Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Mahasadhaka, the biography of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder-Acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness) was released by His Excellency Sri Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka. The release took place on 27th of September at Hare Krishna Hill, Bengaluru. Present at the book release were His Holiness  Sri Vishwesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Math and Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Bangalore graced the occasion. Dr. Chandrashekhara Kambara, a well-known writer and Jnanpith awardee was the Guest of Honor.

Governor Vajubhai Vala related the decline in societal values to the lack of religious feelings among people. He said, “It is time to cultivate religious feelings in oneself. At the same time, it is also essential to let go of blind faith. This will help alleviate the degenerating situation in the society today. The present education can give only technical knowledge but it doesn’t teach any samskara.”
He further elaborated that qualities like satya, ahimsa, aparigraha, etc., are integral part of Indian culture.  He also speak of the glory of the Bhagavad-gita, mentioning it as a book that stands above and apart from all the books.
According to Madhu Pandit Dasa, Mahasadhaka lends a glimpse into Srila Prabhupada’s life in India before he set out on an odyssey to the West on his mission and the years he spent all over the world spreading the teachings of Krishna. He revered as the story of one of the greatest spiritual leaders.
Speaking on the occasion, the author, Dr. Babu Krishnamurthy expressed his great happiness at having worked on the biography of Srila Prabhupada saying that it was the greatest and most marvelous moments in his life.
Madhu Pandit Dasa also mentioned spoke about the humility of Srila Prabhupada. He said that Srila Prabhupada never promoted himself anywhere for he was a selfless man. He said that Srila Prabhupada is truly an ambassador of Lord Krishna from the spiritual world and that Mahasadhaka is offered to him as a token of honor and appreciation.

Madhu Pandit Dasa talks about construction details of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir

Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, world’s tallest skyscraper temple is already under construction. The work on this temple began on Janmashtami, 18th August 2014, in Vrindavan. The temple would house a tall iconic skyscraper tower. The site of the temple is in Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg (formerly called Chhatikara Road); the main access to Vrindavan on the Delhi-Agra Highway. Madhu Pandit Dasa thinks that such strategic location would bring in huge number of devotees to the temple.

On the auspicious day of Janmashtami, work for RCC piling began on the site. The work was inaugurated in the auspicious presence of Shree Guru Sharanandaji Maharaj and Mrs. Hema Malini, Member of Parliament. Madhu Pandit Dasa regards this phase of work as the most integral one to the project as a temple this massive needs piles to have a sturdy ground foundation. The temple would need around 500 piles of 4ft. in dia, going as deep as 60m in ground. Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir would stand 210 metres tall. To draw a reference, people should know that Qutub Minar is 72.5 m tall.

Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir would sprawl across an area of 5 acres and surrounded by forests of Braj conceived by the devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore.

Salient Features of the project

  • 210 meters or 700 ft. in height (70 storey)
  • A capsule elevator takes visitors from the ground level to the 700 ft. tall Viewing Gallery giving an immersive 3D sound and light experience of the different planetary systems described in the Vedic literatures.
  • A look-alike of the verdant forests of Vrindavan will be recreated around this magnificent temple from descriptions in the Srimad-Bhagavatam; sprawling 26 acres it will consist of the twelve forests (dvadasha kanana) of Braj.
  • Krishna Lila Theme Park attractions will include Themed story telling areas, musical fountains, garden lawn and water features, Yamuna creek for boating experience, Braj heritage village and goshala to recreate the atmosphere of Vrindavan of Lord Krishna.
  • Krishna Heritage museum, Bhagavad-gita Expo, Lecture halls, centre for Krishna heritage studies to ignite minds about Lord Krishna.