Our centers are dedicated to nurturing Vedic culture, art and cultural community life worldwide, with a library and reading room, lecture hall, and an Indian book collection. Lectures on Vedic culture are also available in the downtown of Budapest, in our vegetarian restaurants, and in the lifestyle centers. Elements of the culture can also be seen on our annual India festivals, on the Krishna Valley Búcsú, on the Wandering Festival along the Lake Balaton, and on the Chariot Festival in Budapest. Most of the programs are free for those who are interested.
In our centers one can find various Indian musical instruments, songbooks, collections and, of course, the most important writings of the Vedic literature.
The largest such collection in Hungary is the Ildikó Puskás Indological Collection, located at the Bhaktivedanta Theological College, which is the part of the Haré Krishna Educational and Cultural Center in Budapest. Special books from this collection can only be read on site.
The most important features of the Vedic culture are purity, simplicity, the continuous cultivation of knowledge (in the form of lifelong learning and self-education, such as morning lectures and the study of sacred writings), and the application of the principle of nonviolence, the pious treatment of living beings.
Believers not only nurture the traditions, but they also seek to share the wisdom and knowledge of Vedic culture in the form of courses, lectures, and other trainings. Gastronomic and cooking courses, food tastings, lectures related to Vedic sciences (eg mathematics, astrology, physiology and medicine, metaphysics), lectures on linguistics, music and dance demonstrations are also available both at the college and in the buildings of the church. In the city center, a club program (Govinda Club) is offered on every Tuesday, and a series of lectures are held in the temple on India’s Hidden Treasures on Thursdays.
MKTHK maintains excellent relations with the Embassy of the Republic of India in Hungary. The Ambassador has honored the events of our church with his presence many times, and has given lectures on them several times.