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70-storey skyscraper temple for Lord Krishna in Vrindavan

Verdant recreated forests of Braj, a gurgling Yamuna creek, palanquin and swing festivals are among the highlights of a proposed 70-storey skyscraper temple of Krishna in Vrindavan, billed to be one of the largest shrines in the country.

‘Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir’, a 213-metre-high one-of-its-kind temple, is expected to bring Vrindavan, where Hindu deity Krishna is said to have spent his childhood, into the spotlight on the world map.

Spread over 62 acres of land, the temple premises are inclusive of a helipad and housing facilities for devotees and will host a number of cultural festivals along with devotional programmes throughout the year.

“Though there is no dearth of temples here, devotees of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) have decided to set up an iconic temple that would put the holy land of Radha Rani on the world map,” head of communication and public relations (of the proposed temple) Bharat Dasa said.

Conceived by ISCKON Bangalore, the temple will be home to several festivals like rath yatra, palanquin festival, forest, swings and boat festivals said to be among the favourite pastimes of Krishna.

An architectural marvel, the temple will uniquely blend Nagara style with the elements of modern architecture.

Ancient texts have spelled out that Krishna engaged in his favourite pastimes in the forests of Braj, therefore verdant forests have been recreated around the temple, over a canvas of thirty acres.

The foundation stone laying ceremony of Chandrodaya temple in Mathura district will be done on March 16, on the eve of the auspicious occasion of Holi.

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