MICR CODE – 411240008
AVAIL 80G BENEFITS ON THE DONATIONS MADE TO ISKCON AS PER INCOME TAX RULE
Tax Exemption Certificate Ref. No.: आ. नि. (छू.) मु. न./80-जी/1667/2007/2008-2009
Validity extended perpetually vide CBDT Circular No. 7/2010 dated 27/10/2010
Once in 1974, the founder Acharya of ISKCON his divine grace, Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupad was in Mayapur. It was the day of Govardhan Puja festival and there was a big feast. People took prasad in their leaf plates and threw it on backside of a building.
After some time, Srila Prabhupad heard noise of some dogs barking and some children shouting. He went to the window and saw small children who were very poor with sticks in their hands shouting at dogs over the leftover scraps of food in the leaf plates. Seeing this, tears swelled from his eyes and he said, “We have to see that nobody goes hungry within a ten-mile radius. The temple is the house of God. God is everyone’s father, Krishna is everyone’s father. So, in the presence of the father, the son doesn’t go hungry. So, we have to make an arrangement that people get fed.”
Again, in one of his letters to all the Presidents of Iskcon in 1977, he wrote that in all our temples, prasadam distribution should be arranged. Whoever comes to the temple should be fed prasad.