The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is building the world’s tallest temple in Vrindavan, India. Named the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, the skyscraper temple will be one of the largest religious buildings in the world. Upon completion, the temple will stand 210 meters (700 feet) tall and include a built-up area of 540,000 square feet.
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will have a footprint of 5 acres, and will be surrounded by a richly landscaped area of 62 acres where the mythological 12 forests (Sanskrit: dvadashakanana) of Braj will be created to accurately follow the description of these forests in Hindu scriptures. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna spent his childhood in Vrindavan and Braj.
Showing both opulence and magnificence, the temple will be built in the traditional Hindu style of Nagara architecture blended with modern architecture design. A capsule elevator will start at the ground floor and take visitors through a tour that will display a recreation of different planetary systems as described in Vedic literature, and accompanied by a sound, light and diorama show. The elevator will go all the way to the top of the temple, where visitors will be able to see the surrounding landscape from a gallery at the height of 700 feet.
Apart from religious activities, the complex and its associations will also run programs aimed to support the impoverished children and widows of the area. A plan is also underway to restore the nearby river Yamuna, a river sacred to Lord Krishna. In the same vein, the organization will also provide protection to cows, an animal holy to Hinduism and dear to Lord Krishna.
ISKCON Bangalore, the body that has undertaken the project estimates the cost of construction at Rupees 3 billion ($50 million). The money will be raised by devotees of the organization. Construction of the temple began on March 16 this year, and is expected to be completed in five years.