Nandagrama, is a model farm community based on the instructions of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhakti Vedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada – Founder Acarya of International Society for Kṛṣṇa Consciousness (ISKCON). Srila Prabhupada says,

    This is our philosophy. Make your life successful. By becoming Kṛṣṇa conscious, you become free from all these troubles of material condition. This is our education. Don’t be after these motorcars, television, and all nonsense things, sporting, wine, women. Don’t be after these. Simply eat sufficiently, keep your health nicely, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, realize Kṛṣṇa, and go back to home. This is our philosophy.

As Srila Prabhupada wanted, around 20 families are living around 80 kms away from Vadodara city, trying to fulfill Varnasrama mission in a beautiful place, which is 8 kms away from Kevadia colony. Nandagrama farm community also has a vedic gurukula (Avanti gurukula) with around 40 students. This gurukula trains children to become devotees of Lord Krishna, and at the same time make them stand on their own by taking up a rural occupation based on their vritti (svabhava).

Striking features of Nandagrama:

  • No usage of electricity in living quaters
  • No modern syllabus for gurukula
  • No running water water (only hand pumps)
  • Cooking on fire wood