VRINDAVAN CHANDRODAYA MANDIR – THE PRIDE OF INDIA
“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
In pursuance of Srila Prabhupada’s desire, devotees of ISKCON Bangalore conceptualized and initiated the iconic project of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. This project is driven by the ardent desire and combined energy of every devotee of Lord Sri Krishna, from all over the world, to build a glorious temple in Vrindavan that will highlight the importance of Vrindavan, the holy land of Sri Krishna, and His immortal message to the world.
It was the desire of Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON, that the glories of Sri Krishna and Sri Vrindavan Dhama shall be spread all over the world through which people irrespective of caste, creed, colour, nationality or gender, can find everlasting happiness through Krishna consciousness and get rid of the sufferings of material existence.Aside its architectural marvel which is a fusion of modern and traditional Indian
Chandrodaya Mandir aspires to provide the impetus for and facilitate this transformation of the society,
Chandrodaya Mandir aspires to provide the impetus for and facilitate this transformation of the society, to make Indians responsible global leaders who are guided by a spiritual worldview and imbued with sublime values.Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir endeavours to bring about an awakening among Indians and create a nation that is not only full of talent, creativity and energy but also adorned with exalted values and character.
Srila Prabhupada said we must try to give human society the opportunity for a life of happiness, good health, peace of mind and all good qualities through God consciousness.With the aim to proclaim the status of Vrindavan as one of India’s spiritual capitals and also carve a niche for India in the spiritual map of the world the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir is being created with these salient features:
• It will be a grand skyscraper temple with a height of 700 feet (210 metres), one of the tallest and largest religious structures in India with a footprint of 5 acres
• A look-alike of the verdant forests of Vrindavan will be recreated around this magnificent temple 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 waterfalls 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 culture and philosophy of life in India
• From the ground level, a capsule elevator will rise up through the temple core, taking visitors through different planetary systems in the universe as described in the Vedic literatures, through an immersive sound, light and diorama show. The capsule elevator will finally reach the visitors to the Viewing Gallery at 700 feet for a breathtaking panoramic view of Braj Mandal
• 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
• The temple is planned to be an effervescent platform and vibrant with cultural, spiritual and social services throughout the year
• Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will be actively involved in social, environmental and cultural services like welfare programmes 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, zero waste initiative, establishment of Cultural Centres, distribution of free sanctified food, conducting various training and educative programmes, supporting organic farming, handicrafts, cottage industries, providing training and employment opportunities to economically weaker sections of the society and establishing market for their products