Chakra Announcements

Mumbai cultural complex breaks ground

by Parijata dasi

Posted December 15, 2003

[Gopal Krishna Goswami, Srimati Rajshree Birla, Sridhar Swami and others attend the fire sacrifice at the 'Heaven on Earth' Inauguration in Juhu Beach. - click on image for more detail]

In 1972, Srila Prabhupada laid the foundation stone of Sri Sri Radha-Rasabihari temple at Hare Krishna Land, Juhu, Mumbai (Bombay). Opened in 1978, the ISKCON temple at Juhu has become a 'must-visit' pilgrimage center with thousands of pilgrims streaming through daily.

On 3 December 2003, the 'Heaven on Earth' project was inaugurated at the temple within the premises of Hare Krishna Land. The 'Heaven on Earth' project is a Vedic educational and cultural complex as inspired by Srila Prabhupada.

At the inauguration ceremony, Gopal Krishna Goswami declared that Srila Prabhupada was a pure devotee of the Lord whose only purpose was to spread the message of Krishna. He invited devotees and guests to participate in the 'Heaven on Earth' project in whichever way possible.

Prominent citizens of Mumbai also expressed their delight to be part of the Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari Temple expansion, a project very dear to Srila Prabhupada. Amongst the guest present were Srimati Rajshree Birla (Birla Group), Sri Venugopal Dhoot (Videocon Group), Sri D.B. Gupta (Lupin Group), and Sri Hrishikesh Mafatlal (Mafatlal Group).

As part of the ceremony, a yajna was performed and devotees and guests initiated construction by digging on a small portion of ground.

The 'Heaven on Earth' project shall eventually house a centre for Vedic education, a mass feeding hall, a multimedia and audio-animatronics theatre, a spiritual boutique, a guest house, a Vedic samskara hall, a Govinda's Restaurant and an underground car parking facility.