A virtual visit to the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

“I have named this Temple Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir, the Rising Moon of Mayapur. Now make it rise, bigger and bigger until it becomes the full moon. And this moonshine will be spread all over the world. All over India they will come to see. From all over the world they will come.” His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

Here is what you may experience when you enter the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

As you climb the steps to the main entrance to the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, you first sense the power of the sheer devotion that has envisioned and built such a grand structure. Your sense of proportion expands; the ten-foot tall chakra atop the main dome appears tiny where it is, more than three hundred feet above where you stand.

Passing the ornate main doors, you enter the largest room you have ever seen—a completely open, circular space more than an acre in size, effulgent with splendid devotional art along its walls. Looking up, you see hanging from the central dome a scale model of the universe as described in the Vedas, twenty stories long and a hundred feet wide, its stars and planets rotating majestically above everything.

Set just back from the center of the room stands a white marble and gold altar that itself is a large building, 134 feet wide and 49 feet tall. Before the closed altar doors, a talented bhajana party perform devotional music, filling the massive dome with sweet, pleasantly
muted sound. As the intriguing fragrance of frankincense drifts from the altar, a conchshell sounds and the massive carved doors open.

Here is the purpose of your visit: the opportunity to approach the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Starting from the left altar, you offer your respects to the guru-parampara , murtis of the five great acaryas whose vision inspired the world wide sankirtan movement and the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.

Seeing these brilliant gurus opens your heart to the Pancha-tattva Deities on the central altar. As you proceed to your right, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His principal associates stand before you. Larger than life and radiant as molten gold, They strike graceful poses, inviting you to join in blissful dancing and chanting.

As the avatara of Krishna for the Age of Kali, Caitanya Mahäprabhu introduces us to the sublime darsana of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava. Standing before Their third and final altar, you see Sri Radha serving Her Lord with the help of eight principal gopis, all of whom embody the perfection of loving devotion to Lord Krishna.

Gazing at the incomparably beautiful Lord until His doors close, you offer respects and look around. Wonderfully decorated windows circling the main temple floor beckon you for darshan of the Ganga and the vistas of Srédhama Mayapur. To your right is the towering white and black marble altar in the adjoining domed temple dedicated to Lord Nrsimhadeva. To your left is the dome housing the Vedic Science Center and Planetarium. Spiraling above you are three terraced display floors, depicting the Brihad-bhagavatamrita’s description of the universe.

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