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:

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  1. Wonderful virtual tour. Thank you.

  2. It was really beautiful Arti. Feeling blessed reading this post.

  3. Thank you for this beautiful virtual darshan.

  4. Whoa! covered the whole temple with your colorful photos. Great.

  5. Awesome post. Thanks a lot for sharing. Jai Krishna
    ~ da

  6. It's really a wonderful virtual 'darshan'. The pictures of the paintings and the deities are beautiful! Thanks so much, Arti... :-)

  7. The paintings touches souls with scriptures soulful... Thank you.

  8. Nice post, i have visited ISKCON temple of Mayapur more than 20 times, sometime during occasions also.

  9. Very well written with necessary information !!

  10. Very useful quotes with attending pics.Thank you Arti.

  11. Such a delightful post, I missed it on Janmasthmi, but still glad that I came to read it as it takes one through the life of Krishna via the paintings.. The ISKON guest house always offer decent accommodation

  12. Love the paintings, Arti. I guess the accommodations shouldn't matter much since you only need to sleep, right? And a/c is a big plus.

  13. Beautiful post. I have loved the ISKCON temples both in Ahmedabad and in Bangalore. Here they have a high-end sattvic food place which serves excellent food. Loved this tour.

  14. Lovely post Arti! ISKON temples all over the world are truly fascinating.

  15. The words of Krishna are so reassuring. Thanks dear Arti for sharing them with all His mesmerizing paintings. The love in His eyes is captivating and those pearls of words give life. I feel He is still telling Bhagwadgeeta to all of us, we just need to pay attention to Him and He is here in our lives. So blessed to have Darshna of the lotus feet of Lord Krishna. :)

  16. Lovely pics !! One feels like one has actually visited the place :)

  17. Arti, I truly enjoyed viewing these Photos and paintings - so intricate in their color and portrayal. May I ask you a question? What are the marble feet signifying? (I hope I'm not being rude with this question.) This quote speaks to me: "It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection."

    1. Thank you so much for your kind appreciation and for asking the question, Barb. I appreciate it so much; it gives me something to think about as well. Thank you for asking.

      Those marble feet... they are called lotus feet by the devotees who worship Lord Krishna. I am not a learned and I am sure these must have a deeper meaning but I will try to put in my simple words, in a way that I understand them:

      When we bow down, surrender and take shelter in the tender holy loving feet of Lord Krishna, the all pervading authority of the Universe, all our sorrows (material, spiritual and emotional) are absorbed in the sweetness contained in His lotus feet. So powerful is the fragrance of such a union, that our hearts no matter how fragile, like flowers, are drenched in His sweetness love and they bloom in love again.

  18. Such a beautiful post, Arti.
    Reading the quotes again enlightened me. Beautiful captures and a wonderful narration. I felt like I have been to this place. Wish to visit the nearby ISKCON temple soon.

  19. Hello, Arti, I’m back from summer break. Your accommodation room looks nice and cozy. I don’t need a TV set, but air-conditioner is a must to have a good night sleep when it is so hot. I am so attracted by all the colorful, beautiful paintings and feel enlightened by the words from the scripture.



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