Aravade is the birth place of H.H. Lokanath Swami Maharaja and is a holy location for his followers. H.H. Lokanath Swami Maharaja is one of the senior disciples of A.C.Bhaktivendanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, who is the founder of International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Srila Prabhupada had instructed his dear disciple Lokanath Swami to disseminate the Holy Name of Krishna by carrying out padayatras through the villages. Since then, he has tried to fulfill this instruction of his spiritual master to the fullest.
The beautiful and attractive deities of Sri Sri Radha Gopal preside in this temple. A grand hall decorated with pastimes of Lord Krishna has been created in front of the Garbh-gruh. It boasts a combination of modern and ancient architecture and Vastusastra. From a distance one can observe the tall outstanding domes of the temple. The sprawling Vrindavan Garden enhances the beauty of the temple premises. The Krishna Tattva Darshan is set to enliven all visitors, especially the school children who are generally spell bound by the effervescent beauty of the deities, Sri Sri Radha Gopal.
With guidance and inspiration of Srila Lokanath Swami, the Hare Krishna festival is celebrated every year for over 25 years. Approximately 10,000 people from surrounding villages to attend this festival. Given that this place has become well-known, ISKCON resolved to establish the Hare Krishna Gram in Aravade.
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