A new temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) will be opened for the first time to devotees and the public in Noida's Sector 33, on February 13, 2014.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness is organizing a week-long festive extravaganza from February 8 – February 13, 2014. Over eight thousand people are expected to attend the opening, including ISKCON devotees and members of the general public.
During the festival, ISKCON dignitaries like Gopal Krishna Goswami (Initiating Guru), Loknath Swami (Initiating Guru), along with many devotees from USA, Canada, Russia, Botswana, and Mauritius are expected to attend the festival and share their insights and values of Krishna consciousness with the attendees.
During the festival a Shobha Yatra will be organized on February 8th from the Atta market. On February 11th, there is Netromilan Utsav followed by Pran Pratishtha Utsav on February 12th and February 13th, devotees will begin the day by the first Mangla Arti of Radha-Krishna.
International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement is a spiritual society founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in July 1966 in New York. ISKCON belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava Sampradaya, a monotheistic tradition within the Vedic culture. The aim of ISKCON is to acquaint the world with the universal principles of self-realization and God consciousness.
The uniqueness of the ISKON temple in Noida is its outstanding design which represents the three dhams. The first is the front face of the temple which stunningly depicts the mural of the ancient Govind Dev Mandir in Vrindavan. The second is the Shikhar which exemplifies the Jagannath Temple in Puri and the majestic dome is a replica of Srila Peabhupada's Samadhi temple in Mayapur.
According to Yudhistir Govinda Das, Deputy Director Communications, ISKCON India stated “This beautifully designed project has been constructed with the love and devotion of devotees and well-wishers and would serve as a temple, meditation point and also a place of education to learn the culture of India and its Vedic tradition.”