Our cover story in this issue takes us to Tirupati, South India, home to one of the busiest pilgrimage sites in the world. The history of the Balaji Temple on top of the Tirumala Hills goes back thousands of years. Now the Hare Krishna movement has opened a stunning temple at the base of those hills. While the worship of the Krishna deity known as Balaji emphasizes the awe-inspiring nature of God, pilgrims to the Hare Krishna temple worship Radha-Krishna, the full expression of God’s most intimate feature.
Each summer, another type of pilgrimage takes place in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, when children come for a summer camp at the Hare Krishna movement’s Saranagati Village. Vishakha Devi Dasi, a Saranagati resident and long-time Back to Godhead contributor, reports on how the camp’s organizers help the kids keep Krishna in the center while learning and having fun in a great natural setting.
From southern India to western Canada, Hare Krishna devotees are everywhere. In the 1970s, one young woman ran into them in the U.S.A., in Europe, and in India. Jambavati Devi Dasi tells how impressions from those early meetings stayed with her for two decades, until she finally decided to follow her heart and join Krishna’s worldwide family.
Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor