ISKCON Temple of Greater Chicago Hours:
The temple is open throughout the day so that you can visit us at your convenience.
5:30 AM Mangala Arati & Tulasi puja
8:00 AM Sringara Arati & Guru puja
8:30 AM Srimad Bhagavatam Class
12:30 PM Raj bhoga Offering & Arati
1.00 PM to 4.00 PM Closed
7:00 PM Sandhya Arati
ISKCON Temple of Greater Chicago History:
Some families gather on a windy Friday evening, bringing home-made food on familiar aluminum trays. Children enthusiastically try to free themselves from their seatbelts with the wild anticipation of meeting their friends. Guests are immersed in the quick makeover of a week-long work routine at a weekend retreat. Children have come down, where coloring books and precious pencils await their artistic mastery. The adults gather in the family room above while the man in saffron dress begins to slowly increase the rhythm of his karts and his rhythmic songs. It reaches a crescendo that lets the guests cry for more and hosts intermittently look around the windows to check if the neighbors are not disturbed.
The class begins. The verse verses of the ancient and timeless text of the Bhagavad-gita are recited, annotated, discussed and internalized. Everyone feels burdened by a new perspective on life. There is a greater appreciation for all that has been received with a firmer understanding of the Source and its infinite opulence. The little ones appear almost magically with joy and a sense of accomplishment as they run to their parents with colorful images of the Lord in his hobbies. It is also the sign of a sumptuous prasadam that is a sign.
It was more than twenty years ago.
Beginning with a few humble, families and their enthusiasm led to the creation of ISKCON of Greater Chicago under the umbrella of the parent organization founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabupada. In a short time, the few families have become a congregation of 15 to 20 families, to what we are today. We continue to serve the community regardless of nationality, caste or religion with the unshakeable goal of education in the science of Krishna consciousness. We are committed to serving your spiritual needs and encourage you to visit us in person.
ISKCON Temple of Greater Chicago Sunday Feast Timings:
ISKCON Temple of Greater Chicago welcome all with an open heart, and hope to see you this Sunday!
4:30 PM to 5:00 PM Kirtan
5:00 PM to 5:30 PM Arotike
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Spiritual discourse based on Vedic teachings such as Bhagavad-Gita
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Free vegetarian feast & ongoing kirtan in temple hall
8:00 PM Curtains close
ISKCON Temple of Greater Chicago Ceremonies:
We offer samskara services for a variety of occasions. Our priests are highly qualified in Vedic rites and are active practitioners of Vaisnava philosophy. They can explain the meaning of the rituals and explain the mantras in Sanskrit in English, so that they can fully immerse themselves in these ceremonies with good understanding.
We organize big events, such as weddings, in our temple with its 3-acre lot. We can also participate in small programs at home. We offer the following samskara services for any occasion:
1) Weddings and engagements (Vivaha)
2) Conception and rites preceding childbirth (Garbhadhana, Pumsavana, Sasyanti-homa, Jata-karma)
3) Baby shower (Simantonnayanam)
4) Birthday (Janma)
5) Name giving (Nama-karana)
6) Child’s first outing (Niskarmana)
7) First Grains (Anna-prasana)
8) Hair cutting (Cuda Karanam/Mundana)
9) Ceremony for child’s health (Paustika-karma)
10) Piercing the ears (Karna-vedha)
11) Learning the alphabet (Vidyarambha)
12) Fire sacrifice for peace (Shanti-homa)
13) New dwelling (Griha-pravesa/Vastu-puja)
14) Funeral (Antyesti-kriya)
15) Memorial services (Sraddha-kriya)
Note that we need a week’s notice before planning all Yajnas and ceremonies.
ISKCON Temple of Greater Chicago Festivals:
Lord Nrsimhadev’s Appearance
Lord Balaram’s Appearance Day
Sri Krishna Janmashtami
Srila Prabhupada’s Appearance
Hari Nama Maha Yagna
ISKCON Temple of Greater Chicago Address:
1505 McDowell Road,
IL 60563, USA