August 2, 2009

ISKCON temple, Chennai

My US friend had come to India for vacation and he called me up last week.

"Do you know about ISKCON temple?"

"Yep, why not? Don't ask such silly questions to a serious traveller like me. Which ISKCON temple you want to know about? The one at Delhi or the one at Bangalore? Even Vrindavan and West Bengal have ISKCON temples. Which one you want to know about? I will guide."

"My dear proud traveller friend. I don't want to know about those temples. I know about them very well and I have been there. Please give me some information about the temple in Chennai."

"ISKCON temple in Chennai? Come on man! Don't make fun of me."

"I am not....you are making fun of yourself by calling yourself as a serious traveller. Good bye."

After this conversation and a sleepless night, I explored and found out ISKCON temple in Chennai.

ISKCON temple is located in the most happening place - ECR (East Coast Road) in Chennai. VGP Golden beach is one of the most popular landmarks in Chennai. After one and half km from Golden beach, you can find a big board of ISKCON on the right side of ECR. Enter into that lane and you will reach the temple after about 500-600 meters. The name of the area is Injambakkam and it is a suburb of Chennai. From Chennai railway station, the distance of the temple is around 24 km.

ISKCON (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temples are built and maintained by Hare Rama Hare Krishna movement. The movement is very popular in USA and in India. In India alone there are around 40 ISKCON temples. All the ISKCON temples are dedicated to Lord Krishna and they are popular for their elegance and beautiful paintings.

The first phase of the ISKCON temple in Chennai is under construction. Currently there is a small hall where the idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are kept. Bhajans and poojas are happening regularly. Once the construction of the huge temple is completed, I am sure this will become one of the landmarks in Chennai.

If you do not belong to Chennai, I would suggest you to take a car to reach the place and avoid public transport. In fact, you can visit Sai Baba temple in ECR and this temple on the same day.

Happy travelling.

4 comments:

  1. I have seen the ISCON temple from a distance on ECR. Should visit once.
    Nice post.

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  2. til i read this post i never knew there is a isckon temple coming up in chennei. i have visited isckon temple in mumbai but never knew about one in chennai

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  3. Thanks for the information.I would like to visit the temple in Chennai

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