ISKCON Temple, Bangalore

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ISKCON Temple Bengaluru
Iskcon temple at night with fireworks
The temple at night
DeityRadha Krishnachandra
FestivalsJanamashtami, Radhashtami, Gaura Purnima
TypeHindu temple architecture
Completed1997; 26 years ago (1997)[1][2]

Sri Radha Krishna-Chandra Temple (Kannada: ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಧಾ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಮಂದಿರ) is one of the largest Krishna-Hindu temples in the world. It is situated in Bangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Hindu deities Radha Krishna and propagates monotheism as mentioned in Chandogya Upanishad.[3]


In May 1997, Bangalore ISKCON Temple was inaugurated by the ninth president of IndiaShankar Dayal Sharma.[3][2] The society was registered in the year 1978 under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960. The objectives of the society are derived from the Seven Purposes of ISKCON as stated by Srila Prabhupada.

About temple[edit]

Features of the temple[edit]

There is a gold-plated dhwaja-stambha (flag post) 17 m (56 ft) high and a gold plated kalash shikhara 8.5 m (28 ft) high. There is free distribution of Sri Krishna prasadam to all visitors during the darshana hours.[4]

Shrines (altars)[edit]

ISKCON Bangalore has six shrines:

  1. Main deities is of Radha-Krishna
  2. Krishna Balrama
  3. Nitai Gauranga (Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda)
  4. Srinivasa Govinda (also known as Venkateswara)
  5. Prahlada Narasimha
  6. Srila Prabhupada[5]

Darshan timings[edit]

The temple is open from 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 am. The day begins with a ceremony called mangala-arati followed by worship of Tulasi Devi, Sri Narasimha Arati, and Suprabhata Seva for Sri Srinivasa Govinda. The temple again opens at 7:15 a.m. for Shringara Darshana Arati. 5:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.: Japa Meditation session. The temple remains open until 1:00 p.m. In the evening the temple is open from 4:15 to 8:15. During weekends and public holidays Temple timings are 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. without any break in the afternoon. The evening arati starts at 7:00 where devotees sing kirtan. In the main temple, the arati is performed by three priests. This arati is followed again by kirtan where devotees can be seen dancing to the rhythm of "Hare Krishna Hare Rama".

ISKCON Vaikuntha Hill[edit]

ISKCON Vaikuntha Hill in Bangalore is the divine destination for a visit to Lord Venkateshwara’s abode. This stone temple is constructed as per traditional Shilpa shastras (designs as mentioned in scriptures) in the Dravidian style of architecture. The design and aesthetics, including the seven doors to the sanctum, are inspired by the famous Sri Venkateshwara Swamy temple in Tirumala. The deity of Lord Srinivasa is nearly the same height and has been named Sri Rajadhiraja Govinda, which means He is the King of all kings. This project is conceived and executed by the devotees of ISKCON Bangalore, in pursuance of Srila Prabhupada’s desire to build a grand temple like Tirumala, on His 125th birth anniversary.

About ISKCON Sri Rajadhiraja Govinda temple Sri Rajadhiraja Govinda Temple is surrounded by the shrines of Sri Sudarshana Narasimha, Sri Mahalakshmi, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha, Bhakta Hanuman, and Sri Garuda. A separate shrine has been constructed for Srila Prabhupada, where his Achala Shila Murti, a black stone deity, is installed. This has been done for the first time in the history of ISKCON.

Story of Vaikuntha Hill and its connection with Lord Srinivasa Govinda The hill on which the temple resides has exceptional significance. It’s related to the divine story of a muni, Shri Mandavya muni who performed very severe penance in a cave on this hill. Lord Srinivasa Govinda was very pleased with the penance. Lord wanted to grant a boon and a blessing to Shri Mandavya Muni. Lord promised him that after he married Princess Padmavathi Devi at Tirumala, he would come to the hill, where he had performed penance, to perform the Leela of vihara or honeymoon. This sacred place thus came to be known as Vasanthapura. The name Vasanthapura signifies the place where Lord Govinda had arrived for his Vasantha Vihara (spring outing).

The divine opening ceremony The temple was inaugurated in a grand ceremony on Jun 14, 2022, by Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Former President of India. He dedicated ISKCON Sri Rajadhiraja Govinda Temple & Cultural Complex in a grand ceremony of Lokarpana on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of ISKCON. The auspicious opening ceremony was also presided over by the Governor of Karnataka Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot, Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri Basavaraj Bommai, Member of the Legislative Assembly Shri M Krishnappa, in the august presence of His Grace Madhu Pandit Dasa, President of ISKCON Bangalore.


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:

Social services[edit]

Khichdi prasāda in ecofriendly Areca-leaf traditional Indian Droṇa at ISKCON Temple Bangalore.

ISKCON Bangalore provides free food to those in need.[6] The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one initiative started by members of the temple, which has received praise from United States' former President Barack Obama for feeding and educating children across India. [7]

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is principally involved in implementing the Mid-Day Meal program for children in Government and Government-aided schools across India. It follows a Public-Private Partnership model of operation and hence has been working in partnership with the Central and State Governments. It was set up in the year 2000 and runs the world's largest NGO-run Mid-Day Meal Programme. Akshaya Patra is currently operating in 27 locations across 11 states of India. It is reaching out to over 13,500 Government and Government-aided schools feeding 1.6 million children every day.



  1. ^ ISKCON Temple Bangalore website, Temple Information
  2. ^ a b ISKCON Temple Bangalore website, Temple History
  3. ^ a b Jones, Constance A.; Ryan, James D. (2007). "International Society for Krishna Consciousness Revival Movement (IRM)". Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Encyclopedia of World Religions. J. Gordon Melton, Series Editor. New York: Facts On File. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-8160-5458-9. Archived from the original on 20 October 2022. Retrieved 3 January 2022.{{cite encyclopedia}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Temple Schedule". ISKCON Bangalore. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  5. ^ Iskcon Live Darshan of Sevas and Temple
  6. ^ Kumar Singh, Yogesh (2007). Sociological Foundation of Education. New Delhi: APH Publishing Corporation. p. 320. ISBN 978-81-313-0193-7.
  7. ^ Obama Lauds Akshaya Patra from Times of India, 17-12-2008.

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