Vedic Planetarium : World’s largest religious monument

India is home to many architectural marvels. The Vedic Planetarium Temple in Mayapur, West Bengal will soon become the world’s largest religious monument. Currently, the largest religious monument in the world is Angkor Wat, a huge Buddhist temple complex located in northern Cambodia.

Key Points

  • The purpose behind the construction of this temple is to make people aware about the Vedic culture. The temple is based on the vision of Acharya Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON, which would help in the spread of Vedic knowledge in the world.
  • The temple is inspired by the design of the US Capitol building. Its construction is estimated to cost about $100 million. On each of its floors, the temple can seat 10,000 devotees and can pray, sing and dance together.
  • There are many features of this temple, which make it unique. Its construction began over a decade ago and more than 20 million kilograms of cement has been used in the construction of the structure. In this, each floor will be one lakh square feet, which makes it even more beautiful and also the largest dome has been built in the temple.
  • Special Blue Bolivian Marble has been used in the 380 feet high temple, which shows the influence of Western architecture in the temple.

Mayapur

Mayapur is also known as the Land of the Golden Avatar, this site is about 140 km from Calcutta. An incarnation of Lord Krishna (incarnation of Lord Vishnu), Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born in this city in the year 1486. The main attraction of the city is Chandrodaya Mandir, the first temple established in the region by ISKCON. The Samadhi of Sri Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON, is also located here.

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