A treasure awaits you in Vrindavan that may change your life. Answers to all of life’s big questions will soon be in your hands. Come and dive into the ocean of spirituality. We are ready to serve you at the enchanting Vrinda Kunja Ashram situated in the very heart of Hinduism, Shri Vrindavan Dham, the homeland of Krishna. Come for a visit and support our social activities as a volunteer.
Volunteer opportunities in India
Our mission in Vrindavan is to receive volunteers and visitors from all over the world and to encourage them to develop bhakti, or devotion by serving and visiting holy places. Experiencing Vrindavan means studying the holy books and preserving the holy land of Braj Vrindavan, Yamuna river, ancient buildings, as well as serving the the local people, the Brijvasis or spiritual inhabitants of Braj themselves. Inspiration to serve has always been our mission. Why don’t you join our 10 day volunteer program in India on 2nd April 2017?
We invite you to stay with us in heart of Indian culture
If you have ever imagined staying in India for some time to experience the glory and spiritual energy of a holy place, Vrindavan is sure to make that dream come true. Indian culture itself has emanated from Vrindavan, since it is the homeland of Krishna. As a volunteer you can experience monastic life in a traditional Hindu ashram in authentic environment. Vrindavan is located only 150 km from New Delhi, the capital of India, on the way to Agra, on the bank of historical Yamuna river.
History of Vrinda Kunja Ashram in brief
When the influence of the royal families declined, many temples in Vrindavan lost their support. The Manipuri Queen abandoned her Kunja for many years and worship of the deities ended. The Deities of Radha and Krishna were removed after a short time, and many thieves started to come in the hope of plundering hidden treasures. Here you can read more about history of Vrinda Kunja Ashram.
Volunteer opportunities in India: Restoration work
In 1989 Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Swami was looking for a place for South American and European devotees to stay while they visited Vrindavan. He discovered the abandoned Manipuri temple with the help of Chandravan, who was the intermediary between him and the Queen’s family.
Restoration began immediately after the acquisition, by Swami B.V. Paramahamsa who arrived from Colombia especially for that purpose. They wished to preserve the original beauty of the place and not expand construction, but rather to maintain the wonderful gardens and the serene atmosphere. It is said that it is 1,000 times more beneficial to restore an old building rather than construct a new one.
Paramadvaiti Swami eventually named the place Vrinda Kunja in honour of Vrinda Devi, the holy personality after whom Vrindavan is named. Vrinda is also a name of the holy basil plant, Tulasi, which is cultivated and worshipped lovingly in every Hindu household and temple. The visitors of Vrinda Kunja Ashram enjoy the company of many Tulasi plants in the temple garden along with some rare trees. The verdant gardens make Vrinda Kunja Ashram a real spiritual oasis in the holy place of Vrindavan.
In 1989 Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Swami was looking for a place for South American and European devotees to stay while they visit Vrindavan, so he found that ashram with the help of Chandravan, who was the intermediate between the Queen family and him.
Lineage – who we are?
We are followers of the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan and Srila Narottam Das Thakur, and we are inspired by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur and his disciple who went to the West to propagate Vaishnava philosophy, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.