors to the temple, all our sources of income have dwindled and the resources required to manage the temple are depleting fast. In these difficult times, we are humbly requesting you, a valued member of the Sri Radha Krishnachandra family, to continue supporting us, as you have done in the past, in order to maintain the temple and to continue all the sevas to Their Lordships as usual.

We are eager to invite devotees and pilgrims who are waiting in anticipation for the darshan of Their Lordships. However, this will require specific structural modifications to ensure social distancing and safety of visitors. We need your helping hand to take up these crucial activities.

Srila Prabhupada's mission is to give human society an opportunity for a life of happiness, good health, peace of mind and all good qualities through God Consciousness. We are trying to fulfil this great need through our initiatives and programs. Your generous donation will immensely help us to carry on with this urgent mission.

In this hour of crisis, I humbly request you to participate in the Lords' seva and attract His special blessings. My prayers to Sri Radha Krishnachandra to bestow their supreme protection and shelter upon you and your family.

Thank you for your valuable time.

Yours in the service of God and humanity
Madhu Pandit Dasa

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