Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir

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Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
चन्द्रोदय मंदिर, वृंदावन
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir (VCM) Temple.jpg
Religion
AffiliationHinduism
DistrictMathura
DeityRadha & Krishna
Location
LocationVrindavan
StateUttar Pradesh
CountryIndia
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir is located in Uttar Pradesh
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
Location in Uttar Pradesh
Geographic coordinates27°34′04″N 77°38′42″E / 27.567776°N 77.644932°E / 27.567776; 77.644932Coordinates: 27°34′04″N 77°38′42″E / 27.567776°N 77.644932°E / 27.567776; 77.644932
Architecture
TypeNagara architecture and Modern architecture
CreatorISKCON
Completed2024
Elevation169.77 m (557 ft)
Website
http://www.vcm.org.in/

Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir is an under construction temple at Vrindavan, Mathura, India. As planned, it will be the tallest religious monument in the world.[1][2] At its potential cost of 300 crore (US$43 million) it is likely to be one of the most expensive temples in world. The temple has been planned by ISKCON Bangalore.[3] The planned effort includes the temple rising to a height of about 700 feet (213 meters or 70 floors) and a built-up area of 540,000 sq. ft. (~50,000 sq. m.)[4] The project is set in 62 acres of land and includes 12 acres for parking and a helipad.[5]

History[edit]

Srila Prabhupada in a lecture in front of Rupa Goswami Samadhi

In 1972, Srila Prabhupada, the founder and Acharya of ISKCON spoke about the principle of Yuklta Vairagya right in front of the Bhajan Kutir (a simple and austere dwelling of an ascetic primarily intended to perform his spiritual activities like chanting Krishna's names, writing and teaching) of Sri Rupa Goswami (see picture) to his dozen or more western disciples who were accompanying him on a visit to Vrindavan, India. He said:

  • "Just like we have got a tendency to construct a skyscraper building. As in your country, you do. So you should not attached to the skyscraper building, but you can utilize the tendency by constructing a big temple like skyscraper for Krishna. In this way, you have to purify your material activities." - Srila Prabhupada's lecture in Vrindavan, 29 October 1972[6]

Inspired by this vision and statement of Srila Prabhupada, the devotees of ISKCON Bangalore or the ritviks conceived the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir project to build a skyscraper temple for Lord Sri Krishna.

The foundation stone laying ceremony of Chandrodaya temple in Mathura district was done on 16 March 2014, on the eve of the auspicious occasion of Holi.[7]

Construction[edit]

Madhu Pandit Dasa had a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee where he briefed him about the idea of creating the temple.[8] The foundation stone of the temple was laid by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on 16 November 2014.[9] The temple building is in under construction.

Planned Amenities[edit]

  • Helipad.[10]
  • 12 acres of parking for vehicles.
  • Canteen for food and drinks.
  • An indoor Radha-Krishna recreational park.
  • Krishna heritage museum.
  • There will be telescopes placed on the top floor from where people can see entire Vrindavan.[11]
  • Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir Theme Park.
  • A viewing tower provide some glimpses to the grand temple.
  • A capsule elevator will rise up through the temple core.[12]
  • Different planetary systems in the universe as described in the Vedic literatures, through an immersive sound, light and diorama show.
  • Varieties of housing and accommodation are part of the project to facilitate the visitors to stay for a few days
  • A gentle gurgling Yamuna creek will also be recreated in the forests which shall also provide a boating opportunity for the visitors. For those who wish to walk, there will be a path build for a skywalk.[11]
  • Temple will be surrounded by about 30 acres of wooded area that constitute recreated forests of Braj.
  • The temple will have a viewing tower on the top and one can enjoy panoramic views of Mathura, Agra and river Yamuna from there.[13]
  • A night safari will also be organised by the temple

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The world's tallest religious building is under construction". bdcnetwork.com. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Indian temple will be the world's tallest religious skyscraper". cnn.com. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  3. ^ Akhilesh Yadav inaugurates project to build Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, the tallest temple in India - Economic Times
  4. ^ Vrindavan Spiritual Capital of India,Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
  5. ^ ISKCON to build world's tallest temple at Mathura from today
  6. ^ Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
  7. ^ 70-storey skyscraper temple for Lord Krishna in Vrindavan | Business Line
  8. ^ http://newshour.press/news-hour-special/madhu-pandit-dasa-briefs-president-on-lord-krishnas-tallest-temple/
  9. ^ PTI (15 November 2014). "President Pranab Mukherjee to lay foundation stone of tallest Krishna temple in Vrindavan". DNA. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  10. ^ ISKCON to build world’s tallest temple in Vrindavan
  11. ^ a b Akhilesh lays foundation for world’s tallest temple | The Indian Express
  12. ^ Akhilesh Yadav inaugurates project to build tallest temple in India | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
  13. ^ One-of-a-kind Krishna temple at Vrindavan in the making : India, News - India Today

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