Annual Ministry Report 2012


  1.   Education and Training


Gaura Purnima Seminars 2012

•   3 Day Seminar – Establishing Culture in our communities.

  • What creates the mood in a particular temple?
  • The role of leadership and Empowerment in our communities.
  • Congregational Development all over the world: Learning from the field.

First International Bhakti-vriksha Convention in Mayapur, August 2012

265 leaders from 7 countries attended.

Activities by the Ministers

H. H. Jayapataka Swami (Co-minister)

  • Kolkata Annual Bhakti-vriksha Convention in Mayapur with 1230 devotees.
  • Moscow Bhakti-vriksha Festival
  • Congregational Development Annual inspirational day in Argentina and Chile
  • First International Bhakti-vriksha Convention in Mayapur
  • Birmingham, UK Bhakti-vriksha Annual Mela
  • Sydney, Australia meeting with Congregation leaders
  • Dallas, USA Bhakti-vriksha training

Kaunteya Das (Co-minister)


  • Introduction to Bhakti-vriksha Success Secret
  • Spiritual Basis of Bhakti-vrisksha, Leadership Activities, Family life: The Basic Unit of a Vaishnava Community and Spiritual Care and Secrets of success in Bhakti-vriksha
  • Gaura Purnima seminars 2012 – Bhakti-vriksha is based on empowerment; reports from various devotees on congregational development in their places; Congregational Developers as Cultural Engineers.
  • Parikrama and training with 100 Bhakti-vriksha devotees of the Mayapur Local Preaching in December.
  • Presentations at First International Bhakti-vriksha Convention in Mayapur.
  • Seminars/workshops/personal dialogue or strategic planning sessions in USA: Denver, Boulder, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Harrisburg, Dallas & Houston.
  • Middle East – presentation to Damodaradesh, Gaurangadesh, Shyamdesh, Mathuradesh, Avataridesh.  
  • Congregational presentation in Ghana, Africa.
  • Andhra Pradesh:  Nellore; presentation “Unity in Diversity” in Tirupati retreats, with some 100 leaders from India.
  • Karnataka: Presentations to all three temples of Bangalore, visit to Mysore and Belgaum.

Activities by South East Asia Regional Coordinator (Rasika Murari Prabhu).

  • May 2012: Promoting CDM related Courses / Seminar / Training programs Malaysia wide.
  • June ~ July 2012: Damodara card, brochure and CD discussion.
  • August 2012: Presentation in 1st International BV Convention for Leaders in Sri Dham Mayapur.
  • September 2012: Bhakti-vriksa Seminar for Melaka Yatra leaders (Malaysia)
  • October 2012: Presentation in Hong Kong on Damodara International Promotion (separate seminars for Chinese and Indian devotees)
  • November ~ December 2012: Damodara Preaching Activities (Malaysia) (Scores:Program=8000, Ghee Lamps=85,000 Prasadam=80,000 and Books=1700)

Activities by South American regional Coordinator (Manohara Syam Das and Premavati Chitra devi dasi)

  • Seminar in Alachua: Introduction to Bhakti-vriksha and its benefits.
  • Started a Bhakti-vriksha group, training for leaders.
  • Bhakti-vriksha Atlanta Seminar during the celebration of Panihati Festival.
  • Bhakti-vriksha seminars in Argentina and Chile.

Activities by Bhakti-vriksha Senior Coaches (Vijaya Venugopala das and Prema Padmini devi dasi)

  • March /April 2012 – Jagannath Temple, Bangalore – Caring Vaishnava Leadership and Devotee Care – Principles, Guidelines, Best Practises 
  • April/May 2012 – Mathuradesh – Arabian Gulf – in 8 centres – Caring Vaishnava Leadership seminars
  • June 2012 – Russia – Moscow – Develop a standard template for Strategic Planning for Devotee Care / Vaishnava Community Development
  • July 2012 – UK – Bhakti-vriksha / Devotee Care seminars
  • July 2012 – Russia – Moscow Bhakti-vriksha festival – Caring Vaishnava Leadership and Strategic Planning, Bhakti-vriksha development seminars
  • Aug 2012 – Bangalore – Strategic Planning Model for Vaishnava Community Development and Care
  • September 2012 – Russia – Sadhu Sanga festival- Devotee Care in Bhakti-vriksha and Success in Bhakti-vriksha
  • October 2012 – Mathuradesh, Arabian Gulf- Guiding devotees
  • October 2012 – Devotee Care seminars – UK
  • October 2012 – Siwan, Bihar- Initial visit to the Congregational Preaching devotees
  • November 2012 – Strategic planning for Vaishnava Community Development – Mathuradesh and Damodardesh, Arabian Gulf
  • December 2013 – Moscow- Winter Festival – School of Bhakti-vriksha

Activities in Kolkata (Reported by Ashray Gouranga prabhu)

  • Numbers of Bhakti-vriksha groups in Kolkata 140.
  • Stress Management seminar in Chartered Account Institute of India.
  • Bhagavad-Gita Seminars to OC police inspectors and to the inmates of Presidency Jail and Alipore Jail, who chanted 1 round of Mahamantra.
  • Bhagavat Gita Seminar in Bikram Vidyalya.
  • Sector Leaders Oriented Weekly Class which is compulsory for all the Servant leaders.
  • Bhakti Shastri Classes which is compulsory for all the servant leaders. This idea was given by HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj.
  • Out of all the books distributed, Bhakti-vriksha topped the list by distributing 22000 books.
  • Ekadasi program and Sunday program, congregating Bhakti-vriksha devotees chanting together and attending Bhagavatam classes.
  • Ratha Yatra 1100 people registered Bhakti-vriksha entrance program.
  • Damodara Program was celebrated in 150 places with the gathering of average 40 devotees.
  • 3-day seminar by Jayapataka Swami Maharaj during Ratha Yatra, 3-day seminar by HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami in May, and 3 days seminar by H.H Bhakti Charu Swami.
  • On Char-dham pilgrimage with the Bhakti-vriksha devotees.
  • Vrinda Garden, Children’s program where the children learn Slokas, Stories, Bhajan, Kirtan and Drawing.
  • Retreat Camp for all the Servant-Leaders in Khir Chora Gopinath, Orrisa.

Rs 15, 00000 were collected by the Bhakti-vriksha devotees for the Ratha Yatra.

Expansion of the Malaysian Damodara Program

  • Programs (home programs and public programs) 8000
  • Ghee Lamps offered 85,000
  • Prasadam distributed 80,000 plates
  • Books distributed 1700

ISKCON Prison Ministry

 Srila Prabhupada’s Books: 2,251

 Books by Other Devotees: 583

 A total of 2,834 books



Publications by the Ministry

Our books for Kindle on

•  The Sector Leader

•  Free to Preach

•  The Bhakti-vriksha Leader

•  The third Partner (English and Spanish)

•  The Bhakti-vriksha Manual second edition

•  Sri Godruma Kalpatavi

•  The nectar of Congregational Preaching

•  A Vaishnava in every neighbourhood

•  Counselling in Bhakti-vriksha,

Materials in progress

•  Sraddha-kutir booklet.

•  Home program booklet.

•  Siksha level booklet.

•  Damodara catalogue in Slovakian.

•  Congregational Development Ministry brochure in Slovakian.

•  Bhakti-vriksha Manual in Bengali (Second Edition)

  1. Website/E-mail


Website in Spanish at

  • The Spanish speaking devotees keep using this site to promote the congregation news and learn more about our Ministry.

YouTube channel for Ministry at

  • With over 110 videos in English and Spanish presenting different ideas in how to expand the congregation development.
  • We had a total of views more than 8000 views.

Facebook page at

  • This networking tool is allowing us to have daily contact with several devotees around the world.
  • The devotee in charge of communications post daily articles about congregation development and news about the temples and congregation groups we are in contact.

New Bhakti-vriksha Facebook page

  • At least 30-50 new members are joining the page every day and the number as of NOW is 3,085 members.


  • We created six promotional videos about the importance of the Congregational development.
  • Four humorous videos about Prison Ministry, Damodara Program, Sunday Feast and Supporting a temple.
  • Two introduction videos, one about Sraddha-kutir (English & Spanish) and one about the Madhusudhan Month.


  • Maintain correspondence with temple authorities and active preachers to create an awareness of our resources in an attempt to support their efforts.
  • Facilitate a communication channel between the temples and preaching centres around the world to share successful experiences and application of our resources.
  • Collecting scores from temples, to ascertain trends in congregational development in ISKCON and to acknowledge outstanding achievements.
  • Requesting nominations from GBC members for devotees who have made an exceptional contribution to Congregational development.
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