In May 1971 ISKCON founder spiritual master, His Divine Grace (HDG) Srila Abhay Caranaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada planted the seeds of devotion in Malaysia while on 5 days flash visit to 4 very important towns in Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur, Teluk Intan, Ipoh & Penang. Today every one of these towns has established preaching centers’, temples and hundreds of devotees. With Srila Prabhupada were his disciples and a few of them who had also come earlier to travel around the country, preach and prepare for Srila Prabhupada’s visit. It is only because of the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and his disciples that we are able to practice devotional service. His Holiness Janananda Goswami Maharaja wrote the Prabhupada In Malaysia book which has very good information of Srila Prabhupada’s Malaysian preaching tour.
After Srila Prabhupada’s visit nothing much happened in Malaysia till about 1978. Another batch of Srila Prabhupada disciples including some Malaysians who had become devotees in London in the early 70’s came to Malaysia in 1978. This batch of preachers came intentionally to establish ISKCON in Malaysia and within a short time, HG Prabhavisnu Prabhu, HH Srila Bhakti Vrajendranandana Swami Maharaja, HG Ramsarana prabhu & his wife HG Janaki mataji and, a few others with the help of the early local devotees registered the Society for Krishna Consciousness, Malaysia on 4 October 1980 with its headquarters at Jalan Anak Gasing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Now we have a total of 30 preaching centers’ around the country, a 20-acre dairy farm at Janda Baik, Pahang and a 400-acre cow protection and agriculture farm at Lanchang, Pahang. A magnificent custom-built temple stands on mainland Penang at Prai, Seberang Jaya. This temple named the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple of Devotion & Understanding was built as a dedication to Srila Prabhupada. He had left a sketch of a temple looking like the Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir in Vrndavan, India with his disciples and instructed while pointing towards the sketch - “I Want A Temple Like This”