ISKCON Detroit Devasadan Mandir (Temple of the Gods).
Address: 383 Lennox Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 4215.
Phone: 313-824-6000 / 313-331-6740
Presiding Deities: Sri-Sri Radha-Kunja-Bihari, Sri-Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri-Sri Jagannath-Baladeva-Subhadra, Sri Nathji, and Sri Bala Gopala. Opened in: Summer 1983.
Temple Style: Historic art-deco mansion built in the early 1920s by the flamboyant auto industry millionaire and Cadillac President Lawrence P. Fisher. The 22,000 square-foot Mediterranean-style villa sits on four acres of gardens and cost $2 million to build in the 1920s. Adjusted for inflation today, it’s worth around $25 million.
Location: Urban neighborhood on the East Side of Detroit, which was very depressed in 1976 when devotees purchased the mansion. Adressing their concerns, however, Srila Prabhupada said that if the devotees moved in, the neighborhood would change. He was right. And although it has seen its ups and downs over the years, the area has experienced another renaissance in recent times. New apartment buildings and condos have been constructed, several of which the temple owns and uses as residential ashrams and rentable accommodation for its congregation.
Known for: Being purchased by Ambarish Dasa (Alfred Brush Ford), the great-grandson of automobile magnate Henry Ford, and Lekhashravanti Dasi (Elisabeth Reuther) daughter of United Autor Workers labor union leader Walter Reuther. Also for its FATE (First American Transcendental Exhibit) Museum, built by devotees and showing the philosophy of Krishna consciousness through entertaining dioramas and multimedia presentations.
Number of residents: Six, although there’s a congregation of 300 to 400 people.
Number of visitors: 200 to 300 people attend the Sunday Feast every week.
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