Na­dia Phar­macy

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

NA­DIA Phar­macy re­cently cel­e­brated its launch just days ago on Oct 1, 2016. Of­fi­ci­at­ing the launch was Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries deputy min­is­ter Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mo­han Ja­gan­nathan. The phar­macy, lo­cated along Jalan Tun Sam­ban­than in Brick­fields, mar­kets a va­ri­ety of health-based prod­ucts, as well as over-the-counter med­i­cal pre­scrip­tions by in-house reg­is­tered phar­ma­cists.

The 5,000sq ft phar­macy is said to be the big­gest in Kuala Lumpur. Its early be­gin­nings that led to its es­tab­lish­ment is an in­ter­est­ing one, de­tailed be­low.

Na­dia Phar­macy is one of many busi­nesses es­tab­lished un­der Kop­erasi Hare Kr­ishna Wi­layah Perseku­tuan Kuala Lumpur, the busi­ness co­op­er­a­tive arm of a so­ci­ety called Iskcon Malaysia. The so­ci­ety has af­fil­i­a­tions with the Sri Sri Radha Kr­ishna Tem­ple, the Bhak­tivedanta Cul­tural Cen­tre, and the Tem­ple of Devo­tion and Un­der­stand­ing in Malaysia. Th­ese in­ter­est­ing places and oth­ers in­clud­ing the 108 tem­ples across the globe are stand­ing to­day be­cause of the sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion and vi­sion of one man – Srila Prab­hu­pada. He is also re­spon­si­ble for es­tab­lish­ing self-sus­tain­ing fam­inr com­mu­ni­ties, found­ing the Gu­rukula Schools, in­tro­duc­ing the Food For Life pro­gramme and trans­lat­ing the Hindu scrip­tures Bha­gavad Gita and Sri­mad Bha­ga­vatam Pu­rana into English.

Born Ab­hay Cha­ran De in Cal­cutta, Srila is also founder of the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for Kr­ishna Con­scious­ness (Iskcon) which was es­tab­lished in 1966. It is he who is re­spon­si­ble for spread­ing the Hare Kr­ishna Maha Mantra among young Amer­i­cans in the West and preach­ing the Vaish­nava scrip­tures.

Srila first vis­ited Malaysia in 1971. Pur­pose for his visit here was to ful­fil his vi­sion of build­ing a tem­ple, which though did not ma­te­ri­alise ini­tially, even­tu­ally did af­ter a bizarre meet­ing with Toh Puan Uma Sam­ban­than. The meet­ing has since seen the es­tab­lish­ment of the tem­ple, as well as many preach­ing cen­tres. It has also grown the num­ber of devo­tees through­out the coun­try. Na­dia Phar­macy, along with a sug­ar­cane farm, veg­e­tar­ian bak­ery and other en­ter­prises and un­der­tak­ings are sim­i­larly es­tab­lished un­der Iskcon Malaysia.

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