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Old March 16th, 2012, 07:42 AM   #101
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Festival Season Arrives

For this year's festival, almost five hundred devotees from around the world had gathered, and Prabhupada – while taking his morning walk in the nearby fields, while entering the temple of Radha-Madhava, or while lecturing from the Caitanya-caritamrta – was the central attractive feature. Each morning after giving the class, he would circumambulate the temple room, followed by his disciples. A brass bell hung from the ceiling on either side of the Deities' altar, and Prabhupada, while circumambulating the Deities, would go up to one of the bells and ring it several times, pulling the rope while kirtana continued wildly. Then with cane in hand, he would walk around the back of the Deity altar and emerge on the other side to ring the other bell.

The devotees would jump up and down close around him, singing Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Smiling with great pleasure, Prabhupada would continue the length of the temple room to the first bell again and strongly ring it. After half a dozen such blissful circumambulations, he would leave the temple, while the kirtana continued to roar. Coming out into the bright morning sunshine, he would walk up the broad staircase to his room.

Prabhupada again supervised the annual meeting of his Governing Body Commission and personally approved or modified all their decisions. ISKCON was indeed growing, but as Prabhupada had told his friend, the aged Gopala Acarya, in Madres, "Krsna and Krsna's institution are non-different. If the devotees are thinking of Krsna's institution, they will not forget Krsna."

By insisting on the devotees' participation in the annual Indian pilgrimage, Prabhupada was solidifying the spiritual basis of ISKCON, his transcendental institution. To gather his devotees like this was the reason he had prayed and struggled to erect centers in the dhamas. He wanted to extend the purifying shelter of Mayapur and Vrndavana to all his followers, now and in the future. Bit by bit, the plan was coming together; the whole world was being saved by Lord Caitanya's movement.

– Mayapur, March 23, 1975


Devotees gathered for the 2012 Gaura Purnima Festival
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Old March 18th, 2012, 06:30 PM   #102
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White Marble for ToVP

White Marble from Vietnam to be used for inside and outside finishing work



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Old April 9th, 2012, 02:41 PM   #103
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Never before seen design sketches!



The artists and architects have been hard at work designing the temple to make it look more beautiful than any other in the world. Their sketches fill the art room walls with color and wonder, sastric books are stacked high on the large conference table for reference and drawing materials are strewn about as if a tornado hit the room. We have been anxiously waiting for some approved sketches to show all of you what 'out of this world' progress is being made, and now, for your pleasure, we have some. First, we have the temple room floor. Here it shows the banyan tree as Srila Prabhupada described "with roots upwards". On this tree you will be able to see two parrots sitting on the branches; one is enjoying a mango and the other is just observing. The circle around it is filled with the 27 Nakshatra stars and 12 zodiac signs, and will be polished brass set into marble. The stars are from the Southern Cross and this all represents the Kalachakra. Next is Srila Prabhupada's Vyasasana. The concept for it came from the Mysore Palace throne in which the history of the remarkable throne is quite exciting. According to one tradition, the throne belonged to King Yudhisthira and was in Hastinapura. Kampilaraya brought this throne from Hastinapura to Penugonda, now in Andhra Pradesh, where it was kept underground. However, in 1336 AD, Vidyaranya, the royal preceptor of the Vijayanagar kings, showed the spot where it was buried to Harihara I, one of the founders of the Vijayanagar Empire, who retrieved the throne. The map under the vyasasana shows Srila Prabhupada's travels while the white elephants on the sides represent his “white elephant disciples” in India. On top you will see the ToVP perched on the foundation of the teachings of His Divine Grace, and again the inside reverts back to the Kalachakra.







The last images are of the changing bodies/species. These will be placed on either side of the clock (Kalachakra) just above the entrance to the temple. The drawings were derived from the old BBT pictures and will be colored with mosaic tiles.





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Old April 9th, 2012, 04:38 PM   #104
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When is it supposed to be completed?
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Old April 10th, 2012, 08:07 AM   #105
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The main temple structure by 2014 and the whole [complex + interiors + gardens + surroundings ] by early 2016
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Old April 19th, 2012, 02:02 PM   #107
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Going Green with LED Lighting

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LED lighting is a 50 year old technology but has developed and become more popular in the last 12 year. Essentially this type of lighting consumes lower energy, produces less heat, has a longer lifespan and gives off a brighter glow than a regular light bulb.

The lighting industry is now focusing all of their attention on LED and one of the main reasons is that they emanate zero pollution; they are 100% GREEN and none toxic like regular bulbs. We are obtaining our supply from right here in India which produces some of the finest LED light and uses the best chips from the U.S and Japan.

It's the light for the future and we will be using this technology for both inside and outside the ToVP.

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Old June 20th, 2012, 08:48 AM   #108
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Construction of Main Dome Underway

Some ToVP photographers recently took photos of the super structure.

The first photo is the latest view from Navadwip. You can really appreciate the temple's size compared to the Samadhi from this shot. The second photo is from the Grhasta area and the third is from the top of the Vaishnava Academy near the goshala. These show different views of the structure from different vantage points on our campus. The magnitude of the temple is clear from every direction. The last photo is one taken from the very top of the Samadhi. Our very own Girigoverdhan Prabhu went to extreme measures just to make sure he could snap the best scene. In this photo, you can see the main dome beginning to take shape. The supporting columns have begun and will rise an additional 40ft before the dome structure takes shape. It's very exciting to see the metal and cement slowly transform into the main dome!







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Old June 20th, 2012, 07:10 PM   #109
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Thanks KavirajG for great updates
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@Kaviraj G- Awesome updates.Thanks a ton.
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Old July 19th, 2012, 08:21 AM   #112
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The Rise of the Main Dome

Over the years, the crew at the ToVP has been working diligently to build the super structure. Artists, architects and engineers have poured over designs while others have been charged with important decision-making to ensure the progress of this project. It is indeed a labor of love. The latest photo of the front view of the construction exquisitely captures the grandeur of the temple. It showcases the development of the main dome as it takes shape and rises from ground level. As you can see, by Lord Caitanya's mercy the dream of this temple is becoming a reality.

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ToVP Goes Green

The ToVP has garnered much attention as the manifestation of a vision to unite the world in Krishna consciousness. The very size of the structure demands regard. Embellishments and ornamentation will be intricate designs of beauty. The additional attractions the temple will house, like the Vedic chandelier, are in themselves conceptions of divinity. Progressive planning is a feature of the ToVP and this extends to its intended energy supply.

The Electrical Engineering Department is considering types of alternative energy and is conceiving of ways to use as much green energy as possible in the new temple. Currently, Krishna Kumara Prabhu is working on a prototype to harness hydro-kinetic energy. The logistics are incredible as the Ganga would be employed as the energy source. A floating turbine would be placed deep in the river and would rotate slowly. This would initiate the regular chain of events with electricity being the end result. The research has been thorough and a significant point of deliberation has been to ensure that the aquatic life in the Ganga will remain undisturbed. Procedures have been successfully implemented to prevent a disruption in the natural habitat.

The feasibility of this endeavor is encouraging and the Indian government has been supportive and cooperative. The auspiciousness of using the holy Ganga as the new temple's source of energy is beyond exciting. One can only feel inspired to use their own energy in service to Mahaprabhu's mission.

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ToVP in the News!

The ToVP has some exciting news! We have been featured in the May 2012 issue of Architecture Time Space & People magazine. This is an encouraging development in the immodest aspiration to gain worldwide repute. Every architect and engineer in India receives this so we are well on our way to garnering more exposure.



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