How is ISKCON like in Indonesia?
Srila Prabhupada, ISKCON's founder-acharya, visited Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, in the year of 1973. In the 1980s, Indonesia only had 2 centres, one in Jakarta (Rawamangun) and one in Bali (Sagamona). The devotees, however, were misunderstood by the public and thus could not perform their devotional practices openly. The situation with the government was also not very conducive and therefore the devotees were checked from making any public appearances.
In 1998, a political reformation took place, and in the year of 2000 the devotees took this opportunity to publicly chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra at public places, blending in with the political demonstrations that took place at that time. On the 1st of January 2002, SAKKHI (Sampradaya Kesadaran Krishna Indonesia) was formed to act as a middle man between the growing number of devotees and the Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia).
In 2015, SAKKHI evolved to form a legal body and registered itself with the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia as the "International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)" Association.
This ISKCON Association is the National Council for ISKCON in Indonesia. The Council seeks to manage and serve the devotees and local establishments, in particular by providing information and resources from the global ISKCON world.
In carrying out their activities, devotees form establishments (temples/centres/nama-hattas) which are members of the Association, and they meet once a year with the Board of Supervisors (9 devotees from all over Indonesia who look over the activities of the organisation), the Board of Executives (5 devotees and 7 departments that actively serve the devotees) and the representatives of the ISKCON GBC.
The GBC, or the Governing Body Commission, is ISKCON's highest managerial authority, as established by Srila Prabhupada in 1970. Its primary responsibility is to preserve, disseminate, and carry out the instructions of Srila Prabhupada. His Holiness Kavicandra Swami & His Holiness Ramai Swami are co-GBCs for Indonesia.