History of ISKCON


A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (September 1, 1896–November 14, 1977), was the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, a movement to propagate Gaudiya Vaishnavism, not only in India, but also throughout the whole world, a devotional yoga tradition that is popularly known as the "Hare Krishna". Born as Abhay Charan De , in Calcutta, he was educated at the prestigious local Scottish Churches College. He took a vow of renunciation, sannyasa, in 1959 and started writing commentaries on Vaishnava scriptures in English.

He has been described as a charismatic leader, in the sense used by the sociologist Max Weber, as he was successful in acquiring followers in the United States, Europe, India and elsewhere. After he left his body in 1977, ISKCON, an authentic form of Krishnaism based on Bhagavata Purana, continues to grow.

The ISKCON, Alabama has its branches at Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Huntsville.