Hinduism in Turkmenistan


Hinduism in Turkmenistan

Hinduism spread in Turkmenistan by Hare Krishna Missionaries. Hare Krishnas are Minority community in Turkmenistan. There are also Indian Hindus in Turkmenistan.

Hare Krishnas are registered in Turkmenistan [http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2006/72290.htm IRF 2006]

Indians in Turkmenistan

There are around 600 Indians in Turkmenistan [http://meaindia.nic.in/parliament/ls/2006/12/alu3017-II.pdf]

The new arrivals are generally employees of Multinational Corporations, Banks and Hotels.

The Indian community in Central Asia consists mainly of students, businessmen, workers,and representatives/employees of Indian or foreign companies [http://indiandiaspora.nic.in/diasporapdf/chapter2.pdf]

Major Hare Krishna festival banned in April 2005

Officials warned the Hare Krishna community in the capital Ashgabad not to hold celebrations on 17 and 18 April for the festival of Rama Navami, an annual celebration marking the appearance of Lord Sri Ramachandra and one of the most important Hare Krishna festivals [http://wwrn.org/article.php?idd=16626&sec=28&con=40 Major Hare Krishna festival banned in April 2005]

Gathering of Hare Krishnas

Up to about 70 Hare Krishna devotees would gather in Ashgabad to mark Major Vaishnava festivals.

A Hare Krishna community also meets in the Mari region east of the capital [http://wwrn.org/article.php?idd=16626&sec=28&con=40 Major Hare Krishna festival banned in April 2005]

ISKCON Centre

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 17-48, Ashtabayeva st.

External links

* [http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2006/72290.htm IRF 2006]
* [http://wwrn.org/article.php?idd=16626&sec=28&con=40 Major Hare Krishna festival banned in April 2005]
* [http://wwrn.org/article.php?idd=23136&sec=28&con=40 Hare Krishna prisoner of conscience freed with restrictions]
* [http://wwrn.org/article.php?idd=19557&sec=28&con=40 Hare Krishna devotee jailed for seven years]


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