ISKCON builds world's largest temple at Mayapur
By Barshali Banerjee, Kolkata, Feb 26 : The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on Monday announced the progress in making their largest project for the Krishna devotees- the 'Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir'- which is under construction and is going to be an international institute for Vedic literature for the spiritualists across the globe on the philosophy of Shrila Prabhupada, the founder of the ISKCON.
In the gracious presence of Alfred B Ford, the great grandson of legendary Henry Ford and the founder of Ford Motor Company, ISKCON announced formally the shouldering of financing the project 'Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir' by him which he had been taking care of since the last 15 years.
"I first came to Calcutta in 1976 when under the assistance of Shrila Prabhupada I came across the philosophy of Lord Krishna and Mahaprabhu. I am extremely fortunate that Lord Krishna bestowed his kindness on me for taking care of this huge responsibility," said Alfred B Ford, who now is saint Ambarisa Das.
Radha Jivan Das, another saint, devotee and the spokesperson of the ISKCON said, "By 2016 the phase -1 of the construction of our holy temple will be completed and this 340 ft. tall temple will rise more than Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and if we get to see the diameter, the dome and floor space will be larger than St. Paul's Cathedral in London."
He informed, "This 1, 25,000 sq feet temple will be going to be graced with the largest Kirtan Hall in the world for chanting Hare Krishna and more than 10000 people can dance over there with the enchanting tune of the holy hymn."
The President of United States, the Queen of United Kingdom and the President of India will come under the same roof on the occasion of inaugurating the largest temple in the world in 2016, said Radha Jivan Das on this occasion. --IBNS