The ISKCON Temple is located in various parts around the world which is also under the control of Hare Krishna Movement, having more devotees in the world. The place situated on the ECR Road of Akkarai near to Sholinganallur in South Chennai, this is one of the largest temples devoted to Radha and Krishna in Tamil Nadu state. It’s situated in the Injambakkam area in Thyagaray Nagar of Chennai. While compared to the other temples in Chennai, which was built in 2012, the place has completely designed with new model architecture. This is one of the best temples in Chennai. The temple contains statues of Radha and Krishna and Lalitha and Vishaka, friends, Lord Chaitanya, Baladeva, Subhadra, and Lord Jagannath. The main purpose of the temple is to draw attention from the subject to the spiritual, and it also provides books and discourses.
History of ISKCON Temple
The founder of the Hare Krishna Movement, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada established the ISKCON temple in various parts in India which strongly conveys the message of Lord Chaitanya.
The temple was built entirely based on donations collected from the people of Chennai. The construction of the first phase of the project began on 17 March 2002. The temple is built with the assists of about 8,000 life patrons and donations from devotees.
In Chennai, ISKCON Radha Krishna temple is one of the largest temples in Tamil Nadu is built on 1.5 acres of land. It was formally opened on 26 April 2012. The deities worshiped in the temple consist of the Lord’s family, Radha Krishna, and Sri Nitai Gauranga. It is one of the most popular institutions by the ISKCON community in India. It is a musical blend of tradition and modernity in an artistic, creative and imaginative style, as well as the most modern scientific technology.
Compare to other ISKCON temples around the world, the main god of the temple in Chennai is Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya, who addresses the life stories, his guidance, and teachings. The gods worshiped in the temple having Rukmini and Krishna. The statue of the goddess Satyabhama, one of the eight wives of Lord Krishna, is placed in the temple complex. ISKCON Chennai develops and preserves the traditional arts and crafts of South India.
Architecture of ISKCON Temple
The entrance to the temple is noticed by the description of the universe or by the bhu-mandala in the marble base. The temple is constructed based on five levels, with an area of 1.5 acres. 7,000 sq.ft main temple is on the first floor, followed by the ground floor have an auditorium for conducting the events for cultural and spiritual and an offering prasadam in the basement.
The main purpose of the temple is to transform the materialistic mind into the spiritual characteristic of absolute love. It is represented by a magnificent chandelier that projects many colors to the walls and ceilings. The temple displays various Vastu Shastra features. Near portico, a devotee can find books and memoirs on spiritual and Hindu philosophy.
This temple is particularly famous for the Purushottam (Mid of May to June) period of 2 to 3 years and its birthday.
Pooja Timings: 07:30 AM – 01.00 PM, 04.00 PM – 09.00 PM
How to reach:
Mode of Transport: Bus, Suburban trains and Cab
Distance: 2.1 KM