ISKCON Bangalore, India, Feb 15 2010 –
Temples are Embassies of Vaikuntha
“Temples are embassies of the Vaikuntha. Just as the embassy of a country is the land of the mother country even though situated in another’s land, the temples are embassies of Vaikuntha the spiritual world in this material world” said Madhupandit Dasa, President of ISKCON Bangalore.
He was speaking on the occasion of the Bhoomi Puja, ground breaking ceremony of ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Raipur, Hubli. ISKCON in pursuance of the desire of Srila Prabhupada its founder who wished establish temples of Lord Krishna in every town and village to spread Krishna Consciousness. “Temple provides opportunity of rendering various devotional services to the Lord and thus helps one get freed from the clutches of vices and bad habits and establishes one in transcendental platform, thus one will get a ‘visa’ to the spiritual world” Dasa further added. He called upon all the devotees of Hubli to take this opportunity of rendering service to Lord Krishna by joining hands in building the temple.
The programme was conducted in the divine presence of His Holiness Sri Viswa Prasanna Tirtha Swamiji, the Junior Pontiff of Pejawara Adhokshaja Mutt, His Holiness Mallikarjuna Swamiji of Muruga Math. His Speaking on the occasion Holiness Vishwa Prasanna Tirtha Swamiji said that at present moment people are being misguided by various materialistic attractions and ISKCON has been rendering yeoman service to the society at large by spreading the teachings of Lord Krishna.
He said that we pray to Lord Krishna the deity of Udupi to bless all the devotees and efforts of ISKCON in establishing the temple here in Hubli.
Rural Development and Pancayatraj Minister Sri Jagadish Shettar remembered that this land was sanctioned during his tenure as the revenue minister and he said that he is always for the good activities of ISKCON. He further praised the work of Akshaya Patra foundation in feeding nutritious meals to over 2lakh children here in Hubli. He further reiterated that the government and his ministry in particular will join hands with ISKCON in all its good work.
Former Minister and sitting MLC Sri Basavaraj Horratti also spoke on the occasion and remembered that this land was sanctioned during his tenure as the education minister. He said that he will always support any good work, and that Akshayapatra was doing a great job in feeding the underprivileged.
Whenever a good work is taken up there were bound to be obstacles from various quarters. He encouraged Iskcon to not get disheartened by opposition, but continue its good work and assured of all his support as he knew ISKCON very well. He said that ISKCON Bangalore and its temples are all committed to the cause and are to be praised for their service.
Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa, the Vice President of ISKCON Bangalore, explained the history of Iskcon activities in Hubli. He also further gave details of the temple and cultural complex which was going to be built in Hubli here on the hill in Raipur. He said that the temple will be built at a cost of Rs 50 cr and that ISKCON hoped to raise these funds from the people of Hubli.
Sri Rajiv Lochana Dasa, President of ISKCON Hubli, delivered the welcome address. Former Ministers, Sri SR Morey, Jabbar Ali Khan also graced the occasion.
Dr Trilokchandra the Deputy commissioner of Hubli, Sri Datta Dorley, and Chairman HDUDA was also present on the occasions. Many devotees and donors like Sri Jitendra Majetia, of Majetia group, Ketan Mehta of Gujarat Samaj were also present during the occasion.