Iskcon Temple, proper name ‘Sri Radha Krishnachandra’ Temple has goddess of Radha Krishna is one of the largest Iskcon temples in the world situated on the hill called “Hare Krishna Hill” at Rajainagar, in North Bangalore, Karnataka, India. The temple is inaugurated by Shankar Dayal Sharma in 1997. It was conceived and executed by Madhu Pandit Dasa following the wishes of HDG A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON to increase awareness among people in terms of Vedic culture & popularize spiritual learning.
Around 1976 followers and supports from all over India and world had established the activities of ISKCON in different parts of South India like Hubli, Bangalore, Madras, etc. Arranging programs in the houses, and arranging large public programs in pandal, enrolling life members, Sanskirtans (complete glorifying or describing) in the streets were being conducted.
Features of the Temple:
The temple is a huge cultural complex. The height of gold-plated dwajastambha (flag post) is about 56 feet and 28 feet high a gold plated kalash shikara. During the darshana hours, the Sri Krishna prasadam is distributed free to all the visitors.
Tourists can visit following Iskcon Shrines (altars):
- Main shrine is of Radha-Krishna.
- Krishna Balrama.
- Nitai Gauranga (Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda).
- Srinivasa Govinda (also known as Venkateswara).
- Prahlada Narasimha.
- Srila Prabhupada.
Krishna Lila Park:
ISKCON started a second huge temple called Krishna Lila Park in Kanakpura Road. This is being constructed on 70 acres. It is planned to be complete by 2020. First stage Narasimha Temple is operational and open for visitors for darshan.The park will also have two temples, a 4-D theatre, expos, puppetry workshops, story-telling for children and costume shows.
“The purpose of Krishna Lila Park is to present, preserve and promote the cultural heritage of India as described in the ancient Indian classics, to the contemporary society, in an interesting and captivating presentation.
- Narasimha, Jagannatha, Baladeva, Subhadra
This will be another important tourism destination in Bangalore city.
The Main Components of the Krishna Lila Park:
• Sri Puri Jagannath mandir & Sri Radha Krishna Mandir
• Sri Venkateswara Mandir- a sky temple
• Srila Prabhupada Shrine
• Theme Park Attractions
• Krishna Kids zone
Grant Theme Park Project:
Iskcon has conceived a grand theme park project costing about Rs. 350 crores. This project involves an iconic and monumental building that is 360 feet high and houses some of the theme park attractions. Iskcon has planned residential developments for it’s donors and devotees and the surpluses will be used for setting up of the theme park. The land was allotted by the Government of India which is 28 acres and that will used entirely for setting up the Krishna Lila Park.
A Good Cause:
A Charitable and religious trust developing the trust property to earn an income which will be entirely used for the trust, to preserve and promote the great culture and heritage of India.
ISKCON Bangalore provides free food to those in need. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one initiative started by members of the temple, which has received praise from United States President Barack Obama for feeding and educating children across India. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is principally involved in implementing the Mid-Day Meal programme to the children in Government and Government-aided schools across India.
Encouraging Youth in India:
To impress on the younger generation about the glorious pastimes of our legendary heroes like Krishna and Hanuma, whereas today, our children’s minds are filled with Superman, Spiderman and such other characters and legends coming from the West. Motive to implant the great characters of our Indian epics and the deep morality they represent, in the minds of our children. This is an unprecedented and historical project being attempted for the first time in our country.
Festivals Celebrated in Temple:
ISKCON Bangalore celebrates festivals that are either related to avatars of Lord Vishnu or with Vedic culture. Main festivals that are celebrated within the temple are:
- Rama Navami
- Narasimha Jayanti
- Panihati Chida-dahi
- Ratha Yatra
- Balaram Jayanti
- Jhulan Utsav
- Sri Krishna Janmashtami
- Vyasa Puja
- Sri Radhashtami
- Govardhan Puja
- Vaikuntha Ekadashi
- Nityananda Trayodashi
- Gaura Poornima
- Krishna Shringar