A Chan­dro­day tem­ple replica, this pan­dal has star value

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@htlive.com ▪ ▪

LUC­KNOW: Durga Puja is not only an oc­ca­sion for fes­tiv­ity and wor­ship, it is also that time of the year when cre­ativ­ity is at its best, with ex­otic pan­dals draw­ing vis­i­tors by hordes.

This year, the star at­trac­tion for Luc­knowites will be a replica of the un­der con­struc­tion Chan­dro­day tem­ple com­ing up in Maya­pur, Kr­ishna Na­gar dis­trict of West Ben­gal, the world head­quar­ters of In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for Kr­ishna Con­scious­ness (ISKCON).

The 65 ft high pan­dal in Sa­hara Es­tates Jankipu­ram, which is a replica of the Rs 500 crore ISKCON tem­ple, is al­ready a crowd puller in the city.

“Maya­pur in Ben­gal will soon be a proud owner of what is likely to be the world’s largest tem­ple, com­mis­sioned by the ISKCON that is likely to get ready by 2022. We repli­cated the true model of the un­der con­struc­tion tem­ple,” said Sau­rav Bandy­opad­hyay, pres­i­dent of Sadb­havna San­skri­tik Samiti in Jankipu­ram.

“About 30 labour­ers toiled hard for nearly two months to set up this struc­ture. Due to ex­ces­sive rain this year, the work­ers had a re­ally tough time. But we con­tin­ued the work de­spite heavy rain. The end re­sult is very sat­is­fy­ing now,” he said. Last year the or­gan­is­ers repli­cated Ak­shar dham tem­ple of Noida.

Sau­rav said the orig­i­nal tem­ple would be 340 ft high with a 75 ft domed Vedic plan­e­tar­ium on top.

Spread over 7,00,000 square foot, the tem­ple would have ca­pac­ity to ac­com­mo­date 275 vis­i­tors.

ABOUT 30 LABOUR­ERS TOILED HARD FOR NEARLY TWO MONTHS TO SET UP THIS STRUC­TURE.

DEEPAK GUPTA / HT

▪ The pan­dal in Sa­hara Es­tates, Jankipu­ram is a replica of the un­der­con­struc­tion Chan­dro­day tem­ple com­ing up in Kr­ishna Na­gar dis­trict of West Ben­gal ­­ the world head­quar­ters of ISKCON.

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