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  Hare Krishna Temple (ISKCON), Brisbane, Australia

SKCON Brisbane Temple is situated at 32 Jennifer St. Seventeen Mile Rocks QLD 4073
PO Box 525, Sherwood 4075

Contact:Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm - (07) 3376 2388

Our Daily program

4.30 am Mangalarati and Tulasi Puja
5.00 am Group Japa 
7.00 am Deity Greeting and Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja
7.30 am Srimad-Bhagavatam Class 
8.45 am Morning Prasadam
4:00pm Arati 
6.00 pm Evening Prasadam 
7.00 pm Gaura arati

Founder-Acarya of ISKCON

The Founder-Acarya of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada travelled to America in 1965, and after converting many Americans to become devotees of Lord Krishna, he then sent them around the world to establish the Movement of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. One of the places that he sent his devotees was Australia and Srila Prabhupada writes in a letter of 1972 to Upendra das who established the Temple in Brisbane that he was very pleased with Upendra's efforts in establishing a Temple in this City. By sticking closely to the instructions and the example set by Shrila Prabhupada we can continue to be in close contact with his inspiration and guidance. This comes in many forms, especially through his devoted servants and disciples.

In the Brisbane Temple room we have a life size murti form of Shrila Prabhupada, and we offer worship daily to Shrila Prabhupada in this way. Through this activity the whole community becomes galvanized around the central point of Shrila Prabhupada's teachings on how to become Krishna Conscious and how to render pure devotional service.

Our philosophy
he philosophy of the Krishna Consciousness Movement is based primarily on the Vaisnava Scriptures - the Bhagavad-Gita Srimad Bhagavatam and Chaitanya-Caritamrta. In the Bhagavad-Gita Lord Krishna explains:
dehino 'smin yatha dehe
kaumaram yauvanam jara
tatha dehantara-praptir
dhiras tatra na muhyati
(Bhagavad-Gita 2.13)
The Krishna Consciousness Movement is teaching the world that we are all eternal spiritual beings - part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godheadhead - Lord Sri Krishna and that it is our constitutional position to render service to the Lord. Shrila Prabhupada has therefore set up this International Society for Krishna Consciousness specifically for the purpose of facilitating the souls to perform pure devotional service to Lord Krishna and to associate with other devotees of the Lord.

Devotees from the Temple regularly go out on the street and perform Hari Nam Sankirtan. This is currently being done in the City every Saturday we will chant the Maha-Mantra for the upliftment of all Leaving from Govindas 99 Elizabeth St. @ 11:30am.  

We will chant and dance and spread the Holy Names for an hour and return to Govinda's where lunch will be supplied for anyone who chants with great joy and enthusiasm. 
Lord Chaitanya inaugurated the Sankirtan Movement in Navardwip West Bengal five hundred years ago. The devotees of ISKCON are continuing this tradition by taking to the streets with mrdangas and karatalas and chanting the Holy Name in congregation. Being the Yuga dharma this activity is supremely purifying for the whole atmosphere and also purifies the hearts of those devotees that join in the Hari Nam Sankirtan. One can feel the special mercy of Lord Chaitanya by taking to the treets and distributing this nectar of the Holy Names of the Lord.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

When the Hari Nam party takes to the streets many people join in and come and chant and dance with us. Hari Nam Sankirtan was one of the primary activities of the ISKCON Society that Shrila Prabhupada set up and it is still extremely important to the continued spiritual strength of our Movement.

Another aspect of chanting is japa or personal chanting on
beads and this all the devotees who live in the Temple do in the morning between 5 am and 7 am. The devotees take their japa mala beads which are 108 beads and they chant one mantra on each bead. One mantra of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare on each bead. They go round their mala and chant that mantra 108 times. Those who are initiated and have taken vows to chant 16 of these rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra every day. This chanting takes approximately two hours.

Come and join us to take advantage of
this wonderful festival 

Fri 13th Sep, 2013

5:00pm  Bhajans, 5:45pm  Abhishek, 6:30pm  Class, 7:15 pm  Gaura Arati, 7:40pm Announcements, 7:50pm Transcendental Prasadam Feast
There’s less than one week to go before the biggest Janmastami celebrations Brisbane has ever seen and we have so much to tell you! From a special surprise guest, to the program for the night and information on the shuttle service – this email is going to make everyone super excited about Sri Krishna Janmastami 2013!

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Here is a short snippet of our program for the night:

§  5.30pm – Traditional Pot Breaking Ceremony – this was a hit last year with adults and kids alike! We only brought it back on the program due to popular demand – so we hope to see as many of you here for this!
§  6:15pm – Yajna – an authentic Vedic fire sacrifice to bring in auspiciousness. Yajnas were conducted during the time Krishna appeared over 5000 years ago, so come along to witness one of the oldest ceremonies of all time!
§  7:00pm – Gaura Aarti – always one of the most popular times of our program!
§  7:45pm – Janmastami discourse by HG Bimal Prasad Das. Coming all the way from Adelaide, Bimal Prasad Das is one of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples and an eloquent speaker on all topics. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear his amazing class!
§  8:30pm – Cultural performances and a special presentation on ‘The Hero Who Started It All’
§  9:00pm – Theatrical Performance – The Killing Of Kamsa
§  9:30pm – Abhishek – the ceremonial bathing of the Lords
§  10:00pm – A second special drama performance
And of course, culminating in the 12:00pm midnight aarti – a once-in-the-year occurrence! There will also be kirtans throughout parts of the program, and we have a special kirtaniya for Brisbane’s Janmastami this year!

Like last year, we will also have a shuttle service from Oxley station to help visitors get to and from the festival by public transport. For more information, please contact 
brisbanejanmastami@hotmail.com or Kaisori Sindhu Dasi on 0432 439 144.

Plus, there is still an opportunity to sponsor a birthday present for Krishna – for $151 receive the mercy of a Gold Bliss Pack and for $75 a Silver Bliss Pack. Please contact 
brisbanejanmast ami@hotmail.com or Kaisori Sindhu Dasi on 0432 439 144 if you would like one.

We hope you’re all getting really excited about this festival, because we sure are!

We look forward to seeing you all there next Thursday 29th August from 5:00pm onwards!

The Brisbane Janmastami 2013 team. 

Festival of Chariots "Ratha Yatra"

Sunday, 14 of July 2003
Festival of Chariots "Ratha Yatra"

At Rocks Riverside Park - Counihan Road, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Program schedule:
10:00 am Kirtana 
10.30 am Procession begins
11:30 am Procession ends
11:30 am Kirtana
11:45 am Class
12:30 pm Kirtana/Arati and Offering of Bhoga
1.00 pm Vegetarian Feast

Working bee

Dear Devotees

We will be holding a working bee at the temple, this coming Monday (10th June)as it is a public holiday.  Please come, if you are able.  Mukunda Kumar pr will be heading it up and providing all equipment.  He will form teams, to cover the temple room, kitchen and sheds.  Lunch will be provided at 1pm and the working bee will go on into the afternoon or as until the work is complete.

Please come and participate and get the blessing of Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Srila Prabhupada.

Jaya Vijaya das'

Sri Rama Navami

20th April, 2013

4.30pm Bhajan By Acyuta Priya
5.00pm Bhajan By SKM
5.30pm Bhajan By Vraja Dhama
6.00pm Class By Pinakin Prabhu
6.45pm: Kid’s Dress Competition organised by Kaisori Sindhu.
7.00pm Gaura Arati By Janardan
7.20pm: Lord Nrsimhadeva Prayers By Yastele
7.30pm: Announcement
7.40pm: Special Presentation
7.55pm: Prasadam Love Feast

Gaura Purnima Festival

Appearance day of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu - Wednesday, 27th of March 2013
At The Temple 32 Jennifer St. Seventeen Mile Rocks.

Sponsor Opportunities

“……for anything offered with love and affection, Krishna can reciprocate many millions of
times over, both materially and spiritually. The basic principle involved is an exchange of
love….” Srila Prabhupada – Srimad Bhagavatam 10.11.11 Purport
Anyone may sponsor the full amount or half of the amount or partly, if you would like to take the opportunity to sponsor please contact:
KrishnaBhavana dd - Ph: 0449910538 or

Sri Krishna Janmastami - Program

Hare Krishna dear devotees, 

For the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Govinda, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Srila Prabhupada and all the devotees, we would like to present to you the program for Janmastami night. Many devotees have worked very hard for all the aspects of this program so we would love to have your attendance. 

4:00pm – 5:00 – Bhajans
5:00 – 5:30 – Krishna Book Reading
5:30 – 6:00 - Pot Breaking
6:00 – 6:20 – Class by HH Devamrita Swami
6:20 – 7:00 – Kirtans
7:00 – 7:30 – Gaura Aarti
7:30 – 8:30 – Performances and presentations: (Dance's, Mrdanga Presentation, Yoga Performance)
8:30 – 9:00 – Drama
9:00 – 9:30 – Janmastami Panel
9:30 – 10:00 – Janmastami Spectacular
10:00 – 10:45 – Abhishek
10:45 – 11:30 – Yajna
11:30 – 12:00 – Kirtans 
12:00 – 12:30 – Midnight Aarti
12:30 – Midnight feast

Also, there will be a shuttle service on the night, transporting visitors to the temple from Oxley train station, and then back from the festival to Oxley train station. For more details and specific times about this service, please call Sakhi Rai Das on 38786730 or 0403585771

With less than a week to go, we hope you are all excited for the best birthday party of the year! 

Your humble servants, 
The Janmastami 2012 team

Damodar Masa

Month of Damodara, also known as Karttika Masa. This marks the period when Krishna's pastime took place of being chased by Mother Yasoda and tied to a wooden grinding mortar, which is very endearing to His devotees.
During this time devotional service has increased potency and devotees take vows to increase their chanting and service to the Lord. Each evening in the temple lamps are offered by everyone after 7 o'clock arati and the sweet Damodarasatakam prayers are recited.

Please join us for the last day of Domadar masa
on Wednesday 28th of November at 6pm
at the Temple /32 Jennifer Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks.

Program :
 6.00 pm - Prasadam (vegetarian feast)
7.00 pm - Gaura Arati
7.20 pm - Damodarastaka Prayer

Govardhana Hill Festival

If you would like to take the opportunity to sponsor any of the following, please contact Krishna Bhavana dd , (Anyone may sponsor the full amount or half of the amount)
Guest Feast: $500
Flowers for decorations: $351
Govardhan Hill made of Halva and varieties of Sweets: $151

For sponsoring and more information please contact
Syamarani dd - Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm - (07) 3376 2388
Krishna Bhavana dd -


5.30 pm : Bhajans
5.45 pm : Go puja
6.00 pm : Abhishek
6.30 pm : Class
7.00 pm: Gaura Arati
7.20 pm : Damodarastakam
7.40 pm: Vegetarian Feast (prasadam)

64 Angas of Bhakti Seminar

by HH Vedavyasapriya Swami

Saturday, 29th of  Sep / 12 pm. to  1.30 pm. &  2.pm. to  3.30 pm
Sunday, 30th of  Sep / 10 am.to 12.00 pm. & 2.pm. to 4.00 pm.

Lunch prasadam will be served on both days

Venue: Sherwood Scout Hall - 14, Young Street, Graceville, QLD 4068
All are welcome.  Please register your interest in attending the Seminar by email to vvpsbrisbane@gmail.com or by text to Medhavi das on 0421006614
giving the name and contact detail of persons attending the seminar and the days they wish to attend.  There is no fee payable.

Bhakti meaning connecting with Lord Krsna through transcendental loving service. Loving service to Lord Krsna should be for His satisfaction and in accordance with the rules laid by Him. Srila Rupa Goswami, an expert in the taste of pure devotional service, who is very dear to Lord  Caitanya, has mentioned 64 prominent rules to be followed by those who wish to render devotional service.

Transcendental Visit

His Holiness Janananda Goswami will be gracing us with his presence from Thu 25th to Tue 30th of April 2013.

Thursday 25
Srimad Bhagavatam class (7:30am) - Class at temple (6pm)

Friday 26
Srimad Bhagavatam class (7:30am) - Harinam in city (7pm)

Saturday 27
Srimad Bhagavatam class (7:30am) - Golden Moon festival (5pm to 8:30pm)

Sunday 28
Srimad Bhagavatam class (7:30am) - Sunday feast-Govindhas (5pm)

Monday 29
Srimad Bhagavatam class (7:30am) - Class at temple (6pm)

Tuesday 30
Srimad Bhagavatam class (7:30am)

at The Temple - 32 Jennifer St. Seventeen Mile Rocks QLD 4073
Seva opportunities
Many opportunities available to render some service to Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai and Shrila Prabhupada. You may like to make garlands for Their Lordships, assist in preparation of a feast for the devotees, help in cleaning of the temple after Saturday programme, or plant flowers for the Lord's worship in the temple gardens. Some congregational members are now coming and regularly dressing Srila Prabhupada, which is a very intimate service (for this service devotees must be chanting 16 rounds and following the four principles of spiritual life).
There is one nice story where Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur was being asked some very high philosophical questions by a scholar. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta told him to go and ask the pujari because he was busy. The man thought that only Bhaktisiddhanta could answer his question because it was very difficult, but he went anyway to the pujari room. When he arrived the pujari was washing a plate from the Lord's offering, and he asked the scholar to please help him and he would answer the scholar's question after they had finished. Miraculously, the scholar found that as soon as he started to wash the plate in a humble mood of service to the Lord, all the answers to his questions came immediately into his mind and he did not even need to ask the pujari anything.

This is the wonderful potency of performing devotional service to Krishna, that we immediately make so much advancement towards spirtual perfection, just by rendering some simple service to the Lord. Srila Prabhupada explained that we can also render devotional service in our own homes, and that is very good, but just as the stock exchange is permeated with the mood of business, and therefore businessmen can easily do business t here, in the same way the temple is surcharged with a mood of devotion from all the devotional service going on there. Therefore it is especially recommended to regularly perform some devotional service at the temple.
Book distribution

Srila Prabhupada stressed book distribution as the most important activity to be undertaken by the members of his Society.
Srila Prabhupada received the instruction from his own spiritual master that if he ever got money he should somehow or other print books and that if he printed books in the English language it would benefit the people of the world and also benefit him. The devotees regularly distribute Shrila Prabhupada's books in various ways. Sometimes going out on the streets and selling the books to people and sometimes placing the books in libraries and sometimes holding bookstalls in different festivals and gatherings around the city.

There are many ways to distribute Shrila Prabhupada's books including buying a box of bulk books and distributing one each to work mates or business associates. Any kind of book distribution is extremely pleasing to Shrila Prabhupada and the previous acaryas because it is directly giving the science of Krishna Consciousness to the conditioned souls who so desperately need it.
If you would like to find out more about book distribution in Brisbane Temple you can contact


Every Friday

We will chant the Maha-Mantra for the upliftment of all
Leaving from Govindas 99 Elizabeth St. @ 7pm. 
We will chant and dance and spread the Holy Names for an hour and return to Govinda's where lunch will be supplied for anyone who chants with great joy and enthusiasm.

"The singing and dancing of Hare Krsna is known as kirtan. This is not ordinary dancing: this is the dancing of the soul, a soul awakened to his original consciousness, Krishna consciousness. There is no motive in performing kirtana. It is the song and dance of ecstasy, the dance of the soul. " -
Srila A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Please contact either Vraj on 0400362588 or Dominic on 0478043193 if you have a question or suggestion about this program.

"We need grass roots revolution. That means YOU and ME. I'm part of the grass roots...For years and years and years, at least 21 years, I've personally been here trying to somehow or other bring it to the attention of the lay devotees... Nama Sankirtana will come back, I guarantee it, with the co-operation of a few good people who are willing to step forward in their various localities all over the world and help to generate tha...t faith, that consciousness in the Holy Name. So please help, wherever you may go and do the real thing, to actually implement the Yuga Dharma." - Aindra Dasa.


Govinda's Restaurant & Cafes

At Govindas restaurant we have been serving delicious meals for more than twenty years in Brisbane.
Our menu is pure vegetarian and cooked fresh daily from only the finest ingredients sourced from selected providores.
Govinda’s City
99 Elizabeth Stree, Brisbane City
3210 0255

Govinda's West End
82 Vulture Street, West End

Govinda’s Stones Corner
Shop 2 /302 Logan Rd, Stones Corner
07 3847 4674

For any further queries or to place an order please call us on 0434 510 129 or email

Congregational Activities

Congregational Activities are being conducted at the following locations. Please call or email our leaders in your nominated area for further information:

Kenmore and Centenary Suburbs
Sakhi-rai Prabhu: 0403 585 771 - Email: shreeji@in.com.au
Ketan Prabhu: 0413 169 488 - Email: shreeji108@hotmail.com

Kelvin Grove
Dominic Prabhu: 0478 043 193 - Email: domo108@yahoo.com

Ramanuja: 0401261695 - Email: tkgdasr@yahoo.com

Nityananda Trayodasi, Sri Rama-navami festival , Nrisimha Caturdasi 

Jhulana-yatra festival, Balarama Purnima, Janmastami Festival

Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja , Radhastami



SKCON Brisbane Temple is situated at 32 Jennifer St. Seventeen Mile Rocks QLD 4073
PO Box 525, Sherwood 4075

Contact from Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm - Ph (07) 3376 2388

Mail: info@iskcon.org.au
Our Daily program
4.30 am Mangalarati & Tulasi Puja
5.00 am Group Japa
7.00 am Deity Greeting & Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja
7.30 am Srimad-Bhagavatam Class
8.45 am Morning Prasadam
4:00pm Arati
6.00 pm Evening Prasadam
7.00 pm Gaura arati


Om Tat Sat

(My humble  salutations to the great devotees ,  wikisources  and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection)


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