ISKCON Temple, Bangalore

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ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Iskon temple at night with fireworks
Temple at night
Religion
AffiliationHinduism
DistrictBangalore
DeitySri Sri Radha Krishna-chandra
FestivalsJanamashtami
Location
LocationRajajinagar
StateKarnataka
CountryIndia
Architecture
TypeHindu temple architecture
Completed1997[1][2]
Temple(s)3
Website
iskconbangalore.org

Sri Radha Krishna-chandra Temple (Kannada: ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಧಾ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಮಂದಿರ) is one of the largest Krishna Hindu temples in the world, affiliated with ISKCON Revival Movement.[3] It is located at Rajajinagar, in North Bangalore in the Indian State of Karnataka.[3]

History[edit]

In May 1997, Bangalore ISKCON Temple was inaugurated by the ninth president of India—Shankar Dayal Sharma.[2][4] Since 1999 it is under control of ISKCON Revival Movement.[3]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Darshan timings[edit]

The temple is open from 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 am. The day begins with a Grand arati 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".

Festivals[edit]

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 India's national dish and superfood prasāda in ecofriendly Areca-leaf traditional Indian Droṇa at ISKCON Temple Bangalore.

ISKCON Bangalore provides free food to those in need.[8] 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.A TV documentary has also been made on Akshaya Patra Foundation[9]

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. 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.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ISKCON Temple Bangalore website, Temple Information
  2. ^ a b ISKCON Temple Bangalore website, Temple History
  3. ^ a b c 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 7 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Visit these popular ISKCON temples in India, dedicated to Lord Krishna". Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Temple Schedule". ISKCON Bangalore. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  6. ^ ISKCON Temple Bangalore website, Deities page.
  7. ^ ISKCON Temple Bangalore Website, Festivals and Events
  8. ^ Kumar Singh, Yogesh (2007). Sociological Foundation of Education. New Delhi: APH Publishing Corporation. p. 320. ISBN 81-313-0193-1.
  9. ^ "Obama’s accolade for Akshaya Patra" from Bangalore Mirror, 12-12-2008, hosted on the ISKCON Temple Bangalore website.

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Coordinates: 13°00′35″N 77°33′04″E / 13.00981°N 77.55109°E / 13.00981; 77.55109