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A New Narasimha Temple Coming Up in Bangalore
By: Hariksetra Das for ISKCON News on Jan. 26, 2012
A new temple complex dedicated to Sri Lakshmi Narasimha is coming up in a half acre complex in the eastern part of Bangalore. This project is dedicated to Srila Prabhupada and is being promoted and built by followers of Srila Prabhupada. This temple is coming up on a piece of land that was earmarked for a mechanized slaughter house (abattoir) but the government had to back track due to stiff and perseverant opposition from the local leaders and citizens who were determined not to let a vacant land in the area turn into a slaughter house for the cows. The local people withstood police action, arrests, court cases and finally after a determined struggle for two decades saved the land and got the government to abandon its plans to set up an abattoir. Now this temple has a goshala (Cow Shelter) with 3 cows and 1 ox.
It is on this land that the temple for Lord Narasimha is coming up. The temple is growing in popularity each day and the phase 1 of the temple complex is being inaugurated during a 11 day festival being celebrated this year between April 24th ( Akshaya Tritiya ) upto May 5th Sri Narasimha Jayanti.
New Palace for Lord Narasimha
Presently Lord Narasimha is being worshipped in a temporary structure and the deity is emerging as one of the most popular place of worship in this part of the city. When Phase 1 is completed, this will be one of the largest temples dedicated to Lord Narasimha. This will also be the house of Nava Narasimha (The most ancient nine forms of Lord Narasimha that are worshiped in a famous place called Ahobilam, which is situated in Andra Pradesh, India). The casting of these deities are about to commence soon. Want to get involved in this seva? Kindly contact us.
Nitya Narasimha Utsav
Among the popular events are the monthly Sudarshana Narasimha homa followed by the Maha Abhishek ceremony of Sri Narasimha offered on the second Saturday of every month. This festival attracts hundreds of devotees and starting from this month the ceremony is webcasted live @ www.giridhari.com. The phase 2 of the project involves the construction of a temple for Sri Sri Gandharvika Giridhar (A beautiful form of Sri Sri Radha Krishna). Hunderds of ISKCON deovtees and congregation in the area visit the temple regularly and a full-fledged temple program goes on at the premises.
Almost every big festival including the most famous Nitya Narasimha Utsav are being webcasted live @ giridhari.com. Want to be informed, just click http://groups.google.com/group/narasimhagiridhari/subscribe
Devotees residing or passing through Bangalore are invited to visit the temple and incidentally this temple is on the way connecting the city to the airport.
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