Pandava Sena

Pandava Sena is a UK youth group for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).cite journal
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] Pandava Sena organises and runs festivals, retreats, music, dramas, discussions, presentations, debates, and more, to spread the message of Krishna Consciousness to youth.

History

Pandava Sena started in January 1994 with a campaign to save [http://www.krishnatemple.com/ Bhaktivedanta Manor] (the HareKrishna temple in Watford, UK). The campaign was the culmination of over 10 years of legalbattling with the local and national government. Pandava Sena entered the battle near its climax.

The Parliament (Department of Environment) had ordered that the temple gates be permanently shutfrom public worship on March 16th 1994. Their reason was a technical discrepancy in planningpermission where Bhaktivedanta Manor was a registered theological college operating as a placefor public worship.

On April 1st 1995, Pandava Sena organised the largeststudent march of its kindFact|date=September 2007. Over 1,000 students from all over the country came and marched fromRussell Square to Horse Guards Avenue near the Department of Environment.

And finally, on May 10th 1995 - the government approved the right of public worship at BhaktivedantaManor and admitted its undeniable need and value. Significantly, the announcement of the Manor'svictory fell on Lord Nrsimha's appearance day (the half-man, half-lion incarnation of Lord Vishnuwho appeared to protect His devotee Prahlad). Work began almost immediately on securingland and building the road.

With the successful conclusion of the Manor campaign, Pandava Sena realised the need for a spiritualrevolution in the youth. Spiritual values, teachings and practices were in short supply, and where theydid exist they were irrelevant or simply just too boring for a younger generation.

Pandava Sena began organising and creating festivals, retreats, music, dramas, discussions,presentations, debates, and more, to carry a simple and relevant message to the youth.

Aims

The aim of Pandava Sena is very simple - to create a spiritual revolution. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada created the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and Pandava Sena aims to spread the message of Krishna Consciousness to the youth.

Pandava Sena's activities are spread over a wide age group and cover a large number of different events, activities, festivals etc. Pandava Sena conducts 5 ongoing projects each with a specific aim.

Structure

*Project Yudhishtira

To educate members in the philosophy and culture of Krishna Consciousness.

*Project Bhima

To safeguard Vedic values and give a spiritual perspective on modern issues.

*Project Arjuna

To revolutionise university campuses with Krishna Consciousness.

*Project Nakula

To replicate the activities of Pandava Sena all over the world.

*Project Sahadeva

To publish relevant and youthful material for the propagation of Krishna Consciousness.

10 Year Anniversary

The Pandava Sena celebrated it's tenth anniversary at Bhaktivedanta Manor, Watford.

Events

*Fortnightly Jammin' sessions in Harrow, East London, South London and Watford. These events are completely co-ordinated by the youth, from picking informative and relevant topics and inspirational speakers to communicate them to have rocking kirtans!!
*Mentorship System - assisting the youth to apply spiritual principles to their daily lives in a progressive and wholesome way.
*University Programmes - aiming to revolutionise university campuses with Krishna Consciousness. Over the recent years we have established over 20 university societies across the UK. Over 5,000 students have signed up as members of our various societies and we remain the largest spiritual student group in the country. See [http://www.krishnasoc.com www.krishnasoc.com] for more details about a university near you.
*IPS Multimedia Services - Production of print, video and audio presentations

Annual Trips

*2008 - Villa Vrindavana, Italy: featuring H.H. [http://www.devaswami.com// Devamrita Swami] , H.H. Bhakti Bhrngha Govinda Swami, and H.G. Urmila Devi Dasi.
*2007 - Inis Rath, Ireland (boys) and Radhadesh, Belgium (girls)
*2006 - New Mayapura, France: featuring H.H. [http://www.kkswami.com/ Kadamba Kanana Swami] , H.G. Urmila Devi Dasi.
*2005 - [http://www.simhachalam.de/ Simhachalam] , Germany: featuring H.H. Bhakti Caru Swami, H.H. Sachinandana Swami and H.G. Urmila devi dasi.
*2004 - [http://www.kkswami.com/texts/New_Vraja_Mandala.php Neuva Vraja Mandala] , Spain: featuring H.H. Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Swami and H.H. [http://www.kkswami.com/ Kadamba Kanana Swami] .
*2003 - Prabhupadadesh, Italy: featuring H.H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami and H.H. Devamrita Swami and H.G. Urmila Devi Dasi.

Present Chairman

*Jay Shetty

Previous Chairman

*Yuvraj 'Uv' Rana
*Sandipan Krishna Dasa
*Navin Krishna Dasa

References

External links

* [http://www.psena.com Pandava Sena] Official Website.


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