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Iskcon Temple

Iskcon Temple

The ISKCON Temple is located in East of Kailash in New Delhi and is easily reachable via local transport. The Temple was constructed amidst lush green lawns and gardens and is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna displayed his superior metaphysical hobbies some 5,000 years ago which was known then as 'Indraprastha', the first city of Delhi during the reign of the Pandavas.

The ISKCON Temple was inaugurated in 1998 during an auspicious day of Sri Ram Navami by the former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Post inauguration, the temple has seen immense growth in terms of structure and expandable area through the years to keep up with the divine vision of its founder, Srila Prabhupada. The Garden constructed within the temple complex to represent 'Vrindavan' or the 'Garden of Lord Krishna' is worth a visit as it will definitely transcend you into a spiritual ambience.

The first Altar of the ISKCON Temple homes an elaborate structure of Sri Gauri Nitai who was known as the most merciful incarnation of Sri Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Chaitanya Maha Prabhu who appeared in West Bengal some 500 years ago. The second Altar is graced with the Deities of Sri Radha Krishna Parthasarathi along with Lalita and Vishakha and their most confidential Gopis while the third Altar is dressed with structures of Sri Ram, Lakshman and their devotee Lord Hanuman. In fact, the Deities of Sri Radha Parthasarathi were established by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada way before the temple structure was even established.

The ISKCON Temple conducts very high standards of worship which is strictly adhered to by the 24 well trained Brahmin Temple Priests. The regular schedule is a daily worship or Puja of all the Deities according to stringent spiritual guidelines accompanied with an offering of 6 Aartis along with 6 Bhogs to all the Deities. On a daily basis, every morning and evening, the priest changes the outfits of the Deities and new outfits are tailored every year during every festival of Janamashtami, Ram Navami, Gauri Purnima, Radhashtami, and Nityananda Trayodashi and during the Puja of Govardhana. The temple priest organises elaborate prayer sessions and celebrations during these festivals including Jagannath Rath Yatra and many others.

The ISKCON Temple is considered as the only temple that is equipped with an air-conditioned prayer hall that can accommodate almost 1,500 devotees at one time and also has a Hi-tech Museum that organises Multimedia Shows. During winter season, visitors can attend the Mangala Aarti scheduled at 0430 hours every day which marks its opening time followed by the Tulsi Aarti at 0500 hours, Shringar Darshan and Guru Puja at 0715 hours, Srimad Bhagavatam Class at 0800 hours, Dhoop Aarti at 0830 hours, Raj Bhoga Aarti at 1200 hours post which the Temple closes to public visits at 1245 hours. The Temple re-opens at 1600 hours with a Pushpa Aarti followed by the Sandhya Aarti from 1830 hours to 1900 hours and Bhagavad Gita Class at 1945 hours followed by the final Shayana Aarti from 2000 hours to 2030 hours post which the Temple closes for half an Hour.

The ISKCON Temple also provides visitors with delectable and hygienic cuisines at Govinda's Restaurant opened on all days between 0800 hours and 2000 hours. The Snack Shop also offers delectable snacks and an array of juices, Ice Creams, Pizzas, Herbal tea, Samosas, Kachauris and many more. The Bhaktivedanta Book Shop within the temple premises offers a wide collection of spiritual books and encyclopaedia on the life and teachings of Legendary Gurus including the founder of ISKCON Temple and also provides comic books for children. Devotional music collection is also available on DVD and CD formats, cassettes and videos along with other Puja items like incense sticks, Aarti Thali or Trays, Idols of Deities, prayer beads and many other variety to chose from.

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