The Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will feature sprawling prayer halls, a replica of the Vrindavan forest, and multiple cultural and educational spots to understand the Lord Krishna myth better.
The Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, now under construction at Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, and expected to be completed by 2022, aims to recreate the most immersive, true-to-myth feel of Vrindavan (where Lord Krishna is believed to have spent his growing up years), ever attempted before. The temple will occupy a 5-acre sprawl, with its skyscraper-style tower planned to be 700 ft. tall, which will make it the tallest religious building in the world.
The magnificent spire of the temple will doubtless be the cynosure of all eyes, with its top serving as a viewing gallery from which all visitors can soak in the beautiful sights of the ‘Braj Mandal’. “From the ground level, a capsule elevator will rise up through the temple core, taking visitors through different planetary systems in the universe as described in the Vedic literatures, through an immersive sound, light and diorama show,” states the team from Gurugram-based Ingenious Studio Pvt. Ltd.
The temple will accommodate 4 halls (3 of them spread across 30,000 sq. ft.), which together will span 1.2 kms., and would be collectively capable of affording 10,000 devotees a ‘darshan’ at any given time. A 3,500-vehicle capacity multi-level parking lot is also part of the design. The overall temple’s structure will be realised in collaboration with the American engineering firm, Thornton Tomasetti, and out of concrete (45-lakh cubic ft.), structural steel (64-lakh kg.), and reinforcement steel (1.9-crore kg.). The temple project is being financed by devotee donations.
While the scale of the construction is path-breaking when it comes to religious buildings, the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will also be one of the few that will establish a generous swathe of context relating to the Lord Krishna myth. “A look-alike of the verdant forests of Vrindavan will be recreated around this magnificent temple with varieties of lush vegetation, green pastures, elegant vistas of fruit-bearing trees, flower-laden creepers serenaded by bird songs, clear water lakes with lotuses and lilies and waterfalls that tumble from small artificial hillocks – all recreated from descriptions in the ‘Srimad Bhagavatam’ and other source books of Lord Sri Krishna – to transport the visitors to Krishna’s times in Vrindavan,” explains the team.
The temple structure will feature 3.5-lakh sq. ft. of glazing, thereby creating a comfortable micro-climate inside. The gargantuan project will also aim to buck the trend of environmentally-unwieldy architectural designs by fulfilling the conditions required to secure a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ‘Gold’ rating on sustainability.
The Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir’s cultural attractions will include a Krishna Heritage Museum, the Yamuna Creek (for boating), and a Bhagavad Gita Expo. Narasimha Das, project director of the temple, has stated – "Attractions planned in the theme park would be park rides, animatronics, light, sound and special effects as well as the ‘Vraja Mandal Parikrama’ shows and laser shows.”
The temple’s 180 ft.-deep, 511-columned foundations are in the works now, with a completion date targeted in March 2017. “A team of more than 25 specialist consultants from all over the world are working on this project to make it a reality,” assures the team. If anyone ever had dreamt of a complete Krishna devotional escape, this could be the site for it!