About iskcon temple
ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Bengaluru is one of the most visited places in the city today. The temple has, over the years, been recognized as one of the renowned ISKCON centers in the world due to its architectural splendour and the efforts to bring about a spiritual uplift in the society through its various spiritual activities.
The magnificent temple complex, one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world stands on Hare Krishna Hill, a seven-acre hillock in Rajajinagar. It displays a beautiful blend of traditional temple architecture and the modern style of construction. The temple was dedicated to the service of humanity following its inauguration on May 31, 1997.
The spacious main temple hall has a beautiful gold plated altar, attractive interior designs and ceiling with huge paintings depicting the pastimes of Lord Krishna with His devotees.
The presiding Deities of the temple are Sri Radha Krishnachandra, Sri Krishna Balarama and Sri Nitai Gauranga (Sri Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) situated in the main temple.
There are also two smaller shrines before the main temple for the worship of Sri Srinivasa Govinda and Sri Prahlada Narasimha. There are also Deities of Garudadeva and Hanuman on either side at the entrance of the Narasimha shrine. Everyday thousands of devotees from various parts of India and other countries visit the temple to seek the blessings of Their Lordships.
Special features of the temple:
- Hari-nama mantapa which provides a unique opportunity to chant Hare Krishna maha-mantra 108 times before having darshan of Their Lordships.
- An Annadana Hall where free delicious lunch prasadam is served to the devotees visiting the temple.
- Distribution of the books of Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-acharya of ISKCON, which contain the essence of Vedic knowledge, highlighting the science of Bhakti-yoga
- An interesting diorama in the lecture hall portraying the theme of soul changing bodies.
- A Goshala with 25 cows, well maintained by a team of three trained dairymen.
- A beautiful pond with colorful fountains for conducting teppotsava (boat-ride of Their Lordships) on the occasion of some festivals.
- Dakshinakriti, an exhibition and sale of handicrafts in the Vedic tradition.
- A video show of Little Krishna, a popular animated series produced by ISKCON Bangalore on the childhood pastimes of Krishna.
- Prasadam Counters which sell delicious prasadam – sweets, savories, and baked items of south and north Indian varieties, juice, milk, etc.
- Free prasadam also is served to all the visitors to the temple.
- The Higher Taste Restaurant serves pure, sattvik food with extraordinary quality.
- A guest house with modern amenities.
- Dwarakapuri Hall and Mathura Hall where any religious/social ceremonies or corporate meetings or seminars can be conducted.