1) Sri Sri Radha Krishna
4) Sri Lakshmi Narasimha
2) Sri Sri Krishna Balaram
5) Sri Srinivasa Govinda
3) Sri Sri Gaura Nitai
6) Srila Prabhupada
WHAT INSPIRED THIS PROJECT?
The Founder Acharya of ISKCON, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada writes in a letter to a devotee:
“The more we open branches, the more I feel encouraged. These branches are like the oasis in a vast desert. In the desert there is no water, but occasionally if one is fortunate he may come in contact with an oasis and he is saved. Similarly in this material world we are drying up due to lack of spiritual knowledge. Our ISKCON centers are meant to give relief to the dried up conditioned souls who are searching after the nectar of joyful life. So I request you and all other members of ISKCON to flood the world with Krishna Conscious centers and realize the prediction of Caitanya Mahaprabhu “as many towns and villages there are, my name will be known.” So it is this vision of Srila Prabhupada which inspired this project.
WHAT MAKES THIS TEMPLE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TEMPLES?
Through the Temple cum Cultural Complex we will try to systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all peoples in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.
The Temple will offer the visitors a rich experience of Our Cultural and Spiritual Heritage, through traditional Deity worship, celebrations of all colorful festivals, soul stirring music & bhajans etc.
The Temple will not only be an architectural landmark but also Spiritual and Value education landmark. Important values will be imparted to the people through seminars, workshops, lectures, presentations etc.
It will also create a platform for students to showcase their talents in Art, Poetry, Dance, music etc and they will learn the fine art of using all their talents in the service of Lord and mankind.
The Temple also houses the World’s largest Akshaya Patra Kitchen to feed underprivileged children for the cause of education.
INDIA IS FULL OF PEOPLE STRUGGLING FOR THE BASIC NECESSITIES. HOW WILL THE PEOPLE OF INDIA BENEFIT FROM THIS COMPLEX?
We should look at Growth in the Society in a Holistic view. Not only developing the outer society in terms of economic development etc is important, it is also important to simultaneously develop our inner consciousness and the good values. Through this complex we are striving in both directions. Through our programs like ” Akshaya Patra” we are working hard to uplift the society through education by addressing the 2 most debilitating problems of Hunger & Poverty and through our Cultural & spiritual education programs we are trying to imbibe good values like kindness, honesty etc in the mankind.
Let us analyze the root cause of why many people have to struggle even for basic necessities. The fact is that in this material world there is no scarcity of anything except Krishna consciousness. Material necessities are supplied by the mercy of the Supreme Lord. We sometimes feel scarcity because of our mismanagement, but the real problem is that people are out of touch with Krishna consciousness. There is a saying that there is enough for mans need but not enough for his greed. Because of lack of spiritual culture man has become selfish & greedy and thus we see the face of modern society filled with corruptions and scams. It is interesting to know that there are more educated thieves than uneducated. Education is not simply for earning livelihood but essentially to make a life. Spiritual and Moral values are very much lacking in modern education and through this institute we will try to bridge this gap.
TURNING TO THE ARCHITECTURAL SIDE OF THE PROJECT, COULD YOU TELL US HOW THE DESIGN EMERGED?
The inspiration for the design comes from the the two famous architectural landmarks in North Karnataka. The Famous Chennakeshava Temple at Belur Halebidu and Galaganatha Temple at Pattadkallu.
The base of the main Temple also called as “JAGATI” which is a raised platform on which the Temple is placed is designed after the famous Chennakeshava Temple at Belur Halebidu in Hassan District in Hoyasala design of architecture. The base or “JAGATI” has the staggered square design of the mantapa and the star shape design of the shrine.
The Main Shikara of the Temple is designed after the famous Galganatha Temple at Pattadkallu. The well-preserved northern superstructure (rekha-nagara shikhara), topped by amalaka and kalasha, is the most striking feature of the Galaganatha temple.
WHAT IS THE TOTAL BUILT UP AREA OF THE PROJECT? WHAT IS THE PROJECT COST AND HOW WILL YOU RAISE THE SAME?
The Total built up area will be 2.5 lakh square feet. The cost of the project is around 50 Crores and we plan to raise it from the benevolent donors of Hubli and Dharwad City.
WHAT ARE THE SALIENT FEATURES OF THE TEMPLE?
- Architectural Grandeur
- Magnificent Landscape gardens
- Multimedia Theatre
- Heritage Auditorium
- Spiritual Theme Park
- Annadana Hall
- Harinam Mantap
- Value Education Block
- Guest House
- Higher Taste restaurant
- Souvenir Gift Shop
- Bhaktivedanta Library
- And much more..
CAN U TELL US BRIEFLY HOW ISKCON’S ACTIVITIES DEVELOPED IN THE TWIN CITY OF HUBLI-DHARWAD?
- 1976: During the Time of Srila Prabhupada, Yasodhanandan Swami conducted Pendal Program in Hubli, which was attended by thousands of people and Srila Prabhupada was very encouraged by the reports.
- 1993: Hare Krishna Gift was opened in Hubli.
- April 2002: ISKCON centre was opened at Lingarajnagar in a rented place.
- 2003: The First Annual Ratha Yatra was conducted in Hubli.
- 2004: Akshaya Patra temporary kitchen was built at Gadag Road.
- 2005: ISKCON Was allotted 8.5 Acre of Land by Govt. Of Karnataka.
- 2006: Makeshift Temple was built.
- 2011: Bhoomi Puja was performed for the new project.
- 2013: Shilanyasa was performed for the new project.