From the Rajiv Gandhi Park, we headed towards our next destination which was the ISKCON NVCC Temple Pune. Being a resident of Uttar Pradesh, I have always been associated with holy places since my birth. I have travelled to various ISKCON temples located across the country and seriously mesmerized by the calmness they bring. The community of ISKCON is made up of 400 temples along with more than 100 vegetarian restaurants.
The ISKCON New Vedic Cultural Center, just like other ISKCON temples in the country, is dedicated to Radha and Krishna and attracts a large number of Hindu worshippers from various corners of the state. It is located at a place called Kondhwa which is at a distance of around 12 km on the southern side of Pune. If you are looking to spend some peaceful and holy time away from the busy urban life, you can easily travel to this temple located on the city’s fringes.
The Indian Society for Krishna Consciousness NVCC Pune isn’t very old though. It was only during the celebration of Nityananda Tryodshi in the month of February in 2013 that the country’s President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee had inaugurated the temple as well as the Vedic Cultural Centre. On entering the temple, we were really surprised by the serenity of the ambience. We could easily feel the essence of the Lord at every point inside the temple.
We also went to the massive Matchless Gift Stall in order to buy some items associated with Lord Krishna for my family members. We also spotted a Govinda’s stall and a Govinda’s restaurant which offer all types of sanctified foods such as Chinese, North Indian, South Indian, etc. Another great thing about the temple is that it offers a panoramic view of huge mountains in the backdrop.
The main motive behind the establishment of the ISKCON community is to spread the knowledge of universal principles of God’s consciousness and self realization which help in spiritual peace, unity and understanding. The temple is one of the biggest followers of the Vedic scriptures, believes in eternal religion or sanatana dharma and preaches non sectarian teachings.