ISKCON Bahia History:
ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) was founded in 1966 in New York, USA. UU But only he arrived in Brazil in 1973, by three disciples of Srila Prabhupada who were simultaneously Salvador / BA, Rio de Janeiro / RJ and São Paulo / SP. Dhruvananda Dasa, a native of Hawaii, United States UU., Came to Salvador / BA, was looking for someone who spoke English to help raise Krishna’s awareness, by an English school came to a youngster’s home dental student (Dhanvantari Swami), who practiced yoga and was preparing for his first trip to India. Even in his outreach activities of Krishna consciousness, he found another young man ready to help him (Aradhya Dasa). Shortly after, Dhruvananda Dasa had to return to the United States,
Then came the idea of writing to Srila Prabhupada asking him to send a representative to promote the spread of Krishna consciousness in Salvador / BA and Brazil. The letter was delivered by Srila Prabhupada to Hridayananda Dasa Goswami, one of his most important disciples. Hridayananda Dasa Goswami, visit one of the temples in the United States, learned that he had a young Brazilian visitor (Jagad Vicitra Dasa) and searched for information about Brazil. This young man is however, the younger brother of Dhanvantari Swami, the most interesting is that neither the other knew had contacts with Krishna consciousness.
Hridayananda Dasa Goswami came to Salvador / BA, but found Dhanvantari Swami who lived in Brasilia / DF at that time, then Hridayananda Dasa Goswami went to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, then back to Salvador, where the movement continued weekly meetings without interruption.
But it was only in 1991 that ISKCON Bay was officially registered in the National Register of Legal Entities (CNPJ), at that time the president of the institution was Gaura Krishna Dasa, who remained in office until 1993. His successor was Vrindavana Dasa, who stayed in the office. until 1996, when he was replaced by Aniruddha Dasa who chaired the institution until early 2000. Then Devananda Dasa served for a year. Later, Gopa Kumara Dasa assumed the presidency of the institution and remained in office for about two years. After his departure, ISKCON Bay was administered by the Administrative Committee, which was established at the end of 1999. In 2008, Damodara Dasa became president of the institution and remained until 2010 when a management team, which assumed responsibility formed administer ISKCON Bahia.
ISKCON Bahia received the title of Public Utility Municipal, during the management of Vrindavana Dasa. And he received the title of State Public Service, during the first management of Aniruddha Dasa. The realization of the two titles was articulated by Gandharvika Devi Dasi, at the time public relations of ISKCON Bahia and current advisor in communication.
In addition to Paripe, Hare Krishna Temple was once in Itapuã and Rio Vermelho, then moved to Brotas, where he has been settling for over thirty years in a rented property. It was not until 2011 that we obtained our own land, the acquisition of which was designed and articulated by Mandaracala Dasi. The construction of the temple began in 2012, during the activities of the construction period were carried out in spaces provided by friends ISKCON Bay and the deities were brought to the Temple Ecovillage Vrajadhāma in Caruaru / PE, where they remained during a year. On April 14, 2013, the first stage of construction was completed, which allowed the installation of the Deities on the altar and the beginning of the activities in our own Temple.
Highway BA-526 (CIA Road / Airport) 4.5 KM,
Salvador / BA, CEP 41500-152.
State of Bahia
Phone: (71) 34947172
Website: www.iskconbahia.com.br Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]