Ananta Shesha Sthapana Puja at the World’s Tallest Skyscraper Temple for Lord Sri Krishna performed on 16th November 2014.
Honourable President of India, Sri Pranab Mukherjee, on Sunday, 16th November 2014, arrived Vrindavan, to grace the occasion of “Ananta Shesha Sthapana Puja” at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, the world's tallest skyscraper temple (700-feet) for Lord Sri Krishna, being built in Vrindavan, Mathura. Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir is conceptualized by the devotees of ISKCON Bangalore, the same organisation which conceptualised and runs Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme around India.
Ananta Shesha Sthapana ceremony marks the placing of Lord Ananta Shesha beneath the foundation of the skyscraper temple for Lord Sri Krishna. The idea of this ceremony, which is recommended in the Agama scriptures (part of the Vedic literatures), is that the entire Temple building of Lord Sri Krishna will be resting on the hoods of Ananta Shesha (snake). The altar of the temple (garbha grha) is at 15 metres level from the ground. The Agama scriptures recommend that the altar has to have bhu-sparsha (be in contact with the earth) and hence it is perched on a bhu-sparsha stambh. The Deity of Ananta will be placed under the bhu-sparsha stambh during the ceremony. The bhu-sparsh stambh is formed by filling earth from several holy places and river basins from all over India.
Explaining his vision for this iconic monument, Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, said, “This is not just a temple but a vibrant platform to inculcate the message of Bhagwad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam in a modern context which will help influence the moral and ethical fabric of the youth of our country. Lord Krishna’s teachings are of timeless relevance and have the spiritual potency to enrich the lives of contemporary people with higher meaning and sublime purpose to life.”
Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa, President of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, said, “Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir is a dream project for all devotees of Krishna and Vrindavan. This will be a grand temple where gorgeous Deity worship and magnificent festivals are conducted throughout the year. This temple will also serve as an educational centre to learn and disseminate the sublime teachings of Krishna as given in the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. It is our firm conviction; we cannot have a peaceful and prosperous society without the foundation of Krishna’s teachings that form the bedrock of people’s character, behaviour and values. And we want to present this spiritual paradigm of life in a philosophical, reasonable, logical and authoritative manner on the basis of the teachings of Lord Sri Krishna. In other words, this temple will play a major role in influencing the youth of India to become responsible and contributing citizens of fine character and sublime values of life.”
The temple site is strategically located on Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg (formerly called Chhatikara Road), which is the main access to Vrindavan on the Delhi-Agra Highway. The skyscraper temple project will be spread across a footprint of about 5 acres, surrounded by the recreated forests of Braj, conceived by the devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore.
Features of the project
- 210 metres or 700 feet in height (70 storeys)
- A capsule elevator takes visitors from the ground level to the 700 ft. tall Viewing Gallery giving an immersive 3D sound and light experience of the different planetary systems described in the Vedic literatures
- A look-alike of the verdant forests of Vrindavan will be recreated around this magnificent temple from descriptions in the Srimad Bhagavatam; sprawling 26 acres will consist the twelve forests (dvadashakanana) of Braj
- Krishna Lila Theme Park attractions will include themed story telling areas, musical fountains, garden lawn and water features, Yamuna creek for boating experience, Braj heritage village and goshala to recreate the atmosphere of Vrindavan of Lord Krishna
- Krishna Heritage museum, Bhagvad Gita Expo, Lecture halls, centre for Krishna heritage studies to ignite minds of people about Lord Krishna
Social Development Projects to be undertaken by Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
- Increasing and sustaining the support for Akshaya Patra mid-day meal program for feeding children studying in government schools of Mathura district (presently feeding 1.65 lakh children everyday)
- Welfare programs for the widows of Vrindavan (presently feeding 300 widows)
- Restoration, up-gradation and rejuvenation of the important sites of Braj
- Support restoration of River Yamuna to her original and pristine glory
- Goshala for demonstrating cow protection