Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Work on Iskcon's Glory of the Deccan set to begin

THE TIMES OF INDIA: AURANGABAD: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) will start construction of its world-class temple-cum-cultural centre in Aurangabad. The 'Bhoomipoojan' ceremony for the project will be performed on Wednesday at Krushna Bhumi at Varud Phata, about 9 km from Cidco on Jalna Road.
Iskcon chief Radhanath Swami will perform the ceremony.
Santosh Madrewar, office-bearer of Iskcon's local unit, told reporters at a news conference on Sunday that the edifice would be one of the biggest temples in the region. It would be spread over 2.5 acre and the total constructed area would be close to 1.5 lakh sq ft. He said the monument would be a feather in the cap of the Deccan region and hence it would be called 'The Glory of the Deccan'. With a proposed investment of Rs 40 crore, the project will be completed in two years.
The structure will have a school called Gopal Fun School, a Vedic game zone and facilities for traditional games and personality development. The centre will conduct youth seminars, workshops and camps through the Iskcon Youth Forum. The centre will have a large library and seminar hall. Free food will be distributed to the needy.
Inspired by the Vrindavan temple in Mathura, the structure will be made out of Makrana marble and Agra Redstone in the Rajasthani style. A 5,000-sq ft main hall with balconies and a 6,000-sq ft hall for 'prasad' distribution, which will accommodate 1,500 devotees, are also planned.
A 5,000-sq ft open theatre will host various cultural events for visitors. An auditorium with a capacity to seat 300 people is also planned. The auditorium will be open for people from the outside as well. A 'Brahmachari' house, a guesthouse and other facilities will also be built.

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