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The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), otherwise known as the Hare Krishna’s or Hare Krishna movement, is a Gaudiya Vaishnava organization. This movement was started by A. C. Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966 in New York City. Its core beliefs are based on select traditional Indian scriptures, particularly the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and the Bhagavad-gītā. The unique appearance of the movement and its culture come from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition (Sampradaya), which has had devotees in India since the late 15th century and Western converts since the early 1900s in America, and in England in the 1930s.

ISKCON was formed to propagate the practice of bhakti yoga, in which devotees (bhaktas) dedicate their actions and thoughts towards pleasing the Supreme Lord, Krishna. ISKCON today is a worldwide confederation of more than 400 temples, plus 60 farm communities, some aiming for self-sufficiency, 50 schools and 90 restaurants. In recent decades, the movement’s most rapid expansion in terms of number of memberships have been within