Hinduism in Poland
Hinduism in Poland is a minority religion. Hinduism has spread to Poland through ISKCON missionaries since 1976. First groups of Polish devotees were established in Warszawa and Wrocław. The first Polish Hindu temple was established in 1980 in Czarnów, Lower Silesian Voivodeship (New Shantipur Temple in Czarnów). Main ISKCON temple is New Ramana Reti Temple in Mysiadło (est. in 1989).
The Communist regime in Poland promoted an antireligious campaign. After the breakdown of this regime in 1989, missionaries from other Hindu religious denominations have arrived and met with very limited success.
Hindu organisations in Poland
There are around thirteen Hindu religious movements in Poland Some of the important organisations are ISKCON, Chaitanya Mission, Satya Sai Baba movement (though it is partially Hindu), Brahma kumaris, Sivananda Yoga, Radha Govind Society of Poland, and Sahaja Yoga.
ISKCON in Poland
- New Shantipur (Nowe Śantipur) ISKCON temple (since 1980, the oldest Hindu temple in Poland) in Czarnów
- New Ramana Reti Temple in Mysiadło in Warsaw,Deities: Gaura-Nitai
- New Navadvip Temple in Wrocław, Deities: Gaura-Nitai
- New Shantipur Temple in Czarnów Deities : Pancha Tattva
Indians in Poland
The Indian community in Poland is relatively small and is estimated at around 2,000 persons. The large majority are NRIs and there not more than 100 PIOs.
According to the 2011 Census,there are 866 Hindus in Poland.Among them 341 belongs to the Hindu Bhavan Religious Association,285 belongs to ISKCON,and the remaining belongs to Chaitanya mission,Radha Govind Society of Poland.
A case was filed against the Lord Krishna in Warsaw ,Poland by a nun in 2011.The Nun wanted the court to ban ISKCON and claimed that it glorifies ‘Krishna’ “who had loose morals,” having married 16,000 women called Gopis.However the case was dismissed as the ISKCON defendent during the case hearing requested the Judge: “Please ask the nun to repeat the oath she took when she was ordained as a nun.”But the nun refused.Later the ISKCON men read out the oath.The oath said in effect that the nun is married to Jesus Christ.The ISKCON man said, “Your Lordship! Lord Krishna is alleged to have ‘married’ 16,000 women only. There are more than a million nuns who assert that they are married to Jesus Christ. Between the two, Krishna and Jesus Christ, who has a loose character? And what about the nuns?”
Yoga in Poland
Yoga is gaining popularity in Poland.
International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Poland
Yoga in daily Life Centre in Poland
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