Temple Schedule - ISKCON Bangalore (2022)

Darshan Timings

4:15am to 5:15am

7:15am to 1:15pm

4:15pm to 8:00pm

Weekends and public holidays – No break in the afternoon

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Morning Program

The scriptures recommend that spiritual activities performed in the auspicious time of brahma-muhurta (one and a half hours before sunrise) have greater effect. Srila Prabhupada mandated that devotees should wake up early in the morning at 3:30 am and prepare themselves for rendering devotional service. This mandate is strictly followed by all the devotees who practice the principles of Krishna consciousness.

Devotees wake up at 3:30 am, cleanse themselves according to the procedures recommended in the scriptures, wear fresh clothes, apply urdhva-pundra or vishnu-tilaka on twelve parts of their body and assemble in the temple with great enthusiasm to have darshan of the Supreme Lord. The morning program starts at 4:30 am and ends at 9:00 am.

4:30 am – Mangala Arati

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Srila Prabhupada has given a mandate that there must be regular mangala-arati in the temple, an hour and a half before sun rise.(Ref: CC. Madhya 24.334, purport)

At 3:45 am the jagarana seva is offered (waking up the Deities) followed by the balya bhoga offering (the morning offering of sweet rice). After that Their Lordships get ready to receive mangala-arati, the first arati of the day. Devotees eagerly assemble to have the first darshan of Their Lordships. At 4:30 am, the conch-shells blow announcing the opening of the altar doors. A grand arati is performed by offering incense, lamp, water, cloth, flowers, chamara (fan made of yak tail) & vyajana (fan made of peacock feathers) to Their Lordships. Devotees sing Guru-ashtaka, a song composed by Srila Vishwanatha Chakravarthi Thakura glorifying the spiritual master.

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4:45 am – Sri Tulasi puja

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Tulasi is the eternal consort of Lord Krishna, and the most pure devotee, and therefore, the Tulasi plant is worshiped by Vaishnavas. Simply by worshiping her faithfully, a devotee can free himself from all material miseries. Every day, at 4:45 am and at 6:45 pm, Tulasi puja is performed in the main temple hall. There are three major aspects of Tulasi worship.

  1. Tulasi Pranama: Devotees chant Tulasi Pranama Mantra thrice and offer obeisances to Tulasi.
  2. Tulasi Arati: Offering of incense, lamp and flowers to Tulasi Devi as the devotees sing the Tulasi Kirtana.
  3. Tulasi Pradakshina: Devotees circumambulate Tulasi Devi chanting the Pradakshina Mantra. It is said that when a person circumambulates Tulasi Devi, all the sins he may have committed are destroyed at every step. Devotees again offer obeisances chanting the Tulasi Pranama Mantra.

5:00 am – Sri Narasimha Arati

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The Supreme Lord appeared in the form of Narasimha, half-lion and half-man form, to protect His devotee Prahlada from the wrath of his father Hiranyakashipu, the greatest demon who defied the Supreme Lord. Lord Narasimha always protects His devotees and takes away the obstacles in their devotional service. Devotees offer Him prayers before they begin their services. An arati is performed as the devotees sing Narasimha Kirtana. After arati, they also chant Narasimha-kavacha (a prayer composed by Prahlada Maharaja and is included in the Brahmanda Purana).

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5:10 am – Suprabhata seva for Sri Srinivasa Govinda

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Devotees chant Vedic hymns like Purusha-sukta, Brahma Samhita, selected prayers from Srimad Bhagavatam, Svasti Vachanas, Sri Venkatesha Suprabhata, etc., to greet the Lord after He is awake. A full arati is performed to the Lord while devotees chant His glorification.

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5:30 am – Nitya Shodasha Upachara Puja & Japa Meditation

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Devotees assemble in the main temple hall and together chant Hare Krishna Maha Mantra. Chanting the Holy Names of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna is the Yuga Dharma. Srila Prabhupada recommended that we chant at least 16 rounds (1 round = 108 times) of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra every day. By chanting, one immediately becomes auspicious and transcendental to the infection of material qualities.

Behind the closed altar doors, the kautuka murtis of Sri Radha Krishnachandra, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama and Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga are offered shodashopachara seva (worship of the Deities with sixteen upacharas). As part of the shodashopachara seva, the Deities are also offered panchamrita abhisheka (a ceremonial bathing with milk, curds, ghee, honey and sweet water) and are dressed gorgeously. The mula-vigrahas are also adorned in gorgeous outfits and garlands.

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7:15 am – Shringara Darshana Arati and Guru Puja

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At 7:15 am, the conch shells blow, announcing the opening of Lord’s darshan. The doors open and incense smoke (dhupa) engulfs the entire main temple hall. It’s a unique experience being there in the main temple hall, witnessing the shringara darshan arati of the Lord.

After the arati, devotees carry Srila Prabhupada’s Deity in a pallakki and circumambulate the altar (pradakshina). Srila Prabhupada receives charanamrita and shatari and then visits the temples of Sri Sri Prahlada Narasimha and Sri Srinivasa Govinda to participate in the shringara darshana arati in these two temples. After the arati, he returns to the main temple & receives guru-puja, an elaborate arati performed by the devotees.

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8:30 am – Lecture on the Srimad-Bhagavatam

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Every day at 8:30 am there is a lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam. After the guru-puja, devotees accept the charanamrita of the Lord and then assemble in the lecture hall. It is said nityam bhagavata-sevaya: devotees should hear Srimad Bhagavatam every day. By this process of regular hearing, all the contamination in our heart will be cleansed and the devotional attitude will develop. To watch the lectures live on our website, visit the Live Darshan page every day at 8:30 am.
We request you to be part of this morning program and share the bliss with us.

12:30 pm – Rajbhog Arati

Their Lordships are offered rajbhog arati with incense, lamp, water, cloth, flowers, chamara & vyajana. Prior to this arati, at 12:00 pm Their Lordships receive Rajbhog offering, the grand offering of foodstuffs for the day. Rajbhog comprises varieties of delicacies like sweets, savouries, salads, vegetables, rice, roti, dhal, fruit juice, etc.

Evening Program

4:15 pm – Dhupa Arati

Their Lordships give darshan to the devotees with the opening of altar doors for dhupa arati wherein incense, flowers, chamara and vyajana are offered.

6:45 pm – Sri Tulasi Puja

Tulasi puja is performed in the main temple with tulasi pranama, tulasi arati and tulasi pradakshina.

7:00 pm – Sandhya Arati

It is a spiritually enlivening experience for the devotees to witness the sandhya arati in the evening. Their Lordships are offered incense, lamp, water, cloth, flowers, chamara and vyajana to the accompaniment of Gaura-arati song with melodious music.

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8:15 pm – Shayana Arati

Shayana arati which is the last arati of the day provides a unique devotional experience for the temple visitors. Their Lordships are offered various articles like incense, lamp, flowers, etc., while devotees sing a beautiful song accompanied with music on serving the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani and SriKrishna. The arati is followed by a grand shayana pallakki utsava when the kautuka murtis of Their Lordships are carried in a pallakki around the altar and then duly worshipped. The pallakki utsava combined with Harinama sankirtan is not only a visual delight but also a spiritually uplifting experience. Darshan closes after the kautuka murtis are taken to the shayana room for rest.

FAQs

Can I wear jeans to ISKCON? ›

Men can wear Dhoti, but not lungi. You can also wear pants or jeans. Women can wear saree, salwar, pants etc. avoid micros or minis.

Does ISKCON give salary? ›

Average annual salary in ISKCON is INR 3.4 lakhs.

Can I wear shorts to ISKCON? ›

No dress code is followed at ISKCON temple in Bangalore dress code but it is advisable to wear modest apparel, covering shoulders and knees.

Does ISKCON give free food? ›

15 crore free meals provided in 14 months as part of COVID relief work: ISKCON official. Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], May 25 (ANI): Amid the COVID pandemic and ongoing lockdown in Kolkata, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is serving people by providing free meals.

What are the 4 rules of ISKCON? ›

Srila Prabhupada emphasised on it prior to accepting a discipline, and so do any Rasika Vaishnavas. These 4 principles are based on 4 pillars of dharma - austerity, cleanliness, truthfulness and compassion.

Can a married woman join ISKCON? ›

No, these are all misconceptions among the people. Devotees can get married. Only 50 of ISKCON's five lakh devotees are brahmacharis. It is only that we change the colour of our dress after marriage.

Is living in ISKCON free? ›

Life member is entitled for free accommodation for three days per year per centre, subject to availability and prior confirmed reservation. List of ISKCON centres across the world will be sent to you along with the Life Patron Card. Birthday greetings for Life Member's family every year.

How is ISKCON so rich? ›

The ISKCON Structure

According to Prabhupada's instructions, no funds received through donations, sale of books, restaurants or gifts and artefacts from one temple can be transferred to another. Each temple has to devise ways to raise funds. Hence the size of the temples depend on the donations from its patrons.

Is Egg allowed in ISKCON? ›

It follows ISKCON's principles of vegetarianism in its cooking and strictly avoids meat, fish and eggs.

Can a girl go to ISKCON temple during periods? ›

The four Vedas never state anywhere that a woman's body is impure or that she cannot do poojas during menstruation. Prohibiting women from entering temples and castigating them as impure is squarely against the teachings of the Vedas.

Is coffee allowed in ISKCON? ›

The Basic rules, or principles, are the following: 1. Don't eat meat, eggs or fish. (Those are forbidden, but inside the temple you won't find or cook garlic, coffee, mushroom, ornions and other ingredients who are seen as not recommended because they are in the mode of ignorance.)

Can ISKCON members get married? ›

Yes, they can. Till the point the monks are staying in Brahmachari ashram of the ISKCON Temple following the rules and regulations, they are called Brahmacharis. It's a personal choice, some of them marry after few years or whenever they want to enter grihastha Ashram.

Can we wear black in ISKCON? ›

There is no rule that prevents you from wearing black colour or any coloured clothes while visiting temples.

What is ABCD in ISKCON? ›

- Syama Devi Dasi. A - Association : Seek good association that will help you in your spiritual life. B - Bhagvad Gita: read and understand a page of Bhagvad Gita everyday. C - Chant: Chant your rounds everyday. D - Diet: Make sure your Diet is Sattvic, offer it to Krishna and eat Prasadam.

Is camera allowed in ISKCON? ›

yes. over a year ago. over a year ago. Yes photography and videography both are allowed unless you're in the camera with the lord.

Does ISKCON have caste system? ›

ISKCON's educational and religious activities are open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, race, gender, or background.

Does ISKCON eat onion and garlic? ›

Devout bhakti-yogis of the Hare Krishna tradition choose a vegetarian diet that also includes the avoidance of onion and garlic.

What do Hare Krishnas not eat? ›

Devotees also only cook (and eat) foods classified as "sattvic," which means that unlike many Indian dishes, food prepared by Krishnas do not contain any onions or garlic. Alliums are considered unfit for offering to the deity and are believed to have a "toxic" influence on the body.

Is ISKCON converting to Hinduism? ›

No person can claim to be a converted Hindu, we don't do that conversion thing. You are either born in a Hindu family or you accept the ideas of Hinduism. Hinduism is way different than any other mainstream religion in this world.

Why does ISKCON have 16 rounds? ›

Because Iskcon is arranged with multiple avenues of service, 16 rounds (instead of more) is allowed because the primary goal is not bhajananandi but gosthy-anandi, that is, Iskcon is a preaching mission and not a society primarily for secluded, isolated reclusives.

Can a Hare Krishna get married? ›

Hare Krishnas devote their lives to “severe austerity, prayer, and meditation,” according to this Krishna site. However, there are many levels of devotion. If a Hare Krishna devotee wants to spend their lives in the temple and never marry, that is their choice. However, it isn't a requirement.

Does ISKCON have old age home? ›

Charitable Old Age Homes Iskcon Temple Rajajinagar , Bangalore.

Which country has most ISKCON? ›

India has the highest density of ISKCON centers in the world, with over 150 temples, 12 state-recognized educational institutions, 25 affiliated and non-affiliated restaurants, and a number of tourist and pilgrimage hotels.

How can I get ISKCON VIP pass? ›

Then you can directly contact any official ISKCON center and confirm your accommodation through phone or email.
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Your Documents Checklist:
  1. Donation Rs. 35,555/- only.
  2. Filled-up APPLICATION FORM.
  3. Three color photos or send color photos throught email.
  4. Self-attested copy of photo ID with address proof.

Which is the biggest ISKCON in India? ›

The temple is dedicated to Hindu deities Radha Madhava. Construction of the temple was started in 2010 and when completed it will be the world's largest Hindu temple and one of the tallest temples.
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Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, Mayapur
Governing bodyISKCON
Location
LocationMayapur, Nadia district
StateWest Bengal
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Is ISKCON Russian? ›

In 1971 A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), introduced it to Russia. In 1988, ISKCON was first registered as a religion. Later, it was re-registered in 1998. In the same year, there were 120 Krishna communities in Russia.

Is ISKCON vegan? ›

Yes it has only Vegan Diet Restaurant, no fancy ghee and oil. Very Heathly Sathvik Food, one can crave for more Devine food. over a year ago. Yes, as you rightly said, all ISKCON temples have only vegetarian menu.

Does Krishna eat egg? ›

Mostly dietitians and doctors suggests us to take eggs. Whereas Lord Krishna in Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta has suggested us not to eat eggs, as eggs comes under the category of tamasic food.

Can ISKCON eat mushroom? ›

product of ignorance, it is fungus so Vaishnavas don't take it or nor it is offerable to the Lord. In a nutshell ISKCON devotees do not add or substract what Srila Praphupada has taught.

Can we offer biscuits to Krishna? ›

Yes, if there is no alternative, but generally not directly to installed deities. However foods that are not considered 'cooked' like many sweets can be offered.

What Krishna says about periods? ›

Lord Sri Krishna says this:

Women during their rajaswala (menstrual period) are not supposed to perform any work pertaining to the household / family works. Invariably, those women need to take rest for the all the four days of rajaswala (menstrual period).

Did Lord Shiva get periods? ›

Another account suggests that Lord Shiva cut up the corpse of his first wife, Sati Devi, into several pieces and scattered them all over the country. It is believed that her abdominal region, which includes the uterus, fell in Chengannur, and this is why she menstruates at this temple.

Can we touch Gita in periods? ›

Physically touching the book is forbidden because the books are considered physical manifestation of the devta, they are as holy as the idols at the temple. So they should not be touched in any apavitra state including menstruation.

What do ISKCON devotees eat? ›

Krishna Consciousness members eat vegetarian meals that feature fresh and natural vegetables, fruit, grains and dairy products. They don't eat fish, eggs or meat.

Do Hare Krishna drink alcohol? ›

Believers devote their lives to serving Krishna and spend several hours each day chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. They are vegetarians, and they renounce the use of alcohol and drugs.

Can Vaishnavs drink alcohol? ›

Alcohol is a key offering in tantric practices, offered to Bhairava and Bhairavi, the fierce form of Shiva and Shakti. This was given along with meat. This was a royal offering across India, until the rise of Vaishnava practices that shunned alcohol.

Does ISKCON have dress code? ›

3 answers. There is no dress code.

Is torn jeans allowed in Iskcon Temple? ›

As per the new dress code, devotees wearing jeans, half-pants, shorts and t-shirts will not be allowed to enter the temple.

Can we wear jeans in temple? ›

A notice from Tamil Nadu's Hindu religious and charitable endowments (HR & CE) department says people dressed in denim pants, leggings and skirts will not be allowed to enter temples henceforth.

Is jeans allowed in Vrindavan? ›

As far as it is not too much revealing it should be good. you can wear tshirts with jean. if you want to wear some thing traditional, you can get a pair of top and leggins, kurti etc once you land in india.

Is coffee allowed in ISKCON? ›

The Basic rules, or principles, are the following: 1. Don't eat meat, eggs or fish. (Those are forbidden, but inside the temple you won't find or cook garlic, coffee, mushroom, ornions and other ingredients who are seen as not recommended because they are in the mode of ignorance.)

Is living in ISKCON free? ›

Life member is entitled for free accommodation for three days per year per centre, subject to availability and prior confirmed reservation. List of ISKCON centres across the world will be sent to you along with the Life Patron Card. Birthday greetings for Life Member's family every year.

Is Egg allowed in ISKCON? ›

It follows ISKCON's principles of vegetarianism in its cooking and strictly avoids meat, fish and eggs.

Can a girl go to Iskcon temple during periods? ›

The four Vedas never state anywhere that a woman's body is impure or that she cannot do poojas during menstruation. Prohibiting women from entering temples and castigating them as impure is squarely against the teachings of the Vedas.

Can ISKCON devotees eat onion? ›

Devout bhakti-yogis of the Hare Krishna tradition choose a vegetarian diet that also includes the avoidance of onion and garlic.

Is camera allowed in ISKCON? ›

yes. over a year ago. over a year ago. Yes photography and videography both are allowed unless you're in the camera with the lord.

Can we take photos in temple? ›

Photography in temples is prohibited so as to not disturb the spiritual atmosphere in temples.

Is black dress good for temple? ›

There is no rule that prevents you from wearing black colour or any coloured clothes while visiting temples. Black is considered as a colour of failure, sorrow and negative things, so some people avoid it for most occasions and while visiting temples.

Which dress is best for temple? ›

Fabrics apt for temples

The fabric that you choose should be light and sweat-absorbent. Avoid dense weaves like dupion silk, raw silk and velvet. Cotton, georgette, net, and chiffon are some of the best fabrics- especially if it is a summery day.

Why is Nidhivan closed at night? ›

It is the common belief among devotees that Nidhivan still witnesses the Raslila (dance) of Radha and Krishna during night time and thus, nobody is allowed to stay inside the premises of Nidhivan at night.

Can we go inside Nidhivan? ›

So after evening premises no one is allowed inside the premise. Even the monkeys leave the Nidhivan temple after evening aarti. The native and the people who stays near by are well aware of the miracles. After the evening Aarti, the windows in front of the Nidhivan temple gets closed till morning.

Do Muslims live in Vrindavan? ›

Religion-wise Population - Vrindavan

Also the total Muslim population in Vrindavan is 4,382 which is 6.96% of the total population.

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