TOVP Canada Team To Promote TOVP In Canada

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

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Update: Waterproofing

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

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Helicopter Service

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.

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New Devotee Joins TOVP

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

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Pics and Piles

“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

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Sridhar Swami and Mayapur

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”

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Mumbai for Maypaur

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

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Kailash Model

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

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Gopal Bhatta Goswami’s deity Progress

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

Listen Closely

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,

A Golden Brick for the Golden Avatar

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

Art Department Update by Drdha Vrata Das

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

Special Visit From Venezuelan Ambassador

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

Visit from HH Sivarama Swami

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

Nitco Visits the TOVP

The super structure is rising from Mayapur’s golden dust as the momentum of construction steadily continues. The time for considering finishing work has arrived and research is being done to identify suppliers of needed items. One such company is Nitco Limited. Established in Bombay in 1953, it has grown into one of India’s largest manufacturers