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Pusyabhishek 2015

What is the pleasure that the soul is looking for….love. And love is expressed through service. The meaning of service is to please Krishna, the all attractive one. By Srila Prabhupad’s great kindness, he has enlightened us with this most wonderful culture of Krishna Consciousness and to engage our loving propensity in service, he has gifted us many beautiful vaisnava festivals. Pusyabhishek (or Pushpabhishek) is one of such joyous occasions when multitude of devotees come together to offer Their Lordships a unique, once in a year, bathing & decorating with huge amounts of soft, fragrant and colorful flower petals.


“Krishna was just a toy in the hands of the Gopis, so one day the Gopis decided that we shall decorate Him. Pusyabhisheka means a ceremony to decorate the deity profusely with flowers, ornaments, cloths.” (Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Danavir, 20/11/1971, Delhi)

On 4th and 11th of this month, ISKCON Pune celebrated this amazing Pusyabhishek festival at Sri Sri Radha Vrindavan-Chandra temple (at New Vedic Cultural Centre, Katraj-Kondhwa bypass) & Sri Sri Radha Kunjabihari temple (Camp) respectively. Throughout the day, devotees, gathered together in large numbers, plucked millions of flower petals. The evenings witnessed showering of these flower petals on Their Lordships amidst soul-stirring Kirtan, while hundreds & thousands of devotees & visitors, in a fully packed temple hall, watched in sheer joy and amazement the grandeur of the charming glorification of the Supreme Lordships. Everyone present sang in unison and chorus the sweet mahamantra “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare” and the songs like “Phoolon mein saj rahe hain, sri vrindavan vihari/ aur sang mein saj rahi hain, vrishbhanu ki dulari.”

All visitors were served with a sumptuous feast of Paav-bhaji, Masala rice, Firani sweet, Gulab Jaamun etc. We are posting some of the sweetest glimpses of divine celebration, courtesy to our Photography team.

Srimad Bhagavat Gyana Yajna

ISKCON Pune welcomes you to start the New Year with Srimad Bhagavatam Gyana Yajna, a week-long festival of Katha on the topic of Mathura-Vijaya, Kirtana & lots of Prasadam. The Bhagavat Katha will be narrated by His Holiness Bhakti Ashraya Vaisnava Swami Maharaj, who is renowned for charming narrations of Krishna-Leela, imbued with intricate philosophical insights along with sweet descriptions of Lord’s pastimes.


His Holiness has received his sannyas initiation from Srila Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj on 13th November, 2013 on the most auspicious Kartik Ekadasi, which was also the disappearance day of Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaja as well as the beginning day of Bhismapanchaka. He is a member of the Vrindavana Regional Council. He has been preaching in India in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab and has been assigned to preach in Rajasthan, Ujjain and Orissa.


The entire week will be marked by various festivities such as Kalash yatra & deepa-prajwalan on 21st January, Govardhan-puja mahotsava on 23rd, Jhulan Yatra on 22nd many more similar events. The most significant part of festival is daily Bhagavat Katha from 5pm to 8 pm throughout the week at ISKCON’s New Vedic Cultural Centre at Katraj-Kondhwa bypass. The Katha will be followed by the dinner feast.

Naad Rang – A unique cultural program by Children

Performing arts in its various forms, for the pleasure of their lordships has been a very important and integral part of ISKCON. In ISKCON Pune, Bhaktivedanta Kala Kshetra offers this platform under the guidance of Bal Govind Prabhu and team.

Lord Krishna is very pleased when His devotees offer their beautiful artistic offerings to Him and He shows his love for arts in forms like Rasaraj, Natavar, Murlidhar and so on. When lord Krishna appeared as his own devotee as Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, then also he established Hari Naam Sankirtan as the Yuga dharma and He used to relish sankirtan with his associates for long times. In the same way, many of the prominent Acharyas in Vaishnava Parampara have expressed their feelings in form of devotional songs that inspire millions of devotees now and forever.


On Dec 14th 2014, a unique cultural program was organized at ISKCON NVCC at Pune for the pleasure of their lordships. This program named “Naad Rang” was special as all the artists performing in this program were children from the congregation of Sri Sri Radha Vrindavanchandra temple.


During this 2 hour long program children of different age groups presented a number of performances on Indian classical, South Indian classical, Tabla, Kuchipudi dance, Bharatnatyam dances and a unique live painting.


The names of the children artists are Riddhima, Vaishnavi, Kush, Hrishikesh, Vishnu, Sara, Gopileela, Khushi, Priyavrat, Ashutosh, Gauranga, Nandrani, Bhakti, Anaya and Govinda.


This program was a glimpse of how creative expression in the field of performing arts develops the child’s inner self and creative discipline also helps in developing child’s personality.

The program was graced by the auspicious presence of HG Jahanava Mataji, HG Rupa Goswami Prabhu, HG Bal Govind Prabhu and many other senior devotees. The program was coordinated by HG Jayanarsimha Prabhu and HG Yashoda Rani Mataji.


Gita Dana Yajna

Hare Krishna

Please accept our humble obeisances.

Dear devotees

This whole month we collect donation for sponsoring Bhagavad Gita partly and then we distribute Gita in subsidized price especially to the school students all over India.

On 28th December 2014, we are celebrating Gita Dana Yajna at ISKCON NVCC, Pune evening 5:00 P.M.

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By sponsoring Bhagavad Gita partly you can participate in this yajna.

Kindly contact 9552790595.

Your Servant

Dayasindhu Das

Devotional Classical evenings at ISKCON Pune

Hare Krishna ,

Please accept my humble obeisances,

All glories to Srila Prabhupada,

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga,

For the pleasure of all The Lordships and all the Vaishnavas. on behalf of the kirtan team of Cultural department and Bhaktivedanta Kala Kshetra of NVCC, we feel privileged to announce following few events.

Kirtan Sandhya

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Place: ISKCON NVCC, Pune

Date: 31st December 2014

Time: 5:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.

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Place: ISKCON Camp, Pune

Date: 31st December 2014

Time: 5:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.

For more details please contact:

Murli Govind das (9762032659).

Swar Sandhya

Like last year, this year too, we are holding a grand classical concert of Vaishnava Bhajans and Kirtans to welcome the new English year 2015 in Krsna Conscious way !!!

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Date: 1st January 2015, Thursday

Time: 5:00pm – 9:30pm

Venue: Sri Sri Radha Vrindavanchandra Temple hall, NVCC.

For more details please contact:

Sameer Krishna das (9604559639).

Details are as follows:

Singers: HG Manjiri Gopi DD, HG Priya Sundari DD, HG Param Shakti DD, HG Sharnya Radha DD, HG Parth Hari Das, HG Shankar Pandit Das, HG Sameer Krsna Das, Bh Nitin Mehendale, Bh Rohan J., Bh Keshu, Bh Palash and other artists

Vaishnava Dasavani

Few Vaishnava artists from Udupi are going to have a performance of Vaishnava Songs in Carnatic style of singing by Karnataka Sangha, Pune. These will be compositions of Shripada Madhvacharya and other saints like Purandara Dasa etc.

Date: 4 January 2015

Time: 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.

Venue: ISKCON NVCC, Pune

For more details please contact:

Rasamrita Sindhu das (8421184921).

Kindly be there with your family and friends to relish and absorb in glorification of the Lord in classical melodies.

Your Servant

Dayasindhu das


Kirtal Mandali, Bhaktivedanta Kala Kshetra.


Bhagavata Katha

Bored with hackneyed New Year parties?? Looking for an adventurous and enriching experience while marching forward towards the beginning of another New Year of dreams, hopes and opportunities?? Then we would urge you to do away with so called not so new ‘New Year parties’ and extend to you a warm and hearty invitation to Krishna’s New Year Carnival, which has been enthralling the hearts of Puneites (or Poonaites) for last 12 years. We would like to welcome you to a week-long extravaganza of soul-stirring music, enchanting discourses and mesmerizing feast for your taste buds!!!

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ISKCON Pune welcomes you to annual Bhagavat Katha festival by His Holiness Lokanath Swami Maharaj, a world renowned and widely acclaimed Kirtan singer and Bhagavat Katha speaker. His holiness speaks to large gatherings in USA, Mauritius and all over India in annually celebrated Bhagavat Katha festivals. As a spiritual guru within ISKCON, Lokanath Maharaj has been associated with Krishna Consciousness since 1972. His holiness has worked on many spiritual and educational projects such as Padayatra festival, World Holy Name Week Festival, Bhaktivedanta Academy for Spiritual Sciences (BASS), etc. Serving as ISKCON’s Padyatra Minister, He has organized Padyatras in 108 countries. His holiness has served as an ISKCON Minister for the ‘Srila Prabhupada Centennial’, whereby he coordinated a global campaign in the year 1996, and the magnificent Centennial celebrations achieved unmatched success with respect to the number of Srila Prabhupada’s books distributed, plates of prasadam served, and festivals conducted worldwide.

The Bhagavat Katha will be conducted at one of the most prestigious as well as spacious auditorium in Pune city, “Ganesh Kala Krida Manch” near Swargate from 25th to 31st Dec, 2014. The entire week will be marked by various festivities such as Jhulan yatra on 26th December, Deepotsava on 27th December, Jagannath rath yatra mahotsava on 28th December, Puspabhisheka on 31st December and many more similar events. The most significant part of carnival is daily Bhagavat Katha from 6 to 9 pm throughout the week. The katha will be followed by sumptuous prasadam.

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So, let us gather together to welcome the New Year in most sublime, enlightening and mouth-watering way possible, and thereby explore the sweetness and universal harmony within and without.

New Attraction at ISKCON NVCC: Govinda’s Restaurant – The Higher Taste

Refreshing welcome drinks and nutritious salads act as instant eye catchers as one enters the premises of recently inaugurated pure vegetarian restaurant Govinda’s. The tagline “the higher taste” literally lives up to its literal meaning. The sanctified vegetarian restaurant is a great place for holistic culinary experience. Food and ingredients are fresh and organic. The delicious food served here is something much beyond, than just being pure vegetarian delicacies. It’s “prasadam” that is, food stuffs are first offered to Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishna and then accepted as the remnants of their mercy. Therefore, this prasadam not only nourishes both body and mind but also soothes the soul of each partaker.

The restaurant is located just outside the temple complex of ISKCON’s New Vedic Cultural Centre at Katraj-Kondhwa by pass, on the left side of main entrance. Govinda’s has a seating capacity of around 70 people in its main dining hall. As per the needs, the verandah outside can also be utilized to accommodate more visitors. This is especially useful during birthdays or similar such parties

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The ambience gives an experience of rich Indian Vedic culture. Walls are colorfully painted and decorated. As you enter the restaurant you will be greeted by well-dressed attendants with “Hare Krishna”. Their friendly demeanor will make you feel at home. These attendants keep the restaurant sparkling clean and Soothing kirtan is played in the background exuding a positive vibe supporting a nice atmosphere. The restaurant serves lunch from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Prasadam is served in the format of unlimited, buffet (Self Service).

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A typical Govinda’s menu comprises of welcome drinks (fruit juices, Jaljeera etc.), Salads (for e.g. green salad, macaroni salad etc.), Starters like kachoris, dhoklas followed by main course which includes vegetables (such as Paneer Tikka Masala, Veg Afgani, Veg Jhalfrezi etc.), Rice (Both plain as well as special rice preparations), Dals, Assorted Rotis (such as Fulka, puri, chapatti, kulcha, Naan etc.). The last but not the least part of menu is its variety of desserts which includes Ice cream, Rabadi, sweet rice etc.

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By now, I am damn sure that you will be convinced of a delightful and sumptuous experience for your taste buds upon every visit. Rates are reasonable and taste is enticing. So, if you are fond of “Higher Taste” then do visit “Govinda’s – The Higher Taste”, and what’s more? The taste of the pudding lies in eating it.

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A Six Session Certificate Course on Bhagavad Gita As It Is

An invitation to study a lifetime self-help Book

Don’t miss the Nectarean Bhagvad Gita course starting soon :- Get to
know what Krishna really spoke on the battlefield of Kuruksetra….and also

Get to know WHAT IS IN IT FOR YOU ?!!! practical
relevance of it in YOUR life…….

BG Eng

Speaker : H.G. Ramnitai Das (M.Tech, IIT Chennai)

Date : Every Saturday 20 December 2014 onwards
Time : 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.

Venue: Balaji Hall, ISKCON NVCC, Pune

Bhagavad Gita Hindi

Speaker : H.G. Ramnitai Das (M.Tech, IIT Chennai)
Date : Every Sunday 21 December 2014 onwards
Time : 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.
Venue: Hall H-21, Voice Building, NVCC

Bhagavad Gita English

bhagavad gita course Hindi Pamphlet

For more details please contact

9657243087 (Ashwin)