gopi (leveretandaj) wrote in iskcon,

Mongolian Vedic Temple

As you might know, there is a growing congregation of devotees, working hard to create facilities for practicing Krishna Consciousness in Mongolia. After having translated and printed thirteen titles of Srila Prabhupada's books, including Bhagavad-gita and Krishna Book, and recently opened the first Govinda's restaurant, the government granted the permission to register our society in Mongolia. The condition is that this can only be done, if we build a temple first.

On one hand a pleasant request, on the other hand a serious challenge for the Mongolian congregation. Although difficult, the congregation wants to cover the purchase of the land. However, for the construction of the temple they reach out for your help and support. I strongly feel that the devotees in Mongolia deserve our heartfelt encouragement and contribution. It gives all of us a chance to be part of the Srimad-Bhagavatam's prediction and to please Srila Prabhupada:

khasa-adayah—the Mongolian province

"...Members of the Khasa races can be purified by taking shelter of the devotees of the Lord, due to His being the supreme power..."

All donations are needed and appreciated, regardless of size. Kindly consider how important the work of the Mongolian congregation really is, and what positive impact a larger facility will have on those in our community who live presently with less than the bare necessities of life.

Your servant, AC. Bhaktivaibhava Swami

Krishna Consciousness is being practiced in Mongolia since 9 years. From the very beginning Mongolians were eager to receive Vedic knowledge and be educated in the Vedic culture.

At the moment the Mongolian congregation has about 25 active devotees, of which three are being initiated. Some devotees went presently to India, Pune, to be further trained and educated.

Recently our first vegetarian restaurant "Govinda" opened right in the center of Ulan Batoor (capital of Mongolia), which is daily being visited by many people.

The only existing temple at the moment in Mongolia is a traditional Mongolian housing, called "ger" (yurta) where we hold our Sunday feast regularly.

Recently some of our devotees went to a sacred place at the Gobi desert, which is locally being considered one of the energy centers of the earth. It had been predicted that for a long time there would be no rain in that area. However, shortly after performing kirtan, chanting Hare Krishna, it started to rain profusely to the amazement of the local people there, which was considered to be very auspicious.

Through the practice of Krishna Consciousness in Mongolia we experience very encouraging signs, especially the vital interest of Mongolians in the philosophy and life style of Krishna Consciousness, which makes us strongly believe that the construction of a Vedic temple will be of great service to the citizens of Mongolia.
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