According to the ISKCON authorities, the project will be completed by mid-2023.
Achyut Mohan Das, chairman of ISKCON Varanasi, said the temple will be called Sri Sri Radha Gopal Mandir Vedic India Cultural Center.
“It will be an effort to present the traditional values and culture of Vedic India with modern means and to contribute to the holistic development of society,” he said.
The temple will provide yoga and other facilities as well as international standard accommodation for tourists from around the world.
A Vedic ashram for dedicated spiritual students and social activists will also be established in the temple.
“ISKCON Bhagavat Vidyapeeth will also be established in the cultural center. Both basic and advanced courses on Srimad Bhagwad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Puranas, Upanishads and Chaitanya Charitamrita will be held in the center.
It will also have an auditorium and three seminar rooms with a capacity of 125 people. Tourists will get an insight into Vedic culture through video shows, dance, music and theater, “added the chairman.
The temple hall is designed on the theme of the royal Jaipur palace. More than 250 devotees can participate in darshan, katha and kirtan in the temple.
Rooms are also made for the residence of the guests from the outside.
Two banquet halls will be set up in the temple for cultural, business, and family events.
There will also be Govinda restaurants offering hygienic, vegetarian food to devotees.
As part of the “Food for Life” program, free Prasad is distributed to visitors and poor people.
Achyut Mohan Das went on to say that under the social responsibility of ISKCON Varanasi, a “youth welfare center” will be set up near the Hyderabad gate of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), where workshops will be held to make the youth intellectually competent and technically qualified do.
The center operates in a four-story building with seminar rooms, a kitchen for free meals, multi-purpose halls for cultural events, counseling facilities, a recording studio for online courses, conference rooms for value education courses, and a mental and physical health meditation room.
“We want to nurture the potential of youth in a culture of caring and positivity in order to empower them and make sustainable contributions to society as a whole. We strive to provide young people with the necessary support, association and positive value system to serve them to help with bridging. ” the gap between their dreams and accomplishments, “said Sandeep, director of the UMEED Foundation of ISKCON’s cultural branch.