Vipin Parashar, Vrindavan 2012.02.19 (DJ, translation from Kripaluji blog): Southern and Western combination of cultures and imagination of Kripaluji Maharaj has become a reality in Vrindavan Dham. 150 crore rupee Prem Mandir’s grandeur is challenging the Tajmahal of mogul times. Made with Italian marble this temple exhibits stunning combination of modern and ancient times. This magnificent temple made in Vrindavan is 125 feet high. The length of the temple is 122 feet and the width is 115 feet. The influence of south Indian culture of craftsmanship can be seen in the Temple. Water fountains and gardens on all four sides were adding to the beauty of the temple. Every modern service is available on this temple facility that extends on 54 acres of land.
The special feature of art of Vastu is that the temple has doors that open in all directions. Temple has magnificent carvings on the inside and outside. In Temple premises one can have darshan of Shree Krishn’s Giriraj leela, Jhulan leela, Kaliya nag leela and Maharas leela. The family of artisan from Sompura, Gujrat has contributed in completing prem Mandir. Thousands of artisans and workmen from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have worked on the temple.
Built in 11 years: with the intentions of uniting the world in love, Kripaluji Maharaj started the temple on 14th of January 2001 on Makar Sankranti day. Just like its name Prem Mandir is going to give the message of unity in diversity in Indian culture.
Temple Decorated with different scenes: at the entrance doors of the temple there are carved toran (indian arch or gateway made with pillars) made up of eight peacocks each and outer walls have beautiful scenes of Radha Krishn leelas. Along with leelas of Kanha, Kripaluji Maharaj’s different poses have been carved as well. On the panels of inside walls ancient (Puranic) history has been depicted. There are 94 crafted pillars where Radha Rani’s Sakhi’s murtis are carved. The two storied temple has mesmerizing Radha Krishn with Eight Maha Sakhis on the ground floor. First floor has Sita-Ram’s chaitanya murti. On the walls of marble there are couplets from Radha Govind Geet revealed by Kripaluji Maharaj.â€ž
Daily accounts by Janeshwari Didi and testimonials from devotees about the 3-day inauguration ceremony
– JKP Radha Madhav Dham blog
Hundreds of devotees stood in anticipation at the gate of Prem Mandir waiting for the Kalash Yatra to begin. Thousands more, who have traveled from many parts of the world to witness the opening ceremonies of the temple, surrounded the temple premises (Read more…)
No one could have imagined that there would be two kalash yatras during the 3-day opening ceremonies. But today, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj placed a golden kalash on his head and with bare feet led the procession into the temple. Shortly afterwards the devotees… (Read more…)
Today, the excitement of the three day’s festivities culminated with the moorti pran pratishtha (establishment of the Deities) and the first arti in Prem Mandir. Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj arrived at the temple at 11:30 am and released a large bouquet of balloons, triggering the release of thousands of others, filling the sky with their color. Then the pandits of Vrindaban chanted auspicious Vedic mantras as Kripaluji Maharaj ceremoniously cut the ribbon, entered the temple and lit the traditional lamp. Kripaluji Maharaj performing the first arti to Sita Ram upstairs and then he, along with all the devotees from abroad, did the first arti to Radha Krishn on the main floor. Thousands of others stood surrounding the temple as they could not fit inside. (Read more…)
Testimonials by devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj-
“Prem Mandir has changed the essence of Vrindaban.â€ž
– Rafael from Houston, TX
“We are witnessing an amazing moment in time. This occasion is so monumental, yet so personal at the same time.â€ž
– Jignasha from Auckland, New Zealand
“When I saw the procession it felt like thousands of people were paying homage to Radha Krishn and Kripaluji Maharajâ€ž
– Lakshmikant from New York.
“I have no words to describe this experience. If anyone who is longing for God enters this temple, their heart will surely be opened to God.â€ž
– Anja from Berlin, Germany
“Entering into the holy land of Vrindaban, Prem Mandir stands out like a glistening jewel among all the temples of Vrindaban. You feel compelled to enter the gates to experience what is emanating from inside.â€ž
– Janeshwari Devi, JKP India
“It feels as if the mandir is prem (love) inself. It is breathtaking from the outside, but when you step inside you become speechless.â€ž
– Ambarish from Tulsa OK