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Mauritius Panca Tattva Mandir Installs Grand Deities
By Atma Tattva Das, ISKCON News Staff Writer   |  Jan 23, 2024

In a heartwarming celebration marked by devotion and unity, the Panca Tattva Mandir in Fond Du Sac, Mauritius, recently witnessed the auspicious installation of new deities, a significant milestone inspired by the vision of Srila Prabhupada that propels the temple into a new era of spiritual prominence.

The initiative to install the Panca Tattva Deities at the temple dates back to a visit by Srila Prabhupada to Mauritius on October 1, 1975. He expressed a dream that Mauritius would become the first Krishna-conscious island in the world.

Devakinandan Das, the Temple President, reflected on this vision, stating, “Caitanya Mahāprabhu has ordered us to distribute this knowledge all over the world through harinam sankirtan. So, that is what we are trying to do at Sri Pancha Tattva Mandir.”

The temple’s expansion in the north part of the island serves as a testament to this vision, strategically positioned in a tourist area to reach a broader audience, aligning with Srila Prabhupada’s desire for global dissemination of Krishna consciousness. Devakinandan shared, “It was a dream for the management team to extend our temple with a hall that can accommodate 2,000 standing devotees.”

This grand initiative was part of a four-day festival, the first of its kind in Mauritius, drawing thousands of visitors, including ministers, parliamentary members, leaders of Indian social-cultural associations, and distinguished guests. The temple was also graced by the presence of eminent spiritual leaders such as Giriraj Swami, Bhakti Chaitanya Swami, Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami, Bhakti Nrsimha Swami, Sundar Caitanya Goswami and others.

Devakinandan elucidated, “The festivities included different rituals and Vedic fire ceremonies, the installation of beautiful Deities of Sri Sri Pancha Tattva, feasts of sumptuous prasadam, and a spectacular flower abhishekam display.” The event was broadcast live on social networks, ensuring it reached a wider audience, both locally and globally.

However, the journey leading up to this grand celebration was not without its challenges. The deity carving process, initiated in May 2022, involved meticulous coordination with Moorti Kala Kendra in Jaipur. Devakinandan and his family even flew to Jaipur in December 2022 to oversee the progress personally. A delightful twist in the timeline occurred as the deities, initially planned for installation during the Gaura Purnima Festival in March 2024, expressed their desire to reside in their new palace as soon as possible. This accelerated the construction process, with Giriraj Swami blessing the ceremonies in December 2023.

Meticulous planning was a cornerstone of the event’s success. Devotees formed dedicated teams, managing various departments and services, ensuring every task, from construction to rituals, was executed with fervor. Devakinandan revealed, “Our motto was to ensure that every task, from big to small, was performed with the same enthusiasm.”

The impact of this milestone is profound, fostering a sense of joy, belonging, dedication, and solidarity among devotees. Devakinandan shared, “We can feel the love, enthusiasm, and energy to serve Their Lordships.” The installation of these deities has brought a new chapter to the spiritual journey of the community, invoking a deep sense of responsibility, respect, and rigor.

Looking ahead, the temple envisions becoming a cultural touchpoint for tourists visiting the North of the Island, collaborating with hotels for cultural and spiritual activities. The future holds continuous training for second-initiated devotees involved in deity worship and grand celebrations for Sri Advaita Acharya and Sri Nityananda Prabhu Appearance Days.

The Panca Tattva Mandir’s recent installation ceremony stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication of the devotees, marking not only a physical expansion but a spiritual journey enriched with kindred spirit, love, and a shared vision for a Krishna-conscious future.

For a daily dose of divine inspiration and to witness the exquisite beauty of these Panca Tattva Deities in Mauritius, ISKCON Sri Pancha Tattva Mandir invites you to visit their Facebook page. Give them a follow to receive a continuous stream of wonderful darshan photos, capturing the spiritual essence and aesthetic grace of their recently installed deities.