International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement is a spiritual society founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in July 1966 in New York. ISKCON belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradaya, a monotheistic tradition within Vedic culture. Today ISKCON comprises of more than 600 temples, 60 rural communities and over 100 vegetarian restaurants. It also conducts special projects throughout the world, such as “Food for Life”, the only free vegetarian relief program in the world.
To take the mission of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu forward, His Divine Grace A.C.Bhakthi Vedanta Swami Prabhupadh Established ISKCON Temples worldwide and started ISKCON GBC ( Governing Body Commision)....With the initiation from ISKCON GBC and Blessings from direct disciple of Srila Prabhupadh , His Holiness Bhakthi Raghava Swami Maharaj ....Two of dedicated Iskcon members .... HG Annatha Sesha Das (Iskcon Kakinada Temple President) and HG Sridhar Das came to Kakinada in the year 2013 and started ISKCON Namahatta centre to continue the disciplinic legacy of the Sankirtana mission.
Srila Prabhupada was born Abhay Charan De on September 1, 1896, to a pious Hindu
family in Calcutta. As a youth growing up in British-controlled India, Abhay became
involved with Mahatma Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement to secure
independence for his nation. It was, however, a 1922 meeting with a prominent
scholar and religious leader, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, which proved most
influential on Abhay’s future calling. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta was a leader in the Gaudiya
Vaishnava denomination, a monotheistic tradition within the broad Hindu culture, and
asked Abhay to bring the teachings of Lord Krishna to the English-speaking world.