The International Society for Krishna Consciousness - ISKCON
was established in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. ISKCON has since
developed into a worldwide confederation of 10,000 temple
devotees and 250,000 congregational devotees.
Better known as the Hare Krishna movement, ISKCON is
comprised of more than 350 centres, 60 rural communities, 50
schools and 60 restaurants worldwide.
During the time when the Hare Krishna movement was growing
fast and many temples were being established around the w or
ld, in 1976, devotees from all over the w or ld came to
Vrindavan, India f or the opening ceremony of the Krishna
Balaram Mandir by ISKCON. At that time, Srila Prabhupada
instructed devotees to go to different parts of the w or ld
to open new temples.
With the instructions and blessings of Srila Prabhupada,
some devotees came to Sri Lanka on 4/10/1976 to open a
temple in Colombo. A popular businessman and philanthropist
Mr. E. Shanmugam donated a place to open a temple f or
ISKCON in Colombo. On 15/3/1977 ISKCON was registered as a
Religious and Cultural organization with the Ministry of
The deity of L or d Krishna was donated to ISKCON Sri Lanka
by Thirupathi Thirumala Devastanam (T.T.D), Andhra Pradesh
India in 1982 and L or d Krishna was f or mally installed
with Kumbabishekam ceremony in 1982. The deity of Srimati
Radharani was also donated by T.T.D in 1990 and installed
with Kumbabishekam ceremony in 1990. After this, the temple
was called "Sri Sri Radha Krishna temple" and the deities
are called Sri Radha Rajagopal.
Sri Sri Radha Krishna
In 1992, ISKCON was officially inc or p or ated by an Act
of Parliament No: 69 of 1992 . In 1996 the centennial year
of the appearance of Srila Prabhupada was celebrated with
1008 holy waters from holy places in India.
Sri Jagannath. Baladev and Subadhra
The deities of Jagannath, Baladev and Subadhra were brought
from Jagannath Puri India and were ceremoniously installed
and they are w or shipped since1997. In 1999, the first
Jagannath Ratha Yatra was conducted as a festival of peace
and this has become an annual event.
The mission of this nonsectarian, monotheistic movement is
to promote the well being of society by teaching the science
of Krishna consciousness according to Bhagavad-gita
and other ancient scriptures.
Srila Prabhupada gave a clear mission statement for ISKCON
which is outlined in the following seven points.
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 in life and to achieve real unity
and peace in the world.
To propagate a consciousness of Krishna (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 Krishna, 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 (Krishna).
To teach and encourage the sankirtana movement,
congregational chanting of the holy name of God, as
revealed in the teachings of Lord Sri Caitanya
To erect for the members and for society at large a holy
place of transcendental pastimes dedicated to the
personality of Krishna.
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.