Kannur ISKCON Temple Timings:
4.30 AM to 12.30 PM and 4.30 PM to 9.00 PM
Kannur ISKCON Seva Timings:
4:30 AM – Mangala Arati
5:00 AM – Tulasi-Puja Arati
5:15 AM – Japa Meditation
6:30 AM – Srimad Bhagavatam discourse
7:30 AM – Sringar darshan
7:45 AM – Guru puja
12:30 PM – Raj Bhoga Arati
4:30 PM – Usthapana Arati
7:00 PM – Sandhya Arati
7:40 PM – Bhagavad Gita discourse
8:30 PM – Shayana Arati
Kannur or Cannanore, one of the important cities of the Kerala Sea coast, has been the northern capital of rajas Kolathiri for many centuries. This administrative seat of Kannur District is located on the north side of the state, between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Kannur is known for his art and his eternal music.
Formerly known as Cannanore, it is a place of historical interest and has many important monuments. There are several myths and legends associated with the name Kannur. Some say that the district gets its name from the two words “Kannan” (Krishna, one of the Hindu deities) and “Ur” (place); This is the place of Lord Krishna. It is also said that the name is a derivation of Kanathur, an ancient village of Kannur.
Theyyam: The traditional dance form of Kerala is associated with this district. St.Angelos Fort, Kannur The place is also famous for hand weaving. Once the main port of ancient Kerala, Kannur has been a favorite destination for foreign travelers from Europe, China and Arab countries.
In his travel diary, Marco Polo recounts his visit to the region around 1250 AD. C. and refers to Cannanore as a great Emporia of the spice trade. In the “Journey of the Sea of Erithree”, a Greek work of great antiquity, Kannur finds a mention as “Naura”. Other famous visitors include Fahian, the Buddhist pilgrim and Ibn Batuta, writer and historian of Tangier.
Better known as the Hare Krishna movement, ISKCON is comprised of more than 350 centres, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants worldwide.
The mission of this nonsectarian, monotheistic movement is to promote the well being of society by teaching the science of Krishna consciousness according to Bhagavad-Gita and other ancient scriptures.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966. It belongs to the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition, a devotional tradition based on the teachings of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
The precepts and practices of ISKCON were taught and codified by the 15th century saint and religious reformer Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his principle associates, the Six Goswamis of Vrindavana.
Sri Chaitanya , whom devotees revere as a direct incarnation of Krishna, gave a powerful impetus for a massive bhakti (devotional) movement throughout India. Under his direction hundreds of volumes on the philosophy of Krishna consciousness were compiled. Many devotees have followed in the line of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu including, in the 19th century, an outstanding Vaisnava theologian, Bhaktivinoda Thakura who brought Krishna consciousness to a modern audience.
Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s son, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami, became the guru of Srila Prabhupada and instructed him to spread Krishna consciousness in the West.
Seven Purposes of ISKCON:
1) To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all people in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.
2) To propagate a consciousness of Krishna, as it is revealed in the great scriptures of India, Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
3) To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna, the prime entity, thus developing the idea within the members, and humanity at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the quality of Godhead (Krishna).
4) To teach and encourage the sankirtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy name of God, as revealed in the teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
5) To erect for the members and for society at large a holy place of transcendental pastimes dedicated to the personality of Krishna.
6) To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler, more natural way of life.
With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings.
ISKCON Disciple Succession:
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness draws its legitimacy from its place in a long succession of spiritual teachers and disciples (parampara). There are four major disciple successions (sampradayas), ISKCON belongs to the Brahma Sampradaya, founded by Lord Krishna Himself.
There are many branches to this sampradaya. Our society belongs to the branch founded by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the 16th century.
The principle is that Vaisnava teachings should be passed on, unchanged, from guru to disciple. The most prominent devotees in this lineage are accepted as acharyas: those who teach by example, who carry the line forward. Listed below are the acharyas since, and including, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
1) Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
2) The Six Goswamis of Vrindavana
a) Srila Rupa Goswami
b) Srila Sanatana Goswami
c) Gopal Bhatta Goswami
d) Ragunatha dasa Goswami
d) Ragunatha Batta Goswami
e) Jiva Goswami
3) Krsnadasa Kaviraj Goswami
4) Narottama Dasa Thakura
5) Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura
6) Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana
7) Jagannatha Dasa Babaji
8) Bhaktivinoda Thakura
9) Gaurakisora Dasa Babaji
10) Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura
11) A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Lord Chaitanya’s Mission:
Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu instructed His disciples to write books on the Science of Krishna, a task which those who follow Him have continued to carry out down to the present day. The elaborations and expositions on the philosophy taught by Lord Chaitanya are in fact most voluminous, exacting and consistent due to the system of disciplic succession. Although Lord Chaitanya was widely renowned as a scholar in His youth, He left only eight verses, called Sikshastaka. These eight verses clearly reveal His mission and precepts.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born in Mayapur in the town of Nadia just after sunset on the evening of the 23rd Phalguna 1407 Sakabda, answering to the 18th of February, 1486, of the Christian era. The moon was eclipsed at the time of His birth, and the people of Nadia were then engaged, as was usual on such occasions, in bathing in the Ganga with loud cheers of “Haribol!” His father, Jagannatha Mishra, a brahmana of the Vedic order, and His mother, Sachidevi, a model good woman, both descended from brahmana families originally residing in Sylhet.
Mahaprabhu was a beautiful child, and the ladies of the town came to see Him with presents. His mother’s father, Pandit Nilambara Chakravarti, a renowned astrologer, foretold that the child would be a great personage in time; and he, therefore, gave Him the name Vishvambhara. The ladies of the neighborhood called Him Gaurahari on account of His golden complexion, and His mother called Him Nimai on account of the nimba tree near which He was born. Beautiful as He was, everyone loved to see Him every day.
When He was five years old, He was admitted to a pathashala where He picked up Bengali in a very short time.
Most of His contemporary biographers have mentioned certain anecdotes regarding Chaitanya which are simple records of His early miracles. It is said that when He was an infant in His mother’s arms He wept continually, and when the neighboring ladies cried ‘Haribol!” He used to stop crying. Thus there was a continuation of the utterance of Haribol in the house, foreseeing the future mission of the hero.
It is said that once, a brahmana on pilgrimage became a guest in His house, cooked food and read grace with meditation upon Krishna . In the meantime Nimai came and ate up the cooked rice. The brahmana, astonished at the boy’s act, cooked again at the request of Jagannatha Mishra. The boy again ate up the cooked rice while the brahmana was offering the rice to Krishna with meditation. The brahmana was persuaded to cook for a third time. This time all the inmates of the house had fallen asleep, and the boy showed Himself as Krishna to the traveler and blessed him. The brahmana was then lost in ecstasy at the appearance of the object of his worship.
It has also been stated that two thieves kidnapped the boy from His house with a view to steal His jewels and gave Him sweetmeats on the way. The boy exercised His illusory energy and deceived the thieves back towards His own house. The thieves, for fear of detection, left the boy there and fled. These anecdotes relate to His age up to the fifth year.
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Kannur ISKCON Address:
Kannur – 670001,
Phone: +91 497 2775299