ISKCON Temple ChandigarhSri Bhakthivedantha Swami Prabhupada founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in 1966 to propagate the teachings of Lord Krishna relying on the Bhagvath Gita and other mythological scriptures on a large scale worldwide. It is also known as ‘Hare Krishna’ movement comprising of 10000 temple devotees and many more congregational devotees. They primarily devote to preaching, farming, education etc. ISKCON has 60 restaurants and 50 schools under their wings.
In Chandigarh Sri Sri Radha Madhav temple located in Sector 36B is devoted to the deities Krishna and RadhaRani and come under the organization of ISKCON. Resolved to profuse Bhakthi yoga among the masses by appeasing Lord Krishna who is believed to be the supreme power, ISKCON dedicate to bring the tranquility in the soul. Chanting the lauds of ‘Hare Krishna’ and other Kirthans, the devotees fill the temple air with a spiritual ambience.
Architecture of Chandigarh's ISKCON Temple:Sri Sri Radha Madhav temple is a stunning architecture with legions of rooms for the temple priests and a garden and guest house towards the backyard. The temple will be glittering during festive like Janmashthami, Rath Yatra and no religious soul would be elsewhere during those special occasions.
The temple has a large hall for the devotees to pray which is presumed to be the largest in any North Indian temple and it is here that the Krishna Devotees dance to the hymns of Krishna. In the altar area the priests sprinkle water on the devotees as a sanitizing measure for the souls. Circumambulations before the deities amidst the beautiful engravings of Lord Krishna take you to another level of ecstasy.
Six aarthis and six bhogas are offered by the 24 Brahmin priests on a daily basis to the Gods. The aarthis include Dhoop Aarthi, Tulsi Aarthi, Raaj Bhoga Aarthi, Sandhya Aarthi, Mangala Aarthi and Pushpa Aarthi.
Offerings at the ISKCON Temple in Chandigarh:
Inside the complex, there are an array of shops to buy religious texts and sculptures. Gift shops are also a boon to the visitors of the temple. Refreshments are available at reasonable costs. The place easily lures both tourists and the religious gaggles.
World Holy Name:In 2013 ISKCON Chandigarh celebrated World Holy names week from 17th September to 28th September in a subtle way. It comprised of :
- Song of glory of the holy name in the Sri Bagavatham classes in the morning and
- Japa booth at the entrance of the temple to chant few rounds
The recurring Tulsi Aarthi and the hoot of the conch shell from the main altar exudes a positive energy that rides one close to the deity. Then the curtains flip aside to overt the smiling Lord, and that moment conveys the everlasting tranquility and bliss conferred from nowhere but from this temple of Krishna.
Other Details about ISKCON Temple in Chandigarh:
ISKCON Temple Chandigarh
Hare Krishna Dham,
Open on: All days except Saturday and Sunday
Timings: Monday-Friday: 4.30am to 11.30 am
Duration of Visit: 2 hours
Entry fee: No Entry Fee Required