Iskcon Temple


ISKCON Temple contains idols of deities like Krishna, Balaram, Gaura Nithai, Subhadra and Jagannath. Focused on propagating and educating spiritual knowledge, techniques of spiritual life to society at large, and consciousness of Krishna, the temple follows the great scriptures of India, Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. As publicised in the teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the temple focuses on the belief that each soul is part and package of the quality of Godhead, Krishna. The temple also promotes the sankirtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy name of God.

Showcasing the ideology of the ISKCON movement, the temple organises kirtans, bhajans and pooja on a regular basis. With activities surrounding over two ISKCON centres, one in the Swarga Dwara area and the other in the outskirts of the city, ISKCON movement is very prominent in Bhubaneshwar. Nearby ISKCON temple, a new Radha-Krishna Temple is constructed, for the devotees of Krishna and Radha, the universal symbol of love.

Large numbers of devotees come to ISKCON Temple to worship Lord Krishna at one of the largest temple complexes in India. Opened in 1998, this modern temple contains a Vedic learning center dedicated to the study of Hinduism. Indian architect Achyut Kanvinde accepted a pro-bono commission in 1993 to construct this complex for the followers of Srila Prabhupada. To visit ISKCON Temple and other attractions in New Delhi, use our New Delhi travel itinerary planner.

ISKCON has from then developed into a worldwide organization comprising of about 10,000 temple devotees and 250,000 relating devotees. Also famous with the name of the Hare Krishna movement, ISKCON has now become a wide network of more than 350 centers, 60 restaurants, 50 schools and 60 rural communities across the world.

The goal of this monotheistic and nonsectarian movement is to achieve the goodness of society by teaching the concepts and beliefs of the Krishna consciousness as described inBhagavad Gita and related ancient scriptures.

The ISKCON Temple is situated in Bhubaneswar city and has deities of GauraNithai,Krishna, BalramJagannath andSubhadra. ISKCON movement is very important in Bhubaneswar and has regular activities happeningacross two ISKCON centers, one of them located in the SwargaDwara area and the other being in the outskirts of the city. A new Radha-Krishna temple is under construction near to the ISKCON temple for the followers of Radha and Krishna who are seen as the symbol of love. Daily Poojasand Bhajans are organized in this temple.

History


In 1975, Srila Prabhupada instructed Gour Govinda Swami to build a temple in Bhubaneswar. It is the 108th and last temple project of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada which was completed and inaugurated in 1991 on Lord Nityananda Prabhu’s holy appearance day after seventeen years of preparation and construction. As instructed by Srila Prabhupada, Gour Govinda Swami installed Sri Gaur Nitai, Krishna Balaram and Jagannath, Baladeva, Subhadra Devi on three altars and named the temple Sri Krishna Balaram Temple. It also has Gour Govinda Maharaja’s Samadhi Mandir and Srila Prabhupada’s Bhajan Kutir. At the back of the temple, there is a brahmachari ashram which can house 150 brahmacharis. The ashram complex includes four rooms for sanyasis, a conference hall for 150 devotees, a library, prasadam hall for 300 and an office. The temple has fifteen acres of farmland which is used for growing vegetables.

To know the history of the Krishna Balaram Temple, Bhubaneswar, we have to go back to the year 1975 when Srila Prabhupada instructed Gour Govinda Swami to build a temple on the donated land. At that time it was jungle, far from Bhubaneswar town. Srila Gour Govinda Swami came to Bhubaneswar from Vrindavan carrying the weight of his spiritual master’s instructions in his heart. At first he stayed in a Dharmashala near Ananta Basudev temple in Old Town, Bhubaneswar, 6 kilometers from the jungle site where he was to stay alone for many years. From that Dharmashala he would walk to this land every day.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami requested Srila Prabhupada to come to Bhubaneswar. He arranged for Srila Prabhupada to stay comfortably in the government guesthouse, but Prabhupada refused, saying, “I will stay only where my disciple, Gour Govind has built a mud hut for me.” Srila Prabhupada stayed in Bhubaneswar for seventeen days.

After Srila Prabhupada left this world on 14th November 1977, Srila Gour Govinda Swami preached extensively in Orissa and traveled all over the world. Many Western devotees came to help. Srila Gour Govinda Swami saw the temple almost complete in 1991 after a long 15 years of struggle. It was inaugurated on Nityananda Trayodasi day, the same auspicious occasion when in 1977 Srila Prabhupada laid the foundation stone. As instructed by Srila Prabhupada, Srila Gour Govinda Swami installed Sri Gour Nitai, Sri Krishna Balaram and Sri Jagannath, Baladeva, Subhadra Devi Devi on three altars and named the temple Sri Krishna Balaram Temple.


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