Boise Hare Krishna Temple Daily Visitation / Darshan Times:
Mangal Arati: 5:30 AM
Japa Meditation 6:30 AM to 7:45 AM
Sringar Arati: 7:45 AM
Guru Puja: 7:55 AM
Morning Study: – 8:15 AM
Evening Arati: 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Sunday main Service 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM followed by complimentary Vegetarian lunch.
The temple is open for visitors during the following hours:
Weekly Sunday Service: 11.30 AM to 1.30 PM
Wednesday – Friday evening Gita Study: 7.00 PM – 9.00 PM
Daily Darshan Timings:5.30 – 6.00 AM, 7.15 – 10.00 AM
Except Sunday 6.30 – 7.00 PM
Bhagavad Gita Study:
Join us Weekly at Hare Krishna Temple,
Wednesday 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Friday 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM
where we discuss the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita.
The morning program begins at the auspicious time before sun-rise known as brahma-muhurta. It is said that the early morning hours is the optimal time for spiritual activities. There are several components of the morning program.
MANGALA ARATI SONG: Samsara Davanala Lidha Loka (Sri Gurvastakam)
Around 5:00 AM or 5:30 AM, the most auspicious arati ceremony, known as mangala arati, takes place. While the Deities are being worshipped, the song glorifying the pure and bona fide spiritual master is sung loudly by devotees.
NRSIMHA PRAYERS: Namaste Narasimhaya
Following any arati is the Nrsimha prayers. During the arati ceremony, one might unknowingly commit offenses. Therefore, in order to pray for forgiveness and glorify the one who removes obstacles, prayers to Lord Nrsimhadeva must be chanted.
Ten Offenses in Chanting Hare Krsna
Following the arati, the ten offenses of the Holy name are read out loud, to remind oneself the dangers of these offenses and guard against them.
SIKSASTAKAM: Ceto Darpana Marjanam (Sri Siksastakam)
The prayers of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu containing the philosophy of Sri Krsna sankirtana and the humble attitude of a devotee are sung.
PRAYERS TO THE SIX GOSWAMIS: Krsnotkirtana Gana Nartana (Sri Sadgosvamyastakam)
Some temples will also sing the eight prayers glorifying the six Goswamis of Vrndavana:
TULASI KIRTANA: Namo Namah Tulasi Krsna Preyasi
Then, devotees glorify the plant who is the dearest to the Lord. In fact, she is so potent that she can bestow pure devotion to Krsna. Therefore, devotees glorify her and pray for devotion to Krsna. JAPA: In the mornings around 5:30 AM, devotees are given time to chant on their rosary beads, known as the japamala. By the order of Srila Prabhupada, initiated devotees must chant sixteen rounds of the mahamantra on their japamala. For more information on how to properly do japa, please visit the Japa Page. SRNGARA ARATI: During the japa, the pujaris will dress the Deities in their outfits for the day. When the curtains open around 7:00 AM, all devotees will offer obeisances and the recording of the Govindam prayers from the 1970 album “Radha Krsna Temple” will play.GOVINDAM PRAYERS The worship of the spiritual master takes place. All devotees will face Srila Prabhupada and offer worshipable arati items to him. The spiritual master is the only person who can help us connect to Lord Krsna. Although the spiritual master is not God, we worship him in the same manner as if God were to be worshipped. Srimad Bhagavatan Classs (Monday to Friday 08 to 09 AM )
GURU PUJA (Verses 1 through 4): Sri Guru Carana Padma Kevala Bhakati Sadma (Sri Guru Vandana)
Depending on how the temple operates, class on the Bhagavad Gita is done ideally for a half hour. After that, the evening arati ceremony takes place worshiping Lord Caitanya. The evening arati is known as sandhya arati.
SANDHYA ARATI: Jaya Jaya Gauracander Aratiko Sobha
Just like the mangala arati, it is followed by the
Nrsimha prayers. After that, prasadam is served for the evening.
Srimad Bhagava Gita Class:
Wednesday 7.00 PM to 8.00 PM
Friday 7.00 PM to 8.30 PM
Sunday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
Boise Hare Krishna Temple Deities:
Sri Sri Radha Bankebihari
Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Lady Subhadra
Boise Hare Krishna Temple History:
Aruddha dd (Rekha) and Anantarupa das (Arun Gupta) with their two sons Radhika Raman and Gopalhari moved into a duplex in Boise from Los Angeles in October of 1986. Newly initiated in Laguna Beach in July of 1985, it was hard to leave the association of devotees in Los Angeles area. Anantarupa had found a position in marketing with Hewlett Packard in Boise after being laid off in Los Angeles and unemployed for almost six months. Aruddha and Anantarupa decided to open a small preaching center in Boise to raise two boys in a Krishna Conscious environment and to further Srila Prabhupada’s movement.
Aruddha had chosen a duplex property near BSU over several nicer and bigger homes elsewhere in Boise because it had a family room that the previous owner had constructed from a two car garage and was perfect for a small preaching center. The move to the new home took place on October 1. Unpacking was not done; still, in front a small altar with Srila Prabhupada and Gaura Nitai Deities on a small coffee table, the first gathering of Indian families took place on Nov 1, on Deepawali (Festival of Lights).
Our biggest worry was the lack of association of devotees, but somehow Srila Prabhupada kept on sending devotees who were on their way to or from Seattle, Portland or Salt Lake City. The devotees have mysterious ways of knowing where devotees reside and where good prasadam will be available.
Starting with HH Ganapati Swami, followed by Hanumatpresaka Swami and Gopal Krishna Goswami and later on Badrinarayan Swami visited the center regularly.
Sri Sri Radha Bankebihari were installed on Janmastami day on Saturday Sept 3, 1988, now at the center a full altar with Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Radha Bankebihari, Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra devi and Sri Sri Lakshmi Nrsimha. Srila Prabhupada’s (life size) Deity arrived on his 100th Appearance day on September 5, 1996.
Govinda’s Restaurant was started in 1990 by the family and finally closed in 1997 due to the heavy workload.
The team of three – mother Aruddha and two boys Radhika and Gopal did wonders catching attention of the whole town with their homeschooling, writing columns in newspapers and magazines and local preaching and sankirtana in schools and universities. By 1997 the preaching center was bursting at its seams.
Several attempts to buy bigger properties around the area failed. In summer of 1997, mystically the owner of adjoining duplex decide to sell and the Guptas bought it. With the help of architect Bruce Poe, the City of Boise, and the blessings of BSU and the community, ground was broken for a new sanctuary (temple hall) in Feb 1999 and in August of 1999 a brand new temple with a golden dome, stained glass windows and teak wood altar and gates opened, with larger Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Radha Bankebihari and larger Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra Maharani. Also, sprung over time was a community of devotees who bought homes around the temple.
The temple kept on growing, and by the immense grace of Sri Sri Radha Bankebihari and support of the entire community, another expansion happened in May of 2016 with the opening of the Krishna Cultural Center that effectively doubled the size of the temple—a new Bhaktivedanta Cultural Hall, Goswami Library, Harinam Park and a Tulasi Kunj (greenhouse).
May 2016 – the new Krishna Cultural Center is inaugurated by Lt. Governor Brad Little of Idaho
Boise Hare Krishna Temple Pujas, and Samskaras performed:
Chudakarana – Head Shaving
Vidyarambha–the Beginning of Education
Antyeshti–Funeral or Last Rites
Om Tat Sat
Boise Hare Krishna Temple Contact:
2470 W. Boise Ave
Boise, ID 83706