It is humanly impossible to fully comprehend and estimate the contributions of Lord Sri Krishna to mankind. The vastness and depth of the ennobling influence Lord Sri Krishna has had on humanity is unprecedented in history. Like a child reaching to the moon, we wish to make an attempt to acknowledge and celebrate,on an epic scale, Lord Sri Krishna’s divine blessings to this world. In this light, it is our aspiration to create a world-class and iconic monument for Sri Krishna in the holy land of Vrindavan and proudly place Krishna on the world mindscape and Vrindavan on the world map.
The architectural flourish
Vrindavan is revered as a holy town of Krishna temples. Some accounts describe that there are as many as 5000 Krishna temples – big, medium and small; ancient, medieval and recent. We wish to make a bold statement about the importance of Lord Sri Krishna and His divine mission in the world, using the contemporary architectural language. A tall, imposing skyscraper temple should proclaim the status of Vrindavan as one of India’s spiritual capitals. This should attract the attention of the world’s thinkers, leaders and other enquiring minds to know more about Lord Sri Krishna and His soothing, healing message for a harried world.
The societal transformative aspirations
From a socio-economic perspective, India is at a unique historical moment in the world. India is at the cross roads of development. The journey of this developing nation since independence has been a long and arduous one. Today the global Indian has truly arrived.India is being increasingly regarded as a global leader in talent, higher education and innovation. Stories abound in the media of Indians becoming senators and judges in developed countries, heads of major global technology companies and educational institutions of repute, acquiring overseas companiesin billion dollar deals –just to name a few. The brilliance, entrepreneurial spirit and hard-working talented Indians have largely contributed to a greater acceptance and respect for Indians across the globe, enhancing Indians' self-confidence and self-esteem.
However, somewhere along the journey, we seem to have lost our way on the moral and ethical front. From being a celebrated land of sages and saintly rulers of impeccable character, today we see the rising graph of crime,corruption and inequities in our country. These pressing issues seem to eclipse the progress we have achieved in other areas.
The Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir is not just another sacred edifice of concrete, stone and glass. This project is dedicatedto play a larger role in shaping the future of this country.
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will not only house a temple for the worship of Lord Sri Krishna, but will also become a centre for disseminating the profound message of the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, delivered in a modern context. The design of the temple complex - a fusion of the modern, and traditional Indian temple architecture -symbolizes this aspiration, to present eternal wisdom from the source books of Krishna, in a way that is relevant to the modern day.
We wish to inculcate the glorious Vedic values in today's youth and thereby develop theexalted character of a true Indian with examples and life philosophydrawn from the Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam. Crime, corruption, inequities and other challenges that seem to dominate our contemporary society cannot be reined in merely by improved legislation and stricter law enforcements. Crime and corruption begins in the heart of the individual. To mitigate these debilitating vices in the society,the heart of the individual has to be transformed anda fundamental revision of worldview is essential. Otherwise all our attempts to mitigate these vices will merely be cosmetic - trying to address the symptoms rather than the root cause of the problems.
Srimad Bhagavatam describes the four pillars of spirituality – truthfulness, compassion, austerity and purity. No civilized society can exist or function outside the framework of these values. The Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam systematically elucidatea comprehensive and logical meaning and purpose of life that makes these values so intrinsic to one’s life. Chanakya Pandit, in his Niti Shastra has succinctly captured the true Indian spirit. He says:
A learned person is one who regards every woman other than his wife as his mother, who considers other's wealth to be worthless pebbles and who treats all living entities - humans and animals - as he would unto himself.
This is the true Indian culture. This is the true Indian heritage. These are the true Indian values.
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir aims to bring about a awakening among Indians and create a nation that is not only full oftalent, creativity and energybut also adorned with exalted values and character. A nation we all ought to be proud of. We believe India truly has immense talent and brilliance to contribute for the global good, provided we build our character on the basis of the ancient wisdom that we have inherited. Vrindavan 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 aspires to restore the pride of every Indian.
It is also our intent that the project should become the source and support for more social intervention programs in
• 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.
We welcome you all to participate in this Pride of India project.