In celebration of Sri Krishna Janmasthami and Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja Part Two of the film series documenting the construction of Prabhuapada’s flagship project Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, West, Bengal, India, has been released. While Part One entitled “The Cosmos out of the Rice Fields” explores the history and start-up of the project, Part Two
The trees in the nursery are green and lush. With over 2000 planted, they are inventory for the vast landscaping that will be done on the TOVP grounds and surrounding areas.
Several different species will be used to frame the striking building. Once f…
The blue marble blocks from Bolivia have been cut.
The photos show the wonderful quality of the marble and its pristine luster. The blue marble will be used around the altars in the new temple.
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50 Golden Bricks to help manifest the Golden Avatara’s “Adbhuta Mandir”, the Temple of Vedic Planetarium in Sri Dham Mayapur, for the pleasure of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s Chief Maha Senapati His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. And this is but the beginning! The past three weeks have revealed how Krishna’s devotees when presented with a “golden”
On the glorious and auspicious hundredth anniversary of the disappearance day of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, this brand new video about the TOVP project, which was so dear to Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has been released. Many of our prominent leaders in ISKCON have spoken very well to encourage participation from all members of ISKCON society. This
As the devotional ecstacy of building and completing the TOVP increases like the flood of love of God, devotees worldwide are coming forward to assist with promotion and fundraising. Officially formed under the banner of the Toronto, Ontario temple with the guidance and inspiration of His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami, the TOVP Canada Team has begun
The waterproofing is being taken to the next level, the rainwater pipes are now being installed. They function to allow the surplus liquid from the dome to pour off and prevent water damage. The building is being protected against water seepage on any level and it will be perfectly sealed against moisture. These pipes will
Exciting news lands in Mayapur. A service whereby helicopters transport pilgrims and devotees from Kolkata to Mayapur is moving forward. Today marked the first time the journey was made and several people greeted the arrival with enthusiasm. The next step is negotiating the fee which will be charged to interested parties using this quick transportation.
The TOVP welcomes its newest member, Sudhakar Das. An experienced devotee, he is sure to be an asset to the team. Having joined ISKCON in Mayapur, Sudhakara prabhu has been here since 1994. He immediately began doing seva in the community by first working for the guesthouse. After two years he became the supervisor of
“What did you say, ” was shouted across the temple floor. Pointing and miming followed. Then a head nod. Since the sound of machinery and the chatter of laborers fill the ether with the healthy buzz of progress, devotees working on the TOVP site have been forced to find an alternative means of communication to
A layer of protection is being applied to the cement floors of the super-structure and other areas where a surplus of water passes.
This waterproofing ensures that water and the elements will not penetrate and degrade or corrode any part of the super-s…
More excitement at the TOVP as the third ring of the main dome begins installation. It is expected to take five weeks for completion.
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The TOVP is looking more like a temple and less like a construction site with each passing day. Especially now since the altars and brickwork are progressing!
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Article written by His Holiness Giriraj Swami The Mayapur Temple of Vedic Planetarium (TOVP), under construction, recently opened an office in the ISKCON Juhu temple, at Hare Krishna Land in Mumbai. In honor of the occasion, and to further the cause, I thought to share an excerpt adapted from my article “Memories of Sridhar Swami”
Mumbai being the largest metropolis of India, Srila Prabhupada endeavored enthusiastically and established a large temple at Juhu Beach. Mumbai temple has influenced the preaching of ISKCON in India greatly. Srila Prabhupada’s vision was that the congregation and life members of Mumbai can very easily establish the city of Mayapur by building the TOVP and
A new artist has joined the TOVP. Straight from the shores of Australia, Bhakti Vardhana das has made the banks of Mother Ganga his new home. The Art Department quickly deployed him to lend his talents in the construction of the TOVP scale model. His current task is building and painting the kailash and its
Rudyard Kipling wrote, “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Perhaps he was exposed to the rich tradition of story-telling in Gaudiya Vaishnavism during his time in India. Indeed, stories are an honored means to understand the pastimes and philosophy of this spiritual practice. What of ISKCON’s history?
A whirling fan offers small relief to the oppressive summer heat of West Bengal. Devotees working on site have accepted the austerity and continue on peacefully with their seva. In between gulps of water and wiping brows, progress on the mold of Gopal Bhatta Goswami punctuates each day with milestones. The process of creating a
Stories of preaching the glories of the TOVP usually conjure images of sannyasis speaking to crowds of devotees, or Ambarisha prabhu addressing rooms full of eager donors. How often does the audience think of Bengali laborers? Interestingly, it is this section of the Mayapur community who are often overlooked. Beyond the glories of artistic creations,
The Art Department has been working a marathon with early mornings and late evenings to progress with sculpting the Six Goswamis. Jananivas and Pankajanghri prabhus were recently into the TOVP to approve the final mood of Gopal Bhatta Goswami’s deity. The next step in this process will be covering it in fiberglass followed by a
TOVP artist, Manju Lakshita Devi Dasi is working on the designs for the altar doors. Check out her beautiful work!
The main altar is being cast! This is where Sri Sri Radha Madhava, Panchatattva and the Guru Parampara will be installed.
A glowing example of surrender unto the lotus feet of Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nitai 1. Preamble Glowing examples of devotees surrendering unto the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead are abundant in the scriptures and history. But they are quite rare in this modern age of Kali. Even then such rare
Dear Devotees, Hare Krsna, AGTSP! Greetings from Sridham Mayapur.The 2014 Gaura purnima festival has begun and our thoughts and prayers for your well being are at the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu because you are a devotee and supporter of Srila Prabhupada’s most ambitious project- the TOVP temple. This year is very special since
Below, the head of the Art Department, Drdha Vrata das answers frequently asked questions. What are your tasks and process? My crew and I have been given the task of making the artwork being designed for ToVP. This means, after the designs are finalized either for deities, dioramas or architectural elements, we get it done
More photos of the second tier of the main dome. The steel is lifted by cranes and then bolted into the first section.
Gopal Krishna Maharaj, Sivarama Swami, Bhakti Charu Swami, Radhanath Swami and Jayapataka Swami speaking about the importance of TOVP construction and raising funds.
Vilasini dd, Sacitanuja das and Premavavtar Gauranga das discussing contracts with Gammon and MAPEI.
Recently, Mayapur hosted the GBC meetings and the TOVP was given the opportunity to make their annual progress report.
The last shipment of pure white marble has arrived from Vietnam.
The standard is incomparable with a pristine finish lacking any dark markings. Girigovardhan Prabhu is supervising the unloading and quality check of the marble. His attention to detail …
With the festival season upon us, there are several visitors coming to Mayapur. Since The TOVP is a focal point, most pilgrims and guests are interested in touring the site. Recently, the project received the esteemed honor to host Manuel Guzman. He joined us from Kuala Lumpur where he serves as the Venezuelan ambassador for
The sun is shining. It’s been a long winter, but warmth is on the horizon. As the season tips toward Spring, so the progress of the main dome is assuming a fresh direction. The second ring of the main dome has begun. This supporting structure is an epic coil of over 200 pieces of steel
An old photo of construction of the Samadhi next to a photo of early stage TOVP construction.
Drawings of the Retirement Village by one of our architects, Bhaktin Elena. Stunning work, the real thing will be even better!
ToVP dome has the greatest height and width of other domes worldwide.
The day has come. The suspense is over. After over a year of correspondence, negotiations and near failure, the blue marble has finally been ordered. There are only three countries in the world which have this color marble, and Bolivia holds the jewel of them all. Understandably, such a rarity is in high demand but
In each stage of the TOVP’s construction, only the top quality materials are selected. The goal of which is to ensure the sturdiness of the temple for years to come. The project has entered a new phase of construction beginning the new contract for laying the brick on the walls and on the floors. Maintaining
Mayapur is livening up as devotees fill the campus from around the world. With courses, kirtans and kathaa in plenty, the community is enjoying the influx of visitors and residents. The offices at the TOVP have also benefited from the inspirational association of some of ISKCON’s leaders. HH Sivarama Swami recently visited the TOVP and
The TOVP has already received much acclaim and recognition for its grandeur and size. However, a picture is worth a thousand words. Our staff photographer took a trip to Navadwip and took photos showcasing the view of the temple from across the Ganga. Captured from a distance, these pictures underscore how formidably the super structure
This week, Hari Sauri Prabhu and Sridhama dasa of TOVP Planetarium and Exhibits team left for a tour of the US and Europe to attend conventions and visit planetarium service providers. Their first port is Jena, a historical town in Germany. This one thousand year old town with a lot of history houses the headquarters