The International Society for(ISKCON), also known as ‘the Hare Krishna’ movement, was founded in 1966 in New York City by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. While some classified it as a new religious movement, its core philosophy is based on scriptures such as the Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, both of which date back more than two millennia. The distinctive appearance of the movement and its culture come from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, which has had adherents in India ever since the late 1400s. Early converts to the movement were dated to early 1930s.
Non-sectarian in its ideals, ISKCON was formed to spread the practice of ‘Bhakti yoga’ (The Yoga of Devotion); wherein aspirant devotees (Bhaktas) dedicate their thoughts and actions towards pleasing Supreme Lord, Krishna (seen as non-different from God).
About ISKCON Malaysia
was established in 1980. Today, there are over 20 registered branches and over 9 active preaching centres nationwide, not including the innumerable number of get-togethers. Most of these centres are managed by congregation devotees who volunteer their time and resources for the service of Lord Krishna.
ISKCON worldwide is managed by the Governing Body Commission comprising of more than 30 elected members. They meet once a year in Sri Mayapur Dham, India , the ISKCON headquarters, for the annual meeting. Members of the GBC are in charge of overseeing preaching activities in different parts of the world. They are called Governing Body Commissioners. The Governing Body Commissioners allocate Zonal Secretaries to govern various zones around the world.
The Zonal Secretaries for Malaysia are Jayapataka Swami and Bhanu Swami. The Regional Secretary is Simhesvara dasa.
ISKCON Malaysia’s President is Bhaktivrajendranandana Swami and the Vice-President is Vrindavana Candra dasa.
Each of the branches or centres in Malaysia, is managed by a committee comprising of elected members. The centres are financially self-sufficient and manage their affairs independently. Periodically, all the local leaders convene to discuss matters of individual and collective concern.
The total number of congregants nationwide (those who are chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and accept Lord Sri Krishna as Supreme Lord and Srila Prabhupada) is circa 10,000.
The core activity is to teach, train and disseminate Vedic culture and philosophy as presented in Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. This is achieved through, such as:-
The first preaching centre in Kuala Lumpur also known as Sri Jagannatha Mandir, SJMKL, was established in Jalan Anak Gasing, Petaling Jaya in 1981. His Grace Ramasharan prabhu was the first Temple President. In 1984, the centre was relocated to Taman Kanagapuram, Petaling Jaya, and since 1985, we have established our headquarters in Taman Yarl, Off Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur.
Vrindavan Candra dasa took over the leadership for a brief period. During his time, many life-members were made whose contribution helped the movement financially.
Simhesvara dasa was the thirdand he managed for 13 years. During this time many young men joined as residential devotees or brahmacaris. Preaching expanded throughout the country vigorously. New preaching centres mushroomed from North to South of Malaysia and as well as to Kuching.
Since the beginning, Sri Jagannatha Mandir operated from residential premises with limited facilities. Nevertheless that did not hamper the growth of our ISKCON in all sectors – congregation, book distribution, preaching activities, festivals, etc.
Uttama Caitanya dasa became the fourth temple president from 2001 until 2009 when he departed suddenly during a management football match. The temple saw major renovation and extension to facilitate the increasing activities and attendance during festivals.
Visnu Caitanya dasa replaced him for a year and he made an impressive makeover to the existing temple structure. Seminar rooms were created for meetings and for different language lectures, youth and children which occurred simultaneously on Sundays. He also built an additional room for in-house residents upstairs.
Soon after, a team of 6 Temple Presidents comprising of Visnu Caitanya dasa (JPS), Krishna Candra dasaS), Rasika Murari dasa(JPS), Gaura Chandra dasa (RNS), Tattvavit dasa(JPS) and Shanti Rupa devi dasi(JPS) continued running the temple for a short term from late 2010 until late 2011.
Today, Sri Jagannatha Mandir is 450-congregant strong. Kripa Sindhu Krishna dasa, who has been at the helm of the management since 2012, is assisted by a team of dedicated congregants. Innovative preaching techniques, elaborate festivals, devotee development and educational activities are just some of the attractions that are the order of the day currently at SJMKL.
Sri Jagannatha Mandir is and will continue to serve as a spiritual oasis for all the sincere souls seeking spiritual realization.
Mission of SJMKL
SJMKL is dedicated to the, and study and dissemination of Krishna consciousness aimed at developing God-conscious individuals for the betterment of society.
Objectives of SJMKL
The objectives are:
Sri Jagannatha Mandir is dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna in His deity form as Jagannatha, meaning Lord of the Universe ( Jag an translates to Universe , natha means Lord ). The temple is of great significance to followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, whose founder Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had a special attraction to the Jagannatha deity and lived in Puri , India for many years. Followers of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Who is no-different from Lord Krishna Himself, accept Lord Sri Krishna as the Supreme Lord. He has many forms in which Lord Jagannatha is one of those.
This temple was established in 1985 and has served as the headquarters of ISKCON Malaysia for all these years.
Deities in Sri Jagannatha Mandir, Kuala Lumpur
On the main altar in the temple, there are three thrones (simhasana). On the central throne are seated Lord Baladeva (Krishna’s brother), Goddess Subhatra ( Krishna ‘s sister) and Lord Jagannatha (in that sequence).
Flanking them on the left throne are the marble deities of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Nityananda (to His right) named Sri Sri Nitai Sunder Gaura Hari installed in 2010, and on the right throne is photo of the deities, Sri Sri Radha Syamasunder.
On the right of the main temple hall, is the life-sized murti or deity of the founder-acarya of ISKCON, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada who is also worshipped everyday.
Deity darshan timings
7.30am – 12.45pm
4.15pm – 8.45pm
Daily temple programme
5.15am Mangala Arati & Tulasi Arati
7.30am Darsana Arati
7.45am Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja
8.00am Srimad Bhagavatam class
8.30am Dhupa Arati
12.20pm Raja-bhoga Arati
4.15pm Dhupa Arati
7.00pm Sandhya Arati
8.30pm Sayana Arati
7.30am Darsan Arati
7.45am Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja
8.30am Spiritual discourse (English & Tamil)
Children’s class (7 yrs – 12 yrs)
Sri Jagannatha Mandir
ISKCON Malaysia HQ
Lot 9901, Jalan Awan Jawa
Taman Yarl, Off Old Klang Road
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-7980 7355
Fax: +603-7987 9901
Email: contact dot iskcon at gmail.com
Distance from KL International Airport: 45 minutes Distance from KL City centre: 25 minutes; Nearest commuter station: Petaling (5-7 minutes drive)