Type of centre: Temple/ Farm
details of centre
One of Srila Prabhupada's most cherished desires was to establish
the New Vrindaban Community in America. He spoke at great length
about building a replica of Vrindaban India, where there are seven
main temples. In 1968, The New Vrindaban Community was founded in
West Virginia to fulfill Prabhupada's dream of an ideal society
based on Krishna Consciousness, or love of God. When Prabhupada
set down the first guidelines for such a community, the idea seemed
out of reach to the small band of devotees struggling through a
hard winter on a small, rundown farm. There was no electricity,
no running water in their only building, a battered pioneer shack.
But when Srila Prabhupada had a vision of "seven temples on
the seven hills," suddenly all obstacles seemed insignificant
to his followers. By 1972, the community had expanded from 100 acres
to 500 acres.
The New Vrindaban Holy Dham is set in the beautiful and peaceful
Appalachian Mountains in the rural West Virginia Panhandle. This
spiritual community has been a place of pilgrimage for many thousands
of visitors each year.
Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra Mandir, the main temple hall, is
the main attraction of many wonderful attractions in the New Vrindaban
Community and is usually the first stop for all visitors and pilgrims.
Apart from the wonderful gardens, other attractions include a gift
shop, an organic vegetable garden, snack bar, health shop, and Prabhupada's
Palace of Gold.
Sri Sri Radha Vrndavana Candra
Sri Gopal Nathaji
Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai
Palace of Gold
In 1973, the devotees decided to build a home for Srila Prabhupada,
where he could write all his books and enjoy the clean country air.
Devotees built Prabhupada's Palace as the first of the seven temples
here; a project that took seven hard years. It immediately became
the most famous Hare Krishna temple in North America.
The Palace attracts millions of visitors and is an incredible place
of pilgrimage in North America. Tours include ten elaborate marble
rooms, gardens, man-made lakes with swans, sculpture, museum, gift
shop and restaurant.
New Vrindavan's Organic Garden
There are no artificial chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides,
or herbicides used in the gardens. Srila Prabhupada wanted to have
a community based on self-sufficiency, and being able to grow one's
own food is paramount in becoming self-sufficient. One of our goals
has been to grow crops that will store well over the winter so food
will be available to our community year-round. We give tours of
our gardens and actively speak to groups about the importance of
organic and natural living. We explain the health benefits of a
diet free of chemicals and preservatives. One goal is to educate
people on the medicinal use of foods and of plants and the benefits
of a natural diet and lifestyle. We have worked with youth in the
area to teach them about organic farming and hard work.
Plans are ever expanding to incorporate oxen, a green house and
new ways to reach out to and educate people.
Vrindavan Dham GiftShop
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 7.30am–10.30am and 12.30am–7.30pm
Ph: (304) 843-1600 (general community number)
Located in Sri Sri Radha Vrndavana Candra's temple, carries a
large variety of traditional Indian clothing. Many devotional items
such as Deities and associated paraphernalia, including framed photographs,
incense, japa beads and bead bags, artik items,
books, Krishna Conscious tapes and CDs, and New Vrindaban souvenirs
also available. Vrindavan-Dham Gifts has extended or additional
hours on festivals or holidays to accommodate our guests.
In addition, we carry a limited number of wall hangings and tapestries.
Film and single use cameras are available for taking pictures of
the deities or beautiful New Vrindaban.
Hanuman's Health Shop
Ph: (304) 843-4811
Hanuman's Health Foods is located on the lower floor of the Guest
Lodge directly across from Sri Sri Radha Vrndavana Candra's temple.
We carry basic healthy groceries and a few household items and are
open seven days a week.
Krishna's Attic is located on the lower floor of the Guest Lodge
right next to Yamuna's Health Food Store. It is open from 12 noon
until 5.00pm on Sundays, however additional hours are available
Krishna's Attic has gently used traditional Indian clothing at
a fraction of the price one would pay for brand new clothing. They
also have American clothing, clothing for children and babies, household
goods, kitchen items, toys, jewelry, small electronics, and many
Krishna's Attic is also accepts donations of gently used clothing
and household items.
Located on the first floor of the Guest Lodge across from the
temple. The snack bar offers a wide variety of vegetarian food ranging
from sandwiches and pizzas to a full indian buffet. Open from 6.30
am to 10.30pm most days during the summer.
Reservations: (304) 845-5905
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Whether you're coming to visit the Palace of Gold for the weekend,
bringing the family for a Festival, or planning a week long retreat
to New Vrindaban, we have the right accommodations to fit your needs.
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