ISKCON Udhampur

Our great Acharya Srila Bhaktisidhanta Saraswati Thakur Ji Maharaj once visited J&K State and fortold that in the future a grand Sri Sri Gaur Radha Krishna Temple will be constructed here. So ISKCON Udhampur was a vision of Srila Bhaktisidhanta Prabhupada which was fulfilled by Srila Navayogendra Swami Ji Maharaj with blessings of his spiritual master Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. ISKCON Udhampur , the biggest Radha Krishna Temple of J&K, was inagaurated on auspicious occasion of Sri Balram Purnima in 2005. – See more at: http://www.iskconcenters.com/udhampur/#sthash.y9eGi5Yi.dpuf

Our great Acharya Srila Bhaktisidhanta Saraswati Thakur Ji Maharaj once visited J&K State and fortold that in the future a grand Sri Sri Gaur Radha Krishna Temple will be constructed here. So ISKCON Udhampur was a vision of Srila Bhaktisidhanta Prabhupada which was fulfilled by Srila Nava Yogendra Swami Ji Maharaj with blessings of his spiritual master Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. ISKCON Udhampur , the biggest Radha Krishna Temple of J&K.

This history is revealed by one of the senior disciples of HH Nava Yogendra Swami Maharaj about ISKCON Udhampur. His Holiness loves to call it another holy Dham like Vrindavan – “Udhampur Dham”. In the middle of small city Udhampur under state of Jammu & Kashmir lies one of the attractions of the state. Any visitor never misses the opportunity to visit this Udhampur Dham.  This is one of the best architectural temples in ISKCON history.

The history goes long before when His Holiness left his home. His parents wanted him to do his sadhana while staying in Udhampur only. In year 1987 when he was president of ISKCON Chandigarh and area in charge for other northern parts of India; during his traveling in Jammu region he got to know about his father’s health who was admitted to a hospital in Jammu. He made a visit there in hospital. His father requested His Holiness to stay in Udhampur during his last days. His holiness replied “No” because he had accepted renounce order of life. But he reminded them that if they allow His Holiness to make a temple in Udhampur; he can start preaching from there and sometimes he can be in Udhampur. His father agreed for this.

His Holiness in year 1987 started preaching in Udhampur region along with two of his disciples. He has inaugurated the morning sankirtan (Prabhat Pheri) in Udhampur. Daily around 300 odd people used to accompany His Holiness for this sankirtan party. His Holiness emphasized it as the actual movement of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. People used to appreciate it very much. He also started taking daily congregation programs twice or thrice in houses of Udhampur.

On Feb 21 1987 he laid the foundation stone for small temple on land gifted by his father. A small temple was constructed with time. In the year 1998 foundation stone was laid for main temple which was completed in year 2005. He has single handily arranged financial support from all over the world for this glorious temple. It was inaugurated in presence of His Excellency Lt. Gen (Retd) S. K Sinha PVSM, Governor of Jammu & Kashmir on the 108th year of auspicious appearance day of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada on Aug 19, 2005.