The first ISKCON temple to be established in Scotland was in Dundee in 1971, which was then moved to Edinburgh in 1972. The temple relocated in 1981 to Glasgow.
It was only in 1986 that the temple, now in Lesmahagow, took a secure footing and has grown
from the initial three monks, to 40 local members with hundreds of supporters and thousands of well wishers. The original small temple was called Karuna Bhavan, which is the Sanskrit name for Abode of Compassion, and has developed into what is now a flourishing eco farm, spiritual education centre and a wonderful place for retreats.