Divine Delight: Journeying Through Krishna Leela Park

Priyanshi Pareek

Sanatan culture emphasizes righteous living (Dharma), performing duties selflessly (Karma), seeking spiritual liberation (Moksha), practicing non-violence (Ahimsa), embracing diversity, respecting nature, and pursuing inner peace through practices like yoga and meditation.

ISKCON, having acquired a 28-acre hillock through a public auction for Rs 23 crore, is in the process of constructing a Krishna Lila Park. This park, envisioned as a 4D technology-driven attraction, draws parallels to Disneyland. It aims to harness the tourist potential of Bangalore, Karnataka, and India, presenting a transformative and immersive experience centered around Krishna’s divine pastimes.

The Krishna Lila Theme Park, situated on Vaikuntha Hill, a 28-acre hillock along Kanakapura Road in Bengaluru, is a sprawling cultural complex dedicated to showcasing the rich heritage and narratives from India’s great epics. Expected to become a prominent religious and cultural tourism spot, this project in Bengaluru holds immense societal and cultural significance.

Proposed and spearheaded by ISKCON Bangalore devotees, this grand-scale project is an unprecedented and historic endeavor in India, with an estimated cost of Rs. 700 crores, marking a unique and pioneering initiative in the country.

The project seeks to captivate the minds of today’s children, often enamored by Western characters like Superman and Spiderman, by redirecting their focus towards the remarkable tales of our Vedic heroes such as Krishna, Rama, and Hanuman. Its core mission is to imbue the younger generation with the profound values embodied by these revered figures.

This cultural complex seamlessly blends traditional temple aesthetics with contemporary architecture. It features two ground-level temples: the Sri Puri Jagannath Mandir and the Sri Radha Krishna Mandir.

Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, advocated the principles of yukta vairagya. This philosophy emphasizes not outrightly dismissing worldly things as material but rather channeling everything towards serving Lord Sri Krishna for the betterment of humanity. These foundational principles of yukta vairagya form the bedrock of the Krishna Lila Theme Park project. Here, the synergy between modern technology and efficient management practices converges to execute this monumental endeavor, dedicated to serving God and uplifting mankind.

In January 2013, the Deities of Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva, Subhadra, and Sri Sudarshana Narasimha were ceremoniously installed.

Within this complex, a dedicated shrine will honor Srila Prabhupada’s profound contributions to modern society. It will vividly portray his life and impactful works through intricate dioramas set within thematic settings, narrating a compelling story of sacrifice and compassion.

Additionally, the complex will house multiple classrooms, audio-visual halls, a Vedic library, staff rooms, administrative offices, and various facilities. These spaces are intended to facilitate the dissemination of Vedic wisdom and knowledge to visitors and enthusiasts alike.

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