Thursday, August 25, 2016

Krishna Janmashtami Special: ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Chennai.

When in Chennai, ISKCON Temple is a good place to stay if you are not very keen on looking for a deluxe kind of an option. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the guest house is a little distant from the city center but offers enough tranquillity in return giving respite from the monotonous chatter of the urban trappings and instead rewind in the peace of the environment.

Radha Damodar ISKCON Temple, Chennai
ISKCON Temple, Chennai.
Our room was not very high on modern amenities and came with the basic needs, there is no TV but they do provide an air conditioner. The guest house is situated in the premises of the Radha Damodhar temple - a beautiful place built in white marble to spend some quiet moments with your own Self and ponder on the timeless teachings of Lord Krishna.

ISKCON Chennai Guest House
ISKCON Temple Guest House in Chennai.

How to get there? Temple Address:

ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, Hare Krishna Land, Bhaktivedanta Swami Road, Off ECR, Akkarai,Sholinganallur, Chennai - 119.

Contact Number: +91- 44- 24530922/23.


Few temples give you that larger than life feeling for real. ISKCON Temples have given that to me. The deities in almost all the ISKCON temples that I have been to are very real and life like, the devotion and the ecstasy during the aarti times is especially overwhelming. Do attend it if possible. Here, come along and have a darshan of the deities of the Chennai ISKCON:

Lord Subhadra, Baldev and Jagannath in ISKCON Chennai Temple
Lord Shree Baldev, Subhadra and Jagannath.
Lord Nityananda and Shree Radha in ISKCON Temple, Chennai
Lord Shree Radhe Krishna.
Deities of Lord Nityananda and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in ISKCON Temple, Chennai
Lord Krishna and Prabhu Nityananda.


My favourite part in the temple is the walls which are adorned with the mesmerising paintings of Lord Shree Krishna and all His adorable leelas and pastimes. Since we are celebrating His birthday, Krishna Janmashtami today, I thought of presenting those paintings with a few Quotes from The Bhagavad Geeta.

Life can seem tough or confusing sometimes and you don't really understand the way, but through the vast treasure chest of knowledge and guidance He left us in the form of the sacred Bhagavad Geeta, one realises that making a way through anything is well within our grasp and very much possible. Collecting these quotes today inspired me, I hope they will do the same for you too.

Elephant - Paintings in ISKCON Temple, Chennai

As the blazing fire reduces wood to ashes,
similarly, the fire of Self-knowledge reduces all Karma to ashes.

Bal Krishna - Paintings in ISKCON Temple, Chennai

Reshape yourself through the power of your will;
never let yourself be degraded by self-will.
The will is the only friend of the Self,
and the will is the only enemy of the Self.

Cowherd Krishna - Paintings in ISKCON Temple, Chennai

The devotees are always in My heart,
and I am always in the hearts of the devotees.
The devotee does not know anything beyond Me,
and I also cannot forget the devotee.
There is a very intimate relationship between Me and the pure devotees.
Pure devotees in full knowledge are never out of spiritual touch,
and therefore they are very much dear to Me.

Lord Krishna exhibit in ISKCON Chennai Temple

It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly
than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.

Govardhan Parvat leela - Paintings in ISKCON Temple, Chennai

A devotee of the Lord is always fearless because of the protection given by the Lord.

Radha Krishna - Paintings in ISKCON Temple, Chennai

He who has no attachments can really Love others, for his love is pure and divine.

Rasleela - Paintings in ISKCON Temple, Chennai

The only way you can conquer me is through love and there I am gladly conquered.

Paintings in ISKCON Temple, Chennai

The power of God is with you at all times;
through the activities of mind, senses, breathing, and emotions;
and is constantly doing all the work using you as a mere instrument.

Sudama and friendship - Paintings in ISKCON Temple, Chennai

He who has let go of hatred
who treats all beings with kindness
and compassion, who is always serene,
unmoved by pain or pleasure,

free of the "I" and "mine,"
self-controlled, firm and patient,
his whole mind focused on me ---
that is the man I love best.


Previous Posts from the other ISKCON Temples I have visited: