The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as the Hare Krisna Temple, in Chicago, Illinois, commemorated Gaura Purnima, the holy appearing day of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, on March 6, 2023.
The event was attended by hundreds of devotees from many nationalities, races, and religions, a news release noted.
Speaking of the relevance of the holy book Bhagvad Gita, at the event, T. D. Bhutia, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of India, Chicago, said, “While Bhagavad Gita is a spiritual text, it is also a live book. We may belong to any country or follow any religion, but all of us are surrounded by problems on a daily basis. Whenever we stand on the crossroads of life like Arjuna, Srimad Bhagavad Gita shows us a solution to these problems through service and dedication.”
The temple has provided services to the Rogers Park neighborhood for the past 50 years, is part of the larger international ISKCON community, which includes more than 650 temples, Bhakti Centers, farms, eco-villages, and vegetarian dining establishments.
It hosts weekly feasts on Sundays which includes kirtan, dance, chanting, meditation, and ends with a satvik vegetarian dinner. Study groups, music and Sunday school lessons for kids, food and spiritual books donations, festivals and workshops, are also hosted frequently, a news release noted.