ISKCON Hillsborough, New Goloka
ISKCON Hillsborough, North Carolina
1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd, 27278
Tel. (919) 732-6492 Fax: (919) 732-8033
New Goloka temple is a member of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), whose Founder-Acharya is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Golokanda, the presiding deities of New Goloka, were installed in August 1985.
In 1982 his Holiness Bir Krsna Das Goswami came to North Carolina. He had a desire to please his spiritual master His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by bringing Krishna Consciousness to this area. At first he stayed in Creedmore on a friends property. Karuna Purana Shakti and Hayasa Das were with him. They contacted a devotee couple that were living in the area named Maya Priya and her husband Amita Cara. They also were very enthusiastic that a center should start and together they all went to look at the property in Hillsborough. They find the land. The land was covered by trees but very beautiful and at that time quite remote. In 1982 Bir Krsna Maharaja, Hayasa and Karuna moved on the property. They lived in a small trailer with no running water. Amita Cara Prabhu came daily to help clear the land. Karuna Purna Shakti also worked on the property. Bir Krsna Maharaja had a vision and he was willing to tolerate the obstacles that came. He wanted people to have the opportunity to chant the Holy Names and to come and worship Radha and Krishna. A larger trailer was moved on the property and that was the beginning of New Goloka worship.
Bir Krsna Maharaja designed a dome temple and then Dhirabhai Padgam from Greensboro came foward and organized the other motel owners to help finance the construction. Dr. Shaw and his wife from Winston Salem sponsored to have the Deities carved. Bir Krsna Maharja went to Jaipur India to give the details. It was decided that they would be installed on Janmastami 1985. Jaya dasa and Amita Cara worked hard day and night to build the temple. The first Deity outfits were sewn by Renuka and Dukahantri. They were given two rooms in the the Economy Inn to use as a sewing room. It became a community project as everyone was enthusiastically awaiting the arrival of the Lord. On Janmastami 1985 Sri Sri Radha Golokananda made Their Divine Appearance at New Goloka Dhama capturing the hearts of all those present. There was massive prasadam distribution.
The community has grown. Many students have come from the University to learn about Krishna Consciousness and many books have been distributed. The community of worshippers of Radha Golokananda is growing rapidly, outgrowing the small facilities in the present temple. Thus many requests have come forth to build a new, bigger temple for Their Lordships. The new temple will be located across the street from the present temple on a six-acre plot of land.
Web site: http://www.newgoloka.co
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