Iskcon Temple, Delhi
Location: Worldwide famous Hindu pilgrimage namely ‘ISKCON temple’ is dispersing the stringent divine-note illustrated by Vaishnav community in the entire globe while being enticing the glory of various states in India and in foreign country also. In Delhi, it is glorifying ‘Hare Krishna Hills’ located in east of Kailash in New Delhi.
Proper Name: Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir
Presiding deity: Lord Shri Krishna & Radha Rani
Historical significance: The deity who preached the sermons of Gita (the Hindu scripture), Lord Krishna, was supposed to be a magnificent ‘man of wisdom’ who exhibited his metaphysical gimmicks some 5,000 years ago in the city called ‘Indraprastha’ during the dynasty of Pandavas.
Architect who drafted the structure of this shrine: Achyut Kanvinde (in 1993)
Year of its Inauguration: The most renowned and ‘man of accolades’ Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee (ex- Prime minister of India) inaugurated this shrine on the eve of Shri Ram Navami in 1998 in and for public amidst lush green expansive field surrounded by green lawns and gardens.
Founder of the Shrine: Shrila Prabhupada
Prime occasions to visit the shrine:
- Ram Navami
- Gauri Poornima
- Radha Ashtami
- Nityananda Trayodashi
- Govardhana- Pooja
- Jagannath Rath-yatra (chariot-ride)
Description of the shrine:
- Three main altars & Vrindavan:
- Sri Gauri Nitai altar: The holy abode of ‘Shri Gauri Nitai’ illustrates the incarnation of Shri Nityananda Prabhu & Shri Chaitanya Maha Prabhu who was a prominent revered figure some 500 years ago.
- Shri Radha Krishna Parthasarthi: The second most prominent shrine dedicated to Shri Radha Krishna Parthsarathi, Lalita, Vishakha along with other gopis express the enchanting charisma of pious deities’ inclination to their devotees.
- Shri Rama altar: The protagonists of our legendary epic ‘Ramayana’, i.e. Lord Rama, Lakshman and their ardent servant Hanuman are captivating the heart of zillion devotees in the figurine form. Alongside, they illustrate the vitality of harmony, brotherhood and devotion with reverence.
- Vrindavan: The transcendental experience of altering from human surrounding to celestial ambience keeps tickling the heart of numerous devotees.
- Mandatory rules and regulations for the priests: 24 priests are deployed in the service of thronging devotees to perform various religious rites and rituals with ease under stringent spiritual norms. The offering comprising 6 bhogs to sacred deities religiously twice a day.
- Outfits of the deity: The drapes and outfits meant for adorning deities are tailored on every festive eve for demonstrating sparkling magnetic view of striking deities, in the similar manner as if dresses are tailored for matrimony, in their outfits at their best.
- Hall: A vast and spacious hall bedecked with all bare necessities and luxury is constructed for serving the motive of public-gathering or organizing any big feast or diverse sessions with the accommodating capacity of 1,500 devotees in one go.
- Bedecked with modern equipments and gadgets: This pilgrimage is well equipped with the installation of modern comfort rendering service such as Air conditioner, Hi-tech Museum etc.
- Schedule of various religious rituals (Aartis):
- Mangala Aarti
- Tulsi Aarti
- Dhoop Aarti
- Raj-Bhog Aarti
- Pushpa Aarti
- Sandhya Aarti
- Cuisines: While concerning the health of the devotees, this temple has an extremely marvelous service of catering best quality food and eatables. Even snacks, juice, ice-creams, pizza, herbal tea and samosa are also some of the items enlisted in the menu of the food stalls outside the temple.
- Bhaktivedanta Bookshop: For igniting flame of devotion in the heart of youths, elders and matured people, devotional CDs, DVDs, VCDs, books, scriptures and many more items claiming deities’ existence are adorned at the stalls.