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Hon. Chris Carter, Minister for Ethnic Affairs, Unveils '1 Million Dollar' Painting At Auckland Hare Krishna Temple

by Ketan Patel and Lakshmi Patel

Posted July 27, 2006

CONTACT: Ketan Patel and Lakshmi Patel, Phone: +64 (09)849 7405 or
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DATE: July 24, 2006

The Auckland Hare Krishna Temple is approaching Krishna devotees and well wishers in New Zealand and across the world in order to raise NZD 1 million within the next month to make the new Radha Giridhari Temple, Auckland, mortgage - free.

The Hon. Chris Carter, Minister for Ethnic Affairs, visited the Hare Krishna Temple on July 23, 2006 and unveiled a smaller version of the "1 million dollar Krishna painting" by renowned Ukrainian artist Dina Bandhu Das. The painting will be auctioned during the "Janmashtami" celebrations, Lord Krishna's birthday on August 16, 2006. The same painting will be reproduced on a wall measuring 4.17 metres x 2.82 metres in the temple's main worship hall. The temple is calling for sponsors to donate up to $1 million towards this painting. (See for details.)

Mr. Carter was shown around the temple facilities by the temple's council members. He received blessings from the deities, Sri Sri Radha Giridhari in the form of the 'sadari' placed on his head and sipped 'charanamrut' (holy water).

After unveiling the painting, he distributed certificates to graduates of the Bhakti-vriksha program, a course that involves serious study of the Vedic scriptures.

A copy of the Bhagavat Gita As It Is and the abridged version of Srimad Bhagavatam were given to the Minister as a memento of his visit.

Mr. Carter then partook of the opulent Sunday prasadam (feast) which consisted of puris, pakoras, rice, dal, vegetables and cakes and sweets. The Sunday mid-day feast is open to all visitors to the temple.