By Atma Tattva Das

Situated near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating South Korea from the North, the Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Temple serves as a center of spiritual enlightenment and community in the cosmopolitan city of Seoul, steadily growing, offering spiritual guidance, and cultural enrichment to the people of this dynamic nation.

Patanjali Muni Das, a devoted disciple of Bhakti Tirtha Swami, serves as the regional secretary of ISKCON in South Korea and as the temple president of Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Temple. His journey into Krishna consciousness began in London and led him to this country, where he is committed to serving the Krishna-conscious community there.

The history of ISKCON in the region is marked by significant milestones, one of which was the arrival of Srila Prabhupada’s murti. Patanjali Muni Das reminisced about this event with enthusiasm. “In 2005, one of our congregation members, Shyam Kishor, felt inspired to invite Srila Prabhupada in a life-sized murti from the Ujjain temple in India.” The arrival of Srila Prabhupada’s form marked a new chapter in the community’s journey, bringing immense joy and inspiration to the devotees.

The Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Temple in Seoul is active in offering traditional programs and adapted initiatives to reach the indigenous people of Korea. Patanjali Muni Das explained, “We have daily worship services, including Mangala Aarti and Gaura Aarti. Every Sunday, we have an active program with book distribution, Nrsingadev arati, bhoga aarti, kirtan, and a spiritual discourse followed by sumptuous prasadam distribution.” Additionally, the temple organizes monthly choreographed harinams in different cities and has formed a musical group, Nama Ruchi Korea, to enhance outreach efforts.

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