New temple to open in PMB

2017-09-27 06:00
Inviting communities to the temple opening (back, left) Nontobeko Ntshangase and Shivalya Govender, and (front) Divya Shakti Moodley (left) and Thabani Caluza.PHOTO: supplied

Inviting communities to the temple opening (back, left) Nontobeko Ntshangase and Shivalya Govender, and (front) Divya Shakti Moodley (left) and Thabani Caluza.PHOTO: supplied

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THOUSANDS of people from around the world will gather in the capital city next weekend as the sights and sounds of Indian culture will emanate through the streets of Pietermaritzburg­ for the launch of Iskcon­’s new temple and cultural centre.

At the corner of Olympia and Bombay roads, Northdale, the 624 square metre temple will be one of the largest places of worship in PMB.

The opening will begin with a two- day festival on Saturday, September 30, with a host of activities, including international discourses by spiritual gurus, drama and in typical Iskcon style, free vegetarian meals will be served throughout the weekend. Devotees will also take to the streets chanting the holy names of Lord Krishna.

Head of Iskcon Pietermaritzburg and festival organiser Nityananda Pran Das said the temple catered for the cultural and religious enrichment of the community, and the aim of the opening is to raise spiritual unity and social cohesion in Pietermaritzburg’s culturally rich and diverse community.

“The temple has been in the making for many years.

“The centre will dedicate itself to educating people in the science of religion via the ancient Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad­ Bhagavatam and other works of the founder of Iskcon, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada­.

Scriptural courses will also be facilitated by qualified teachers.

“One of the main purposes of constructing the temple is to fulfil the vision of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whose dream was to have a centre of Krishna consciousness in every city, town and village around the world.

“We are grateful to Lord Krishna for allowing us to be part of fulfilling Prabupada’s mission.”

Beautiful deities of the Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, an incarnation of Lord Krishna will be honoured on Saturday and Sunday, September 30, and October 1among the chanting of ancient vedic mantras.

Nityananda Pran Das said that among many other facilities, the temple and culture centre comprises of a large kitchen to fulfil the needs of Iskcon’s Food for Life programme, where vegetarian meals will be prepared daily and distributed to underprivileged communities.

“A restaurant catering for authentic and strictly vegetarian food has also been established within the centre, offering a tasty experience that will be one of its kind in Pietermaritzburg.”

All are welcome to join in the festivities.

Free parking will be available at Heather Hall and a shuttle service will be provided to the Temple.

For further information, contact Nityananda Pran Das on 084 524 6754.

- Supplied

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