• Farm


Religious Association “Society for Krishna Consciousness” in Almaty is a part of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

Integral part of the RA SKC is a bio-farm Shri Vrindavan Dham, which is in Karasay region of Almaty oblast.

The territory for the farm was bought in 1999. At that time it was a littered territory of an ex pig farm with a big hills of all types of garbage.

During the first half of the year after acquisition the land has changed unrecognizably. Lawns were planted, the whole territory was cleaned up (including pandal – summer ground for Sunday programs and bordering lakesides), cow-sheds (goshala) and temple building were repaired. After finishing with repair works Deities were invited: Shri Giriraj Maharaj, Shri Shri Doyal-Nitai and Vijai-Gauranga, Shri Shri Varaha-Nrsimhadev, Shrimati Vrindadevi, Shrila Prabhupada.

In the same year Sunday programs  started functioning, where interested people could acquaint themselves with vaishnava or vedic culture of worshiping the Lord.

There are monks and nuns (brahmachari and brahmacharini ashrams) living in the temple, who devoted themselves to the unselfish devotional service to the Lord (preparing garlands and food for Deities and believers, planting of greenery and cleaning works, economical activity, garden works, preaching) and followers of 4 regulative principals (vegetarianism, refuse from gambling, bad habits like intoxication, regulated sexual life).

The system of spiritual education is developed in the temple, mainly – studying Spiritual Scriptures (Bhagavad-Gita, Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Nectar of devotion etc).

In the temple on the farm there is a very high standard of worshiping Deities. Pujari (qualified brahmans) offer Their Holinesses water, flowers, food, aromas, lamps with a fire etc. During the day several times kirtans (spiritual singing, glorifying the Lord on the most ancient language of the world sanskrit) are sang for the Deities, followed by playing on musical instruments (mridanga, karatals, harmonium) and dancing.