21 Aug 2016
in A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Temple of Vedic Planetarium, Temples, The Hare Krishna Movement, Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, Vrndavana
Tags: devotee of Lord Sri Krishna, ISKCON Bangalore, Mayapur Chandodaya Mandir, Srila Prabhupada, temple construction, Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, Temples, TOVP, vedic planetarium, Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
“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
As long as I can remember, I have taken and interest in Architecture. Perhaps this was because I grew up in the city of Chicago, where the skyline was an ever changing array of looming Skyscrapers. I studied Architectural drafting & design in college, and for some time, thought that was my calling. Although I never became an Architect, I did in fact become a builder/carpenter/woodworker and my interest in Buildings, especially large monumental construction projects has always remained. Two project I have been keeping my eye on, are the two large temple projects being undertaken by devotees in India. Namely the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, and the Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir. Today we are posting some images and information on both projects with some links for you to follow for more information.
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir
31 Aug 2015
in ISKCON, Krishna, Krishna Consciousness, Krsna Consciousness, Temples, The Hare Krishna Movement
Tags: A.C. Bhaktiveanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acarya, grand opening of Radha Krishna temple, installation ceremony of Sri Radha Krishna, ISKCON center of central New Jersey, Nectar of Devotion, Sri Radha Shyamsundar, Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar, temple and cultural center of NJ, The Hare Krishna Movement
Deity Installation Ceremony of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar & Grand Opening of the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple & Cultrual Center
It was my good fortune and privilege to be in attendance at the Grand Opening of Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple & Cultural Center and witness the Deity Installation Ceremony of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar. The three day event took place August 28 – 30th. The new center is located at 1020 W 7th St., Plainfield, New Jersey in a residential neighborhood, and is very easy to find. I would encourage everyone to make it a point to visit there and have darshan with the beautiful Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar.
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16 Nov 2014
in A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Caaitanya-caritamrta, Sri Caitanya-Caritamrta, Temples
Tags: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Adi lila, damsels of Vraja, Gopijana-vallabha, Govinda, grace of Krsna, Madana-mohana, neophyte devotees, reservoir of all pleasure, Sri Radha Madana Mohana, Supreme Lord, the pleasure deity
Sri Sri Radha-Madana-mohana Mandir
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As we mentioned in a previous post With the Radiance of Molten Gold “The First Chapter of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta begins with fourteen Sanskrit verses that describe the Absolute Truth. Then the next three Sanskrit verses describe the principal Deities of Vṛndāvana, namely, Śrī Rādhā-Madana-mohana, Śrī Rādhā-Govindadeva and Śrī Rādhā-Gopīnāthajī.” Today we are posting the next three verses describing the principal deities, with images of the three temples. In addition we are posting verses 18 & 19. The purport to text 19, is the main content of today’s post.
…The three Deities-Madana-mohana, Govinda and Gopījana-vallabha-have very specific qualities. Worship of Madana-mohana is on the platform of reestablishing our forgotten relationship with the Personality of Godhead. In the material world we are presently in utter ignorance of our eternal relationship with the Supreme Lord… It is best for such persons not to aspire for success in fruitive activities or mental speculation, but instead simply to surrender to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The perfection of life is simply to surrender to the Supreme. In the beginning of our spiritual life we must therefore worship Madana-mohana so that He may attract us and nullify our attachment for material sense gratification. This relationship with Madana-mohana is necessary for neophyte devotees. When one wishes to render service to the Lord with strong attachment, one then worships Govinda on the platform of transcendental service. Govinda is the reservoir of all pleasures. When by the grace of Kṛṣṇa and the devotees one reaches perfection in devotional service, he can appreciate Kṛṣṇa as Gopījana-vallabha, the pleasure Deity of the damsels of Vraja. (from purport to Adi 1.19)
06 Aug 2014
in Iskcon Bangalore, Madhu Pandit das, Temples, The Hare Krishna Movement
Tags: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Chanchalapathi dasa, Indias tallest temple for Krishna, ISKCON Bangalore, largest religious structure in India, Madhu Pandit dasa, sacred edificice, Sri Krishna, Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, Vrindavan Mathura district
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.
for more images of temple go to; Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
20 Aug 2013
in Balarama, Photos, Temples, Vrindavan
Tags: Balarama, ISKCON Vrindavan, Krishna and Balarama, Krishna Balarama Mandir, Lord Balarama, Lord Sri Krsna, original form of Godhead, primeval Lord, Sri Balarama, The Supreme Personality of Godhead
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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)
09 Sep 2012
in Festivals, Temples, The Hare Krishna Movement
Tags: double decker bus tour of toronto, Radha Ksira-chora Gopinatha, Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, Srila Prabhupada, Toronto Hare Krishna
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!
09 Nov 2011
in Iskcon Bangalore, Temples, The Hare Krishna Movement
Tags: Bhakta Francisco, Chanchalapathi dasa, H.G. Damodar dasa, ISKCON Bangalore, Nanda Kishore dasa, Silicon Valley, Srila Prabhupada's Temple, Sunnyvale CA, Vidura dasa, Yasodanandana dasa
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.
21 Oct 2011
in Srila Prabhupada, Temples
Tags: Bhaktisiddhanta das, bronze bas relief panels of Srila Prabhupada, Parvati devi dasi, Srila Prabhupada, Srila Prabhupada Samadhi Mandir
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
02 Oct 2011
Tags: disciples of His Divine Grace, fire yajna, Ritvik initiation, Singapore mandir, Srila Prabhupada
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
18 Sep 2011
Tags: Ganges, Jagadish Ganguli, Jagannatha Temple, Lord Chaitanya, Mayapur, 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.
07 Jul 2011
in Bhagavad-gita, Temples
Tags: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, as it is, Bg 10.41, bhagavad-gita, Krsna's opulence, opulence, spark of My splendor, Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple, Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, treasure
The Opulence of the Absolute
Know that all beautiful, glorious, and mighty creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.
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.