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Krishna Dharma

Krishna Dharma (born 1955 in London) is a British Hindu scholar and author.[1][2]

Krishna Dharma is "the author of the world's most popular editions of India's great epics": the Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love, and Wisdom (1998) and the Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time (1999).[1][3] He is also a contributor to the press and a regular radio broadcaster.[1]

Krishna Dharma was born as Kenneth Anderson in 1955 in London.[4] In his youth he served as a merchant navy officer.[3] In 1979 he joined ISKCON and converted to the monotheistic Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism.[4] Since the beginning of the 1980s, he has offered seminars and lectures on the Vedas and associated disciplines.[1] In 1986 he established the first ISKCON temple in Manchester, England, and served there as a temple president until 2001.[1] In 1989 he started in Manchester a "Hare Krishna Food for Life" programme, which has become the largest free food distribution effort in the city.[5] He is married to Cintamani devi dasi and has three children, Madhava,Radhika and Janaki.[5] He currently lives with his family in Hertfordshire.[1]

In 1999 Krishna Dharma published the first edition of his adaptation of the Mahabharata. British author and journalist James Meek wrote in his review in The Guardian: "With its intense love scenes, jewelled palaces, vast battles, superheroes, magical weapons and warring families, the novelised version resembles a 20th century saga-cum-soap opera, a marriage of Barbara Taylor Bradford and Arthur Hailey. Salman Rushdie was threatened with murder for it. William Tyndale was strangled and burned for it. Altering, challenging or even translating sacred texts can be dangerous. But a British Hindu priest expects only praise, high sales and converts from an epic effort of literary digestion launched next week: the 100,000-verse Mahabharata, turned by him into a 1,000-page blockbuster novel".[3]


  • Bibliography 1
  • Footnotes 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Krishna Dharma's works are published by the Torchlight Publications company and by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.

  • Krishna Dharma (1999). Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time. Torchlight Publishing.  
  • Krishna Dharma (2001). Mahabharata: The Condensed Version of the World's Greatest Epic. Torchlight Publishing.  
  • Krishna Dharma (2004). Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love, and Wisdom. Torchlight Publishing.  
  • Krishna Dharma (2004). Panchatantra: "five Wise Lessons" : a Vivid Retelling of India's Most Famous Collection of Fables (illustrated ed.). Torchlight Publishing.  
  • Krishna Dharma (2004). Beauty, Power and Grace: The Many Faces Of The Goddess (illustrated ed.). Mandala Publishing.  
  • Krishna Dharma; Aery, Vipin; Rasamandala Das (2008). "Hinduism:the tradition speaks for itself". In Thakrar, Diviash; Rasamandala Das; Sheikh, Aziz. Caring for Hindu Patients (illustrated, revised ed.).  
  • Krishna Dharma (2007). "Spiritual solutions to material problems: ISKCON and the Modern World". In Dwyer, Graham; Cole, Richard J. The Hare Krishna movement: forty years of chant and change (illustrated ed.).  
  • Krishna Dharma (6 February 1999). Let's all just karma down.  
  • Krishna Dharma (29 September 2001). The new war on ignorance.  


  1. ^ a b c d e f Dwyer & Cole 2007, p. 269
  2. ^ Nair 1999
  3. ^ a b c Meek 1999
  4. ^ a b Krishna Dharma dasa Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
  5. ^ a b Krishna Dharma dasa ISKCON Communications Journal


  • Dwyer, Graham; Cole, Richard J. (2007), The Hare Krishna Movement: Forty Years of Chant and Change,  
  • Manson, Louise (19 August 1999). Health: Things to make you go `Om'.  
  • Nair, Mahesh (11 October 1999), "Twice Born: Retelling the Mahabharata, potboiler style",  
  • Kirn, Maggie (1 April 2000). Madonna's Holy Grail.  
  • Menon, Ramesh (2004). The Ramayana: A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  
  • Treat Hindu patients according to their values: UK guide.  

External links

  • Personal site of Krishna Dharma
  • UK ISKCON Devotees: Krishna Dharma Dasa
  • Krishna Dharma dasa
  • Krishna Dharma dasa
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