Matchless Gifts at 26 2nd Avenue is the 1st Hare Krishna temple established in the West. We host various programs throughout the week on topics related to bhakti-yoga.
For more information, please visit our website: http://krishnanyc.com/ This storefront was rented by the first followers of Srila Prabhupada in the summer of 1966. Soon it became the headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as the Hare Krishna movement. Being reopened in 1991, it now serves as the place of pilgrimage for the followers of Srila Prabhupada. The weekly programs are being held on Saturdays at 5:30pm featuring kirtan (chanting), class on Bhagavad-gita and free vegetarian feast. The admission to the programs is free. The Russian-speaking programs happen on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. "Discover Mantra-yoga" programs happen on Wednesdays at 7:30pm.
By Candramauli Swami The devotees had seen in second volume of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavatam, there was a verse and a purport. In the purport, it was written in verse form, it was names of Krishna. He Krishna Govinda Hari Murari, He Natha Narayana Vasudeva. In the purport, Prabhupada was explainin...
"HARE KRISHNA! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami who started it all."
Free screening till April 13 on YouTube and Vimeo.
By Yadubara dasA 3-day free viewing of HARE KRISHNA! starting this Friday, April 10. It will be available on YouTube and Vimeo with subtitles in 19 languages. A 90-minute Feature-length Documentary …a stirring story! — The Washington Post …an uplifting spiritual experience, regardless of one.....
Dear Friends of Matchless Gifts,
In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is no doubt that you are enduring difficulty. We pray for the well-being of you and your loved ones.
Considering that our fundraising campaign happened to coincide with the outbreak of the virus, this has proven to be a less-than-ideal time to ask for financial support. We have decided to take a pause and put the campaign on hold for the time being.
Of course, we always accept donations. If you would still like to make a contribution to this sacred historic center, you are welcome to do so. Our donation page is here: https://www.krishnanyc.com/donate
We wish for you to remain positive, hopeful, and spiritually centered as you navigate these trying times. Looking forward to seeing you once again at the humble little storefront!
The Matchless Gifts team
Did you hear??
Matchless Gifts at 26 2nd Avenue signed a new 12-year lease! Now we need your help make the most of it.
We are looking for 100 individuals or families to take the “$26 for 26” pledge in order to meet our fundraising goals.
Visit our site for more info and for a variety of ways to pledge: krishnanyc.com/welcome
Memories about making Back To Godhead magazine at the temple at 26 Second Avenue in the early days of ISKCON.
By Gargamuni Dasa In a Back to Godhead we’d have twenty to thirty pages in those days, which means if we printed 500 copies, which was the normal run, we’d print 500 copies, I’d have to spread out twenty to thirty pages of 500 copies. When it was all printed, then I would have to collate them ...
Hare Krishna NYC
Join us in welcoming visiting teacher Prahladananda Swami as he makes his annual visit to New York City from November 2 to 12, 2019!
See the schedule of his talks in the attached picture and location details and more information about Prahladananda Swami in the sections below.
Do not miss this opportunity! Hare Krishna!
• ISKCON New York (Radha Govinda Mandir) - 305 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
• Yuga Dharma Ashram (NYC Harinam) - 594 W 152nd St, New York, NY 10031
• 26 Second Avenue (Matchless Gifts at 26 2nd Avenue) - 26 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
• Iskcon of Bergen County - 643 Forest Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652
ABOUT PRAHLADANANDA SWAMI
His Holiness Prahladananda Swami is a Vaishnava swami and a religious leader of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). He is an initiating spiritual master (diksha-guru) and a member of the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON. His presentations are amazing and very entertaining. Also, he has certain of Srila Prabhupada's books memorized word-for-word.
Prahladananda Swami was born as Philip Burbank in 1949, in Buffalo, New York. In January 1969, while studying at the University of Buffalo, he joined ISKCON. The same year, he was initiated by Srila Prabhupada, receiving the name Prahladananda Dasa. In 1975 he joined the Radha-Damodara preaching bus tour, organized by Tamal Krishna Goswami and Vishnujana Swami. In 1982 he took sannyasa (renounced order), and in 1986 he became one of the initiating gurus in ISKCON. In 1989 Prahladananda Swami became a member of the Vaishnava Institute for Higher Education, in Vrindavana, India. In 1990 he was appointed to head the GBC’s committee of Health and Welfare. In 1991, the GBC also made him the head of the sannyasa ministry.
New York City Ratha Yatra 2019 - NYC's Ratha Yatra is on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Read below for details on the parade, our special schedule that day, and all the other festivities leading up to and concluding this great festival.
Cancelled This Week: "What's Up With That?" with Chandrasekhar Swami. Please join us next Thursday, May 16 for our regularly scheduled program.
New Class! Join us this Monday, April 29th at 7PM for "Ascending Through Meditative Art" with Dina Bandhu, a monthly gathering for creative people to find inspiration in transcendental knowledge and engage their art toward spiritual growth.
Matchless Gifts at 26 2nd Avenue's cover photo
New Class! Chandrasekhara Swami hosts "What's Up With That?," a weekly class discussing reincarnation. Join us this and every Thursday starting tomorrow, April 25 at 7PM.
Please join us to celebrate the most auspicious appearance day of ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in the presence of his direct disciples, with kirtan, bhajans, Prabhupada katha, and followed by a sumptuous feast.
NEW YORK RATHA YATRA 2018
JUNE 9, 2018 / 12:00 - 7:00pm
Ratha Yatra (Sanskrit for "chariot festival") is a festival that involves moving Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Their sister Subhadra on chariots. The first Ratha Yatra originally took place in Puri, India over 5,000 years ago to celebrate Lord Krishna's return to Vṛndāvana. Celebrated every year since then, devotees gather from all over the world to pull the chariot ropes while chanting and dancing. Usually deities are worshipped within temple walls, but during this auspicious day Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are paraded through the streets so that everyone can have the fortune of seeing Them. Today, this procession takes place once a year in different cities throughout the world.
New York Ratha Yatra will begin on 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and proceed towards Washington Square Park, concluding with the Festival of India. The Festival of India in Washington Square Park will include a vegetarian feast, kirtan, traditional Indian dances, dramas, mehndi, and booths with books and information on the culture and philosophies of India.
12:00 - Chariot procession begins at 45th Street and 5th Avenue
~2:30 - Procession concludes at Washington Square Park
2:00 - Festival of India begins at Washington Square Park
7:00 - Festival of India concludes
26 Second Avenue will open its doors from 3:00 to 7:00pm on this day for those who would like to take darśana (Sanskrit for "see") of the first ISKCON temple in the Western hemisphere founded by Śrīla Prabhupāda.
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The founder and acarya (one who teaches by example) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, also known as Srila Prabhupada. He arrived in New York from India in September of 1965, after crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a freighter named The Jaladuta, to spread bhakti-yoga (the yoga of devotion and service to God) throughout the western world.
In the summer of 1966, with the help of just two followers, Srila Prabhupada rented a storefront in New York City's Lower East Side at 26 2nd Avenue. The storefront was previously a curio-shop named "Matchless Gifts." This is where Srila Prabhupada would headquarter ISKCON and the Krishna Consciousness would burgeon: Matchless Gifts at 26 2nd Avenue. As the number of followers grew, the storefront became too small so the temple moved to larger locations, leaving the humble storefront behind.
About twenty-five years and hundreds of worldwide temples later, the directors of the Hare Krishna temple in Brooklyn were able to regain the space and once again lease the original Hare Krishna temple at 26 2nd Avenue. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the founding of ISKCON, members of the temple in Brooklyn renovated the site, rededicated it, and reopened it to the public in July of 1991.
Since that time, Matchless Gifts at 26 2nd Avenue has become a beacon of Krishna Consciousness in New York City. Moreover, to followers of the Hare Krishna movement all over the world it is a sacred place of pilgrimage, a tirtha (holy place).
Today, Matchless Gifts at 26 2nd Avenue hosts multiple programs throughout the week on topics related to bhakti-yoga.