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The International Society for Krsna Consciousness (ISKCON) was established in T 1966 by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada). ISKCON has since developed into a worldwide confederation of 10,000 temple devotees and 2,50,000 congregational devotees. Better known as the Hare Krishna movement, ISKCON is comprised of more than 350 centers, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants worldwide. The mission of this nonsectarian, monotheistic movement is to promote the well-being of society by teaching the science of Krsna consciousness according to Bhagavad-gita and other ancient scriptures.

About Iskcon

  • To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all people in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values of life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world

  • To propagate a consciousness of Krsna (God), as it is revealed in the great scriptures of India, Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

  • To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Kṛṣṇa, the prime entity, thus developing the idea within the members, and humanity at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the quality of Godhead (Krsna).

  • To teach and encourage the Sankirtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy names of God, as revealed in the teachings of Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

  • To erect for the members and for society at large a holy place of transcendental pastimes dedicated to the personality of Kṛṣṇa.

  • To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler, more natural way of life.

  • With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings.


ISKCON's Accomplishments over past 50 years

  • 750-the number of ISKCON centres, temples and schools worldwide.


  • 550 million the number of books published and distributed by ISKCON worldwide.


  • 3 billion the number of free plates of sanctified vegetarian meals distributed worldwide since 1966.


  • 15 million the number of people who worship in ISKCON temples around the world, every year.


  • 1.3 million the number of meals distributed every day to needy school children in India by ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, also known as 'Annamrita' as part of the Governement's mid-day meal programe.


  • 3,40,000-the number of patients treated by ISKCON hospitals, mobile clinics and eye camps.


  • 260000-devotees walked 260000 kms visiting 52,000 towns and villages in 170 countries as part of the worldwide padayatra to bring the holy name to every town and village around the world.


  • 100,000-initiated disciples. In Bengal alone, >1 cr chanting


  • 6000-there are more than 6000 Hare Krishna festivals held every year around the world.


  • 350-Rath Yatra across the globe per year


  • 110-the number of Hare Krishna restaurants around the world.


  • 65 the number of eco-friendly farms run by ISKCON to practice 'simple living and high thinking.

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