The construction of a 70-storey temple 'Chandrodaya Mandir', billed to be the tallest shrine in the world when completed, started today in the precincts of Akshaya Patra Vrindavan here amid chanting of vedic hymns.

The proposed 'Chandrodaya Mandir', a 213-metre high one of its kind temple is expected to mark Vrindavan, where Hindu deity Krishna is said to have spent his childhood, on the world spiritual map.

"The temple is being constructed to fulfill the wish of Srila Prabhupada. Chandrodaya temple aspires to provide the impetus for and facilitate the transformation of society and to inculcate spirituality," Chanchalapati Das, President of the temple said while addressing the gathering.

The temple, which will be the tallest shrine in the world when completed, aims to imitate Vrindavan of Krishna's times as spelled out in the ancient texts.

Karshni Guru Sharnanand Maharaj, who was also present, said that this temple would not only be the highest but would be a symbol of excellence of Vastu, knowledge.

Actress-turned-MP from Mathura, Hema Malini said that the temple would propagate the message of Lord Krishna all over the world.

Leader of UP Congress parliamentary board Pradeep Mathur said that he expects that the temple would be constructed without any hurdle as it's dedicated to Lord Krishna.

The highlight of the temple would be its height. People would reach this 700-ft high temple by capsule elevator.

The 26 acre area around temple would re-establish the glory of forest of Krishna period, musical fountain, Bhagwat discourse centre, a kund, boring in holy water of Yamuna, Brij heritage village and cow shelter would form the part of theme park, press coordinator Sandeep Singhal said. 

The project was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister during the Holi festival this year.

The project would cost more than Rs. 300 crore and International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is hoping to conclude the temple construction within the next five years.