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Indian Temple Is Set To Be The World’s Tallest Religious Building

Turquoise and gold Hindu temple reaches for the heavens as the world’s tallest religious skyscraper.

By Jeff Vasishta November 24, 2016
Photo courtesy of Srila Prabhupada's Iskcon Bangalore

There are many ways to get closer to God. Most involve kindness and prayer. Hindus in India, however, are hedging their bets, hoping to give their celestial designs a little kick-start. Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir in Uttar Pradesh is set to become the world’s tallest religious skyscraper—a 700 foot tall temple, where Hindus can pray in the clouds while their children play in a (religious) theme park below.

In case devotees have a hard time recognizing the building, it will be the only 700 foot tall turquoise and gold rocket ship shaped construction in town, or anywhere, for that matter.

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“It is our aspiration to create a world class and iconic monument for Sri Krishna in the holy land of Vrindavan and proudly, place Krishna on the world mindscape and Vrindavan on the world map,” says Naveena Neerada Dasa, Head of Communications of the Sree Radha Krishna temple in Bangaluru.

In the league table of holy buildings, the Indian tower will be bigger than the Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Basilica and eclipse Germany’s Ulm Minster when finished. The temple/religious center, which will be earthquake-proof. It is set on 30 acres of forestry, based upon the twelve forests of Braj and will rise 70 stories in the air. Below, the theme park will take participants a on mental roller coaster of enlightenment—courtesy of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

“Attractions planned in the theme park would be like park rides, animatronics, light, sound and special effects as well as the Vraja Mandal parikrama shows and laser shows,” says Narasimha Das, project director of the temple.

Designed by InGenious Studio and structural consultant Thornton Tomasetti, the structure will have a capsule style elevator running up to a viewing deck in the heavens, where hopeful worshipers can keep an eye out on mystical signs from above. It’s not all prayers and solemnity, though. The capsule doubles as a light and sound experience, taking people through the planetary systems of the universe, according to Vedic literature.

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The temple is dedicated to the Deity Lord Sri Krishna, who, according to scripture, is said to have grown up in Vrindavan. For those who want to live in Sri Krishna’s eternal embrace: Apartments and villas will skirt the temple. Those are to be sold to fund the project—along with donations.

In case home owners need reminding of where they were, temple views are provided for all properties.

Jeff Vasishta

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Vasishta

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Vasishta

Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.

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