ISKCON TUCSON MISSION STATEMENT
Nurturing loving and honest relationships with devotees, while reaching out to the Tucson community and inviting them to participate in chanting the holy name and perform devotional service.
We want to involve the congregation in tithing, regular service and spiritual programs to bring them to a deeper conviction, appreciation and knowledge of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna and His dearmost ambassador, Srila Prabupada.
ISKCON of Arizona was established in 1987, and is a branch of the International Society For Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). It is a growing worldwide spiritual confederation of temples, ashrams, schools, prasadam (spiritual vegetarian) restaurants, and farm communities, whose purpose is to re-spiritualize the entire human society. ISKCON, a non-profit religious organization, was founded in New York City in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Our goal is to bring to the community of Tucson, many cultural and bona fide aspects of India's ancient spiritual traditions, called Vedic culture. Most importantly in our mission, is the distribution and dissemination of transcendental knowledge contained in the ancient teachings of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad Bhagavatam, and other such literatures and texts.
Although part of a much larger network of temples, ISKCON of Arizona operates completely autonomously, financially and managerially. We depend on your kind donations to help us carry our mission forward. All donations are tax-deductable.
We hope you will enjoy your journey though this website, and we invite you to correspond with your inquires or interests.
Namaste and Hare Krishna!
Tucson Temple President, Mother Sandamini
Servants of the servants
Jivananda Das Vanachari
Jivananda dasa Vanacari is a disciple of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, the founder Acharya of the Internal Society for Krishna Consciousness, and has been practicing Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love) since 1973. He is a renounced Vaisnava Monk, an initiating Diksa Guru, a renowned scholar in the ancient teachings of the Vedic Literatures and an effective spiritual/personal counselor. While constantly traveling worldwide he helps people to develop their dormant love for the Supreme, one another and all living entities.
Suresvara Dasa Vanacari
Suresvara dasa Vanacari joined the Hare Krishna movement in July 1970. He received 1st & 2nd initiations by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1971 and 1972 while serving in New Vrindaban. In 2011, while teaching at the Mayapur Institute, Suresvara’s concern over how distant many younger devotees were from Srila Prabhupada reached a tipping point, so that spring he conceived and began researching a seminar series he would call “Srila Prabhupada, Our Founder-Acarya.” In 2014, at the request of senior godbrothers, Suresvara accepted the service of initiating spiritual master.
Mother Krishna Kumari
Krsna-Kumari devi-dasi joined Srila Prabhupada's movement in 1972 in Gainesville, Florida. She served in many Gurukula projects until 1986 and assisted her husband, Ram das, who was head Pujari in Los Angeles for 15 years, until his passing away in 2000. After creating a memorial sanctuary and vintage book project in Vrindavan for her late husband, she has happily retired to the shelter of Govinda's in Tucson where she cares for the Deities and publishes books about her husband and his devotional projects.