Our History

Our Inspiration

The inspiration behind this project is A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who was born in Calcutta as Abhay Charan De on September 1st, 1896. He was raised in a devotional household in colonial India and attended Scottish Church College. In 1922 he met his spiritual master, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati for the first time and was instructed to go to the West to share the wisdom found in the ancient Sanskrit Yoga texts dating back thousands of years.

Yet at that time he was married, with children and had a pharmaceutical business.  He could not simply abandon his family responsibilities, but in his heart, he cherished this instruction. So, he patiently bided his time, all the while dedicatedly caring for his family. Realising that he could not go to the West empty-handed he diligently worked on a 60 volume translation of Srimad-Bhagavatam, the summum bonum of all Yoga literature. At age 69, having published three volumes and secured passage and sponsorship to travel to the US he was finally ready to begin his mission.

He arrived in America with nothing but a trunk full of books and faith in the words of his spiritual master. In New York with the help of some hippies, he established his first centre. He inaugurated his International Society for Krishna Consciousness in 1966. In New York, his teachings were being appreciated. Some of his students travelled to San Francisco, Boston, Montreal and across the Atlantic to Europe. He arranged to visit and assisted them with
any issues through writing letters. His movement grew rapidly.

The Spiritual Connection in the UK

In the UK the Hare Krishna movement has continued to grow. Many lives have been touched by the wisdom found in the Sanskrit Yoga texts. Whether simply inspired to take to vegetarianism, yoga practice, meditation or dedication to spiritual life, countless people have found something of value in these teachings and have been assisted to make positive lifestyle choices.

The first centre in the UK opened at Bury Place, London in 1969. George Harrison (The Beatles) took a keen interest and recorded a Hare Krishna album in 1970 and in 1972 he donated a large property with land outside London which remains today the largest centre in the UK.

The Spiritual Connection in the UK

In the UK the Hare Krishna movement has continued to grow. Many lives have been touched by the wisdom found in the Sanskrit Yoga texts. Whether simply inspired to take to vegetarianism, yoga practice, meditation or dedication to spiritual life, countless people have found something of value in these teachings and have been assisted to make positive lifestyle choices.

The first centre in the UK opened at Bury Place, London in 1969. George Harrison (The Beatles) took a keen interest and recorded a Hare Krishna album in 1970 and in 1972 he donated a large property with land outside London which remains today the largest centre in the UK.

Cutting our teeth in Wales

Hare Krishna devotees have been hosting meditation and yoga classes in Wales since the early 1970s, but it was not until the year 2000 that a group of enthusiastic volunteers led by Tarakanatha Das was able to secure a permanent facility in Wales. Though Cardiff seemed the obvious choice for a centre, the response in Swansea was so enlivened that they decided to cut their teeth in Swansea with a vision to one day expand to Cardiff.

Move To Cardiff

Through their concerted effort in 2005, they were finally able to rent a small space in Cardiff on Cowbridge Road East. Between 2005 and 2016 this centre moved between various locations outgrowing its limitations. Until finally in 2016 the centre landed in its final destination in 4 Dock Chambers, Bute Street.

Move To Cardiff

Through their concerted effort in 2005, they were finally able to rent a small space in Cardiff on Cowbridge Road East. Between 2005 and 2016 this centre moved between various locations outgrowing its limitations. Until finally in 2016 the centre landed in its final destination in 4 Dock Chambers, Bute Street.