Ishvari Devi Dasi
Passed away on – 13th March 2019
Ishvari dasi was always thinking about what new preparations to make for Lord Krishna and would then serve them to the devotees. She used to cook for the deities on Sundays and at festivals.
Mother Ishvari peacefully passed away at the age of 77. Born in Uganda, she and her husband moved to England during the 1972 expulsion of Asians from Uganda. These were difficult times for the Gujarati community because the then Uganda President, Idi Amin, had adopted a vigorous nationalist policy.
Ishvari’s family moved to London and her parents and siblings moved to Leicester. Devotees used to visit her parents’ house, where they were affectionately fed to the brim! It was at that time that she was first attracted to ISKCON.
“She had a quality of cooking wonderful prasadam and feeding everybody,” explained Volunteer Co-ordinator Krishna Purna dasi. “She was always thinking about what new preparations to make for Lord Krishna and would then serve them to the devotees. She used to cook for the deities on Sundays and at festivals as well.
“Her invaluable service in the main kitchen will be missed, as she helped them all the time. Everyone loved her friendly attitude. She was always smiling, even when tired. She will be missed tremendously by all at the temple.”