It was in the year 1974-75; His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada made a visit to Tirupati-Tirumala as a special guest of the Government of Andhra Pradesh. During his stay at Tirumala, Srila Prabhupada was extremely pleased to have Darshan of Lord Sri Venkateswara. He was also pleased to see hundreds and thousands of pilgrimage devotees visiting the divine place daily.
By the mercy of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna in 1982 a humble beginning was made to this end, and to-day the vision of Srila Prabhupada is becoming unfolded. The management committee and the Executive office of T.T.D. have been very kind in providing a beautiful, large place to land at the foot of the divine Tirumala Hills. In 1983 a small brahmachari ashram was conducted to train young missionary devotees from around the world.
On the 10 th April 1984, a small temple was inaugurated by installing the most beautiful ‘Archa Vigraha' if Sri Sri Radha Govinda. In Order to effectively carry out the mission of broadcasting the science of Vedic Knowledge, a master plan is made in the year 1997 with an approximate cost of Rs. 15 Crores expected to be completed by 2005.
ISKCON Tirupati is situated at the foot hills of Tirumala, the abode of lord Balaji. Tirumala is one of the most famous Vaisnava Ksetra among 108 divya desams established by Sripad Ramanujacharya. The holy shrine is visited by 30 million pilgrims (approx) every year and is the richest temple in the world.
New temple project information:
- Everyday around 3 to 5 thousand pilgrims are visiting our present small temple.
- A Goshala of 100 healthy cows behind the temple.
- Bhaktivedanta School of 100 children. In addition to their academic education, even the spiritual culture is imparted in their tender Hearts.
- An upcoming well furnished Govinda restaurant.
- A new Guest House of 25 rooms.
- An audio visual theatre to a capacity of accommodating 350 persons.
- A multi visual exhibition of thought provoking dioramas.
- The temple hall comprises of richly illustrated exhibits with best collections of art which are self descriptive of Lords pastimes.
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