The Krishna Temple located in the county on State Road between Spanish Fork and Salem is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can enjoy tours at the temple with its unique gift store and exotic buffet (made with vegetables from their organic, seasonal gardens). The grounds also include a beautiful koi pond with lotus flowers blooming throughout the summer months as well as an animal farm with peacocks, llamas and miniature cows. Regular evening services offer philosophy, yoga classes and a popular Sunday Feast. Yoga classes are by donation and begin at 6:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Temple members believe in principals of chastity, no intoxication or gambling, and a diet of healthy vegetable foods. They also follow the teachings of the yoga of devotion, which expresses itself through the chanting of the holy name of God. This chanting is the foundation of the music and joy at the world famous Festival of Colors, which will be celebrated this year on March 28 and 29.
The Festival of Colors, inaugurated 5,000 years ago by Lord Krishna, has been celebrated in India for centuries. Colored powders are thrown in the air hourly to the accompaniment of music and dance. The non-toxic, organic, brightly colored powders and delicious foods will be available for purchase. It is an event for all ages, from the youngest to the oldest. The festival gates will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. One can go to www.utahkrishnas.org for more details and to pre-register to avoid long lines. Buses will be shuttling visitors from parking lots located at Salem Hills High School and the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds and Ballpark, and local farmers will be making their fields available for parking. Volunteers are welcome throughout the year for many interesting tasks; please contact the temple directly to offer services for the temple or festival.
The Festival of Colors is celebrated at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Lotus Temple.