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SRI SRI RADHA GOVINDA MANDIR

A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE FOR
Sri Sri Radha-Govindaji Sri Bala Gopal, Sri Giridhari, Sri Salagram Sri Sri Sri Jagannath Baladev Subhadra Sri Sri Gaura Nitai

 
ISKCON
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS
Founder Acarya
His Divine Grace Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
 
 


 
 
THE PROJECT

SRI SRI RADHA GOVINDA MANDIR

Ground floor:multipurpose conference hall, pure vegetarian Prasadam restaurant,  gift shop, library, flower garden, kitchen garden.
First floor: guesthouse rooms with attached bathrooms, offices, publication department.  Second floor: ashram rooms, guest rooms (with bathroom) for visiting devotees, pujari rooms.
Terrace floor: jewel-like garbha-griha (altar) with glass or crystal panel walls and doors, dome and temple hall, tulasi garden, kirtana hall.
Estimated cost: 100 lakhs rupees (about 200.000 euro)
The works have already started. Catch now the opportunity to partecipate in the construction! Make a donation to:
ISKCON AGARTALA - Bank Account N° 6006 at Canara Bank, Agartala Branch (Tripura)

ISKCON, Math Chowmuhani,
Agartala Road, Banamalipur
Agartala 799001, Tripura (west), INDIA
TEL: 0091-381-2327053
FAX: 0091-0381-2384780
  E-mail: premadatadas@rediffmail.com
 
 


 
 
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT GENERATION SCHEMES

As the local Bengali population is basically from Vaishnava tradition and very pious, it is easy to encourage local people to become devotees of the Lord by offering them educational facilities, a decent maintenance and a suitable occupation. Some years ago H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Goswami, head of Bhaktivedanta Institute and ISKCON GBC for Tripura, promoted the opening of three schools (Sri Krishna Mission School); the one in Agartala has about 1500 students, from kindergarten to class X.
Besides the employment opportunities offered by the new construction project, the Prasadam restaurant and the guesthouse, the publication department and so on, we are starting to develop the production of spiritual gifts, like devotional clothes, malas, incense, and other items.
Furthermore, after the completion of the Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir (situated in town), it will be possible to start a farm project with a goshala, flower and vegetable gardens, bee-hives and other farming activities, together with a vocational training center.
These development schemes will greatly help the community to appreciate the preaching of Krishna consciousness, support the daily worship of the Deities and the celebration of festivals, allow the publication of transcendental literature and create a center of spiritual and cultural activities which can really transform Tripura and set a very good example for India and the world in general.
Please help us to accomplish this important project.

 

H.H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Goswami

DEVELOPMENT PLAN
This work was already started in 1997 with the beginning of the new temple management under Premadata das Harinam Sankirtana was started with regularity, the standard for Deity worship was increased and a small Prasadam (food offered to Krishna) counter with bookshop and a spiritual gifts shop were opened to support the pujari expenditures. A useful spoken English course was started.
A lot of repair works were done to the old structure of the temple (composed of bricks, bamboo and tin sheets); a permanent boundary wall around the property, a new water tank, new toilets and shower rooms, and a small garden were made.
Every Sunday a feast is offered to the supporting members and guests with video show of devotional cassettes, and occasionally a larger Prasadam distribution to the needy is organized.
Patron life member enrollment has been encouraged, together with other schemes as Madhukari (small monthly donations from merchants), Sudama Seva Sankalpa (foodstuffs donations), temple ceremonies sponsorship and so on.
The construction of the new complex will enable the opening of a first class Prasadam restaurant with guesthouse, so that devotees from all over the world can come and visit to give encouragement and enlightenment to the local people.
Of course, they will also encourage even ordinary people who will come to ISKCON restaurant and the guesthouse to appreciate Krishna’s Prasadam and the association of devotees.


Premadata Das
 
 


 
 
THE STATE OF TRIPURA

Tripura became a part of Indian Union after the independance struggle, in the same period with Manipur and other North-Eastern states. Geographically, it is sorrounded for three quarters by Bangladesh and for one quarter by the indian regions of Assam and Mizoram, the capital city Agartala is situated at about 50 minutes airflight from Calcutta. The land route is not very practical, as it must run around Bangladesh instead of just crossing it. This fact has crippled the economic and cultural development of Tripura, created heavy unemployment and social and ethnic unrest, especially in the tribal areas in the north and south. The weather is temperate and there is no scarcity of rain. Tripura is covered with tea gardens and beautiful forests, especially on the hills, and it is famous for its production of and bamboo (including edible bamboo shoots and sticks for incense production), citronella oil, rice, pineapple, jackfruit and licies. However, its resources are not yet utilized in a proper way for lack of good managing and cooperation among communities. The original population is composed of various native tribes of mongolian race, but in the XVIII century the King of Tripura asked a group of Bengalis to come and settle in his kingdom in order to develop the agriculture and economy. The present Bengali community lives mainly in the capital Agartala; many of their components are from Vaishnava families and practice Harinam Sankirtana, Ratha Yatra and traditional festivals. A relatively large Manipuri community is present in the area, as the royal family of Tripura is linked with the royal family of Manipur. The temple of Sri Sri Radha Govinda can act as a real catalyzer to bring spirituality, culture, peace and prosperity to the whole area.



 

 



 
 
THE SHASTRAS SAY...

"The constructor of a temple of Sri Madhava can eternally reside in Vaikuntha. He who offers a beatiful garden full of fruits and flowers to Lord Sri Krishna achieves heavenly pleasure. Those who construct a Vishnu temple deliver eight generations of their ancestors from their sufferings in hellish planets." (Vamana Purana)
"A person who builds a temple of Sri Vishnu will get the same results as performing the Rajasuya Yajña and Ashvamedha Yajña. As many atoms are there in the temple so built, for so many thousands of years will he be able to reside in the heavenly planets." (Vishnu Dharmottara)
"Just by starting the construction of a temple for Lord Krishna, sins committed in seven births will be wiped out." (Skanda Purana)
"One who builds or helps to build a beautiful temple for the Lord will be freed from all sinful reactions and will enter the Vaikuntha planets.” (Narasimha Purana)
"One who offers the Deity gifts of land, markets, cities and villages so that the regular daily worship and special festivals of the Deity may go on continually will achieve opulence equal to My own." (Srimad Bhagavatam)
YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO PARTECIPATE TO THIS GREAT PROJECT AND TO JOIN THE OPENING CEREMONY!
 
 


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