Sri Radha Krishna-Chandra Mandir (Hindi: श्री राधा कृष्ण-चन्द्र मन्दिर ) or ISKCON Bangalore temple is a Gaudiya Vaishnava (Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) temple of Krishna and Radha located at Rajajinagar, in the North Bangalore, Karnataka, India. It is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. The temple is a huge cultural complex that was inaugurated in 1997 to carry out the vision of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON to promote Vedic culture and spiritual learning.

History of ISKCON in Bangalore

Around 1976, the devotees from different parts of India and the world had initiated activities of ISKCON in different parts of South India like Bangalore, Hubli, Madras, etc. Sankirtans in the streets, enrolling Life Members, arranging programs in the houses, and arranging large public programs in pandals were being conducted.In May 1997, Bangalore Iskcon Temple was inaugurated by former president of India - Shankar Dayal Sharma.

Darshana Timings

ISKCON does not discriminate its visitors on the basis of religion, color or socio-economic status. The temple is open for darshana from 4.15 am to 5 am, 7.15 am to 12.50 pm and 4 pm to 8.20 pm everyday. 

Features of the temple

The gold-plated dwajastambha (flag post) at 17m (56 ft) high and the gold plated kalash shikara at 8.5m (28 ft) high, shimmer in the night sky, leaves the onlooker speechless. Yet another salient feature of the temple is the free distribution of delicious Sri Krishna prasadam to all the visitors during the darshana hours.

Amenities

Meticulously clean surroundings, drinking water, hygienic washrooms, elevators for senior citizens and the specially-abled, adequate car parking, visible signboards, a variety of eatables, etc. are some of the well thought of amenities for visitors

Shrines (Altars)

ISKCON Bangalore has six shrines:-
  1. Main shrine is of Radha-Krishna.
  2. Krishna Balrama.
  3. Nitai Gauranga (Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda).
  4. Srinivasa Govinda ( also known as Venkateswara ).
  5. Prahlada Narasimha.
  6. Srila Prabhupada.

Festivals

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:

Social Services

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an initiative of ISKCON Bangalore is principally involved in implementing the Mid-Day Meal programme to the children in Government and Government-aided schools across India. It follows a Public-Private Partnership model of operation, and hence has been working in partnership with the Central and State Governments. Since 2003, the Foundation has been implementing the mid-day meal programme under the guidelines of Government of India.

Akshaya Patra is currently operating in 19 locations across 9 states of India. It is reaching out to over 9000 Government schools feeding 1.3 million children round the year on all school working days. It is steadily moving towards achieving its goal of feeding 5 million children by 2020.

ISKCON Bangalore has been praised many times for its services towards poor and helpless people. It 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.

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