Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala laid the foundation stone for the Nava Brindavan Dham, ISKCON Mysore Cultural Centre at ISKCON, Jayanagar, Mysuru on April 2, 2017.
Designed in neo-classical style, the 60 meter structure of the temple will integrate the old charm of Hoysala architecture and ultra-modern hi-tech architectural forms, creating an exotic blend of ethnicity and abstractness.
Lakhs of visitors and tourists who come to Mysuru to experience the grandeur of this cultural city will now have yet another cultural monument to enthrall them.
Apart from providing for the spiritual quest of the society, this project will also provide a boost to spiritual tourism, the kind that the city has always been known for through the hundreds of temples in and around Mysuru.
Speaking at this historic occasion, His Excellency Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala said, "In these days of degrading values, the time-tested support of culture and heritage are the recourse for the peaceful existence of humanity.
Thus it is of utmost importance that ISKCON has conceived to present this centre as a cultural project for the re-spiritualisation of the entire human society."
He added that "the absence of this essential element in the modern society has created a vacuum, a sense of dissatisfaction and unrest. People are unable to find inner fulfillment and the ever increasing need for peace and happiness.
It was this condition that was rectified by the efforts of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Through his teachings, Srila Prabhupada has emphasized the need for encouraging cultural as well as spiritual growth, through such centres, so that society can fulfill its urge for everlasting happiness and peace".
Sriman Madhu Pandit Das, President of ISKCON Bangalore and Chairman of Akshaya Patra Foundation presiding over the ceremony said that, "Nava Brindavan Dham will be an abode of the Lord, wherein visitors will learn to look at our heritage from a very rational and scientific point of view.
The Nava Brindavan Dham Cultural Centre, though architecturally a monument, the essence of its existence is to promote learning of Indian philosophy through scriptures like Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavatam and other Puranas and promoting traditional Indian arts, dance, music, etc.
The Nava Brindavan Dham, besides being a cultural centre will also be a hub for many more social initiatives like the Akshaya Patra."
Appealing everyone to support this great cause, he also announced the setting up of free residential schools for 50,000 underprivileged children all over the country, under which a school to house 2,000 children will be set up in Mahadevapura, near Mysuru as yet another social initiative of ISKCON.
PWD and Mysuru District In-charge Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa, Her Highness Dr. Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, MLA M.K. Somashekar, Mysuru Mayor M.J. Ravi Kumar, ISKCON Hubli President Rajiv Lochan Das, President of Hare Krishna Movement Chennai, Stoka Krishna Dasa and ISKCON Mysore President Jai Chaitanya Dasa were present.
After the foundation stone laying ceremony, an enthralling music performance — Krishnanjali, was rendered by Vijay Yesudas, son of legendary singer K.J. Yesudas.