Srila Prabhupada is the greatest ambassador of India’s spiritual culture and heritage in the modern era. He single-handedly brought the Vedic philosophy of devotion and love towards God to the West for the first time and successfully initiated thousands of young westerners into the devotion of Lord Krishna. In 1966, at the advanced age of 70, he founded ISKCON to give human society an opportunity for a life of happiness, good health, peace of mind and all good qualities through God-consciousness. In a short span of 12 years that followed, he established over 100 Krishna temples around the world and authored over 60 volumes of bhakti literature based on Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. He travelled the globe 14 times to preach the ideal of Vasudaiva Kutumbakam – The world is one family.

Interesting facts about Srila Prabhupada

  1. Srila Prabhupada went to the US in 1965, at the age of 69, with merely 40 rupees and a strong determination to spread the message of Lord Krishna.
  2. Srila Prabhupada established 108 temples in six continents. He trained his non-Indian disciples in the strict discipline of Vaishnava rituals and practices.
  3. Srila Prabhupada managed ISKCON of tens and thousands of devotees and members, simply through personal meetings and over 6000 letters.
  4. Srila Prabhupada formally initiated approximately five thousand disciples. They represented a diversity of races, ethnicities, nationalities, and backgrounds.
  5. Srila Prabhupada established farm communities to teach “simple living and high thinking”, emphasizing dependence on nature and the significance of cow protection.
  6. Srila Prabhupada introduced the restaurant ‘Govinda’s’, which is even today, one of the world’s largest vegetarian chain of restaurants.
  7. In 1968, Srila Prabhupada sent his disciples to London, where they recorded the single, “Hare Krsna Mantra”, with George Harrison. It became the best-selling of all the Apple Corporation’s releases.
  8. Srila Prabhupada introduced the Ratha Yatra festival in major cities of the world, bringing the temple out to the people.
  9. Srila Prabhupada founded the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, the world’s largest publisher of Vedic literature and philosophy.
  10. Srila Prabhupada was the subject of more than seventy hours of documentary film footage and over 30,000 archival photos.