ISKCON, Mumbai is a part of the series of temples built across the world to propagate the message of Bhagwat Gita and raise the consciousness about Lord Krishna. ISKCON temples are not mere places of worship or places of aesthetic and architectural beauty. These are symbol of intellectual development and mediums of movement on higher plane-spiritual plane.
ISKCON belief is based upon the real God consciousness that does not depend on caste or church membership. They spread the chanting of the holy name as the method to enable anyone to become Krishna conscious.
It is a place for worship, meditation and spiritual knowledge, advocating the principles of Bhagwat Gita as taught by Lord Krishna.
The temple has a very soothing atmosphere and hence it is a popular place to meditate. Books on the religion are sold there too.
When you are there
For a peak into this fascinating world, drop in for lunch at the ISKCON restaurant, where pure vegetarian food, as prescribed by the Vedas, is served and eaten by these shaven, robed ascetics.
Later one can visit the serene marbled ISKCON temple and sit in for the evening aarti or prayer that reverberates with touching devotion.
Located on four acres of land in Mumbai's picturesque Juhu Beach, the Hare Krishna Land includes a spacious marble temple, theater, restaurant, Bhaktivedanta Institute, and a twin-towered seven-storied hotel. The project cost more than $2 million dollars in 1976 and took nearly three years to build.
The Hare Krishna temple or the Sri Sri Radha Rasabihariji Mandir has now become a landmark in the suburb of Juhu. This temple is a part of a worldwide network of temples and devotees of Krishna.
The main Deities of the temple on the center altar are Radha-Rasabihari and the two gopis Lalita and Visakha. Rasabihari is a name for Krishna meaning "the enjoyer of the transcendental rasa dance". On the right altar are Sita-Rama, Hanuman, and Laksmana. On the left altar are Lord Nityananda and Lord Caitanya. At Their feet sit Srila Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, and his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur.
There is an excellent maha-prasada booth here. The temple in Hare Krishna Land, has an International Guest House "Govindas", which is pure vegetarian restaurant, a sweet stall, a gift shop, The Maha-Prasad Stall, a multimedia department and the Music Academy.
It is quite lavishly built both in terms of architecture and the various facilities it provides. There is a wonderful bookstore within the premises housing all the in-house publications, quite well written, and often much sought too.
Recently there is a new added attraction - Food Corner where one can find the choicest delicacies and sweets of India.
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