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The famous International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple in Bangalore city is a huge cultural complex which was inaugurated in 1997 to carry out the vision of His Divine Grace.

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Being made by the Iskcon cult, the magnificent shrine is commonly known as Iskcon Temple. Located on west of Chord Road in Bangalore, the colossal shrine sprawls on seven-acres of 'Hare Krishna Hill'.

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupade is the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON to promote Vedic culture and spiritual learning. ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna-chandra Mandir, in Bangalore which attracts visitors from different parts of the world and it offers a truly commendable experience to visitors and devotees from a spiritual, architectural and general perspective.

Significance of the Temple
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The ISKCON temple in Bangalore is more than a place of rituals. The temple of Shri Krishna reaches out to all classes of society in all age groups through a series of spiritual, educational and cultural activities.

The temple consists of a gold-plated dwajastambha (flag post) at 17m (56 ft) high and the gold plated kalash shikara at 8.5m (28 ft) high, shimmer in the night sky which leaves the onlooker speechless. Yet another salient feature of the temple is the free distribution of delicious Sri Krishna prasadam to all the visitors during the darshan hours.

Sri Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Temple is accredited for having been the ISKCON's largest temple complex in the world. This outstanding temple is one amongst the best shrines constructed by the ISKCON. Iskcon Temple can be reached easily by taking regular buses, local vehicles or by hiring taxis from the city of Bangalore.

The huge shrine was started under the global project of ISKCON to memorialize the birthday of its founder, Sri Prabhupada. In May 1997, Bangalore Iskcon Temple was inaugurated by Mr. Shankar Dayal Sharma (former President of India). Ever since, the temple has been visited by far more than 5.1 million visitors. In the vein of other Iskcon Temples round the World, the shrine is mainly dedicated to Radha-Krishna.


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The beautifully ornamental arches and illuminated water jets escort to the richly decorated Rajagopuram (main shrine). The main shrine of the temple complex comprises of the stunningly beautiful idols of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna. Apart from the main shrine, the temple also comprises four additional shrines dedicated to Sri Sri Krishna Balrama, Sri Nitai Gauranga, Sri Prahlada Narasimha and Sri Srinivasa Govinda respectively. The main hall that embraces the three shrines, including the main one, is a huge hall of 10,000 sq feet. The ceiling of the hall is festooned with remarkable paintings made by Russian painters.

The temple is built in neo-classical style of architecture which bands together conventional architecture with ultra-modern services. The ardent devotees like Madhu Pandit Dasa (President and Project director) and Jagat Chandra Dasa designed the structure of this remarkable shrine, mingling the elements of traditional South-Indian architecture with contemporary style of architecture. The elaborate temple complex is divided into various sections and sub-sections.

The temple is a splendid structure which is worth-seeing because the celestial grandeur cannot be bounded in words. Lush green gardens in the campus appear mesmerizing to the onlooker. The temple complex also has an open amphitheatre, where various festivals and concerts are observed. The festival of 'Janmashtami' here is the major festival that is celebrated with loads of enthusiasm and devotion.

Iskcon Temple Bangalore
Shata Koti Nama Japa Yajna in 2000, this religious program was started mainly to promote world peace and harmony with an intention to chant 1 Billion holy names of Rama and Krishna. The venue for this 'Nama Japa' is 'Harinama Mandapa', which can be found ahead of the first temple of Prahlada Narasimha. Here, one can see two sets of 108 granite steps, where the devotee can chant the 'Hare Krishna Mahamantra' at each step. Following the chant of 'Mahamantra' for 108 times, the devotee can enter the Narsimha Temple.

The arches of the famous ISKCON Temple in Bangalore are very well decorated and the illuminated water falls lead you to the heavily designed Rajagopuram. Within this Rajagopuram lies an open air theater for organizing concerts and festivals. The four temple gopurams combine through glazed glass canopy to form the 10000 square feet hall named 'Hari Naam Kirtan'. This hall of ISKCON Temple, Bangalore is very popular for its painted ceilings.

Time to Visit
Darshan timings: ISKCON does not discriminate its visitors on the basis of religion, color or socio-economic status. The temple is open for darshan from 4.15 am to 5 am, 7.15 am to 12.50 pm and 4 pm to 8.20 pm everyday.

The beauty and class of the Neo Classical style of architecture of the Iskcon temple clearly reflects in its Rajagopuram, paths decorated with water jets, sculptures and ornately designed arches. Best time to visit the temple is during the celebration of 'Janmastami'(birthday of Lord Krishna). Devotees from India and abroad flock to the temple during the festival. The festival is marked by several cultural and spiritual activities. The temple keeps launching programmes and one of the interesting programme was named as "Friends of Lord Krishna". Its aim was to educate the youngsters about the Vedic culture(Vedic philosophy and lifestyle). The temple is easily accessible from any part of the city.

Other places to Visit
The other attractions of the Bangalore Iskcon temple include ISKCON Vedic Theatre, Vedic museums and exhibit areas, a lecture hall and beautifully landscaped gardens. There is also a unique open-air amphitheatre, where concerts and festivals are organized.

Accommodation Facilities at the Temple
The famous International Centre for Krishna Consciousness or ISKCON Temple in Bangalore is a marvelous house edifice which has blended the Dravidian and fresh architecture in its construction. The house has some of the main facilities like the multi-vision cinema theatre, mainframe aided presentation theatres along using Vedic shop and a preaching shop inside the premises of the Temple complex. The temple also has good accommodation for its members and non-members. Nearby tourist places to Iskcon Temple Bangalore

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How to reach the Temple
  • This auspicious shrine of ISKCON, Shri Radha Krishna Chandra Temple is located in North Bangalore.

  • It is well connected to the rest of the city through various modes of transports.

  • Visitors may access the details on how to reach the sanctum sanctorum from major bus stands, railway stations and the Bengaluru International Airport.