Place Category: Hindu Temples
ISKCON of Philadelphia
In 1969, Srila Prabhupada sent a disciple named Subala dasa to Philadelphia with instructions to establish a temple for the worship of Lord Krishna. Subala dasa rented a small rowhouse in West Philadelphia, near the University of Pennsylvania. A handful of devotees came to join Subala, and city residents soon began to hear the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra and to taste Krishna prasada.
The temple relocated to a rental house in the Germantown section of the city, and there, in July, 1972, Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra were installed and taken out for a Rathayatra parade through Center City. This was the first Rathayatra on the east coast of the United States.
In February, 1974 the temple purchased its own building on Woodland Street in Germantown. The next year was very auspicious. In 1975, ISKCON of Philadelphia was formally incorporated, Sri-Sri Gaura-Nitai were installed and Srila Prabhupada came to Philadelphia to personally take part in the Rathayatra parade and festival.
A steadily increasing congregation led to the search for a larger facility, and in 1977 the temple purchased its present residence, the former Cresheim Arms Hotel, an historic landmark in Mt. Airy. The hotel’s dinning and reception room became a temple room, and on the new large altar Shri Shri Radha Sarad-Bihari were installed in 1979 .
Since then, the Philadelphia Radha-Krishna Temple has served as the center of worship, preaching, spiritual education, and prasada distribution to a congregation of about six hundred families. Through outreach programs in schools, colleges and other venues, though public festivals featuring chanting and prasadam distribution, through home visits and programs the temple distributes Krishna’s mercy to hundreds of more people every year
The temple is open every day:
5:00 am – 12:45 pm
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Altar Doors Are Open (Darshan Hours)
05:00 AM – 05:30 AM
08:30 AM – 12:45 PM
04:15 PM – 08:00 PM
Programs:05:00 AM Wo