To avoid the bumpy, risky roads and pollution when traveling to the Mayapur Gaura Purnima festival this year, travelers can instead book the Jaladuta boat service organized by the Mayapur Tourism department and enjoy a relaxing cruise down the river Ganga.
It is 60 years ago, on 10th of March 1959, that the MS Jaladuta was launched at its shipbuilding yard in Lubeck Germany. It is this vessel that brought A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada from Calcutta, via Boston, to New York on a journey that started on August 13th 1965, in what did become an astonishing journey and the start of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
The specially commissioned sculpture was created for ISKCON’s 50thanniversary celebrations in 2016. Designed by Russian devotee Madan Mohan Das and sculpted by Ukranian artist Volodymyr Zhuravel, the beautifully detailed bronze piece depicts Srila Prabhupada disembarking from the Jaladuta cargo ship at Boston’s Commonwealth Pier.
Vrindavan Chandra had been the only family member present when Srila Prabhupada boarded the Jaladuta to leave for the U.S. on August 13th, 1965. He related the experience when he attended the 50thanniversary celebration of Prabhupada’s historical journey at Netaji Stadium in 2015.
Srila Prabhupada, founder acharya of ISKCON, navigated through the tumultuous ocean on a cargo ship, Jaladuta on 13th August 1965, to the western world with a mission to propagate Krishna Consciousness in the western world. Today the Hare Krishna movement has spread all over the world and millions of people have become part of it.
In the world’s great wisdom-traditions, prayers are often acknowledged as means for accessing divine power. The prayers by saints often reveal the profound depths of their selfless devotion to God.
After years of planning for its 50th anniversary, and nearly six months of celebrations this year so far, ISKCON is now gearing up for its Golden Jubilee Incorporation Day on July 13th, 1966. And temples, centers, and individual devotees all over the world are getting ready to do something big for founder Srila Prabhupada, whom many feel they owe their lives to.
Anuttama Das, International Minister of ISKCON Communications speaks during Srila Prabhupada's Arrival in America 50th Anniversary. September 19, 2015, Boston, USA.
State Minister Sri K. Babu, released the 18 volume Malayalam version of the Srimad Bhagavatam to the Kerala public.
On September 19th, nearly 500 of his disciples and grand-disciples from six countries gathered at Commonwealth Pier.
ACHARYA, The Life and Legacy of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Directed by Yadubara Das. Coming Soon. For more information, visit www.acharyathemovie.com
On Thursday September 17th, at 10:00am, Boston City Hall raised the Indian flag in honor of ISKCON Founder-Acharya Srila Prabhupada.
Srila Prabhupada arrived in 1965 and gave America’s post-war generation – the first to grow up watching TV – sound motives to learn about Krishna.
This lyrics of this song was written by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in his tiny room on board the commercial ship Jaladuta during his first journey to the United States of America in 1965 at the age of 69. Performed by Indradyumna Swami.
On August 13th, 2015, thousands of people marched together in the city of Chandigarh, capital of Punjab and Haryana.
On Thursday 13th August, ISKCON-London officially launched their year-and-a-half long celebrations across 2015 and 2016 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ISKCON by holding a festival to mark 50 years since Srila Prabhupada departed from India to the US aboard the Jaladuta.
Vote of Thanks by Radhanath Swami at 50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's Jaladuta Yatra at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Day 1 Afternoon Session on 13th August 2015.
Musical Symphony by Eklavya Das on Song Yadi Prabhupada Na Hoito at Srila Prabhupada's 50th Jaldutta Anniversary Journey to USA at Netaji Indoor Stadium Kolkata on Day 1 Afternoon Session on 13th August 2015.
Srila Prabhupada's 50th Anniversary Arrival Festival will take place on Saturday, September 19th through Sunday, September 20th in Boston, Massachusetts.
From August 13th to 16th a massive event in Kolkata drew 35,000 people.
In Kolkata a grand celebration was held with the participation of devotees from 108 countries, and dignitaries such as the Chief Minister of West Bengal.
By the time Srila Prabhupada passed away, there were more than 100 branches of his ISKCON all over the world.
It was a Friday, August 13, 1965. At 9 in the morning, a lonely, elderly gentleman, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami boards a ship at Calcutta Port sailing to New York. The black cargo ship, small and weathered, was anchored at dockside. Sailors curiously saw the elderly saffron dressed sadhu as he spoke last words to his companion in the taxi and walked determinedly towards the boat. Music and video by Dr. Sahadeva Dasa.
For details go to http://iskconboston50.org/, September 19-20, 2015, Boston, MA, USA.
While it was not unusual for immigrants from India to head to the US, what separated Bhaktivedanta Swami was the mission that urged him onward.
An official logo has been created to celebrate Srila Prabhupada’s 36 days of maritime journey.
The two books will be celebrating their twentieth year since publication this year and next year respectively.
ACHARYA, The Life and Legacy of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Directed by Yadubara Das. Due for release September 17th, 2015. For more information, visit www.acharyathemovie.com
Srila Prabhupada, founder acharya of ISKCON, navigated through the tumultuous ocean on a cargo ship, Jaladuta on 13th August 1965 (50 years ago), to the western world with a mission to propagate Krishna Consciousness in the western world. Today the Hare Krishna movement has spread all over the world and millions of people have become part of it.
As plans for ISKCON’s 50th anniversary in 2016 ramp up, thel 50th Anniversary Committee is on the lookout for a new international coordinator.
While it may still be something of a well-kept secret, at least in the English-speaking world, Brazil’s Hare Krishna Seminary of Philosophy and Theology has been systematically educating Portuguese-speaking devotees in Srila Prabhupada’s books since 2001.
The Honorable Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of the city of Boston, has signed a proclamation declaring August 17, 2014 to be "Sri Krishna Janamastami Day", a first for Boston ISKCON. It was at Boston’s Commonwealth Pier in 1965 that Srila Prabhupada first set foot on Western soil, and where he composed his prayer "Markine Bhagavata-dharma", entreating Lord Krishna for the spiritual deliverance of the western countries.
One elderly American lady and two younger ladies wandered into the lobby of Sri Sri Radha Vrindabanchandra temple the afternoon of Thurs. March 13, 2014. “Rhis is my mother, Sally Aggarwal!" a younger one says. "She sponsored Srila Prabhupada on the Jaladuta from India in 1965!” she proudly declared.
A compilation of images and video of Srila Prabhupada and his journey to America on the steamship Jaladuta Narrated by Ravi das and produced by Mohan.