ISKCON temple in Mexico City
ISKCON Mexico City
Gob. Tiburcio Montiel No. 45
Colonia San Miguel Chapultepec, C.P.
11850, Ciudad de México, México
Presiding Deities: Sri-Sri Radha Madana-Gopala. Temple is formerly the Ethopian Embassy in Mexico, the building incorporates both classical Spanish and Middle Eastern archietecture. Chapultepec, an affluent neighborhood and home to offices, a university, and some of the best known parks in the city. Number of residents: 22, Number of visitors: 150 per week, thirty per cent of whom tend to be newcomers.
ISKCON’s Mexico City temple is one of the society’s treasures, as the current building is the same one that ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada sent his disciple Chitsukhananda to open in 1971. Prabhupada also visited it himself on two occasions, and the room in which he stayed has been kept as a shrine to this day. Chitsukhananda rented a small house at first, then acquired the current temple in Fall of 1971. The first followers were an upscale group of doctors, lawyers, and engineers who had left the Swami they had been practicing yoga with because of his loose morals. Almost immediately, Krishna conciousness in Mexico became a phenomenon, with the the temple rocking to the tune of 500 guests every Sunday.
Soon, many devotees arrived from the U.S. too, making the Mexico City temple a vibrant and attractive cultural center with beautiful kirtans, sumptuous prasadam and festivals that went on late into the night. Much of this success could be attributed to Srila Prabhupada’s visits to Mexico City in June 1972 and February 1975.
In recent years Ratha-Yatra, launched in 2002, has further heightened the awareness of Krishna consciousness in Mexico. At the two-day weekend festival and parade featuring three chariots for Jagannath, Baladeva, and Subhadra, many people get the opportunity to see ISKCON’s rich cultural contribution. Meanwhile the temple offers an attractive selection of regular classes and workshops in its lounge, including philosophy, yoga, and Bharat-Natyam Dance, while its adjoining restaurant is packed full every day.
ISKCON Mexico City is also active in its local community, with several well-attended Bhakti-vriksha congregational groups around the city. Their immediate attention, however, is focused on renovating the devotees’ ashram accommodation, building a fully-equipped kitchen for festivals, and constructing private guestrooms—three urgent projects that have been delayed due to a lack of funds.
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