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KRISHNA’S NEW YEAR CARNIVAL : BHAGAVAT KATHA FESTIVAL

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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

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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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Janmashtami Cultural Programs

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Avail this wonderful opportunity on occasion of Janmastami 2014!
Stay away from fasting exhaustion!
Stay fully absorbed in feasting on lord’s nama, rupa, guna, lila
Through the cultural extravaganza…!

Janmastami Cultural program 2014
Day – 17th August 2014, Sunday
Time – 6.30 pm to 11.30 pm
Venue – 1st floor prasadam hall, ISKCON, NVCC, Pune

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Bhoomi Pujan of ISKCON Guest House

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March 08, 2014 marked a new milestone in the history of ISKCON NVCC Pune, with the bhoomi pujan ceremony of Atithi Bhavan.

_DSC0748 _DSC1033 The event was presided over by Mr Rahulkumar Bajaj (Chairman Bajaj Group) as Chief Guest. His son Mr Sanjiv Bajaj was also present for the event. HH Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj graced the occasion with his auspicious presence.

The event started with a kalash pooja followed by ground breaking and inauguration of the corner stone. HH Gopal Krishna Goswami maharaj enlightened the audience about ISKCON and Srila Prabhupad’s contribution towards upliftment of society at large. HG Radheshyam pr highlighted the various activities of ISKCON Pune. Mr Rahulkumar Bajaj also spoke at the event and interacted with the President HG Radheshyam prabhu and other senior members of the society. He deeply appreciated the efforts and the activities of ISKCON Pune.DSCN0627

Photos of the event can be seen at: http://www.iskconpune.com/dev/?page_id=1676&album=BhoomiPujanOfAtithiBhavan