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Rituals to be performed jointly by Vaishnav priests and saints of Krsna School of Thought, Rituals to be performed jointly by Vaishnav priests and saints of Krsna School of Thought,

  • 5,000 saints to take part
  • Construction costs 25 cr.

    IRUPATI: The new building to house the International Society for Krsna Consciousness's (ISKCON) Radhagovinda mandir in Alipiri will be inaugurated in a traditional manner on January 31.

    The event will be preceded by `homams' and other rituals beginning January 25 that will culminate with the installation of deities (Prana Pratishta). Some 5,000 saints of ISKCON order from 50 countries besides two lakh devotees from across the country will be taking part. Ambareesha Dasa (formerly Alfred Ford), great grandson of automobile wizard Henry Ford, and ISKCON's global head Jayapataka Swamy will be among the visiting dignitaries.

    The three-storey edifice will appear to be resting on lotus petals, symbolising the Lord's lotus feet. The first floor will have an exhibition hall, dioramas of Lord's incarnations and mythological episodes. The second floor will have an auditorium and an audio-visual studio, while the temple will be on the third floor. The deities of `ashta sakhis', eight companions of Radhakrishna, will be installed in the sanctum sanctorum, which makes the altar among the biggest in ISKCON temples in the country. "The rituals will be performed jointly by Vaishnav priests and saints of our Krsna School of Thought," the ISKCON's Tirupati head, Revati Raman Das told The Hindu.

    Architecture

    The temple, built at a cost of Rs.25 crores, has a unique blend of north and south Indian architectural styles.

    The `sthapathi' (sculptor) is from Tamil Nadu, wooden furnishings procured from Karnataka, gold leafing done by Maharashtrian craftsmen, dioramas by artisans from Bengal and Orissa and paintings by Rajasthani artists.