The largest temple in the world is coming up at Mayapur in West Bengal that is being built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). The first floor of the temple, which comprises a whopping one lakh square feet pujari floor, will be opened for devotees in a month.
ISKCON’s Mayapur in West Bengal to be world’s biggest Temple
The complete construction of the Temple of Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) will be over in 2022. The construction began ten years ago and will be a mixture of East and West. The 380 feet high temple has blue Bolivian marble, Vietnam marble and also marble sourced from India.
The temple will have the largest dome in the world with the biggest chandeliers hanging from the ceilings and state of the art technology to broadcast prayers worldwide. One floor of the temple will have space enough to accommodate 10,000 devotees, where they can pray, sing and even dance at the same time.
The main intention of the temple is to spread Vedic knowledge and culture across the world through a scientific and authoritative presentation.
Managing Director of Temple of Vedic Planetarium, Sadabhuja Das, said, “This temple is the mixture of the East and the West. The marble has been imported from Vietnam. We also procured marble from India. The temple is unique because the pujari floor is 2.5 acres and the temple floor is 60 meters in diameter. The house of deities is unique as well. We are building 20-meter-long Vedic chandeliers.”
He added, “Our founder Aacharya Prabhupada wanted to build something that will attract the entire world to Mayapur. Mayapur had been the birthplace of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He wanted that all the people should come and relish the Odharyabhav, the merciful form of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. We believe that this with this kind of ability – to be able to accommodate 20,000 people – the doors of the temple will be open across all communities, cutting across all ethnic backgrounds, all religious backgrounds, and no caste barriers. It is open for all. People can come here, chant, dance before the Lord and be a part of the “Saint Kirtan Movement.”