A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.- Lao Tzu
Tirupati is the town situated at the bottom of the Tirumala Hills and it is well known for the temple of Lord Sri Venkateshwara, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the ancient and popular pilgrimage centres in India.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was established in 1966 by his divine grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada). ISKCON has since developed into a worldwide confederation of 10,000 temple devotees and 250,000 congregational devotees. Better known as the Hare Krishna movement, ISKCON is comprised of more than 350 centres, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants worldwide.
ISCKON TIRUPATI OVERVIEW:
There are many other places in the temple town Tirupati that are worth visiting. Tirupati has another recently built landmark The Hare Krishna Lotus temple.
|ISCKON Hare Krishna temple front view (from internet)|
The temple is located on Hare Krishna road, Vinayaka nagar near Alipiri. This Lotus temple was built by the ISKCON (International Society of Krishna Conscience). The Deities here are Radha Govinda.The temple is lavishly built with about three storey building and imposing structure resembling both northern and southern Indian style of architecture. The temple appears as placed on a lotus petal. The temple has a beautiful small garden. Every part of the temple is beautifully decorated and nicely carved. The ISKCON temple at Tirupati is said to be the largest ISKCON temple in India.
The main entrance is marked by a huge wooden door finely carved with some amazing work of motifs. The main temple on the third floor is a huge grandeur hall with sculpted pillars and with images of Radha Govind (Lord Krishna and his consort Radha) and Ashta Sakhis installed on a raised platform. Just on the left side of it you can see the seat of Guruji A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (founder of ISKCON). The staircase in one corner leads you to the second floor has an auditorium and an audio visual studio. The first floor that has an exhibition hall, dioramas of Lord s various incarnations and several mythological episodes. The temple is open 4.30 am to 1 pm and 4.30 to 8.30 pm.
|Hare Kishna Lotus temple (from internet)|
There is a good guest house next to the temple that has very nice, clean rooms for the members of the ISKCON society. It is best to book a room in advance. There is also a restaurant where you get simple "Satvik" food.
HOW TO REACH?
- Tirupati is well connected to the other major cities by road, rail and air.
- You can get here by local taxi or auto-ricshaw.
ISKCON - Tirupati,
Hare Krishna Lotus Temple,
Hare Krishna Land,
Hare Krishan Road,
Pin: - 517507
Ph: +91-877-2230009, +91-877-2230114