Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir- Salient Features
A skyscraper temple-cum-heritage center - with a height of 210 meters and footprint of about 5.5 acres, surrounded by recreated forests of Braj.
Mathura and Vrindavan are important places for devotees of Krishna from all over the world. Vrindavan is especially a very revered and sacred place for the devotees of Lord Sri Krishna. In fact, the Holy Land of Vrindavan can be considered to be the spiritual capital of India.
The skyscraper temple-cum-heritage project, conceived of by the devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore, will consist of a grand temple of Lord Sri Krishna at its centre. The grand temple shall be of monumental proportions and its iconic architecture shall harmoniously combine elements of both Indian temple architecture and modern architecture. This temple is poised to become the tallest, grandest and largest religious structure in India. The temple has a footprint of about 5.5 acres and rises to a height of about 700 feet (213 metres or 70 floors). The temple is planned to be vibrant with festivals and religious activities throughout the year.
A look-alike of the verdant forests of Vrindavan will be recreated around this magnificent temple. Designed by the world's best landscape designers, spread over a sprawling 18 acres, it will consist of the twelve forests (dvadashakanana) of Braj, with varieties of lush vegetation, green pastures, elegant vistas of fruit bearing trees, flower laden creepers serenaded by bird songs, clear water lakes with lotuses and lilies and water falls that tumble from small artificial hillocks - all recreated from descriptions in the Srimad Bhagavatam and other source books of Lord Sri Krishna - to transport the visitors to Krishna's times in Vrindavan.
While the Yamuna creek provides a boating opportunity for the visitors and the Krishna Lila attractions in the forest provide an entertaining experience for all the family members, the Bhagavad Gita Expo will ignite the minds and invigorate the intellect with the stupendous wisdom given by Lord Sri Krishna that forms the bedrock of the culture and the philosophy of life in India. The Krishna Heritage Museum will showcase the rich heritage and artistic celebration of Lord Sri Krishna in diverse cultures of India, practiced and perfected over thousands of years.
From the ground level, a capsule elevator will rise up through the temple core, taking visitors to the Viewing Gallery at 700 feet for a breathtaking panoramic view of Braj Mandal.
It was the desire of Srila Prabhupada, Founder Acharya of ISKCON, that the glories of Sri Krishna and Sri Vrindavana Dham be spread all over the world so that the peoples of the world irrespective of caste, creed, color, nationality or gender, are freed from the sufferings of material existence and find everlasting happiness through Krishna consciousness.
It is also our intent that the project should become the source and support for more social intervention programs in Braj:
- Akshaya Patra mid-day meal program for the economically challenged children of Braj.
- Welfare programs for the widows of Vrindavan.
- Restoration, up-gradation and rejuvenation of the important sites of Braj where Lord Sri Krishna performed His pastimes.
- Restoration of River Yamuna to her original and pristine glory.
- Goshala for demonstrating cow protection, as cows are dear to Lord Sri Krishna and an important part of the Braj heritage.