Angul, the land of mines, coals, natural resources has attracted many big corporates and has become home for millions of people coming from various parts of the country to earn a livelihood.
In midst of this, by the divine mercy of the modern day Spiritual Ambassador, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, one of His sincere followers took great compassion upon the fast-paced, suffering people of Angul and decided to open a spiritual hospital for them. As a result of that, we see a beautiful, vibrant and grand temple coming up in the centre of the city of Angul. We are extremely grateful to that divine personality, His Holiness Bhakti Gaurav Narayan Swami Maharaj, unto whom we will remain ever grateful for his causeless mercy.
Since its inception in the year 2011, ISKCON Angul has grown leaps and bounds and is growing by each passing day. In these years, it has seen a remarkable transformation in the lives of so many people whoever have come in its association.
During the year of 2018, ISKCON Angul has been able to complete its ashram building work at Bengadia alongwith organic farming and village preaching. After staying on rented places for almost seven years, on the most auspicious occasion of Nityanda Trayodasi (29th January 2018) ISKCON ANGUL finally shifted to its own place at Benagadia, Angul. Spread across a sprawling campus of 6.5 acres and with its beautiful and natural landscape, it is definitely going to attract many nature lovers and people wanting for a bit relief from the busy city life. With much pomp and grandeur, Their Lordships Sri Sri RadhaShyamsundar, Sri Sri Jagannath Baladev and Subhadra maharani were shifted and welcomed to Their new temple. Along with Them, the Deities of Sri Sri Gaur Nitai were installed and devotees were mesmerised by Their first Darshan. Almost 5000 people from Angul city attended this function. The main temple construction work has also started in the year 2020, [ which requires huge investment and resources. We are completely dependent upon Lord’s mercy and all your kind and generous contributions and support to fulfil this enormous project.
Srila Prabhupada, Founder Acharya of ISKCON always stressed upon Preaching and had a desire that the leaders of the society should be exemplary in behaviour and ideal in character. Hence, in order to please Him, we have expanded our preaching programs (Youth, Congregation, children, village, corporate) throughout various places of Angul. We have introduced Bhakti Vriksa module for the congregation preaching by which we have been able to connect many new families to our temple. Special sessions on “Happy Family Life” are much appreciated. IYF the youth of Angul, we conduct special IYF youth programs every Sunday evening 5 to 6 PM and we have seen a major response from them. We also have a Youth Centre at Angul ,where students and service holder bachelors stay in a devotional atmosphere . We are also conducting college preaching programs in the premier engineering colleges and colleges in Dhenkanal.
We are also planning to extend our preaching programs in near future to the corporate sectors people (SPL, NTPC, NALCO, MCL, GMR. BRG) who are in real need of spiritual solutions for their material problems.
Festivals are an important part of our vedic culture. To preserve that, we have been conducting special celebration programs. Sri Krishna Janmastami, the appearance day of Lord Sri Krishna, is our biggest celebration of the year. Thousands of people gather to celebrate the advent of the Lord. Followed by it is the Appearance day of Srila Prabhupada which is the most auspicious day for all ISKCON devotees worldwide. Apart from Janmastami, we also celebrate other major festivals during the year such as Gaura Purnima, Radhastami, Nrsimha Chaturdasi, Sri Rama Navami, Jhulan Yatra etc.We also celebrate Damodarastakam festival during the whole kartik month where hundreds of people attended daily and every evening we conducted kirtan programs at different houses through out Angul.
Under the Food for Life (anAnna Daan) program, we have distributed sanctified hygienic Krishna prasadam food to the needy people in various areas of Angul such as Soubhagya Nagar, Benagadia, Angul bazaar, Majhika, etc. Many well-to-do people of the society are generously contributing for this noble purpose. We are planning to do it on a much more frequent basis and try for mid-day meal programs in the remote rural schools.
There is regular twice a week Harinama Sankirtan in the Angul vegetable market where thousands of people gather and get benefitted by hearing the Holy Names of the Lord.
ISKCON, as an organisation aims solely at the ultimate welfare of the living entities and human life specifically by reviving our forgotten relationship with Lord Sri Krishna and subsequently engaging in the loving devotional service of the Lord leading to a happy and blissful life. ISKCON Angul being a part of the transcendental movement trying its best to bring happiness in the life of the people of Angul & Dhenkanal district.
We would be very pleased to invite you, along with your entire family, to all our various programs in our temple and try to make your life happy and blissful.
ISKCON Angul is located at Angul-Deogarh Highway, Behind Majhika Shiva Temple, Benagadia, Angul, Odisha
The Deities of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar , Jagannath Baladev Subhadra Maharani, Gour Nitai, and Giriraj Maharaj are installed in a spacious hall. Adjacent is the Prasadam hall , Goshala and Brahmachari Ashram.