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The Chandrodaya Temple in Mayapur, Kolkata, is among the most anticipated ISKCON temples, and it is expected to be built by 2026. The temple is constructed with materials such as high-quality marble sourced worldwide. The temple structure is a vision to behold, as it is the world’s second-largest religious monument ever built. It will house various deities and can hold up to 10,000 visitors simultaneously. With world-class features, the temple is a must-see for everyone. Let’s discover the divine charm of Chandrodaya Temple.

Significance Of Mayapur – Why The Site Was Chosen

A statue of the Chandrodaya temple founder Srila Prabhupada

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The Hare Krishna Movement started over 500 years ago, and the founder, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was born in Sridhama Mayapur. This is why Mayapur became the World Headquarters of ISKCON, and a temple is being built there. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born as Vishvambhar Mishra, a Hindu saint who founded Gaudiya Vaishnavism. He was considered an incarnation of Lord Krishna, so ISKCON considers him a saint.

Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), had the idea of building a temple and planetarium at Mayapur. He is known for authoring over 70 volumes of books (including Bhagavad-Gita As It Is) and has travelled the globe to spread awareness about Krishna’s teachings. He wanted to converge the teachings of the East and West so people could understand the power of Vedic scriptures and how the material and spiritual worlds are two sides of a coin.

The Chandrodaya Temple is also called the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP). It will also house numerous exhibits and museums that will further elaborate on the Vedic teachings and how the Vedas work. It will be 113 meters in height, making it among the highest religious structures in the world. The site was also chosen because ISKCON owns it. While construction takes longer than expected, the temple will be a grand sight for all to see.

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ISKCON Chandrodaya Mandir Deities

ISKCON Chandrodaya temple under construction

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The main altar of the ISKCON Chandrodaya mandir consists of the following deities: Sri Sri Radha Madhava, Pancha Tattva, and the Guru Parampara. The deities will be placed on small altars under the temple’s dome. The altars will be made with green marble and gold detailing. A separate altar for Lord Narsimhadeva at the Chandrodaya temple premises will be made of red, Brazilian, black marble, and real gold.

The opening of the different wings (mainly where the deities are placed) happens as and when the portion is being completely constructed. For example, once the exterior structure was built and it was safe for people to visit, people could visit. As the different wings of the temple are completed, they are open to the public to view and admire. Even though the construction is in full swing it will still take a few years to get constructed completely due to the intricacy of the architecture.

Architecture Of ISKCON Chandrodaya Temple

The ISKCON Chandrodaya temple’s architecture is marvellous as meticulous planning has given way to brilliance, beauty, and greatness. Here are some of the architectural marvels that you need to know about.

1. Temple hall

The spacious temple hall in Chandrodaya Temple

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The largest temple hall in the world can hold up to 10,000 people at a time. It spans about 2.5 acres, allowing each devotee to roam comfortably, enjoy the temple atmosphere, and achieve peace and tranquillity. The intricate architecture of the temple’s interior is a retreat for your eyes. The vistas inside the temple are mesmerising and must not be missed from your tour. Let the glorious vistas of the temple enchant your eyes and senses. If you are looking for a blissful place in Mayapur, this is the best place to land and seek blessings.

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2. Domes

The central dome of Chandrodaya Temple

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The centre dome of the Chandrodaya temple is the largest and most unique in the world. The temple has three domes that are visible from far away. They have been built to last for at least a few hundred years. The dome’s structure is a retreat for architecture lovers and people with curious minds. The exquisitely detailed domes reflect the universe’s perfect balance, exuding strength and grace. Each dome whispers stories of old dedication and wisdom, adorned with elaborate carvings and religious symbols. When bathed in golden hues at sunrise and dusk, they produce an ethereal glow that evokes reverence and wonder.

3. Kalashas And chakras

The kalasha on top of the dome of the Chandrodaya Temple

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The temple exterior boasts three large domes with kalashas and chakras specially manufactured by a Russian company. They are highly durable and aesthetically pleasing. Golden Kalashas, which stand for wealth and purity and symbolise the temple’s cosmic link, shine at its highest points. Chakras, which surround the spires, stand for cosmic harmony and order, and their elaborate designs represent the never-ending cycle of creation and dissolution. These hallowed ornaments, which are expertly and lovingly crafted, inspire wonder and veneration. Let your eyes and senses get the best retreat with these enchanting Kalashas and Chakras.

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4. Planetarium Theatre

 The planetarium theatre is expected to be quite spacious

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The planetarium theatre section of the Chandrodaya temple will present Vedic cosmology-related material. It will also serve as a lecture hall and host other events related to ISKCON. The theatre, which has a seating capacity of 200, will also be used for other events related to ISKCON. Housed within its spherical, celestial-orb-like structure are immersive exhibits of cosmic wonders and spiritual lessons. It provides a voyage through space, teaching guests about the mysteries of the cosmos and the Vedic view of creation and existence using cutting-edge projection technologies and interactive exhibits.

5. Cosmic Chandelier

A never-before-seen cosmic chandelier will be part of the temple interior

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The cosmic chandelier will be one-of-a-kind. It will be 200 feet high and 100 feet wide and hang from the ceiling of the main temple dome. The chandelier will constantly rotate to show the Vedic perspective of the universe, which is expected to enthral every visitor to the temple. The temple holds a significant place in the hearts of devotees and calls people from far and wide to witness its grandeur of architecture. Mesmerising visitors with its intricate structure, the temple is a must-add place in your itinerary to add an extra dose of bliss to your trip.

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6. Pujari Floor

The Pujari floor will have kitchens and rooms

The Deity Seva facility at the Chandrodaya temple will have 69 rooms, including a storage room and kitchens for making garlands, preparing aarti, and other activities. Perched above the material world, it acts as a link between the holy and the commonplace. Encrusted with elaborate carvings and holy symbols, the atmosphere exudes a spiritual force. Priests undertake elaborate rituals here with the utmost devotion, praying and sacrificing to the gods. The smell of burning incense and the sweet tones of devotion chants fill the air.

7. Latest Technologies

Projection mapping will be part of technologies used in the temple

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Among its main highlights, the Chandrodaya temple will dedicate four floors to exhibits. These exhibits will use virtual, augmented reality, projection mapping, and other technologies to teach Vedic science and other advanced topics. Technology and tradition blend together beautifully in the temple, from state-of-the-art sound systems that intensify devotional chanting to innovative lighting arrangements that improve the atmosphere of the building. Sacred texts and teachings are shown on high-definition displays, providing followers with immersive experiences. Administrative duties are streamlined via automated technologies, guaranteeing effective administration of the temple’s operations.

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8. Biggest Vedic Altar

Radha Madhava are among the deities at the Vedic altar of the Chandrodaya Temple

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The temple will have an altar housing the main deities: Radha Madhava, Ashta-Sakhis, Gudiya Vaishnava Guru Parampara, and Pancha Tattva. This altar is located in the main temple area, the longest one in the world. It is 134 feet long, 49 feet tall, and 48 feet wide. Standing tall and majestic, it provides a centre for introspection and spiritual fellowship. The altar is adorned with elaborate decorations and fine carvings that perfectly capture the vast tapestry of Vedic tradition and symbolism. Priests conduct complex rituals here, offering prayers to the gods.

9. Temple Exterior

The temple exterior will have beautiful detailing

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The outside of the Chandrodaya temple is as alluring as the intricate detailing on the inside. Different birds, patterns, and designs are planned to adorn the outer portion of the temple so that it is beautiful inside out. From a distance, its imposing façade, embellished with fine carvings and holy themes, inspires awe and veneration. Its tall spires rise gracefully into the heavens, piercing the sky, signifying a bridge connecting the worlds below and above. Encrusted with golden highlights and clad in immaculate marble, each detail exhibits exquisite craftsmanship and devotion.

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10. Exquisite Temple Artwork

The temple artwork will be better than anywhere else

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The extensive detailing will make the Chandrodaya temple artwork a visible extravaganza. Whether the main halls or the corridors, every inch of the temple will be decorated with the best artwork the human eye has ever seen. Evoking awe and devotion, intricately carved statues and paintings represent scenes from old texts and mythology. The artist’s expertise and passion are evident in every brushstroke or chisel stroke, giving life to the sacred stories. Every little element, from elaborate mandalas to celestial beings, relates to the Vedic tradition’s rich spiritual legacy.

11. Area Surrounding The Temple

 The area surrounding the temple will be beautified too

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While the temple is the centre of attraction, the surrounding areas will be equally beautified before the entire temple is constructed. There will be lush gardens, schools, water displays, and shops near the temple to accommodate the visitors who come to the holy place to seek blessings. The pillars of the ISKCON Chandrodaya temple are made of marble. The best thing about them is they have been manufactured in-house using the most durable marble in the country. These pillars can be seen inside and outside the grand temple.

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Now that you know the amazing features of the upcoming Chandrodaya temple in Mayapur, you can visit it soon to watch how it gets constructed. Do not forget to plan your trip to West Bengal trip to West Bengal, which is a cultural fest with temples and gorgeous scenery. There are so many fun things to do and adventures to participate in in West Bengal that you will never run out of activities. Plan your trip with your loved ones today and have the time of your life.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Chandrodaya Temple

How much did it cost to build the Chandrodaya temple?

Initially, the construction cost was estimated at about $70 million. However, due to the inability to get funding timely and the increasing cost of the construction materials, it is estimated that the entire temple will cost more than $90 million.

Who made the Chandrodaya temple?

The governing body (ISKCON) has an in-house architectural team building all the structures in Mayapur, including the Vedic Planetarium. The project's people include builders, consultants, and engineers. Srila Prabhupada's brainchild is the temple, which was specific about the location and the various elements to be included.

Which is the largest ISKCON temple?

At present, the largest ISKCON temple will be the Chandrodaya temple in Mayapur, which is 350 feet high and occupies 400,000 square feet. It is also the second-biggest religious monument after St. Peter’s Basilica.

Who is the main deity in ISKCON?

ISKCON focuses on dedicating its services to Lord Krishna, who they believe is the supreme God. In the Chandrodaya temple, the deities

How many ISKCON temples are there?

ISKCON started building its establishments in 1966. Since then, more than 650 temples, and educational centres (such as schools and colleges) have been built around the globe.

When will the temple of the Vedic planetarium open?

The Chandrodaya Temple is expected to open in 2026. The exact date will be announced soon. The construction started in September 2009 and was due to be completed by now. However, due to funding issues and the pandemic, the date was pushed many years back which caused a delay in temple opening.

How many visitors go to ISKCON Mayapur yearly?

According to reports, about six million people visit ISKCON Mayapur annually. When the temple opens in 2026, you can expect anywhere between 10 to 12 million visitors annually. The government has pledged its support in creating awareness of the project to attract tourists worldwide.

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