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Sri Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir
বৈদিক তারামণ্ডল মন্দির
Sri Sri Radha Madhav Temple (also Sri Maya Chandrodaya Mandir, Mayapur) in West Bengal, India.jpg
Front view of the temple complex
Religion
AffiliationGaudiya Vaishnavism
DeitySri Sri Radha-Madhava, Sri Sri Panca Tattva and Sri Sri Prahlada-Narasimha
Festival
Governing bodyISKCON
Location
LocationMayapur, Nadia district
StateWest Bengal
CountryIndia
Geographic coordinatesCoordinates: 23°25′29″N 88°23′19″E / 23.4248°N 88.3887°E / 23.4248; 88.3887
Architecture
Architect(s)A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and Surabhi Das
TypeEclectic (Nagara and Odisha Hindu temple architecture, U.S. Capitol)
Specifications
LengthAbout 22 acres of land
Height (max)113 metres
Website
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Sri Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir or the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, also called ISKCON Mayapur, is a Hindu mandir and the headquarters of ISKCON, located in Mayapur, West Bengal, India. The temple is dedicated to Hindu deities Radha Madhava. Construction of the temple was started in 2010[1] and when completed it will be the world's largest Hindu temple and one of the tallest temples.[2] Located 130 km (81 mi) from Kolkata, it was originally aimed to be completed in the year 2022,[3][4] however delay in construction due to the COVID-19 pandemic may push the opening date to somewhere in late 2023.

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Hindu temple

Hindu temple

A Hindu temple, or mandir or koil or kovil in Indian languages, is a house, seat and body of divinity for Hindus. It is a structure designed to bring human beings and gods together through worship, sacrifice, and devotion. The symbolism and structure of a Hindu temple are rooted in Vedic traditions, deploying circles and squares. It also represents recursion and the representation of the equivalence of the macrocosm and the microcosm by astronomical numbers, and by "specific alignments related to the geography of the place and the presumed linkages of the deity and the patron". A temple incorporates all elements of the Hindu cosmos — presenting the good, the evil and the human, as well as the elements of the Hindu sense of cyclic time and the essence of life — symbolically presenting dharma, artha, kama, moksa, and karma.

Mayapur

Mayapur

Mayapur is a neighbourhood of Bamanpukur, in the Nabadwip CD block in the Krishnanagar Sadar subdivision of the Nadia district in the state of West Bengal, India. It is situated adjacent to Nabadwip, at the confluence of two rivers, where the waters of the Jalangi River mix with Bhagirathi, a distributary of the Ganges. It is located about 130 km north of Kolkata. Along with Nabadwip, it is considered a spiritual place by the adherents of Gaudiya Vaishnavism.

West Bengal

West Bengal

West Bengal is a state in the eastern portion of India. It is situated along the Bay of Bengal, along with a population of over 91 million inhabitants within an area of 88,752 km2 (34,267 sq mi). West Bengal is the fourth-most populous and thirteenth-largest state by area in India, as well as the eighth-most populous country subdivision of the world. As a part of the Bengal region of the Indian subcontinent, it borders Bangladesh in the east, and Nepal and Bhutan in the north. It also borders the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim and Assam. The state capital is Kolkata, the third-largest metropolis, and seventh largest city by population in India. West Bengal includes the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region, the Ganges delta, the Rarh region, the coastal Sundarbans and the Bay of Bengal. The state's main ethnic group are the Bengalis, with the Bengali Hindus forming the demographic majority.

India

India

India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia.

Radha Krishna

Radha Krishna

Radha-Krishna are collectively known within Hinduism as the combined forms of feminine as well as the masculine realities of God. Krishna and Radha are the primeval forms of God and his pleasure potency, respectively, in several Vaishnavite schools of thought.

COVID-19 pandemic in India

COVID-19 pandemic in India

The COVID-19 pandemic in India is a part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. As of 27 January 2023, according to Indian government figures, India has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world with 44,683,562 reported cases of COVID-19 infection and the third-highest number of COVID-19 deaths at 530,738 deaths. In May 2022, the World Health Organization estimated 4.7 million excess deaths, both directly and indirectly related to COVID-19 to have taken place in India.

History

Deities of Sri Sri Radha Madhava, Jagannath, Balarama, Subhadra and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu at the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (ISKCON Mayapur) in Mayapur.
Deities of Sri Sri Radha Madhava, Jagannath, Balarama, Subhadra and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu at the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (ISKCON Mayapur) in Mayapur.

Background

Sri Sri Maya Chandrodaya Mandir is inspired by the vision of ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada and the design of the United States Capitol building. In July 1976, Srila Prabhupada expressed his preference for the exterior style of the temple. Accordingly, the ISKCON authorities started construction of the temple.[5]

Construction

The construction of the temple started in 2010.[5]

Delays

The construction of the temple was expected to be completed in 2016. Unfortunately, the construction of the temple was not completed in 2016 due to construction delays. It was further delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic. As of now, the temple is anticipated to open for visitors between July and August 2023.[6]

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International Society for Krishna Consciousness

International Society for Krishna Consciousness

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), known colloquially as the Hare Krishna movement or Hare Krishnas, is a Gaudiya Vaishnava Hindu religious organization. ISKCON was founded in 1966 in New York City by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami was an Indian Gaudiya Vaishnava guru who founded ISKCON, commonly known as the "Hare Krishna movement". Members of ISKCON view Bhaktivedanta Swami as a representative and messenger of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

United States Capitol

United States Capitol

The United States Capitol, often called The Capitol or the Capitol Building, is the seat of the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the federal government. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though no longer at the geographic center of the federal district, the Capitol forms the origin point for the street-numbering system of the district as well as its four quadrants.

COVID-19 pandemic in West Bengal

COVID-19 pandemic in West Bengal

The COVID-19 pandemic was first confirmed in the Indian state of West Bengal on 17 March 2020 in Kolkata. The Health and Family Welfare department of Government of West Bengal has confirmed a total of 13,43,442 COVID-19 positive cases, including 1,09,806 active cases, 15,120 deaths and 12,18,516 recoveries, as of 28 May 2021.

Architecture

The temple is a blend of eastern and western architecture. Height of this temple is 113 meters. When fully completed, this temple will be world’s largest religious monument or largest temple in the world[7][8][9] and the second tallest temple or religious building.[a]

Source: "Sri Maya Chandrodaya Mandir, Mayapur", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Maya_Chandrodaya_Mandir,_Mayapur.

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Notes
  1. ^ The tallest religious building in the world is recorded to be St. Peter's Basilica Church in the Vatican, with a height of 138 meters.
References
  1. ^ "ISKCON aims to build world's largest temple in Bengal". Hindustan Times. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  2. ^ "ISKCON's Mayapur in West Bengal temple to be world's biggest". Telangana Today. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  3. ^ King, Anna S. (2015). "Vedic science, modern science and reason". In Keul, István (ed.). Asian Religions, Technology and Science. Routledge. p. 55. ISBN 9781317674481.
  4. ^ Valpey, Kenneth R. (2019). Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics. Springer Nature. pp. 214–218. ISBN 9783030284084.
  5. ^ a b "হার মানবে তাজমহল, ভ্যাটিকান! মায়াপুরে ইসকন মন্দিরের এক এক তলায় ঠাঁই হবে কত জনের?" (in Bengali). bangla.hindustantimes.com. Hindustan Times - Bangla. 27 August 2022. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  6. ^ "বিশ্বের বৃহত্তম মন্দির বাংলায়, ১০ অজানা কথার সন্ধান" (in Bengali). zeenews.india.com. Zee News. 27 August 2022. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Vedic Planetarium, 'world's largest temple', to open in Bengal". www.hindustantimes.com. Hindustan Times. 27 August 2022. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  8. ^ "World's largest religious monument will soon be in India—with the help of Ford heir". theprint.in. The Print. 26 August 2022. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  9. ^ "World's largest religious monument to open in West Bengal, check details". www.livemint.com. Live Mint. 27 August 2022. Retrieved 28 August 2022.


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