Category: Hare Krishna

New Vindraban rebuilding its temple

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. – Thirty years after Hare Krishnas built a flamboyant shrine for their swami on a remote Appalachian ridge, the Palace of Gold is crumbling, and light from the chandeliers occasionally glistens in rainwater puddled on the marble floor. This religious colony about 90 minutes south of Pittsburgh is dubbed New Vrindaban after a holy city in India and once was meant to be the showpiece of the Hare Krishnas, a Hindu sect founded by a Bengali missionary during the boom years of the hippie movement. Tourists once poured in by the busload to see the ornate palace, the

Krishna couple gets support in fight to keep cows in village

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A couple who practice the Krishna Consciousness branch of Hinduism have received support from two national Hindu organizations in their fight to keep cows in the village of Angelica. The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on whether an injunction that forced Linda and Stephen Voith to move their animals is valid. The Voiths say the cows are integral to the practice of their religion, which protects and celebrates cows. The Allegany County village says they violate local law governing the keeping of farm animals. The Hindu American

Hindu cow shed ruling

A massive cow shed which was the subject of a Government inquiry has ben rejected by a planning inspector. Permission for the shed, which would have housed 44 sacred cows in the grounds of the Hare Krishna Bhaktivedanta Manor in Aldenham, was refused by Hertsmere Borough Council months ago, but the owners appealed to the Government. A hearing was held in January and February and the inspector this week upheld the council’s decision that it was an inappropriate development in the Green Belt. Temple president Gauri das said: “It is disappointing news. We require suitable facilities for our cows as

Court rejects ‘Hare Krishna’ appeal for building temple

Moscow, March. 21 (PTI): A Moscow court has rejected an appeal by the ‘Hare Krishna‘ movement for allowing it to construct a temple on 1.05 hectares of land in a prime locality in the Russian capital. Alleging that the arbitration court rejected its appeal for building the Krishna temple “under pressure,” the Moscow chapter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has vowed to take its fight to Strasbourg human rights court. “We presume that the court decision was taken under pressure and does not reflect the legal assessment of our writ challenging Moscow government’s action,” said Sergei Andreev, Chief

No restrictions on practice, propagation of Indian culture in Russia

New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs, Anand Sharma said on Wednesday that there are no restrictions on the practice and propagation of Indian culture in Russia. In a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said that the promotion of Indian culture and development of cultural interaction with the host country is an integral part of the activities of all Indian missions abroad. The Government recognises the importance of cultural diplomacy in the attainment of India’s foreign policy objectives. It shall be the endeavour of the Government to further strengthen and expand the infrastructure and

Hare Krishna death not suspicious

The death of a woman whose body was found in a dam on the New South Wales far north coast earlier this week was no longer being treated as suspicious, police said today. The body of the 30-year-old was found floating in a dam at a Hare Krishna retreat at Eungella, near Murwillumbah, by community members about 8.30pm (AEDT) on Monday. Investigators from the homicide squad were called in to assist local detectives, but have ended their investigations. “Following post-mortem results yesterday, police are no longer treating the death as suspicious,” a police statement says. Police are preparing a report

Death shocks Hare Krishnas

The suspected murder of a woman at a Hare Krishna retreat on the New South Wales far north coast has devastated local devotees. Homicide detectives today joined local investigators at the Hare Krishna Community Farm after police confirmed they were treating the death as suspicious. The body of the 30-year-old was found floating in a dam at the Eungella retreat, near Murwillumbah, by community members about 8.30pm (AEDT) on Monday. It’s understood the woman, of Tweed Heads, and a male companion had spent the week sorting out “troubles”. A statement issued by the Hare Krishna community today said the woman

Woman dies at Hare Krishna retreat

A woman whose body was found floating in a dam at a Hare Krishna retreat on the New South Wales far north coast had been staying at the sanctuary to sort out “troubles” with a male companion. The 30-year-old woman, of Tweed Heads, was found by community members at the spiritual retreat at Eungella, near Murwillumbah, about 8.30pm (AEDT) yesterday. The woman, who has not been identified, and her male companion had spent the week sorting out “troubles” at the retreat, Channel 10 reported. At least one local resident heard the couple fighting on the night of her death, it

Holy cows remain subject of legal fight

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Krishna couple whose sacred cows were banished from the western New York village of Angelica in 2003 have renewed their fight to bring them home. Stephen and Linda Voith are appealing a state Supreme Court decision that sided with Angelica officials who cited rules governing farm animals within village limits. To the Voiths, members of the Krishna Consciousness branch of Hinduism, their six cows are not farm animals but part of the family and integral to the practice of their religion that protects and celebrates cows. “As soon as we raised that (religion) issue, the judge

Russia: Krishna Followers Go on Hunger Strike against Expulsion

The conflict related to construction of Krishna Followers Temple gained momentum Saturday. Moscow authorities voiced intention to take out the allotment allocated for building the Vedic Culture Temple, Krishna followers responded by a hunger strike. More than 500 people went on a long-term hunger strike Saturday, November 12, 2005, said Sergey Andreev, leader of the Moscow community of Krishna followers, in a move to preserve the allotment allocated in Moscow for the temple construction. As a religious organization, Hare Krishna was officially acknowledged in Russia in 1988. Now the country has 106 registered communities of Krishna followers and over 300