ISKCON Valencay - New Mayapur
Presiding Deities: Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Sri Radha Govinda Madhava, Laksmi Nrisimhadeva, and Giri Govardhana.
Temple Style: An historic early 20th century chateau, surrounded by 80 hectares of forests and pasture. Srila Prabhupada’s original quarters where he stayed during his visits to New Mayapur in the 1970s are preserved in the temple.
Location: Rural area, about one hour’s drive from the major tourist attraction LoireValley, famous for its historic towns, vineyards, and architecture including an abundance of beautiful chateaus. Being a good place for learning and practicing Deity worship at a high standard. Also a good location for practicing a self-sufficient lifestyle of simple living and high thinking advocated by Srila Prabhupada during his two visits to New Mayapur in 1975 and 1976.
Number of residents: Sixteen full-time devotees, and thirty congregation members living within a 30 kilometer radius of the temple.
Regular visitors: New Mayapur is a peaceful, quiet rural community, with few regular visitors—although guests do come for festivals, seminars and retreats.
Outside the Krishna Balarama garden, New Mayapur devotees cultivate a further two acres of vegetables, tilled mainly by their own oxen, and free of chemicals to preserve the purity of the earth. Meanwhile, the acres of fields surrounding New Mayapur are used primarily for cow grazing and for hay, as well as to grow the community’s own wheat. New Mayapur also offers facilities for seminars and retreats throughout the rest of the summer and springtime, at its fifty-room guesthouse with adjoining conference room. For guests interested in a more rustic, natural lifestyle, the community also offers a weekend experience whereby visitors can stay in a forest cottage, in exchange for three hours of manual work in the garden per day. The cottage is built entirely with natural materials and facilities—there’s mud walls, a straw bed, and an oil lamp. Guests dine on vegetarian meals in the chateau, and can also choose to receive an intrdoction to Bhakti yoga.
In the future, the new Mayapur devotees hope to offer more retreats and seminars, and to increase their self-sufficiency.
For more information on New Mayapur, visit http://www.newmayapur.fr Video gallery >>