By Ekalavya Dasa

September 24 – October 4, 2015. To find out how you can take part in this year’s World Holy Name week, please visit

“In this Age of Kali there is no other means, no other means, no other means for self-realization than chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name of Lord Hari.” – Brihan-naradiya Purana

Srila Prabhupada’s great desire was that the chanting of the Lord’s holy names spread all over the world. To help fulfill that desire, in 1996, the year of the Srila Prabhupada Centennial, ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission established World Holy Name Day. In 2008, World Holy Name Day became World Holy Name Week.

This year, several observances on the Vaishnava calendar during World Holy Name Week relate directly to the spreading of the holy name. September 26 is the birth anniversary of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the powerful nineteenth-century Gaudiya Vaishnava who launched the first efforts to spread Krishna’s holy names outside India. September 27 marks the anniversary of the passing of Srila Haridasa Thakura, whom Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu designatednamacharya – the primary teacher of the holy name, by example and precept. September 28 celebrates the day on which Srila Prabhupada accepted sannyasa, the renounced order of life, freeing him to prepare for and eventually embark on his momentous voyage to America. And on October 4, the last day of WHNW, we honor Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in America, from where he launched a movement that is carrying the holy names to every corner of the world.

The photos shown here were all taken during the celebration of World Holy Name Week 2014.