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Review of ISKCON Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Temple

ISKCON Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Temple
Sri Mayapur Dhama | Mayapur, Nadia 741313, India
+91 (03472) 245213
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Mayapur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This complex is a rather unworldly experience whilst in India. Outside the gates, it's (not surprisingly) chaotic with a lot of traffic, many small shops and restaurants, and pedestrians, bicycle rickshaws, cars, buses, and random animals competing for road space, but once inside, it's as if one has been transported to another planet! The architecture is absolutely stunning and as mentioned by others, there are lovely gardens and green fields.

There is a range of accommodation and dining, but nothing in the high-end range.

At the moment (March 2013), there is a large walled off area where a huge new temple is being constructed. It was quite fascinating to tour the construction site. According to the guide, it will be the tallest Hindu temple in the world and have a capacity of 10,000. Along with the temple, there are also new higher end guesthouses and such coming up.

And as mentioned many times, it is quite surreal to see the incredibly diverse international community here living together in such unity. To see people from all over the world (literally everywhere -- Africa, China, Russia, America, Australia, all parts of India!) coming together to pray in a really harmonious, loving way was touching. And they welcome everyone to observe or even join in.

If you can, try to arrange a trip to the school (gurukula) where the boys live in a traditional Vedic village in beautiful huts set within elaborately designed gardens and fountains. They cook on traditional mud stoves built into the ground and learn the Sanskrit scriptures. Talk about a time machine!

There is no other place I've found to experience India as it would have been hundreds of years ago. Ironically, the inhabitants aren't all Indian!

Go for this one!

Visited March 2013
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“love the environment and the beautiful temple..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The temple and the shringaar of the idols are just too beautiful.The kind of effort that goes behind dressing up the idols is truly impressive.The Aarti time is beautiful and a must see for all Mayapur visitors so its best to plan your day's visit during one of the Aarti timings.The energy in the crowd and devotees from around the world is just amazing.We went for a boat ride on the Ganges river to view the sunset and saw how three rivers merge.My son enjoyed the cycle riskshaw ride and went to feed the cows at the temple's Goshala.Although the river Ganges needs serious cleaning but if one is not fussy then a dip in the holy Ganges is pious too.

Visited October 2012
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“a beautiful temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

ISKOn in Mayapur village is a beautiful temple maintained by a trust in which majority are foreigners to India. The temple is dedicated to lord Krishna. The architecture of the main temple and other one with museum is really good to see. The "Arati" in the evening is just fantastic, you can tune into the spiritual song and move your legs with hands lifted high, that is how they all dance to show devotion to the lord. Don't be shocked on hearing the 2 words - "Hare Krishna" from an European or Ameriacan or any other foreigner.

A good place to visit.

Visited September 2012
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New Delhi, India
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“Must Be Place !!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Expect the UNexpected....in the midst of dust, Small roads, Village view An unexpected Temple with the Unexpected Infrastructure can amaze you !!!

Visited March 2013
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Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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“A must visit...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The head Quarters of ISKCON is a must visit for all devotees... or people who are interested... beautiful temple...serene quiet and calm ambience and the Arati on evenings are most memorable... the area around the temple is just wonderful too... go there to spend a few calm tranquil days and experience spirituality.....

Visited August 2012
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