Work on the world’s tallest Krishna temple at 210 metres will begin on Janmashtami, August 18, on 70 acres of land in Vrindavan

Tallest Temple

Vrindavan to have India’s tallest temple for Krishna

“Just like we have got a tendency to construct a skyscraper building. As in your country, you do. So you should not be attached to the skyscraper building, but you can utilize the tendency by constructing a big temple like skyscraper for Krishna. In this way, you have to purify your material activities.”(Srila Prabhupada in a class in front of the samadhi of Srila Rupa Gosvami in Vrindavan, Oct 29th, 1972)

“This is Krishna conscious vision: ‘Oh, there are so many skyscrapers. Why not construct a nice skyscraper temple of Krishna?’ This is Krishna consciousness.” (Srila Prabhupada lecture in Bombay, Feb 25th, 1974)

VRINDAVAN/MATHURA: A 210-metre-high temple is soon going to change the skyline of Vrindavan in Mathura district. The project, whose foundation stone will be laid on March 16, has been conceived by Madhu Pandit Dasa, president of ISKCON, Bangalore, and will consist of a grand temple of Sri Krishna at its centre and many other interesting elements around it. Poised to be the tallest and largest religious structure in India, the monumental temple, named the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, with a footprint of about four and a half acres and a built-up area of 540,000 square feet, will integrate elements of modern architecture with traditional Indian temple architecture.

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Krishna & Balarama

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Here in the West we are celebrating the Appearance Day of Lord Balarama. What better way to honor the occasion than with some images of Krishna and Balarama from the Krishna Balarama Mandir in Vrindavan. The folowing are from the last few days of the Darshan Gallery

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarāma is His second body.

Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the absolute Personality of Godhead, is the primeval Lord, the original form of Godhead, and His first expansion is Śrī Balarāma. The Personality of Godhead can expand Himself in innumerable forms. ( Verse and purport Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi-lila 5.4)

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Double Decker Sankirtan; Toronto

Double Decker Bus Tour of Toronto

The 40th Anniversary Reunion Weekend at Toronto’s Hare Krishna Center “Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha Mandir” was held from Aug. 31-Sept. 2. It was great fun, and in addition to the many activities such as the Slideshow, Remembrances, Kirtans, Lunch Banquet and Dinners, Remembering Srila Prabhupada, Celebrating Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, there was the amazing Historic Double Decker Bus Tour of Toronto. The Sankirtan was amplified from speakers on both bus’s, and was enjoyed by all!

Krishna Balaram temple inauguration, Sunnyvale, CA


At the end of all events, one of the visitor remarked, “A great work has been accomplished.” But we would consider, the work has just begun.

Krishna Balaram temple inauguration, Sunnyvale, CA
By Nanda Kishore Dasa

By the mercy of Srila Prabhupada, and with the blessings and good wishes of all Vaishnavas, we were able to inaugurate our newest branch of Srila Prabhupada’s temple here at the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale city, California, on the 29th October 2011, with the installation of the Deities of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Srila Prabhupada. This also happened to be the Disappearance day of our most beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. It was a fitting tribute to Srila Prabhupada on his disappearance day.

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Unveiling of the Bronze Bas Relief Panels depicting the life, works and mission of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Srila Prabhupada Samadhi Mandir

Srila Prabhupada Samadhi Mandir
BY: PARVATI DEVI DASI
Oct 20, 2011 — VRNDAVANA DHAM, INDIA (SUN)

Announcement of the unveiling of the bronze bas relief panels depicting the life, works and mission of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, to take place at the Krishna Balarama Mandir in the divine Samadhi at Raman Reti, Vrndavana, Dist. Mathura, U.P., on 29 October 2011, 5 p.m.

We would be privileged if you would kindly grace our function with your esteemed presence for this momentous occasion. Nothing of this magnitude, import, beautiful artistry and craft has ever been produced before anywhere in the world at any time. Created by esteemed American sculptor Bhaktisiddhanta das, it will make an historic landmark in the art world as well as the culture of Vrndavana, Land of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON culture.

Please take time out of your busy schedule to honour us by attending this brief but extraordinary cultural event.

Your servants for ISKCON
and the Samadhi Mandir,
Pancagauda das, Temple President
Parvati devi dasi, Samadhi Servant

Pasted from; http://www.harekrsna.com/sun/news/10-11/news4035.htm

Intiation ceremony in Sri Krishna Mandir, Singapore

Initiation ceremony at Sri Krishna Mandir, Singapore

Initiation ceremony in Sri Krishna Mandir, Singapore
By Iskcon Times

In the evening of the most auspicious day of Sri Radhastami, Hare Krishna Mandir, Singapore had a ritvik initiation ceremony. Eight new devotees came forward to take the oath to chant Sixteen rounds of the Hare Krishna Maha mantra and to follow the four regulated principles which is no meat eating, no illicit sex, no intoxication and no gambling for the rest of their lives.

All the initiates were joyous to have been accepted by Srila Prabhupada, the original acharya of the Hare Krsna movememnt and to become His disciples. A yajna was conducted and the vows took by the initiates was solidified. The ceremony ended off with kirtan and the final arati of the day.

Pasted from; http://www.iskcontimes.com

History of the Jagannatha temple at Simantadvipa


History of the Jagannatha temple at Simantadvipa

Five hundred years ago, at the time of Lord Chaitanya, there lived a very wonderful devotee named Jagadish Ganguli. His residence was in a small village near Mayapur. Although he was advanced in age, every year he would go on the 900 kilometer journey to Jagannath Puri on foot to associate with his master Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, take darshan of his beloved Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra Devi, and participate in the all-auspicious Ratha-yatra festival.

One day, less than a month before his scheduled departure for Puri, Jagadish’s plans were foiled. He was stricken with a terrible disease that left him completely blind. Because he was optimistic by nature, this did not dampen his desire to make the yearly padayatra to Puri. He would no longer be able to see the divine, all-merciful forms of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Jagannatha, that was for sure. But still he could relish the sound of sweet kirtana and discourses given by exalted Vaishnavas.

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Thiruvananthapuram; Lost City of Gold

The Opulence of the Absolute

Know that all beautiful, glorious, and mighty creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.

PURPORT
Any glorious or beautiful existence should be understood to be but a fragmental manifestation of Kṛṣṇa’s opulence, whether it be in the spiritual or material world. Anything extraordinarily opulent should be considered to represent Kṛṣṇa’s opulence.(Bhagavad-gita As It Is 10.41)

Temple of boom in Thiruvananthapuram: Rs 1 lakh crore and counting

Ananthakrishnan G, TNN Jul 4, 2011, 01.27am IST
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Call it the mother of all treasure hunts. The stock-taking by a panel of experts at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple has catapulted the shrine located in Thiruvananthapuram to the country’s richest, with reports claiming that the value of recoveries may have touched close to Rs 1 lakh crore, more than Kerala public debt of Rs 70,969 crore.

With one more “secret” vault yet to be opened, the figure in all likelihood will go up further. But sources said the figures could only be speculation as it wasn’t possible to determine the antique value of the precious gems and jewellery. “These are antique pieces and it’s not possible to determine their prices,” said historian and former director of Indian Council of Historical Research M G S Narayanan. In other words, the worth of the treasure could be intimidatingly higher.

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