Iskcon Temple, Delhi
The ISKCON temples are spread all over the world and got their name from- The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). It is a spiritual institution founded in 1966 in New York by A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The ISKCON devotees consider ‘Krishna’ as the source of all avatars of God and refer to him as ‘the Supreme Personality of Godhead’.
SRI SRI PARTHASARATHI MANDIR, generally known as ISKCON TEMPLE. It is located at the Hare Krishna hills in the east of Kailash area of New Delhi. It was established in the year 1998 by Achyut Kanvindes, who did an amazing construction and a perfect artwork crafted with classical stonework.
Inside the main sanctum, the idols are adorned with rich clothes and jewellery. The central hall echoes the tune of “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”, which is the central theme in ISKCON Delhi.
The outer complex is decorated with intricate carvings and designs and has many shops and beautiful fountains adding to the spirituality of this shrine.
The main shrine gives way to three shrines that are located under the three spires, each of which is 90 feet tall. These are dedicated to Radha-Krishna, Sita-Ram and Guara-Nitai respectively.
The inner sanctum has kaleidoscopic mosaic depicting the various phases of Krishna’s life. In the ‘Parikrama’ compound, pictures of different ISKCON temples are exhibited.
Many images of Radha-Krishna adorn the complex. The temple museum has a number of paintings and objects on display for the devotees.
Entry Fee: Free
• 4:30 AM – 09:00 PM
• The core temple hall is closed between 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
• Mangala Arati: 4:30
• Japa (Mantra) Meditation: 5:15
• Darshan Arati: 7:15
• Guru Puja: 7:30
• Srimad Bhagavatam Discourse: 8:00
• Raj Bhog Arati: 12:30
• Usthapana Arati: 16:15
• Sandhya Arati: 19:00
• Bhagavad Gita Discourse: 20:00
• Sayana Arati: 20:30
Major Attractions inside the Temple
1. Musuem of Vedic Culture: It is for spreading the knowledge about Vedic culture. The most outstanding part of the museum is the display of various gods and goddesses made of bronze.
2. Ramayana Art Gallery: Scenes from the Ramayana are showcased here with multimedia and light and sound effects.
3. Bhagavadgita Animatronics Robot Show: ISKCON temple organizes an Animatronics Robot Show. The interesting aspect of this is the clay robots narrate the teachings of the Bhagavad-Gita.
4. Vedic Centre for Performing Arts: Visitors from all over the world come here to showcase their skills and depict the scenes from various epics of Hinduism.
Code and Conduct for Visiting Iskcon Temple
• Liquor is prohibited inside the premises.
• Remove footwear before entering the temple premises.
• Since it is a religious place, dress in a conservative manner.
How to Reach?
• Nearest metro stations: Nehru Place Station and Kailash Colony which are a 5-minute walk away from the temple.
• If you are travelling from the Nizamuddin Railway Station, the ISKCON Sant Nagar is just 5 km from there.
• Taxi, auto rickshaw and public buses run from every part of the city.
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