Four years after acquisition, ISKCON Leicester will finally reveal major renovation to the City Centre building, allowing it to be finally used as a temple, this Saturday 30th July 2016.
A perfect offering to Srila Prabhupada on the 50th anniversary of ISKCON, the renovations include a first floor temple room, kitchen, classrooms, and offices. On the second floor, a team of brahmacaris, led by Sutapa Das, will join Bhakti Prabhava Swami to take residency on the upper floors of the temple. Together, they will work on outreach, supporting the congregation, and serving the City of Leicester with a variety of educational programs.
The deity of Srila Prabhupada will be carried into the new temple this Saturday, almost six years after the previous temple was destroyed in a gas blast.
A very special element of the inauguration is a message of gratitude to the family who has donated the Grade II listed building, as well as those who have and continue to support the renovation work.
Pradyumna Dasa, Temple President says: “We’re very happy to have reached this milestone in the special year of ISKCON’s 50th anniversary. Since the gas blast in 2010, this journey has been a miracle to a dream. We are indebted to devotees—near and far—who support the development of this project, and pray that we may be able to assist Srila Prabhupada by sharing his message with the people of Leicester.”
You can see some of the work on this video:england_1 ] [ leicester_1 ] [ uk_2 ]