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ISKCON Mandir, Amritsar

ISKCON Mandir (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) is a major tourist attraction in Amritsar. ISKCON has its origins in the tradition of Gaudiya (Bengal) Vaishnavism which is based on the teachings of Bhagwad Gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. This temple lies at a walking distance from the Golden Temple and should be visited by everybody planning a visit to Amritsar.

Also known as the Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda Temple, the temple houses idols of several gods and goddesses, with the most prominent ones being those of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. One feels a great spiritual satisfaction upon visiting the temple. The presiding deity here, Lord Krishna, is believed to be more than 300 years old. The ISKCON Temple organizes several events from time to time. One of these is the Sunday Love Feast, where festivities are marked by chanting, drumming, a spiritual discourse and free vegetarian food served to all those present at the temple.

Besides this, the ISKCON Temple in Amritsar is also involved in various kinds of charitable activities and welcome voluntary participation for the same. Some of these are Food for Life, Gaay Sewa and Deity Sewa, among others. Various kinds of events are also organized in the temple from time to time.