ISKCON

Narasimha, the fourth incarnation of Vishnu, is known as the protector. He comes into this form to kill the king of the demons, Hiranyakasipu.

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ISKCON

ISKCON, International Society for Krishna Consciousness: mixed in with the locals, a few ex-hippies, dressed in pale tangerine or white, left over from the 60’s jump up and down, singing and clapping, Hare Krishna, Hare Rama…. There are several ashrams in Virndavan, and their offspring join in. They seem generally happy.

Local women make garlands from marigolds, roses and tuberose, used as offerings to the gods.

Here, florally decorated, and known as Radha-Krishna, these Hindu gods represent the combination of both the feminine and the masculine aspects of God.

 

 

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of Iskcon, sitting on the left hand side.

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3 beautiful colour co-ordinated women waiting outside the ISKCON Temple

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Prem Mandir

The extraordinary Prem Mandir (Love Temple), is a fabulous, Bollywood style, recent white marble construction, 2012, at a cost of $23m. The creator of the temple was Fifth Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj, a businessman who became a Guru and went on to build the Temple and its statue filled garden.

As the dusk comes, so the temple is lit by a brilliant sequence of LED’s in bright, sari colours. It’s great fun and huge numbers come out every evening to enjoy the spectacle.

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Huge statues of dancing milkmaids and Krishna, in various guises, are dotted around the garden.

These larger than life statues also rotate!

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The garden contains many colourful an complex statues including this one of  Lord Krishna

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At 7.00pm, brightly coloured musical fountains spring up in the garden. Images of gods, goddesses and the Guru, himself, are projected on to the spray.

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