August 2, 2009

ISKCON Temple - Chennai

Site Name: ISKCON Temple
Site Type: Temple
Location:  East Coast Road, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A beautiful temple in Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India

Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road as this is centrally located in the city
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

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 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.

At the time of writing this article (2009 CE), 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.

I visited the temple in 2016 again. As I predicted correctly, it has become a landmark by now. It was opened in 2012 CE. The temple is built on 1.5 acres of land. 

This most spectacular temple has three shrines. The middle shrine enshrines Radha and Krishna along with their friends Lalita and Vishaka. The other shrine has the idols of Baladev, Subhadra and Krishna and they are similar to that of Puri Jagannath temple. The last shrine has the idols of Chaitanya and Nityananda.

Happy travelling.


3 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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