ISKCON Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir – Dharwad

 

The utsava Deities of Sri Krishna Balarama & Sri Gaura Nitai here were installed on the auspicious day of Sri Rama Navami in April 2002. The Deities were carved in the holy dham of Vrindavana. The present makeshift temple is located on land spread over 8.19 acres at Rayapura.

On Sundays, the temple conducts special programs like Yoga for Happiness in the evening along with regular worship and spiritual discourses. Free lunch prasadam is served to devotees on Sundays.

Hara Krishna Movement’s  Krishnamrita food joints serve freshly baked cakes, pastries, breads, biscuits, savouries, hot snacks, fresh juice, Vedic coffee and will also offer home deliveries of the same.

Darshan Timings

Morning – 7:15 am – 1:00 pm
Evening – 4:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Other activities:

Apart from the various annual festivals celebrated in the temple, the following activities are also carried out by the devotees regularly.

Heritage Fest: A competition of Indian heritage-based events for school students from classes LKG to 10th standard to give them an opportunity to display their creativity and talents in these contests. It has been the biggest cultural festival organized for children in Hubballi and Dharwad. In 2014, over 13,500 children participated from various schools. It involved a number of colorful events like dance, drama, vocal music, rangoli, painting contest, Vedic quiz, etc.

Culture Camp: A program of 15 days to teach school children different arts and skills like coloring, painting, reciting Bhagavad-gita verses, clay modeling, etc. This camp also inculcates various moral values into them.

Sri Krishna Contest: A written quiz contest for school children from 5th to 10th standard.

Goloka Shades: A coloring contest for school children from LKG to 4th standard.

Ongoing projects: 

A magnificent temple and cultural complex housing the Deities of Sri Radha Krishna, Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Gaura Nitai and Sri Srinivasa Govinda is being constructed.

Bhoomi Puja for the same was performed in 2011.

A view of the proposed Sri Radhakrishna Temple and Cultural Complex

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This cultural complex will showcase India’s glorious tradition of valuable heritage, art and architecture. The complex will stand as a unique blend of traditional Hoysala and modern architecture.

The Temple will have:

  • Intricately carved pillars
  • Ornately sculpted figures presenting various themes from the puranas
  • Ornamental arches
  • Traditional gold kalashas atop the temple
  • A prayer and meditation hall
  • A kalyani (temple pond) for boat festivals

Key features of the cultural complex

  • The complex will be surrounded by beautiful landscape with colourful gardens, verdant lawns and a musical fountain.
  • A state-of-the-art multimedia theatre with a seating capacity of 300 people to showcase the values of Vedic culture through light and sound shows, films, video and audio animatronics.
  • Heritage auditorium and open air theatre to nurture talents through heritage and cultural festivals.
  • Cultural and spiritual theme park to showcase the glorious heritage through entertainment.
  • An Annadana Mantapa to serve Krishna prasadam to those visiting the temple.
  • A Harinam Mantapa to make thousands of visitors chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra at least 108 times for world peace and harmony.
  • A Value Education Block to instill universal, cultural and moral values with personality development courses, lectures, presentations, workshops, dramas, etc.

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