About ISKCON Temple
With more than 400 temples globally and 140 temples in India, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKCON is one of the largest and popular religious organizations in the world. The organization has its reach in almost every continent on Earth. ISKCON is known for its spirituality, mindfulness and marvelous religious structures.
Among its many temples in India, one can find a beautiful ISKCON Temple in the city of Hyderabad. Located in the central region of Nampally, the main deity of the ISKCON temple is Lord Krishna alongside idols of Sri Radha-Mohana, Sri Jagannatha Baladeva-Subhadra, and Sri Gauri-Nitai.
The temple is a marvel with modern architecture and lush green gardens around it. The temple also houses many water-fountains that make the temple more magnificent and enigmatic. One will always hear the hymn of “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” in various corners of the temple.
The temple authorities organize devotional and religious lectures in the halls of the temple and teach the preaching of Lord Krishna. Alongside the lectures, the authorities organize Pujas daily with some special programs on Sunday to attract more and more devotees to the temple.
ISKCON temple is the epicenter of cultural and spiritual well-being and various social activities for the local people residing in the temple. The authorities sent the residents of the temples to various corporate centers and institutes to teach various spiritualization techniques. The aim of the people of ISKCON is to raise the importance of spiritualization in oneself and learn the true value of life.
How to Reach ISKCON Temple
The ISKCON Temple is around 27 km from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport and is easily accessible by road.
By Bus: There are many buses that run from the airport to the temple. The ride takes around 50 mins and covers some important suburbs of the city.
By Cab/Taxi: There are private cabs and taxis that run between the airport and the temple. It takes around 30-35 minutes for the ride and is comparatively expensive to the bus journey.
Best Time to Visit ISKCON Temple
The best time to visit ISKCON Temple is during the winter season as the climate in Hyderabad during the winter season is mild and cold.
There are special aartis and puja that happen in the temple. The timings of all the aartis and puja are as follows:
4.30 AM - Mangla Aarti
5 AM - Tulasi- Puja
6.30 AM - Srimad Bhagavatam Discourse
7.30 AM - Sringar Darshan
7.45 AM - Guru Puja
12.30 PM - Raj Bhoga Aarti
4.30 PM - USthapana Aarti
7 PM - Sandhya Aarti
8.30 PM - Shayana Aarti
Also, the main temple remains closed from 1 PM to 4 PM and from 9 PM to 4.30 AM.
What Not to Miss at ISKCON Temple
Places to visit near ISKCON Temple
1. Health Museum:
The Health Museum is located near the Public Gardens in Hyderabad. The museum was founded in 1948 and has the words of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru engraved on its entrance. The museum has its architecture in the vintage style. There are two sections in the museum which include Motherhood and Childbirth and Nutrition and Health issues.
There is a library in the museum where daily lectures are conducted by the authorities. Other than the lectures, the authorities also show some useful films on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
2. Mrugavani National Park:
Mrugavani National Park is located in Chilkur village of Hyderabad and covers an area of 3.6 sq. km. The national park is home to around 600 different types of flora and has around 350 deer. Other than deer, Mrugavani National Park also houses Indian Hare, Forest cat, civet, Cheetal, Flower Peckler and Indian Rat Snake. The visitors can take a Safari to hang around the national park.
There is a small hill in the park from where one can see the beautiful scenes of the national park. There is also a museum in the national park which has information about the flora and fauna and the history of the national park. Also, there is a library and an education center in the national park.
3. Birla Planetarium:
The Birla Planetarium is situated in the heart of Hyderabad in the Naubat Pahad locality. The planetarium was established in 1985 and is one of the most modern planetariums in the country. Birla Planetarium is in a dome-shaped structure and was built by technological assistance from Japan.
The planetarium organizes several shows and events and among them, the Sky Show is the most popular visited show.
Other places to visit near ISKCON Temple are Tank Bund, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Ananthagiri Hills, etc.
Things to do at ISKCON Temple
1. Pray in Peace:
With the gardens around the temple, one can lay on the grass and pray in peace. With the beautiful idol of Lord Krishna in the most colorful dress, lose yourself in the hymns and rest your body in the temple premises. Pray alongside the solace environment and mild breeze that will touch your mind from within.
2. Harinam Sankirtan:
The devotees of ISKCON often carry out this activity where they chant the maha-mantra,”Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare” in the streets of the city. One can participate in the activity and offer their prayers to Lord Krishna in the form of Harinam Sankirtan.
3. Visit various places in the temple:
ISKCON Temple of Hyderabad is more than a temple. The temple has various halls, AV rooms, Canteen and gift shops where you can spend your time in leisure. Buy some of the Vedic Literature writings of Swami Prabhupada and gift items from the shops. Also, see the history of ISKCON in the form of audio-visual in the various AV rooms. The canteen in the temple has very tasty food on its menu. From light snacks to lunch and awesome desserts, one will find food of all types in the canteen.
4. Visit Bhakti Vriksha:
There is a special center in the temple, Bhakti Vriksha where devotees are taught various Bhakti yogas and special activities in sustaining personal care.
5. Bonus Tip:
Visit the temple during the festival of Krishnasthami and get yourself mixed in the various colors of celebration and spirituality.
Other Essential Information About ISKCON Temple
Location: ISKCON Hyderabad, Sri Sri Radha Madanmohan Mandir, Hare Krishna Land, Nampally Station Road, Hyderabad.
Timing: Daily 4.30 AM to 8.30 PM
Price: There is no entry fee.
History of ISKCON Temple
The history of the ideology of ISKCON dates back to the early 15th century, to the times of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is considered as an incarnation of Lord Krishna by the devotees of ISKCON. The ideology of Gaudiya Bhagavata Vaishnavas, which is the school of thought of ISKCON was widely spread by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the regions of West Bengal and Orissa. He laid the foundation of the widespread of this ideology through the practice of Sankirtan, which invited people from all the caste and creed to worship Lord Krishna.
Lately, in 1969 Swami Prabhupada brought this ideology to the west after he went to New York. Slowly, his movement gained an international shape with more and more people learning about the teachings. George Harrison, a member of the very popular Rock Band ‘The Beatles’ made various musical tracks about the ideology of Krishna with the followers of Hare Krishna.
After gaining momentum in the west, the ideology of ISKCON spread in various cities across India. More and more followers of Lord Krishna joined the movement and in a span of around 54 years, there are around 600 ISKCON centers globally which include temples and educational centers.
Tips for visiting ISKCON Temple
- Ask the authorities in advance about the grand aarti timings in the temple. Make sure you arrange your visit following the aarti timings.
- Consumption of Liquor is prohibited inside the temple premises.
- Maintain the cleanliness in the temple premises and use the garbage bins available in the compound.
- There are many activities to do in the ISKCON Temple, from the library to various small events. Make sure that you carry some eatables and enough water to keep your body energized.
- To learn more about the temple and its ideology, make sure you buy a few books from the souvenir shop.