Invitation to Auckland's Grand Opening Festival
Posted October 18, 2003
ANNOUNCING THE GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW RADHA GIRIDHARI TEMPLE
IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND.
WHEN: Friday January 16 to Monday January 19 2004
WHERE: New Varshan, 1229 Riverhead-Coatesville Highway, Riverhead, Auckland
WHO: A warm invitation is extended to all devotees, especially our Australian godbrothers and godsisters, and all old friends of the Auckland Yatra. Sannyasis already expected are HH Mukunda Goswami, HH Prabhavisnu Swami, HH Ramai Swami, HH Jayapataka Goswami, HH Indradyumna Swami, HH Devamrta Swami. Temple Presidents HG Atmarama dasa, HG Aniruddha dasa, HG Tirtharaja dasa and others are planning to come. Special guests invited include New Zealand's Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark, former Prime Minister Rt Hon David Lange, and local Members of Parliament, Mayors and Councillors.
Please let us know if you are planning to come. All messages to Radhikatma dasa, Ph. 64 9 412 8966, or 021 234 1468, or firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
- Thursday evening, Jan 15th - Welcome Programme
- Friday, 16th - Installation of Kalashes and Chakra on temple domes
- Saturday, 17th - Deity Installation
1008 Maha Kalash Abhiseka (Bathing Ceremonies)
- Sunday, 18th - Sunday Feast
VIP Official Opening, Cultural Programme
- Monday, 19th - Vaisnava Sanga, Beach picnic programme,
Evening Videos and Memories
FOR ACCOMMODATION: Contact Radhikatma dasa, as above, and see attached lists of local accommodation.
AIRPORT TRANSPORT: We recommend that visitors consider hiring a vehicle at the airport. The distance to the temple is approx. 40kms. An Airport Shuttle Bus is also available, or we can arrange to pick you up for a minimal covering charge.
HISTORY: ISKCON in Auckland was established in 1972 when Srila Prabhupada installed Sri Sri Radha Giridhari in the first temple, - a simple house in Auckland city. He visited again in 1973, and then in 1976 he installed Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Sri Sri Jagannatha, Balarama and Srimati Subhadra Devi. In 1978, 25 years ago, the rural property of 98 acres now named New Varshan was purchased, and the Deities were installed in the existing farm house. Over the years the temple has expanded, and with it the congregation and devotee numbers. New Varshan is now home to 50 devotees, a thriving gurukula, and 23 cows.
Construction of the new Vedic temple began in 1976, and the completion is due to the efforts of all temple devotees and congregational members who have, by the Lord's mercy, been able to raise almost three million dollars (NZ) for this very glorious project. With granite from Makrana on the Mandir floor, and the carved Simhasana and Vyasasana from Jaipur, plus ceiling paintings now being completed by HG Dina-bandhu dasa of the Ukraine, this temple is extraordinarily beautiful, and the Grand Opening will definitely be one of the greatest festivals in the Southern Hemisphere.