Sunday, September 9, 2012

New Vrindaban Community & Temple

After we left the Palace of Gold, we went further down the road to visit the New Vrindaban Community and the temple. They actually serve a free lunch at 1:30 but since it is Indian food and very spicy, we decided to try the cafe on the property. Everything except their bakery was also spicy so we bought some bakery that was made of chick pea flour and had turmeric in it plus pistachios and pecans. They were rolled into one inch balls. They were pretty tasty but not sweet and pretty dry. We ate a couple of those and had an apple that we brought with us. That will have to hold us until later.

The Temple Building


I wish we had taken more pictures of the people in the community while we were there. They all were wearing their saris, kurtas, banarasis and sandals. I did manage to get one picture of a woman who had just finished her lunch. They even had a store on the property where you could buy used Indian clothing and we looked around in there awhile. There were no prices on anything. You picked something out and then took it to the counter and they gave you a price. They sounded reasonable but I couldn't think of anywhere I would wear a sari. 

The Temple

After we had something to eat, we took a tour of the Temple. Of course, we had to take off our shoes to enter and we were not allowed to turn our backs on the deities on their altars which was difficult because we were surrounded on three sides with altars. They used a lot of gold leaf paint in the temple and at the palace. Between that and the bold colors, it was hard to get the camera to focus sometimes.

Stained Glass Ceiling Over the Center of the Temple

Lord Baladeva, Lady Subhadra, Lord Jagannathi

Sri Sri Gaur-Nitai, Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban 
Chandra, Sri Gopalnathaji

Lord Nrisimhadeva and Prahlad Maharaj

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Meditation Chair
Then we walked the grounds around the temple and hotel. There are also guest houses and little cabins where people can stay when they visit.
Elephant in front of the hotel

Sacred Bull

Sacred Bull and Cow

Lee by the lake

Lee and Mary in the Gazebo on the lake

The Lake

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