NV50 Anniversary Celebrations – You are invited!
We are happy to share great news – in 2018 New Vrindaban celebrates its 50th anniversary! The Hare Krishna community in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, was founded in 1968 by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a 70-year old monk and scholar from India, who came to America on the order of his spiritual master to preach the ancient science of Krishna consciousness. Srila Prabhupada envisioned New Vrindaban as a replica of Vrindavan in India, the holiest place of pilgrimage. New Vrindaban was meant to embody the idea of “simple living and high thinking” – and rests upon four main components: 1) cow protection 2) simple living, 3) spiritual education, and 4) holy pilgrimage, which would all lead to the most important component of all: 5) loving Krishna.
Over the fifty years of its existence New Vrindaban evolved from a handful of devotees and one farmhouse to a large community with an exquisite temple, longest running cow protection program, and hundreds of devotees from all over the world! The last two decades were tough though, as New Vrindaban has been slowly coming up from its knees after a major setback. Today New Vrindaban is thriving, headed by a new team of talented managers. Every year 30,000 visitors come to see the Palace of Gold and tour the grounds of New Vrindaban. In 2018 we want to celebrate the 50 years of history, achievements, current significance and a bright future of New Vrindaban. We invite all of you to become part of this celebration!
We have planned lots of great events for this summer and we cordially invite you to come and celebrate with us. Five special events are dedicated to the New Vrindaban’s 50th Anniversary this year. The first two are the weekend extravaganzas in March and April to celebrate our congregation, particularly donors who generously support New Vrindaban’s projects. The VIP Event for West Virginia government officials and ISKCON dignitaries will follow in May. July will feature an open-house weekend – a joyous and colorful event for all neighbors and visitors from around the world. The culmination of the festivities will be a huge semi-centennial celebration in September which will reunite many former residents and Srila Prabhupada’s disciples who have contributed to New Vrindaban community over the fifty years of its existence. There will also be a special edition of our annual 24 hour kirtan which will expand to a 50 hour festival featuring new and well-known kirtaneers!
This is the first of a series of special articles which will cover different aspects of NV50 celebration this year – preparation, coverage of each event, guest testimonies, and interviews with devotees who make it all happen. The first article is expected to come out in March. We will also proudly repost the article featured in the latest issue of the Back to Godhead magazine. The article is an overview of New Vrindaban in honor of its 50th Anniversary. The article, accompanied by stunning pictures, tells the story of New Vrindaban and introduces four very special persons who personify the four components formulated by Srila Prabhupada. Stay tuned!
Once again, 2018 is a very important and exciting year for New Vrindaban! The five NV50 events will embrace and unite all parts of our diverse congregation. We want to recognize and appreciate each and every one who in any way contributed to the New Vrindaban community – those who visited, appreciated, donated,, volunteered, helped build and maintain, spread the good word about New Vrindaban and sent prayers! Let this grand celebration bring all of us closer and allow us to see the new bright future that we can build together!