One of Srila Prabhupadas most cherished desires was to establish the New Vrindaban Community in America. He spoke at great length about building a replica of Vrindaban India, where there are seven main temples. In 1968, The New Vrindaban Community was founded in West Virginia to fulfill Prabhupadas dream of an ideal society based on Krishna Consciousness, or love of God. When Prabhupada set down the first guidelines for such a community, the idea seemed out of reach to the small band of devotees struggling through a hard winter on a small, rundown farm. There was no electricity, no running water in their only building, a battered pioneer shack. But when Srila Prabhupada had a vision of "seven temples on the seven hills," suddenly all obstacles seemed insignificant to his followers. By 1972, the community had expanded from 100 acres to 500 acres.
The New Vrindaban Holy Dham is set in the beautiful and peaceful Appalachian Mountains in the rural West Virginia Panhandle. This spiritual community has been a place of pilgrimage for many thousands of visitors each year.
Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra Mandir, the main temple hall, is the main attraction of many wonderful attractions in the New Vrindaban Community and is usually the first stop for all visitors and pilgrims.
Apart from the wonderful gardens, other attractions include a gift shop, an organic vegetable garden, snack bar, health shop, and Prabhupadas Palace of Gold.
Prabhupadas Palace of Gold
In 1973, the devotees decided to build a home for Srila Prabhupada, where he could write all his books and enjoy the clean country air.
Devotees built Prabhupadas Palace as the first of the seven temples here; a project that took seven hard years. It immediately became the most famous Hare Krishna temple in North America.
The Palace attracts millions of visitors and is an incredible place of pilgrimage in North America. Tours include ten elaborate marble rooms, gardens, man-made lakes with swans, sculpture, museum, gift shop and restaurant.
New Vrindavans Organic Garden
There are no artificial chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides used in the gardens. Srila Prabhupada wanted to have a community based on self-sufficiency, and being able to grow ones own food is paramount in becoming self-sufficient. We give tours of our gardens and actively speak to groups about the importance of organic and natural living.
Vrindavan Dham GiftShop
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 7.30am to 10.30am and 12.30am to 7.30pm.
Located in Sri Sri Radha Vrndavana Candras temple, carries a large variety of traditional Indian clothing. Many devotional items such as Deities and associated paraphernalia, including framed photographs, incense, japa beads and bead bags, artik items, books, Krishna Conscious tapes and CDs, and New Vrindaban souvenirs also available. Vrindavan-Dham Gifts has extended or additional hours on festivals or holidays to accommodate our guests.
Hanumans Health Foods is located on the lower floor of the Guest Lodge directly across from Sri Sri Radha Vrndavana Candras temple. We carry basic healthy groceries and a few household items and are open seven days a week.
Krishnas Attic has gently used traditional Indian clothing at a fraction of the price one would pay for brand new clothing. They also have American clothing, clothing for children and babies, household goods, kitchen items, toys, jewelry, small electronics, and many other items.
Whether youre coming to visit the Palace of Gold for the weekend, bringing the family for a Festival, or planning a week long retreat to New Vrindaban, they have the right accommodations to fit your needs.
Govindas Snacks - The snack bar offers a wide variety of vegetarian food ranging from sandwiches and pizzas to a full indian buffet. Open from 6.30 am to 10.30pm most days during the summer.
The large acreage on the New Vrindaban property also supports a number of agrarian projects. Over 80 cows are kept in a protection program that allows them to live out their natural life without being slaughtered.
Two agricultural projects, the S.A.N.T.E.E. (The Sustainable Agricultural Network for Training and Environmental Education) Teaching Garden (1 acre) and the Garden of Seven Gates (6.5 acres) provides the community with locally-grown organic produce, herbs, and other natural products.
Devotees at New Vrindaban also travel to local universities to do vegan/vegetarian cooking classes and seminars on Krsna consciousness and other spiritual topics and lifestyle choices. A few devotees based at New Vrindaban also travel across America distributing the books of Prabhupada and other Krsna conscious literature.
Sri Sri Radha Vrndavana Candra
Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai
Sri Gopal Nathaji
Founder of ISKCON: A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Festival of Inspiration
Statues of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda (Sri Sri Gaura Nitai) in June of 2007
Krishna Janmashtami Festival
4:30 PM Dhoop Arati
7:00 PM Gaura Arati
7:30 PM Discourse on Krishna Consciousness(Saturdays only)
8:30 PM Shayan Darshan.
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