KOLKATA: India has always been one of the leading countries in appreciating and preserving heritage and cultural elements.
In this case, a Hindu temple being built in West Bengal’s Mayapur is about to become the world’s largest religious place of worship.
There are religious monuments like this all over the world. But this temple is believed to be bigger than all these.
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The temple that is being built on a grand scale in the state of West Bengal is going to get this honor. The Hindu ‘Veda Planetarium Temple’ under construction in Mayapur, West Bengal is expected to be the largest religious place of worship in the world.
International Krishna Consciousness Organization (ISKCON) is building this temple. The major works in the construction of this temple have been completed and now the work of finishing the temple site is going on. When this temple is completed, around 10,000 people can stand together and have darshan at a time. It is bigger than a football field, said Radharaman Das, ISKCON’s Kolkata vice-president and spokesperson.
Devotee of Krishna
What is interesting about this is that the leader of the project to build this temple is Alfred Ford, one of the main leaders of the famous car manufacturing company ‘Ford’ and one of the heirs of the company. Alfred Ford’s journey from Florida, USA to Mayapur, West Bengal started in 1975. Alfred Ford is an ISKCON member and disciple of founder Srila Prabhupada. Subsequently, he changed his name to ‘Ambarish Das’. Also, Alfred Ford became fully invested in Prabhupada’s plan to make Mayapur the world headquarters of ISKCON. He has given more than Rs.200 crore for infrastructure in the beginning. The plan for this temple is said to have been in the making for about nine years. He didn’t stop at just funding and raised additional funds around the world.
So what is special about this temple you ask? It will showcase information on Vedic art, science and culture. Moreover, the temple will be designed according to the planetary system described in the Hindu scriptures. That is, the base will be set up like the planet Earth. God is above. So you have to travel by escalators and visit.
700 acres of land
The ISKCON temple is being built on an area of 700 acres. Its sanctum sanctorum alone is 1.5 acres. It will cost around Rs 400 crore to complete. Regarding this, Radharaman said, “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has waived Bengal’s land ceiling law and has helped us a lot to purchase such a vast area. The temple will be a sight to behold once it is ready.”
It will be completed in 2024
The temple is also said to house institutions of higher learning, research centers and spiritual institutes to promote dialogue between modern science and the Indian knowledge system. About 60 percent of the funds have been collected so far to complete the construction of the temple. According to ISKCON, the temple will be completed by the year 2024, which is collecting the rest of the funds rapidly. After the temple is completed, the ISKCON temple will be larger than the 12th century Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. It boasts of being the largest temple in the world.
(Ford Company Successor to Build World’s Largest Temple): The Temple of Vedic Planetarium in West Bengal’s Mayapur will replace Cambodia’s 12th-century built Angkor Wat complex as the world’s largest religious structure.
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