During the 1970’s a spiritual guru by the name of AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada established the famous “ISKCON Temple” in the posh suburb of Juhu in Mumbai, Maharashtra. ISKCON which is means “International Society for Krishna Consciousness” is also popularly known as the “Hare Krishna Movement”. This temple consists of a number of residing deities and they include Gaura-Nitai, Radha-Rasabihari, Sita-Rama, Laxman, and Hanuman. Important travel information regarding this popular “religious” site is as follows.
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a. Best time to visit ISKCON Temple:
This temple is located in the city of Mumbai. So the best time to visit this temple is during winters which begins in November and ends in March as the climate during this period is extremely cool and pleasant.
b. How to reach ISKCON Temple?
ISKCON Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this temple is located in Bandra Terminus. The Bandra Terminus Railway Station is well connected to major cities across the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to travel to ISCKON Temple then Pune and Navi Mumbai are starting points located in close proximity.
a.How to reach ISCKON Temple from Pune : The shortest route to reach ISCKON Temple from Pune is via Bengaluru – Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai – Pune Hwy as depicted in the map above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.
b.How to reach ISCKON Temple from Navi Mumbai : The fastest route from Navi Mumbai to ISCKON Temple is via Bengaluru – Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai – Pandharpur Rd/Mumbai – Pune Hwy/Sion – Panvel Expy and the route map is depicted above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.
3. By air:
The nearest domestic airport to this temple is located in the suburb of Ville Parle/ Santa Cruz while, the international airport is located in Sahar. Both the international and domestic are well connected to major cities and countries respectively.
c. Religious significance:
The movement called “ISKCON” was first established in New York by Swami Prabhupada in 1966. The intention of this movement was to spread the practice of “Bhakti Yoga” i.e. a practice involving dedication of thoughts and actions so as to please the supreme Lord Krishna. The philosophy of this movement is essentially based on the teachings from selected Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Bhagavata Purana. The devotees of this movement usually chant the maha mantra “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” in honour of Lord Ram and Krishna. It was eventually in the 1970’s that Prabhupada then established this temple in the “City of Dreams” by acquiring property in Juhu.
Accommodation – Hotels, Resorts and Home Stays in and around ISCKON Temple :
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