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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:29 PM   #1
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MAYAPUR - Temple of the Vedic Planetarium| U/C

Temple of the Vedic Planetarium - ( Sri Caitanya Chandrodaya Mandir )

ISKCON Temple-Planetarium Theater of the Vedic Science and Cosmology

Project: Temple complex + Vedic Planetarium & Science Center/Theatre
Client: ISKCON (Chairman Ambarisa Das)
Contractor: Gammons India Limited
Completion Time Frame: 2016 - 50th Anniversary of ISKCON
Status: Completion of 3rd museum floor and ground level stairways



All photos and updates are courtesy of www.tovp.org



The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, a project that has been ISKCON’s evasive super-goal for over two decades, is finally coming to fruition.


What’s so special about the TOVP? Well, it was back in the 1970s that ISKCON’s founder Srila Prabhupada first expressed his desire to build a Vedic Planetarium at his society’s headquarters in Mayapur, India. “Within the planetarium we will construct a huge, detailed model of the universe as described in the text of the fifth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam,” he said.
Of course, as with everything he did, Srila Prabhupada was acting in fulfillment of the desires of previous spiritual teachers. A grand temple for Mayapur was predicted by none other than Lord Nityananda, the most intimate associate of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, some five hundred years ago. Speaking to Srila Jiva Goswami, the Lord said:
“When our Lord Chaitanya disappears, by His desire, the Ganges will swell. The Ganges water will almost cover Mayapur for a hundred years, and then the water will again recede. For some time only the place will remain, devoid of houses. Then again, by the Lord’s desire, this place will again be manifest, and the devotees will build temples of the Lord. One exceedingly wonderful temple (adbhuta-mandira) will appear from which Gauranga’s eternal service will be preached everywhere.”
Srila Prabhupada wanted this great temple to have a specific look. In July 1976, during a visit to Washington D.C., he instructed Yadubara Dasa and Visakha Dasi to take photographs of the domed Capitol building there, as a basis for the TOVP. And in the early days of ISKCON in London, he gave further detailed instructions on what different parts of the temple should look like, directing many senior devotees make drawings and models of the building.





The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium will be a stunning spritiual monument, dwarfing the already huge Srila Prabhupada Samadhi Mandir and featuring three giant gold domes. The middle, and largest, dome will house three different altars: one for the Gaudiya Vaishnava line of teachers and disciples, ranging from the Six Goswamis of the 15th century all the way to Srila Prabhupada; one for the Pancha-tattva of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his associates; and one for Sri-Sri Radha-Madhava and their eight principal gopi servants.



In the center of the middle dome, hanging from the ceiling, will be a huge rotating model of the universe as described in sacred texts such as the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Described by Srila Prabhupada in his letters, the model will be in the form of a chandelier, two hundred feet across, and will feature displays explaining how Vedic cosmology corresponds to the visible universe of our experience.
A smaller dome on the TOVP’s right hand side will serve as a separate temple for Krishna’s half-man half lion form, Lord Nrsimhadeva. And on the left hand side of the main temple, another dome will offer an enlivening tour of the various regions of the cosmic creation. Beginning from the lower planets, pilgrims will be able to travel up through the earthly realm and then on to the higher planetary systems, before passing beyond the boundary of the material universe. Within the spiritual realm, visitors will view the various spiritual planets, before finally arriving at the topmost spiritual abode of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna.

Sri Dham Mayapur

Mayapur is located on the banks of the Ganges river, at the point of its confluence with the Jalangi, near Navadvip, West Bengal, India, 130 km north of Kolkata. It is the Head Quarters of ISKCON and is considered a holy place by a number of other traditions within Hinduism, but is of special significance to followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism as the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, regarded as a special incarnation of Krishna in the mood of Radha. It is visited by over a million pilgrims annually.



Vedic Cosmology

Cosmology is defined as the study of the origin, purpose, structure and functioning of the universe. Vedic cosmology gives a vast amount of information about not only the structure of the phenomenal universe as we see it, but also a clear idea of the source of the manifested universe, its purpose, and the subtle laws that govern its operation.

The fundamental concept that pervades Vedic cosmology is the relation and dependence that everything has upon the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna; the source of creation, maintenance and dissolution of the manifested worlds. Although Sri Krishna is the ultimate cause of all other causes, His existence is beyond the material energy and He Himself takes no direct part in these activities, but indirectly controls the universe through his delegated expansions and empowered agents in the form of various incarnations and demigods.

Pervading the entire science of Vedic cosmology is the understanding that the universe is created and maintained by personal activity. This means that behind all apparently mechanistic laws and events there is one or more persons who enact and administer the laws, and control all universal events.

Accepting a Supreme controller is central to entering into an understanding of Vedic cosmology. As such, proper comprehension of the subject requires that one first accept that as human beings we have very limited sensual faculties with which to examine the universe, meaning that we can never gain a complete picture of the universe by our own sensual and intellectual faculties alone.

From the Vedas and especially the Vedic cosmology, we can receive information from beyond our sensory plane or awareness, that describes the hierarchy of beings within the universe, leading ultimately to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. Most importantly, we get information of how we can successfully interact with the universe to live a peaceful and progressive life in this world, while gradually elevating our consciousness to the spiritual plane.

As Krsna states in the Bhagavad Gita,

"A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries."


Thus, human society can take the greatest benefit from appreciating and understanding this instruction and molding their life around it. As such, Vedic cosmology is not merely an attempt to understand the world around us, rather it is the process by which we understand both the world, our place within it, and the relationship between ourselves, this world and the Supreme source of all, from Whom all other energies are emanating.


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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:50 PM   #3
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 10:04 PM   #4
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 10:44 PM   #7
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Kaviraj, thank you for your contributions but there is already a thread on this temple - Tallest Hindu Temple in World (35 Stories) -- Sri Mayapur Vedic Temple, Mayapur, WB . Please post you updates in that thread and ask MODs to delete this thread. Thanks
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Actually the older thread is very messed up and the temple design has been modified many times since 2006 (when the old thread was set up).
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Yes but the designs which you posted are already in that thread. Perhaps you can add the latest constr. pics in that thread and delete this one. Just my opinion
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Actually IMO it would be better if the older thread is deleted instead...the older project was about the tallest Hindu temple which was later scrapped to make way for this one. And most of the posts there are about the older project therefore out of context. This thread is more relevant.
And then I can see np keeping both threads...just let the other one asleep.
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Kaviraj, brilliant updates.....
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Thx Studdmanster! Next updates in about 2 weeks.
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Great update kaviraj
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Thx Studdmanster! Next updates in about 2 weeks.
Ahhh....wud eagerly wait for it... !!!!
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Thanx for updates.

I think surrounding buildings will spoil the view of this master piece.
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Actually the surrounding buildings are not that bad as they appear to be in the pix. And I'm sure when construction and landscaping are done, they will refurbish some of the structures.

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Old August 24th, 2011, 11:06 PM   #18
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wow Beautiful updates You are doing a great job kaviraj
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Kaviraj, this is a great thread. Thanks for the brilliant updates The tourism potential of the place will increase once complete. Hope the govt watches the developments here and builds up tourism infrastructure here.
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Thx! Indeed the tourism potential will develop rapidly once the temple and other related infrastructure are completed.
The mission statement issued by the group reads as:

Completion of the project would lead to several things, including spin-off benefits for the local economy, improvement in healthcare and education facilities, availability of micro credit to the people. The idea is to ensure that tourist arrivals in Mayapur goes up by "1,000 per cent by 2020". With proper infrastructure in place, Mayapur could figure among the top-20 tourist destinations in India.

Other than the planetarium, there are some other small projects going on inside the ISKCON complex itself and these will add up the the place!
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