ISKCON (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness), a name synonymous with faith, was founded in New York City in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. ISKCON is also known as the Hare Krishna Movement and encompasses over 500 temples, major centres, rural communities, vegetarian restaurants, local meeting groups and community projects. The movement has millions of congregational members devoted across the world to the teachings of Lord Krishna.
The primary purpose of the ISKCON organisation is to promote Bhakti yoga, the art of loving God, where devotees dedicate their thoughts and actions to please Lord Krishna, the supreme God. The ISKCON society believes that sincere followers should follow four principles of Austerity, Cleanliness, Truthfulness and Compassion. Ever since its foundation 55 years ago, the ISKCON has expanded widely and is one of the most influential religious societies in the world.
ISKCON Temple History
It is believed that around 525 years ago, Lord Krishna, the supreme God, descended on this earth in the form of a devotee named Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to teach people of the Kaliyuga how to become a devotee and chant the holy name of God. He founded Gaudiya Vaishnavism, a form of ecstatic devotion in the Gauda region of West Bengal, which is followed in India for the past 500 years.
Saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also established Sankirtan, where devotees could openly express their devotion towards Lord Krishna through dancing and singing. He composed the famous holy Mahamantra “Hare Krishna, Hare Rama”.
Later in 1965, the famous spiritual teachings envoy, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, advanced the movement further towards the west and established the ISKCON society in New York.
When the Hare Krishna Movement spread across England, famous personalities like George Harrison started backing the movement.
In 1968, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada established the first Hare Krishna Commune in West Virginia, after which the ISKCON movement spread across major global cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Montreal and New Mexico. In 1970, a supervisory organisation was created to manage the worldwide growth of the ISKCON temples and society.
During 1970-1977, ISKCON established multiple pilgrimage centres in Vrindavan and Mayapur, India. A huge temple was also constructed in Mumbai. Later, ISKCON temples became a chain of temples spread across India. Today, ISKCON has over 500 centres globally.
Core Beliefs of ISKCON
The core beliefs of the ISKCON mandir are based on Bhagavad Gita (teachings of Lord Krishna), Bhagavata Purana (the Vedas) and Chaitanya Charitamrita (teachings of Lord Chaitanya). ISKCON believes in spreading the message that all living entities are eternal spirits and have an individual connection with Lord Krishna.
The ISKCON mandir encourages its devotees to build an eternal relationship with Lord Krishna through love and devotion (also known as Bhakti-yoga) and chanting his holy name and the Mahamantra “Hare Rama, Hare Krishna”.
ISKCON mandir devotees abstain from non-vegetarian food, drugs and alcohol, gambling and illicit sexual connections. Followers also chant 16 rounds of the 108-beaded Mahamantra string each day.
ISKCON Temple Architecture
Combining the traditional form with modern technology, the ISKCON temple architecture across the world is unparalleled. The ISKCON temple architecture does not follow traditional temple structural norms. Instead, it considers the temple as a place of worship and a place where people congregate as a community.
ISKCON temples are spread across large areas and built exclusively with water features and gardens. There are stone pergolas and huge gateways that provide spaces to pause in the temple. The top of the ISKCON temples features the ‘Shikhara’, a curved conical high roof usually paced over the prime deity in the temple.
The design of the ISKCON temples includes a large garden, natural light, open spaces and large halls to hold culturally enlightening programs. The temple has meditation rooms, prayer hall, priest rooms, museum, library and free food restaurants.
The deities in the ISKCON temple face towards the east. All ISKCON temples follow the same architecture and configuration plan, but the facilities and the outward appearance of the temples can differ across regions. The location of the ISKCON temples is also strategically decided so that the temples are well-connected to the most important areas of their domicile city.
The ISKCON temple in Juhu, Mumbai is spread across four acres of prime land and is a marble temple with a huge auditorium, a large restaurant and a twin tower seven-storey guest house. The temple is at a stone throw from the Juhu beach and is considered one of the most beautiful ISKCON temples worldwide. It is believed that the deities in the ISKCON temple in Juhu were personally installed by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
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Major ISKCON temples in India
India has the highest number of ISKCON temples in the world. There are more than 150 ISKCON temples in the country. Here are some of the most famous ISKCON temples in India:
Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir
Hare Krishna Hills, Sant Nagar, East of Kailash, South Delhi
Sri Mayapura Chandrodaya Mandir
LBG Road, Mayapur, West Bengal
Sri Radha Krishna Mandir
Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Rd, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Sarkhej – Gandhinagar Hwy, near BRTS Bus Stop, Satellite, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Sri Sri Giridhari Dauji Mandir
Campus Village Dholai, ISKCON Road, Mansarovar, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Sri Sri Radha Madanmohan Mandir
Hare Krishna Land, 33-37, Administrative Zone, Bharatpuri, Madhya Pradesh
Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohanji Mandir
Plot No. 2, Sector 23, Hare Krishna Land, Central Park Opposite, Kharghar Golf Course, Navi Mumbai
Shri Shri Radha Madan Gopal Mandir
Vrindavan Colony, Hare Krishna Road Gen. Vaidya Nagar, Dwarka, Nashik, Maharashtra
Sri Sri Radha Pandharinath Mandir
SH74, Shegaon Dumala, Maharashtra
Sri Sri Gour Radha Krishna Mandir
Vaikunth Dham Ashram, Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Most of the major ISKCON temples in India are located in Maharashtra. You should definitely visit the ISKCON temple in Juhu, Mumbai. ISKCON temple in Juhu is among the most visited ISCKON temples in the country.
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Krishna Lila Theme Park
ISKCON is also building a high-tech, 450 feet long amusement park in Bengaluru. Spread across 28 acres, Krishna Lila Theme Park will be the first world-class theme park in India. This cultural complex is being built at the Vaikuntha Hill, a hillock on the Kanakapura Road in Bengaluru.
However, apart from being a religious destination, the Krishna Lila Theme Park will also be a cultural centre for the public. The complex will harmoniously combine modern architecture with traditional temple designs. The Krishna Lila Theme Park has two temples on the ground level – Sri Radha Krishna Mandir and Sri Puri Jagannath Mandir.
The Krishna Lila Theme Park is built for the upliftment of society. ISKCON believes that human beings should not reject material things instead use them to suitably promote the backward people in society.
The Krishna Lila Theme Park includes deities of Sri Jagannatha, Sri Baladeva, Sri Subhadra and Sri Sudarshana Narasimha. The theme park will also have a shrine to honour the contributions of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The shrine will present the life and works of His Divine Grace through thematic settings and displays.
The Krishna Lila Theme Park will also have several classrooms, a Vedic library, staff rooms, audio-visual halls, administrative offices, relaxing areas, and several other facilities for the dissemination of Vedic wisdom.
Reasons to Visit ISKCON Temple
ISKCON is synonymous with devotion towards Lord Krishna. Undoubtedly, the ISKCON temple is one of the most divine and sanctified places to visit. However, visiting the ISKCON temple is more deep-rooted than religion.
Here are some of the top reasons for you to visit the ISKCON temple:
Peace and Tranquility:
Visiting the ISKCON temple will give you peace and serenity in this fast-paced world. The vibe of the temple, sheer devotion of the people, harmonious chanting, selfless love for God, faint chattering of people, the sound of the hymns and prayers, and more – will warm your soul. The calmness of the temple amidst the chaotic life is something that will fulfil your heart. The atmosphere is patient; everything in the temple moves at a soft pace. If you are in Mumbai, you can visit Piramal ISKCON Thane and get your dose of peace and calmness.
The magnificent architecture of the ISKCON temple make it a stunning sight to behold. The chanting sounds and the positivity in the air give you an unforgettable immersing experience. When you visit the ISKCON temple, you can read the Vedic scriptures, like Bhagavad Gita, and learn deeply about prominent historic events like the Mahabharata. The environment of the ISKCON temple glorifies all-time with the sounds of ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’. Also, the aartis in the ISKCON temples are glorious. The sound of the dhol, nagadas, ghantis, loud chanting, clapping of hands, and the soothing prayers – all at once – during the ISKCON aartis in the morning and evening transport you to the heavenly realm.
Understand the scriptures:
It is one thing to respect the scriptures and another to understand their teachings. When you visit ISKCON, you will get an opportunity to truly understand the message of the scriptures. Most ISKCON temples have a museum that hosts robotic shows, theatre performances, and more to globalise the teachings of the scriptures. The temple also conducts special screenings and performances to exhibit the life of its founder Swami Prabhupada.
ISKCON temples are an architectural marvel. The temple complexes are spread across acres of land capable of hosting thousands of devotees at a time. All ISKCON temples are a ‘Shikhara’, and the deities are placed below the Shikhara. The temples are carefully designed to allow abundant natural sunlight and ensure breathability through effective ventilation. The temple complex also has several open spaces and green pastures, creating a mesmerising look.
ISKCON temples aim to offer a holistic experience to their visitors. Apart from being a reputed religious site, ISKCON temples are the epitome of cultural glory. From cultural programs, dances, light shows to theatre performances, ISKCON temples offer everything to their visitors. There are also several restaurants where you can enjoy delicious and affordable meals.
If you are in Mumbai, visit the ISKCON temple in Juhu, which is one of the most visited temples in the country for its sheer abundance and heavenly atmosphere.
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Piramal ISKCON Thane gives you a chance to be surrounded by peace and tranquillity. Live in beautifully designed homes and experience the calmness of a holistic lifestyle in the Piramal ISKCON Thane complex.
How did ISKCON start?
ISKCON (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) was founded in New York City in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. At the age of 70, Swami Prabhupada left his home in Vrindavan to spread the message of Lord Krishna in the Western part of the world. He had only Rs. 40 but several of Lord Krishna’s books. He began preaching and chanting Lord Krishna’s name in public places, parks, etc., grabbing the attention of the masses, mainly the non-elite and young. Soon the movement spread across devotees and became a massive religious organisation.
Who is the founder of ISKCON?
ISKCON was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
When was ISKCON started?
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada started ISKCON in 1966 in New York.
What is ISKCON famous for?
ISKCON is famous for promoting a mixture of modern and traditional values, promoting cross-cultural religious exploration. ISKCON believes in spiritual religion, and two of the successful strategies include engaging the public and distributing literature for public consumption.
Who is Srila Prabhupada?
Srila Prabhupada is the famous spiritual teachings envoy who advanced the ISKCON movement from India towards the west and established the ISKCON society in New York in 1966.
What are the four regulative principles in ISKCON?
The four regulative principles of ISKCON are – Austerity, Cleanliness, Truthfulness and Compassion. A sincere spiritual seeker must follow these four dharma principles of ISKCON.
How many ISKCON temples are in Mumbai?
There is one ISKCON temple in Mumbai located in Juhu, also known as Sri Radha Rasabihari temple. However, the Piramal Vaikunth Thane also has an ISKCON temple complex.
Proposed ISKCON Temple Complex in Thane
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