Our mission in Vrindavan is to receive volunteers and visitors from all over the world. We seek 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.
Nonetheless the Yamuna river, ancient buildings, as well as serving the local people, the Brijvasis or spiritual inhabitants of Braj. Inspiration to serve has always been our mission. Don’t hesitate to join our 10 day volunteer program in India on 2nd september 2017.
In this article you can read about the volunteer opportunities in India.
If you have ever think of 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 only 150 km from New Delhi, on the way to Agra, on the bank of historical Yamuna river.
When the influence of the royal families fell behind, many temples in Vrindavan lost their support. The Manipuri Queen abandoned her Kunja for many years and worship of the deities ended. They removed the Deities of Radha and Krishna after a short time. Afterall many thieves started to come in the hope of plundering hidden treasures.
Here you can read more about history of Vrinda Kunja Ashram.
In 1989 our founder 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. They consequently intended 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 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 Tulasi plants in the temple garden along with rare trees. Therefore the verdant gardens make Vrinda Kunja Ashram a real spiritual oasis in the holy place of Vrindavan.
We are followers of the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan and Srila Narottam Das Thakur. We are inspired by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur and his disciple, who reproduced Vaishnava philosophy, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.