Sri Radha Krishna Temple is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. It is located at Rajajinagar, in North Bangalore in the Indian State of Karnataka
Hare Krishna Hill is the hillock on which this temple is located. ISKCON Bangalore is a charitable society, which aims to spread Krishna consciousness throughout the world, as explained by Srila Prabhupada, whose teachings are based on the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.
In 1987, the society was run by a rented house in Bangalore. In 1987, the leaders of the society applied to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) for the allocation of land for the construction of a large temple and cultural complex. The land was assigned on August 3, 1988: a seven-acre hill, which was nothing more than a piece of a huge rock that could not be converted into sites. The BDA described it as “karaab Bhoomi” (barren land). A temporary shed was constructed to set up a makeshift temple and the Deities of Sri Krishna Balarama moved to this shed on the appearance day of Lord Balarama (September 1988).
The ISKCON Society was registered in 1978 under the Karnataka Company Registration Act, 1960. The objects of the society are derived from the seven Purposes of ISKCON, as stated by Srila Prabhupada. In May 1997, the 9th President of India, Shankar Dayal Sharma, inaugurated the ISKCON temple in Bangalore.
Features of the temple
There is a gold-plated dhwaja-stambha (flag post) 17 m (56 ft) high and a gold plated kalash shikara 8.5 m (28 ft) high. There is free distribution of Sri Krishna prasadam to all visitors during the darshana hours.
ISKCON Bangalore has six shrines:
- The main shrine is of Radha–Krishna.
- Krishna Balrama.
- Nitai Gauranga (Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda).
- Srinivasa Govinda ( also known as Venkateswara ).
- Prahlada Narasimha.
- Srila Prabhupada.
ISKCON Bangalore celebrates festivals that are either related to avatars of Lord Vishnu or with Vedic culture. Main festivals that are celebrated within the temple are:
- Rama Navami
- Narasimha Jayanti
- Panihati Chida-dahi
- Ratha Yatra
- Balaram Jayanti
- Jhulan Utsav
- Sri Krishna Janmashtami
- Swagatam Krishna
- Vyasa Puja
- Sri Radhashtami
- Govardhan Puja
- Vaikuntha Ekadashi
- Nityananda Trayodashi
- Gaura Poornima
- Krishna Shringar
ISKCON Bangalore provides free food to those in need. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one initiative started by members of the temple, which has received praise from United States President Barack Obama for feeding and educating children across India.A TV documentary has also been made on Akshaya Patra Foundation
How to Reach Iskcon Bangalore
Located in Rajaji Nagar, Iskcon can be reached easily by public transport as well. The nearest metro station to Iskcon Temple Bangalore is Sandal Soap Factory station (Green Line) while the nearest bus stop is Mahalakshmi Layout Entrance which is just 2 kilometers away from the temple. Tourists traveling from Majestic to Iskcon Temple can also take a bus to Mahalakshmi Layout Entrance bus station.