Hinduism is a minor religion in Hungary. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) runs the Bhaktivedanta Theological College in Hungary. The Hungary government has donated a building for Bhaktivedanta Theological College.
Krishna devotees first appeared in Hungary at the end of the 1970s, but only in the second wave of the mission, in the mid 1980s, did a viable community develop. Since 1989 the Community of the Hungarian Krishna conscious devotees (from now on ISKCON) is a registered religion in Hungary. At their incorporation they registered 50 persons. By 1993, half of the Hungarian population had heard of them.
The Parliament resolved that Hare Krishnas, Jehovah's Witnesses, The Hungarian Church of Scientology and the Unification Church that ISKCON being 'destructive sects', would not get government support.
In March 1994, the Parliament voted for governmental support of ISKCON and, by this, they withdrew the judgement of ISKCON as 'destructive' and recognised its religious life and charitable work
Hare Krishnas in Hungary
The leaders of ISKCON mention 8,000-12,000 devotees live in Hungary.
According to Tamas Barabas (one of the leaders of the ISKCON), 190-200 live in temples, 700-900 practice their religion seriously, on the four festivals 9,000-10,000 persons gave their names, many of whom go to different Krishna programmes. Amongst them, the number of followers and non-followers, regular and less-regular practitioners is unknown.
The biggest ISKCON centre in Hungary is the rural community located in somogyvamos, a small village in south-western Hungary.
Hare Krishnas Centres in Hungary
Hare Krishnas have eight centres in Hungary.
Centre 1- Budapest, Lehel u.15 - 17., 1039
Centre 2- Bhaktivedanta College, Andrassy ut 53. I.em.1., 1062
Centre 3- Govinda Restaurant, Vigyazo Ferenc utca 4; 1051
Centre 4- Debrecen, Peterfia u.57. 4026
Centre 5- Eger, Szechenyi u. 64, 3300
Centre 6- Kecskemet, Felsocsalanos 116., 6000, Kecskemet 6001, Pf. 546
Centre 7- Pecs, Damjanich u. 22, 7624
Centre 8- Rural Community at Somogyvamos, Krsna-volgy, Fo u. 38, 8699
Nandafalva Hindu Temple
In 1979, several young adherents of Hindu teachings led by Swami B.A. Narayan formed the Nandfalva Hindu Community in the farm country of Balastya. Swami B.A. Narayan was sent to Hungary by his spiritual master A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Nandafalva is named for the Indian holy place called Nandagram. After 20 years of activity, the Hindu Temple opened its doors in 2000. The building itself is a brilliant fusion of Hungarian and Hindu architectural styles made possible by architect Gyula Szigeti's plan to meld it into the Plains countryside. The temple porch, indicative of Plains structures, surrounds the Orissan style temple tower adorned with tiles. Traditional temple construction taking place even today in India, does not refrain from blending the architectural styles of different regions. The 100 kilo bell residing in the temple tower resounds daily in accordance with Hungarian custom. After of disappearance of the founder in 1993 the community is led by Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti.
The temple's Sanctuary Park presents the most significant figures of the Hindu pantheon. One monumental element is the two-ton, two-meter high, monolithic stone carving of the the Pillar of Humility.
In the heart of Csongrad County, just 19 km from Opusztaszer National Memorial Park lies the Hindu Temple of the Great Plain. Stations carved of red sandstone surround the temple, welcoming visitors to stroll the grounds.
REACHING THE LOCATION
The Nandafalva Hindu Temple can be reached from the road connecting Balastya with Forraskut. From Highway M5, take the exit toward Forraskut at the 146-km marker. It is only 2 kilometers from the exit.
Yoga in Daily Life
Yoga in Daily Life has 7 Centres in Hungary.
Centre 1- Jozsefvarosi Sport Club - Budapest,Baross u. 121, 1089 Budapest
Centre 2- Érdi Jógaegyesület,Yoga Society Érd,Fátyolvirág u. 27 2030 Érd
Centre 3- Yoga Association of Debrecen,Jeriko u. 14.V./31,4032 Debrecen
Centre 4- Om Guru Deep Jógaegyesület - Mezotúr,Szabadsag ter 17, 5400 Mezötur
Centre 5- Békéscsabai Jóga A Mindennapi Eletben Egyesület, Kazinczy ltp.7/C II.em.6, 5600 Békéscsaba
Centre 6- Yoga In Daily Life Society, Árvíz utca 36, 6724 Szeged
Centre 7- OM Vishwa Guru Deep Hindu Mandir,Bokréta u. 29. Fsz/2.
Brahma Kumaris Centres in Hungary
Brahma Kumaris has 4 Centres in Hungary
Centre 1- Main Centre- Budafoki ut 20. fsz/4, Budapest 1111
Centre 2- 1173 Rakoskeresztur, Ujlak utca 58, Budapest
Centre 3- Furedi ut. 49/a, II/8, Debrecen 4032
Centre 4- Petofi Sandor utca 3, Komlo 7300
- Sivaramaswami of Hungary
- Krishna in heroes square: devotees of Krishna and national identity in post-communist Hungary
- Hungarian Krishna-devotees for Religious Freedom
- About Hungarian-Hindu Cultural Foundation
- The Value System of Hungarian Krishna Devotees
- ISKCON center in Hungary
- Bhaktivedanta Theological College in Hungary
- Hare Krishna in Hungary
- Online Vaishnava Encyclopedia
- Personal Website of Paramadvaiti Maharaj
- World Vaishnava Association
- Vishnava Internet News Agency
- Spiritual discourses of Swami Paramadvaiti