ISKCON Kuala Lumpur
The first preaching centre in Kuala Lumpur also known as Sri Jagannatha Mandir, was established in Jalan Anak Gasing, Petaling Jaya in 1981. His Grace Ramasharan prabhu was the first Temple President. In 1984, the centre was relocated to Taman Kanagapuram, Petaling Jaya, and since 1985, we have established our headquarters in Taman Yarl, Off Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur. Vrindavan Candra dasa took over the leadership for a brief period. During his time, many life-members were made whose contribution helped the movement financially.
Simhesvara dasa was the third temple president and he managed for 13 years. During this time many young men joined as residential devotees or brahmacaris. Preaching expanded throughout the country vigorously. New preaching centres mushroomed from North to South of Malaysia and as well as to Kuching. Since the beginning, Sri Jagannatha Mandir operated from residential premises with limited facilities. Uttama Caitanya dasa became the fourth temple president from 2001 until 2009.
Visnu Caitanya dasa replaced him for a year and he made an impressive makeover to the existing temple structure. Seminar rooms were created for meetings and for different language lectures, youth and children which occurred simultaneously on Sundays. He also built an additional room for in-house residents upstairs.
Soon after, a team of 6 Templemanagers continued running the temple for a short term from late 2010 until late 2011. Today, Sri Jagannatha Mandir is 450-congregant strong.
Deities in Sri Jagannatha Mandir, Kuala Lumpur
On the main altar in the temple, there are three thrones (simhasana). On the central throne are seated Lord Baladeva (Krishna’s brother), Goddess Subhatra ( Krishna‘s sister) and Lord Jagannatha.
Flanking them on the left throne are the marble deities of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Nityananda (to His right) named Sri Sri Nitai Sundar Gaura Hari installed in 2010, and on the right throne is photo of the deities, Sri Sri Radha Syamasunder.
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