A very famous quote from Mother Teresa says ‘ The main problem of the people is not the hunger of stomach but the hunger of Hearts’. This actually impels us to think beyond this material world and take out some quality time from our Rush Hours for ourselves to look inside our Hearts. For our quality time, we need a quality place. What can be a better place for us than A Temple where we can reconnect with our real self and can have divine experience which nourishes not only our emotions but soul as well. This helps us to develop our Spiritual quotient (SQ) which is nothing but a part of Self Motivation which makes us stand up in tough times.
Our very city is full of such spiritual places where one can take a brief pause from his/her tight schedule to dwell upon and establish a unique relationship with Supreme. So, let’s look at some of the most Popular such places of PUNE.
- DAGDUSETH HALWAI GANPATI TEMPLE
- KASBA GANPATI
- CHATUSHRUNGI MATA TEMPLE
- ISKCON NVCC TEMPLE
- SHRI SWAMI NARAYAN MANDIR
These are some Popular temples of Pune where one can really relish the devotion in their hearts. One of the temple which is really near to the heart of masses is ISKCON NVCC.
ISKCON NVCC TEMPLE
This temple is situated in Katraj kondwa , near Shatrunjay mandir, new vedic cultural centre, PUNE. It was recently inaugurated on the auspicious occasion of Nityananda Tryodshi which falls on 23 February 2013 and the President of India Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Vedic Cultural Centre of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). It is now one of the prime locations of Pune and it’s popularity is increasing day by day.
The President of this Temple is RADHESHYAM DAS who is an M.TECH Gold Medalist from IIT Bombay. He Has been a Junior Research Fellow and Senior Design Executive at THERMAX and CECRI. He was Inspired by His Holiness Bhakti Rasamrta maharaja’s scientific presentation of Krishna Consciousness philosophy. He has published a five-volume series on ‘spirituality for modern youth’ – ’, ‘Your best friend’, Ýour Secret Journey’ etc. A very attractive and Pleasing personality to meet.
Whoever will visit this temple will be mesmerized to see the interior of this temple and what to say of just temple hall, the beauty of Radha Vrinda Chandra diety will steal your heart and you will be enchanted by the chanting of the HARE KRISHNA maha-mantra which is sung most of the time in the temple hall. In the left side of Radha Vrindavan Chandra diety is the Gaur-Nitay deities( GAURANGA and NITYANANDA) which are considered as the incarnations of Krishna and Balram in Kalyuga. And in the right side of Radha Vrinda Chandra deities are Jagannath-Baladeva-Subhadra which are ecstatic incarnations of Krishna-Balram and Subhadra from Satyuga. It is said that if anyone will concentrate on the Transcendental beauties of these deities, he/she can control his/her anger, lust, greed, pride and envy which eats our hearts on daily basis. Results are proven, one can try if he/she has any doubt.This place is spiritually very vibrant. The transcendental vibration of holy name HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE, HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE will take you to another level of consciousness and one will feel bliss and peace in the heart. It is a proven fact and practiced by many. And this temple also has a very opulent deity of Lord Balaji on little back side of this temple which is a major point of attraction for south Indians who visits.
Other than it’s overwhelming and attractive Deities, Temple organizes many events and most of them are Youth Programs. Recently on 7th January, it organizes Jagannath Rath Yatra, a Chariot festival which is celebrated as a Grand Festival in Puri, Orissa. It is the oldest festival which is celebrated in India in the month of July every year.
Temple also organizes different courses for college students like Me and my Mind, Discover yourself, Art of Self Management which helps the Youth of society to focus on the goal of life and get desirable success in life. Anyone can register for the Programs in Temple itself, these Programs are helping hundreds of College students.
Another event is the BOOK MARATHON where books like BHAGWAD GITA as it is, are distributed just at its printing price not only in Pune but all over the world and majorly in the month of December which is celebrated as Gita Jayanti because it is said that Krishna told Bhagwad Gita to Arjuna in this month only, 5000 years back in Kurukshetra, Uttar Pradesh.
PRASADAM ( OFFERED FOOD)
One of the most attractive parts of this temple is its Restaurants named as GOVINDAS. Where you will relish the higher taste of foods which are your favorites like Pani-puri, rash-malai, lassi, cake, and many more other delicious items. Each and every food items of this restaurant are offers to Lord Krishna first. So, one can get the mercy with higher Taste. And the food which you will get here don’t contain onion and garlic so, if you are from Jain or strict Brahman background then this is the place for you my friend.
It has this very cool shop just below the temple for shopping where one get different items for themselves and their family as a gift. It has different books and scriptures like Bhagwad Gita, Bhagwatam, Nectar of Devotion etc. which one can get on reasonable price. If one wants some decorative kinds of stuff for the home, it is the right place for him as well.
It is highly recommended to visit these spiritually exhaulted place ones in a while and if one can go on Festival days then you will be Pleased with all aspect from Body-mind to Soul.