The Grandeur Of the ShrineLocated in Mayapur in Nadia district of West Bengal, the shrine is no less than a modern palace. The temple's Pujari floor covers 1, 00,000 sq. feet area and has massive chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. In fact, every floor will have 1 Lakh sq. foot of area and the shrine will also hold the record of donning the largest dome in the world.
Blue Bolivian Marble has been used to add a western-style architecture and to top it all puja sessions will be broadcast worldwide. As per the reports, the temple is so huge that it can accommodate nearly 10,000 devotees on a floor at a time and has enough space for the people to pray, sing and even dance before Lord Krishna which is a usual ritual in all ISCKON temples.
With Massive Investment Comes Massive InteriorsThe International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) headquartered in Mayapur kicked off the temple's construction a decade ago and has utilized more than 2 Crore Kilograms of cement to build this holy place and whooping INR 500 Crores are invested in the project.
Sadabhuja Das, managing director, Temple of Vedic Planetarium said, "This temple is the mixture of the East and the West. The marble has been imported from Vietnam. We also procured marble from India. The temple is unique because the pujari floor is 2.5 acres and the temple floor is 60 metres in diameter. The house of deities is unique as well. We are building 20 metre long Vedic chandeliers."
The Objective Behind the ShrineThe intention behind constructing this largest temple is to spread Vedic culture and knowledge throughout the world via a materialised scientific and authoritative platform. The construction of the temple also fulfils the wish of Acharya Prabhupada who desired to build something that can attract people from all over the world to Mayapur which is the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the famous Vaishnava saint.
Open Doors For All CommunitiesThe management also believes that being able to accommodate 20,000 people, the doors of the temple will be open for all communities, hailing from different ethnic or religious backgrounds, and no caste barriers shall be imposed. People can come here, chant, dance before the Lord and be a part of the "Saint Kirtan Movement".
The management of the temple is confident enough that once the temple opens doors to the people, it will give a major boost to the tourism industry. Recently, Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal bestowed Mayapur with the title of the "Heritage City" as it attracts lakhs of people annually.
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