Foundation Stone (Shilanyas)
Karnataka Governor His Excellency Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala laid the foundation stone for the Nava Brindavan Dham, ISKCON Mysuru Cultural Centre at ISKCON Jayanagar on Sunday, 2nd April. Designed in neo-classical style, the 60 meter structure of the temple will integrate the old charm of Hoysala architecture and ultra-modern hi-tech architectural forms, creating an exotic blend of ethnicity and abstractness.
Lakhs of visitors and tourists who come to Mysuru to experience the grandeur of this cultural city will now have yet another cultural monument to enthrall them. Apart from providing for the spiritual quest of the society, this project will also provide a boost to spiritual tourism, the kind that Mysuru has always been known for through the hundreds of temples in and around Mysuru.
In his address Karnataka Governor His Excellency Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala said that
“On behalf of all the citizens of Karnataka, I would like to thank ISKCON Mysuru for conceiving this project called Nava Brindavan Dham here in Mysuru. As is known worldwide, Srila Prabhupada did not limit this Krishna consciousness to just the boundaries of India alone, but by traveling the globe, he spread Lord Krishna’s message, Krishna consciousness throughout the world. This was possible for this great personality, Srila Prabhupada, because Lord Krishna was with him. Chanting loudly of this mantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare is sufficient for everyone. Even I have been a life member of ISKCON since 35 years.
Mysuru is a city of palaces, this is a city of museums, this is a city of culture and tradition. In Mysuru, we have the famous Brindavan Garden, and today, ISKCON missionaries have invited Lord Krishna to come and play in the Brindavan Gardens, and thus they have conceived of this Nava Brindavan Dham project. We have here the temple of Chamundi Devi now we are going to have a temple for Lord Krishna, and this brother and sister together are now going to shower Their mercy on the people of Mysuru. I would like to thank and congratulate ISKCON Mysuru again undertaking this very good work”
Sriman Madhu Pandit Das, President of ISKCON Bangalore and Chairman of Akshaya Patra Foundation presiding the ceremony said that “Nava Vrindavan Dham will be an abode of the Lord, wherein visitors will learn to look at our heritage from a very rational and a scientific point of view. The Nava Brindavan Dham cultural center though architecturally a monument, the essence of its existence is to promote learning of Indian philosophy through scriptures like Bhagavad-Gita, Bhagavatam and other Puranas and promoting traditional Indian arts, dance, music. Nava Brindavan Dham, besides being a cultural center will be hub for many more social initiatives like Akshaya Patra.”
PWD and Mysuru District In-charge Minister Dr.H.C. Mahadevappa, Her Highness Dr. Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, MLA M.K. Somashekar, Mayor M.J. Ravi Kumar, ISKCON Hubballi President Rajiv Lochan Das, President of Hare Krishna Movement Chennai, Stoka Krishna Dasa and ISKCON Mysuru President Jai Chaitanya Dasa were present.
After the foundation laying ceremony, an enthralling music performance “Krishnanjali” was rendered by Vijay Yesudas, son of legendary singer K.J. Yesudas.