Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the New Vedic Cultural Centre of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at Katraj-Kondhwa Road in Pune on February 24 in the presence of governor of Maharashtra K Sankaranarayanan, state cooperation minister Harshwardhan Patil, city mayor Vaishali Bankar and actor Hema Malini.
He urged ISKCON to continue to serve the people and uphold the cause of humanity by spreading peace, harmony, love and compassion. Mukherjee quoted Gandhiji and said at the inaugural, “If one man gains spiritually, the whole world gains with him.”
According to ISKCON, its Pune centre has cost them Rs 40 crore and took seven years to build it on six acres of land. The centre now includes a Radha-Vrindavanchandra temple, a south Indian style Balaji temple, a multi-purpose hall, a dining hall, gardens, several conference and training rooms.
According to the Chairman of ISKCON India bureau Gopal Krishna Goswami, the focus of the centre will be to inform and educate people about the glorious culture of India from the Vedic times and its application in modern times to build the foundations of a peaceful existence dedicated to achieving the highest goals of life.
It was informed during the inaugural ceremony that the Vedic centre in Pune will provide value-based training and education for children and youth as well as the stress-management courses for corporates and managers.