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bigger image in new window At the entrance to Vrindavan Bhaktivedanta Swami Gate welcomes you in...
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...and the first temple to the left is Krisna Balaram Mandir.

bigger image in new window It was built in late 70ties by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as the Vrindavan center of International Society for Krisna Consciousness.
bigger image in new window Temple is situated in Raman-reti area where Krisna and His brother Balaram performed Their pastimes.
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If one faces the entrance than Srila Prabhupada's samadhi is to the left and his museum is on the right side.

bigger image in new window There are three altars in Krisna Balaram Mandir. Gaura-Nitai on the left, Krisna-Balaram in the middle and Radha-Syamasundar on the right.
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Radha-Syamasundar

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Krisna-Balaram

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Gaura-Nitai

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Srila Prabhupada's murti in the temple.

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3 x věší obrázek v novém okně Temple Schedule:
4.30 am Temple Mangala Arati
5.00 am Altar Closed
7.15 am Greeting the Deities
7.50 am Srimad Bhagavatam Class
8.30 am Puspa Arati
12.00 pm Noon Arati
12.30 pm Temple Closes
4.30 pm Temple Reopens (Arati)
7.00 pm Sandhya Arati (6.30 winter)
8.30 pm Shayan Arati (8 pm winter)
8.45 pm Temple Closes for Night
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The Deitie's doors are open from 7.15 am to 12.30 pm. They close for a half-hour to offer food to the Deities a half-hour before each aratik. The temple is closed between 12.30 and 4.30 pm (4 pm in the winter). The temple reopens at 4.30 pm (4 pm in the winter) and stays open until 8.45 pm (8.15 pm in the winter). Sandhya arati is at 6.30 pm in the winter.

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Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg is the name of the road coming from Delhi-Agra crossing at Cattikara - one of the two main roads to Vrindavan. It is also referred to by its old name, Cattikara Road.

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Garland's are sold at the temple entrance...

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...as well as many other things. Especially in the evening this is a very busy place.

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International Guesthouse is right next to the temple.

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Tamal tree at the courtyard in 1992.

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...and in 2003 (newly planted).

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Beautiful paintings on the walls are very similar to those in Srila Prabhupada's books.

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By the guesthouse entrance are the actual rooms that Srila Prabhupada lived in while in Vrindavan...

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...The bed that you see is where Srila Prabhupada passed away in November 1977...

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...In these rooms there are many of the personal items that he used while in Vrindavan and while traveling around the world.

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On the backside of the Prabhupada's rooms there is a small garden with the place where he used to sit - Prabhupada-bhaitak.

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Srila Prabhupada spend last part of his life in Vrindavan and he decided to leave his body here.

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After the last parikram around the Vrindavan temples...

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...his transcendental body was...

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...placed with the proper vaisnava rites...

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...into the salt to the ground.

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It is his actual samadhi "deha-samádhi", where his body was laid to rest after he left this world and returned to the spiritual world.

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Samadhi Mandir of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

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Its construction took many years to finish.

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3 x věší obrázek v novém okně Murti of Srila Prabhupada in the samadhi.
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...outfit during the disappearance day of Srila Prabhupada in 2004.

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Gurukula

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On our way to mangala-arati at 4 o'clock in the morning...

bigger image in new window ... Be careful! The cows are across the road!
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Morning program starts at Samadhi Mandir.

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Arati for Srila Prabhupada...

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...and guruv-astaka.

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Prema-dhvani.

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The morning program continues in the main temple with Vibhavari-Sesa.

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And all Deities have simple and extremely beautiful night outfits.

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Sunrise during japa time.

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And Deity greeting...

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...with new outfits.

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Morning class
(Mahaniddhi Swami)

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Vaisnava meeting during Prabhupada's disappearance day in 1992.

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Puri Maharaja (one of the remaining disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati) on the visit during Prabhupada's disappearance in 2004.

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Darsan of the Deities.

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Samadhi at the sunset...

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...and later in the evening.

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Those three pictures of the Deities with the pink outfits in their enlarged versions are big enough for printing (Just for those who would like to have Them on the altar or just on the table).

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Aindra Prabhu during his 24 hours kirtan shift.

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His half an hour before evening arati is one of the best experiences (Karttik 2004).

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Evening arati...

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...and the gheelamp circulating to all present.

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During Damodarastaka everybody can offer a small gheelamp.

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Namam-isvaram sad cit ananta rupam...

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VIHE Classes (Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education) are attended by devotees from all over the world.

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Parikram of Vrindavan's main temples at Prabhupada's disappearance day in 1992.

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Food for Life - free food distribution at Prabhupada's museum.

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Mostly widows in white cloths are coming for a leafcup of kitchari.

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On Ekadasi only bananas are distributed.

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Ekadasi feast (fruit salad) at Janmastami 2004.

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Indian TV had life entries from Krisna Balaram Mandir during Janmastami 2004. "Other temples did not let us in with the cameras," the reporter told me.

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Initiation at Prabhupada's samadhi (Karttik 1992).

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Initiation ceremony in the temple courtyard (Karttik 1992).

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Govardhana-puja (1992)

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Govardhan made from halva.

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Go-puja (worshipping of cows) at gosala (1992).

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Gosala (2004)

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Tulasi field on the way.

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Cows supplying milk to Krisna-Balaram.

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Plenty of new ashrams grew recently in near proximity of Krisna Balaram Mandir.

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One can choose to live very simply...

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...for just a 30, 50 or 100 rupees.

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...or more luxuriously.

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MVT "Mayapur-Vrindavan Trust" is maybe the most luxurious one...

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It is guarded 24 hours a day...

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...with nice garden.

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MVT restaurant is also a good one...

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Srila Prabhupada used to say that devotees do not miss anything in Vrindavan - Yamuna is here, Krisna's monkeys are here, sand of Ramana-reti is here...

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...but Vrindavan is becoming more urbanized in those days and sand of Ramana-reti is disappearing...

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...but Krisna's monkeys remained.

English texts, selection of images, design:
Tattva-darsi das

Photographs from their travels:
Radha-raman das, Pavan-suta das,
Tattva-darsi das, Malati devi dasi, Priti-vardhana das
and bhakta Zbynek

 


Published:
July 2005
 
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rajendra kumar dauhaliya
2012-01-08

harekrishna to allof the devotee of prabhupad ji i am so happy to see these very nice images in my trip to vrandaven i will like to stay in this temple to share my heart feelings will all of the fellow this is my very heart desire thanks to all brother and sisters love so much


Bhakti Yoga
2010-06-21

I like this Info!


kamal
2010-02-27

Om Namah Bhagwate Vasudevaye Nammh ,its take me too close to tahkurji & vrindavan also


DEVAKI-NANDANA dasa
2009-12-24

I really enjoyed your 1st class presentation of the holy land-VRINDAVAN.Seeing the pictures brought back so many memorys,I could almost smell the Cows and Flowers.Very good Job!!!


Raivlochan Das
2009-11-12

Hare Krishna! All glories to Srila Prabhupada & all glories to Srla Gurudev.


Dhun Thacker (Damodara Dasa)
2009-10-05

Actually you made me do the parikrama of the krsna balaram temple!! Thank you!! All glories to Srilla Prabhupada!!


yeshwanth
2009-08-31

It's very good, there is lot of info given, provided they have 2 show the pictures of the ghats as well....!


Alanath Das
2008-12-30

JAY JAGANNATH JAY BALADEVA JAY SUBHADRA, muy lindas y hermosas todas las fotografias, me encantaria estar alla sirviendo a SUS SEÑORIAS SRI SRI KRSNA Y BALARAM MIS MEJORES AMIGOS POR SIEMPRE, ME INSPIRAN MUCHO. Mi mayor sueño en esta vida es ir a este sitio sagrado, HARE KRSNA.


depmala
2008-11-21

Hari Bol,
This is a marvellous seva. It is very very pleasing to see such a close and comprehensive view of activities at ISKCON vrindavan.Thanks fromthe core of my heart.
Hare Krishna


Krsna Das
2008-02-04

haribol..Just want so say ...bring backs lots of memories..I was a gurukula student for eight years and not been back since. Wow if you do have more pics of the gurukula and the boys plz kindly send some my way.
jay radhe!!

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