President of India, Pranab Mukherjee along with Chairman of Vrindavana Chandrodaya Mandir, Madhu Pandit Dasa
Honorable President of India, Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Vrindavan, to grace the occasion of Ananta Shesha Sthapana Puja at Vrindavana Chandrodaya Mandir on 16th Nov, 2014.
Vrindavana Chandrodaya Mandir, the world’s tallest temple for Lord Krishna, being constructed in Vrindavana for disseminating the sublime teachings of Lord Krishna in a modern manner which appeals to the contemporary society. The massive skyscraper temple to be 700-feet tall with a foot print of 5.5 acres, at an estimated cost of Rs. 300 crores is conceived by the devotees of ISKCON, Bangalore in accordance with the desire of Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON to spread the glories of Lord Krishna and Sri Vrindavana dham all over the world.
The Ananta Shesha Sthapana puja marks the placing of Lord Ananta Shesha beneath the foundation of the temple of Lord Krishna. The idea of this ceremony, which is recommended in the Agama shastras (part of the Vedic literatures), is that the entire temple building of Lord Sri Krishna will be resting on the hoods of Ananta Shesha (thousand-hooded serpent).
Sri Pranab Mukherjee and other dignitaries taking part in the Ananta Shesha Sthapana Puja
Conveying his appreciation for Srila Prabhupada, the President said, “My deep respects to His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, who came in the tradition of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and took the message of Krishna Consciousness all over the world. Srila Prabhupada’s spiritual influence continues to resonate in the hearts of Krishna devotees all over the world even to this day.”
He wished all the devotees behind the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir great success in fulfilment of their aspirations in the service of the society and said, “Vrindavan should become a beacon in spreading the spiritual culture of bhakti to Lord Krishna and give solace to thousands of people from all over the world. Apart from that, it should grow to become truly the spiritual capital of the world. With this end in mind I request the devotees of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir to not spare any efforts towards the betterment of Vrindavan.”
President of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, Chanchalapathi Dasa greeting the dignitaries.
Explaining his vision for this iconic monument, Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, said, “The life, customs, practices, language and festivals in Vrindavan dham form a unique culture, having developed over the last five centuries based on the revelations of great saints of Vrindavan. It is our hope that Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will be the center for preserving and promoting this pristine Vedic Culture and protecting the holy dham from the influence of materialistic culture which is threatening to wipe out local cultures in our urban cities of India.”
This temple complex apart from being a temple, will house state-of-the-art multimedia expos on Srimad-Bhagavatam, Srimad-Bhagavad Gita and also science and spirituality, over and above light-sound-motion dioramas of Krishna’s lilas. Around the temple complex we will be developing the twelve forests of Vrindavan described in the scriptures. All this combined with the live sankirtana of chanting the holy names of Krishna, the visitors will transport themselves into a hitherto unheard of transcendental experience of love of Krishna,” he said.
President of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, Chanchalapathi Dasa said, “We cannot have a peaceful and prosperous society without the foundation of Krishna’s teachings that form the bedrock of people’s character, behavior and values. And we want to present this spiritual paradigm of life in a philosophical, reasonable, logical and authoritative manner on the basis of the teachings of Lord Sri Krishna. In other words, this temple will play a major role in influencing the youth of India to become responsible and contributing citizens with fine character and sublime values of life.”
An artist’s view of the proposed Vrindavan Chandrodaya temple
For more details on this project please visit: http://vcm.org.in/