This 2016 year Mayapur will attend the must-visit list of tourists and enthusiasts. If things go according to plans, the small town – the headquarters of the religious sect Iskcon – will have the largest Vedic temple in the world.
The temple with a height of 340 feet was appointed Chandrodaya Mandir and its completion will be a great show, larger than the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The first phase of the temple built by Alfred Ford, great-grandson of the founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford.
Sources said that the construction is in full swing and the temple will be completed in 2016, the year Iskcon – the religious order founded by Srila Prabhupada – is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The temple would 6,750,00 square feet of indoor space, whose own Alfred Ford building area of 4,250,00 square foot. The remaining area of 2,500,00 square feet would be built with public tenders on which a call was made on Monday. Any fan can contribute to the construction of a single square foot of the temple.
Talking to the media on Monday, Ford said why he took special interest to help build the temple Chandrodaya. “It is the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya and it’s my tribute to Srila Prabhupada who introduced me to Iskcon. Way back in 1976, Prabhupada had asked me then, a young apprentice to build the house of your dreams. I thank Krishna the Lord that I have been able, “he said.
Interestingly, his wife Sharmila is a Bengali Naihati. “Almost four million visitors come to Mayapur every year. We hope that after the Chandrodaya temple appears that up to 10 million will. Besides the temple, we are also building a modern city to accommodate this additional flow in Mayapur, “Ford added.
Unlike conventional structures Hindu temple, the temple Chandrodaya is full of huge columns and domes, representative of Western architecture. One of the largest of its kind in India planetarium theater 75ft vaulted, will be one of the unique features of the temple built with imported stainless steel