The ISKCON temple situated in Rajajinagar in North Bangalore is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world and is a popular tourist place in Bangalore. Also known as the Sri Radha Krishnachandra Temple, the temple houses the deities of Radha and Krishna.
The temple is a huge complex inaugurated in 1997 with an objective to promote spiritual learning and Vedic culture. The inauguration was done by the then President Shankar Dayal Sharma as per the wishes of AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The temple has six shrines. The temple was the culmination of the movement initiated by devotees in different parts of the country around 1976.
The devotees organised Sankirtans in the streets, arranged programmes in houses and large scale events in public pandals in cities such as Bangalore, Hubli, Madras and other places. The temple was finally inaugurated in 1997. The temple in Bangalore has six shrines dedicated to Radha Krishna, Balaram, Nitai Gauranga, Srinivasa Govinda also known as Venkateswara, Prahlada Narasimha and Srila Prabhupada.
The temple also celebrates a number of festivals such as Ramanavami, Brahmotsava, Narasimha Jayanti, Panihati Chida Dahi, Ratha Yatra, Balaram Jayanti, Jhulan Utsav, Vyasa Puja, Sri Radhastami, Deepotsava, Govardhan Puja, Vaikuntha Ekadashi, etc. The temple has a gold plated flag post known as dhwajastambha and a beautiful gold plated kalash shikhara. Visitors can get free prasadam from the temple during darshan hours.
The temple committee also conducts a number of social service activities. The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an initiative taken by the temple, is responsible for providing mid-day meals to children in government and government aided schools in India. The programme works on a Public Private Partnership basis and since 2003, the foundation has been successfully carrying out the programmes in different parts of the country, with help from the Central and State Governments. The temple also provides free meals to the needy and the poor.