Raja Dhirshain Marg, Sant Nagar, near the East of Kailash locality, ISKCON Temple in Delhi is one of the 40 temples in India that belongs to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, dedicated to Lord Krishna. A part of the Hare Krishna Movement was started by Acharya Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The devotees and followers of the Hare Rama Hare Krishna cult built this temple in 1998 to disseminate the message of the Bhagwad Gita.
Features of ISKCON Temple in Delhi
ISKCON Temple in Delhi is an artistic splendor. The interior walls of the temple have been decorated with aesthetic works of Russian artists representing the different phases of life of various deities like Radha-Krishan, and Sita-Ram.
The main attraction of ISKCON Temple in Delhi is its central prayer hall and the temple museum. Treat your eyes with the wonderfully sculpted idols of Radha-Krishna with other deities present in the central hall with informative religious lines and shibboleths.
Another attraction of ISKCON Temple in Delhi is the temple museum. The museum organizes multimedia shows. It not only helps the devotees understand the story of the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, but also gives a brief interpretative understanding of views, philosophy and practice of the Hare Krishna cult. Don’t miss this is an interesting feature of ISKCON Temple in Delhi.
There is a special delight in visiting the ISKCON Temple in Delhi during one of its festive season.
The festival of Janmashtami at ISKCON Temple in Delhi
Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated at ISKCON Temple in Delhi. The gala event falls in the month of August or September during which the religious activities and enthusiasm of the devotees in the temple are at their highest level. Thousands of devotees at ISKCON Temple in Delhi visit on this auspicious day and the atmosphere of joyous celebration is truly exhilarating.
The Other Events at ISKCON Temple
Religious programs at ISKCON Temple in Delhi include:
The museum at ISKCON Temple in Delhi organizes regular shows in the evening at nominal charges on all days except Monday.
Fast - Facts:
Location: temple located on Raja Dhirshain Marg, Sant Nagar, near the eastern side of Kailash locality
Well Known For: Radha Krishna Temple
Time to visit: Open on all days
How to Reach: Tourists can either avail buses from different points or can take auto rickshaws, taxis or metro to reach the temple
Nearest Railway Station: Nizamuddin Railway Station
Nearest Metro station: Central Secretariat
Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
ISKCON Temple is a famous pilgrim destination which records a considerable amount of footfall. Surrounding this religious hub is a number of attractive tourist spots like:
Kalkaji Temple-The temple of Goddess Kali, situated on a hill top and a major pilgrimage place during Navratri. Legend goes that the founder of this temple is a farmer. Built in the 18th century it is hardly a kilometer away from Okhla Industrial Estate and Nehru Palace.
Nizamuddin's shrine- Located in Nizamuddin village, situated close to the Humayun’s tomb, not far away from the Eastern end of the Lodi Road is the shrine of the famous Muslim Sufi saint, Sheikh Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Chishti.
Khirki Masjid- Situated just 2 kilometers away from Qutab Minar, in the center of Khirki Village, is the khirki Masjid or Mosque. It is a fine example of ‘closed mosque’ in North India. The outstanding feature of this mosque is its window opening with jalis or tracery, thereby naming then latticed windows.
Chirag-i-Dihli's Dargah- It is the tomb of Sufi saint Nasir-ud-Din Mahmud who was also known as Raushan Chirag-i-Dihli. Located in the Chirag Delhi Village, the place can be reached by taking the Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg through the Chirag main road or one can also take the Outer Ring Road through the Soami Nagar south colony.
Some of the famous food joints and eateries serving eclectic dishes are completely vegetarian restaurant within the temple complex, named Govinda Restaurant. Other names include Hotel Park Royal, Karim’s.
Nearby Shopping Venues include Nehru Place, C R Park Market and Kalkaji Market.