About ISKCON Temple
Under the guidance of Sri Bhanu Swami, the beautiful architecture is inspired by the Kalinga and Pallava kingdoms’ architecture. At the entrance of the temple, one would see the wonderful design of various Hindu universes on the marble flooring. The various universes are circled a central pillar called Mount Meru. The design is implicated from the ancient Vedic Puranas where Mount Meru is described as the centre of all the universes.
How to Reach ISKCON Temple
By Air: Chennai Airport is connected to all the major airports of India. There are daily flights that fly between Chennai and other cities in India. From the airport, one can hire a private cab to ISKCON Temple. Also, one can opt for the government buses from the airport to ISKCON Temple.
Best Time to Visit ISKCON Temple
The best time to visit the ISKCON temple is during the winter season (October-February) as the climate is mild and cool.
What Not to Miss at ISKCON Temple
Places to Visit Around ISKCON Temple
Chennai is home to many religious places as well as many modern places. Below are some of the places to visit around the ISKCON Temple.
VGP Marine Kingdom is an aquarium and an adventure centre. The aquarium houses many fish like El, Mori, Sharks, Manta Ray, etc. Walk through the hallway and see the fish swimming around and on top of you in a tunnel which is made up of glass. The deep blue water of the aquarium makes the vibe more oceanic and fantastic. VGP Marine Kingdom opens around 9 am and closes at 6 pm.
Other Essential Information About ISKCON Temple
Location: Hare Krishna Land, Bhaktivedanta Swami Road, Off ECR, Sholinganallur, Chennai-600119
Timing: Daily 7.30 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM
Fee: No entry fees
History of ISKCON Temple
The foundation stone of the ISKCON ideology was laid in the city of New York, USA by Swami Prabhupada. After New York, Swami returned to India and started preaching the ideology of Krishna and peace across many Indian cities.
Swami Prabhupada visited Chennai in 1972 and delivered lectures in and around the city. After three years, a small centre was opened in Kilpauk and was later moved to T. Nagar. There the ideology of ISKCON gained its pace and it widely spread among the citizens of Chennai. Then Swami Prabhupada wrote a letter to the ISKCON disciples and put forth the idea of constructing a temple. As the devotees serving under Bhanu Swami acquired a piece of land in Chennai, the construction of the temple began in 2000. The temple was built by the donations of the devotees and it was completed in 2012.