About Us


The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (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

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 various means, such as:-

  • Providing place for worship and learning.
  • Distribution of spiritual books and learning tools.
  • Free food distribution to the needy.
  • Organising Vedic festivals.
  • Spiritual counselling at prison and drug rehabilitation centres.
  • Spiritual counseling for individuals and families.
  • Care for the old.
  • Training/guiding children, youths, under-graduates.
  • Welfare and charitable activities.

SJMKL History

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 third temple president and 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 spiritual upliftment, and study and dissemination of Krishna consciousness aimed at developing God-conscious individuals for the betterment of society.

Objectives of SJMKL

The objectives are:

  • To establish a place of worship of Their Lordships, Sri Sri Radha-Krishna.
  • To provide a centre for the study, training, research and dissemination of Vedic culture and knowledge.
  • To promote a balanced, natural way of life, based on spiritual values and principles.
  • To assist develop God-conscious individuals.
  • To increase spiritual fellowship among all living beings in a God-centred environments.
  • To contribute to the national effort in eradicating social ills.


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

Sunday feast

7.30am Darsan Arati
7.45am Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja
8.30am Spiritual discourse (English & Tamil)
Children’s class (7 yrs – 12 yrs)
9.45am Prasadam

Contact details

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

Website: http://www.iskconmalaysia.com

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) 

At present there are no accommodation for guests at the temple. However, you could find some accommodation at nearby hotels below.

Cost of taxi from Kuala Lumpur city to temple is about RM13 [USD3].
If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur city, the landmark to watch out for is the Pearl Point Hotel which is located at 5 1/4 miles Old Klang road. Take a left turning at traffic lights just after the hotel and a right at traffic lights at the next junction which will take you to Taman Yarl on your right. 
Vegetarian restaurants:

1. Indian Vegetarian Food @ Radheys, (about 3 miles from temple)
Radhey's Heavenly Delights
23-1, 3rd Mile Square,
151, Old Klang Road,
Batu 3½, 58100 KL
Tel: +603-7984 4001
Fax +603-7984 5001

2. Indian Vegetarian Food @ Gopala's (in Kuala Lumpur city)
Gopala's Vegetarian Restaurant, 
59, Jalan Thambipillai, 
Kuala Lumpur.  
Tel: +603-2274 1969
Places to stay:

1. Florida Hotel (in city)
Near Gopala restaurant.
Tel: +603-2260 1333

2. De Nice Inn (near temple)

30 mins walk to temple. 
Tel: +603-7788 8777

Vaishnava Seva

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  • The foundational priority of ISKCON's leadership is to serve a community where every possible need of a devotee is considered and tendered to.
  • We should strive to give each individual an experience of genuine protection, inspiration and empowerment.
  • The aim is to ensure, as far as possible, the devotees remain happy, enthusiastic and grateful to Srila Prabhupada's mission through every phase of his life until the end of his life, feeling loved and cared for.

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