ISKCON Temple in Amravati
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada) started the The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in 1966, which has now become a worldwide confederation. This federation has worked with the sole goal of teaching the Bani (devine sermons) of Lord Shri Krishna for a better social world. Since inception, ISKCON has grown to a total of 10,000 temples worldwide with approximately 250,000 devotees of different nationality.
Amravati district had also been blessed by the ISKCON federation in November 2000, when a beautiful temple was built over here. The temple was made in honour of Shri Shri Rukmini Dwarkadish (wife of Shri Krishna) and her fascinating statues had been installed for mass viewing. This temple was inaugurated by His Holiness Lokenath Swami Maharaj, who is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. The temple is located in the Saraswati Colony of Rathi Nagar in the district. The temple complex is a huge structure with beautiful photos of Lord Krishna’s different pastimes and his different avatars. While entering, one will find a huge hall with beautiful drawings on the wall. On the centre stage are beautiful idols of Lord Krishna and Rukmini Devi. The idols are gorgeously draped in silk dresses and ornaments with royal magnificence.
Within this complex there are residential quarters for the devotees and a big guest house to honour any special guest. There is a small Goshala (cow yard) present in the same premises.
Few of the famous festivals celebrated in ISKCON Amravati are, Sri Krishna Janamashtmi (the birth day of Lord Krishna), Sri Gaura Purnima, Sri Chandan Yatra, Sri Radhastami, Sri Rama Navami, Sri Narasimha Chaturdasi, Sri Balaram Jayanti, Sri Vamana Dvadasi, Sri Jhulana Yatra, Sri Kartika Damodara Vrata and Sri Govardhan Puja. Thousands of devotees visit the temple during these occasions.