If you visit Bangalore then a trip to the ISKCON temple should be on your itinerary. This temple is located in Rajajinagar in the Northern part of Bangalore on a small hillock. The hill was a barren rock when it was allotted to the ISKCON in 1988. It took a lot of hard work to create the present temple premises, one of the largest in the world and visited by millions of devotees.
The temple is about 6 kilometres from the railway station. You could walk, hire a taxi or rickshaw or travel by bus but a better way is to get there on a motorcycle that you can get from bike rentals in Bangalore. It is affordable, faster and you can take in more sights in the city. Get on the bike you get from companies offering bikes for rent in Bangalore and make your way up the hillock to the temple. Park your bike outside and step into another world of serenity and spirituality.
Inside the premises
The temple is marked by a gold plated 17 metre high flag post and a gold plated kalash about 28 feet high. There are six shrines in all. The main shrine, as you would expect, is devoted to Radha Krishna and has their idols. Another shrine is dedicated to Krishna and Balrama. A third shrine carries the idols of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananada while a fourth houses Srinavasa Govinda. There are two others, one for Prahlada Narasimha and another for Srila Prabhupada. The temple opens at 4.15 AM with a wonderful mangala arati and pooja of Tulasi Devi. The second opening is at 7.15 AM for Shrinagara Darshan Arati and remains open till 8.30 PM. The evening arati is at 7 PM. Throughout the day there are various activities such as meditation sessions and you can stay a whole day if you like. If you visit at the right time you may get to be part of the Brahmotsava, Narasimha ayanti or one of the several other festivals celebrated with great fervour.
You can step outside and grab something to eat but why do so when food is offered right inside the temple premises? The Akshaya Patra kitchen offers midday meals to devotees and everyone is welcome to enjoy pure satvik food. Donations are welcomed by the temple. Rest or participate in meditation activities afterwards.
By the time the shadows start to lengthen you may think of returning. Step outside and browse the shops offering a variety of books, memorabilia and music CDS on Lord Shri Krishna. You can grab a bite of pakodas or samosa or cheese cake if you like and also take some prasadam along. Get back onto your bike and return it to the bike on rent Bangalore company.