A Beautiful and Spacious New Temple in the Heart of Shree Peetha Nilaya
For many years, Guruji has wished that this temple be built. It will become a place for prayer, devotional gatherings, meditation, awakening, healing, faith and unity with the Divine. For ages it shall pour out the pure energy of Divine Love, and be an embodiment of our bhakti for the whole world to enjoy.
Ceremonies and rituals are very, very important for the welfare and evolution of this world, as they create vibrations that maintain and sustain the energy of nature.Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda
Guruji has a clear vision of how the temple should look. Currently, the new temple space is still empty, but some parts of the architectural design are already ready, waiting for the construction to begin. The following images and video show how the place is now, and how Guruji envisions this wonderful place to become.
In December, the construction team made the first stage of the main entrance of the new temple.
The door is at ground-level when approached from the outside. Just past this new door are stairs down to the main floor of the temple.
To cut the hole for the door, the walls had to be cut, layer by layer, through the stone outer facade, the old insulation, and then finally the concrete.
Vikram finished the door opening in early December.
Harihara das, from France, made a wooden door as a temporary gateway for the room.
Viswambara Das, from Slovenia, came to install the ventilation unit.
The newly installed stand for the ventilation unit was reinforced after the machine was put on top of it.
An exhaust-air tube was installed above where the altar will be.
Holes were made in the audio room walls in preparation for wiring installations.
The architects tested new lamp styles.
Testing wallpaper styles.
We commissioned a small model of the temple, so that visitors to SPN can see the layout of the new temple.
The air conditioning channels were installed along the hallway leading to the main ventilation unit, going through to the upper floor.
Drilling holes for the air conditioning channels' installation.
The roof's beams were painted, in preparation for future wallpaper.
The ventilation system will require a large engine to move the air. This engine is quite large, and will be placed on top of a big base frame. Here, the team is installing the base frame for the new ventilation unit.
Anoop, a devotee from Poland and an experienced welder, extended his stay with the Bhakti Seva program, to continue helping with the temple's construction.
Two main projects were undertaken in October: the installation of the ventilation system, and a drainage system for heavy rains.
The ventilation system was delivered, and the construction team got to work installing it.
It took a team effort to move the new ventilation duct into its installation point.
Holes were cut into the outside walls for air intake and exhaust.
Holes were cut inside the temple walls to install ventilation ducts.
The rain drainage systems got an overflow system. Digging was done just outside the temple to access the underground pipes.
This way, if a heavy rain comes and the system is flooded, the rain can easily flow away from the building.
Rishi, a devotee from England who is a drywall specialist was here for seva in the new temple.
He helped the construction team in installing drywall in many of the ceilings and walls.
Installing drywall in the storage room.
Old pipes were renewed in the temple area.
Heating radiators in the Darshan hall were disconnected from the old heating pipes, which had been based in the temple below.
The heating systems of these two rooms will be separated, and these Darshan hall radiators will get newly connected to the heating system.
Digging was done to access the heating system.
The new elements needed some fine tuning in the main heating room.
The concrete ceilings got a coat of primer.
Moving an existing window to fit in the new construction work.
Finding the proper exit signs at the planning department.
We started to put new heating pipes in the darshan hall as we had to cut out the old heating pipes in the temple.
The heating in the darshan hall was also cut and we are eager to install the new one to have the darshan hall heated again.
The new heating for the temple will be in-floor heating.
Haripadasevaka Dasi with an engineer from the heating installation company.
Making preparations for the installation of a pump unit in the technical room.
The construction of a new Shirdi temple started. The digging and foundations needed to be ready for the Italians leading the building construction, who came on the 20th of August.
(While the Shirdi temple was not part of the Sri Kripeshwarnath temple project, our construction team was partially involved in it, so we'll share a little about it here.)
This tool was needed to place all of the bricks of the Shirdi temple walls in the right spot. It was built by our construction team.
The team of Italians laying bricks for the Shirdi temple walls.
Each brick was inscribed with the mantra "OM Namo Narayanaya".
In July, much of the construction team's concern was on the Just Love Festival.
After putting up the stage, a grand sign, the gates, and building fences for camping, the parikrama path, and the cows, little time was left for movement in the new temple.
The architects came to new decisions with Swami Anashuya and Swami Keshava regarding the puja kitchen, including how the abishekam water will get drained.
The architects made variations on how the altar will look like.
The construction team received the size requested by the ventilation specialist for the fresh air tubes, and they did an enlargement of the existing holes in the upper part of the wall between temple and two-floor rooms.
In June we had breaks in construction for the Silent Retreat and the Atma Kriya Yoga retreat.
During a heavy rain, water poured out from old pipes in the floor. We had to engage a company that investigated with a camera, and now we have to look into that more thoroughly.
Fortunately, some of the pipes are outside the building, and are easily accessible.
There was recently a meeting in the cellar about the heating system with a plumbing company, to ensure the heating system will be in top shape.
In preparation for the Just Love Festival, the construction team helped to construct a tall entrance gate, welcoming the festival participants.
The concrete base for the JLF gate:
They also helped in constructing the festival booths and fences.
Now that the retreats, festival, and Gurupurnima are passed, it's back to working on the temple.
Inside the temple, the last cable (fiber optic) of the open channel in the floor was installed, and the whole channel was carefully filled.
Steel was put on both sides before the concrete was put in to stabilise floor and protect the cables running underneath.
In the temple, floor space was cleared and a layer of concrete was put in to even out the ground.
Our plans are to make a one level floor for the whole pool area.
This had to be done to be able to operate rolling scaffolding necessary for later ceiling work.
As the whole Ashram is getting the whole grounds ready for the Just Love Festival (link), the construction team was involved in the preparation.
Here is the team putting up a large billboard advertisement was put in the countryside, nearby the Ashram.
Jaganath also started overseeing the construction :)
His image was put up for the celebration of Guruji's birthday in early June.
Here is where He is staying, before and after.
In April, the construction team put new pipes into the open channel of the floor.
Rainwater, electric, water, heating supply, empty tubes, and drainpipes were installed. The fiber optics cable hasn't been installed yet, so we can not close it yet.
A little carport in front of the future puja kitchen came into being.
In early April, the new temple site was the location for the Ram Navami yagna.
The event coincided with a Polish Darshan weekend, and many devotees from Poland and elsewhere got to enjoy the prayers in the future temple.
Nice and clean after Ram Navami, ready to continue construction.
The next stage of the project is laying down a smooth floor in the main room, over the old pool, so that work can be done with scaffolds on the ceiling.
March was a busy month for the construction team.
The team created a 70cm-deep channel that ran along the full length of the temple building, going through lots of concrete to do so.
This channel will store the piping for the electrical systems, fresh water pipes, rainwater piping for the garden, and sewage pipes.
Much preparation work was done as well, for upcoming stages of the temple's construction.
The team prepared for working with rolling scaffolds, which they will use to construct the balconies, and to install electrical and ventilation systems along the top of the main wall.
One small but critical work was the cutting of a small hole, high in the wall facing the entrance to the hotel's hallway. This hole will be very important for the installation of electrical systems in the next stage of construction.
The flooring for the upper level has been picked out, and will be ordered soon.
The construction and maintenance teams have also been preparing to apply the Alpha & Omega water activation systems to the water storage tanks for the heating systems. This means that the new temple's heat will be provided with very positive water!
A lot has happened in February.
This is the future installations room in the very back of the building. Here the installations for the heating and ventilation system will be placed.
Also steel beams for a second level have been put in place.
In the side room, steel beams are put in place for a second level leading to the new future Temple entrance.
Where the ladder is, the new staircase leading down to the Temple level is going to be.
The same room to the other direction. In the front, you see the new staircase leading down, and in the back, steel beams for a second level room. Below, a newly-built wall and the door opening that leads to the Puja kitchen.
The new staircase seen from the main Temple room.
In the main Temple room:
Once the floor tiles were out, it was clear that more material underneath had to be removed in order to have enough depth to install the new floor heating system.
Therefore, destruction went on throughout February.
Ishvara from South Africa joined the Ashram Construction Seva Team for one month.
Removing old material in the side room floor in order to make a installation channel for water, heating and electricity.
Beginning to middle of January the destruction work of removing the old tiles still went on.
Hari Hara Das from France stayed in the Ashram for two weeks doing seva for the temple construction.
And also since beginning of January Rama Das from Germany is helping our Ashram construction team.
Due to the weather conditions it was no longer possible for the trucks to drive over the lawn behind the building. We had to build a construction road so that the containers with all the old tiles and stones could be removed.
Our architects found a promising new construction company for this task. And as they were very happy with the quality of their work they also gave the company other construction tasks to be done inside the Temple.
At the front side of the building where there is now the entrance with the stairs leading up to the old Darshan Hall there is on the inside a narrow corridor and another wall. Part of his wall needs to be removed. But after examinating this wall it showed that it is supporting the ceiling and can’t just be taken out. For this we needed the help of our new found company. They started taking down the wall bit by bit – see picture – and placed iron pillars at certain intervals to still ensure the support of the ceiling.
Here you can see two of those pillars after the wall has been removed.
The back of the same room. The workers from the construction company fill a gap in the back wall. On the right is the wall that seperates this room from the main Temple Hall. In the back of the room the Puja Kitchen and the Flower Room are going to be and in the front a staircase has to be build leading from the new future entrance down to the Temple.
The builing materials for the next construction steps are already waiting in the future main Temple Hall. It is for building the staircase towards the entrance and another level inside that room in the above picture.
The demolition work of removing the old floor tiles is still ongoing. See picture.
In the first week of January 2016, a meeting is planned with the construction company who is going to make the supports for the outer wall where the entrance is going to be and for the remaining inner walls.
The wall needs to be opened on the side of the building where the new entrance is going to be and also some of the inner walls are going to removed and therefore those parts of the walls which remain, like the wall from the Puja kitchen, need to have support in order to continue to sustain the ceiling.
In order to provide electricity for the whole temple, four variations of cable placement along the ventilation ducts are being planned and evaluated.
Meanwhile our architects are busy planning the next construction steps. The temple naturally needs a puja kitchen and a flower room. In the picture, a visit from Swami Anashuya, Swami Keshava and Reka – the architect – to the future puja kitchen.
The construction of the Sri Kripeshwarnath Mandir has begun. Though the seva team is small, the work that they have been doing is already showing big changes. Just as Shiva destroys the Universe so that a new one can be created, the construction team is having to demolish the old “pool” area, in order to create a clean slate for the temple to be. It’s not an easy task to complete, but nevertheless, it must be done.
What has been completed thus far is only the beginning, as the future renovations will require much more work, as well as financial support. The simple truth is that the formation of the new temple relies upon the contributions of the devotees. Together we will make this place of prayer, a sanctuary for each person on the spiritual path. Donate today to make our vision become a reality.
Have Your Name Inside the Temple
Everyone who donates to the new temple gets his or her name carved on a marble plate. The plate will be placed at the feet of the deities on the base of the main altar, and it will remain there as long as the temple exists. This way, a part of you is at the feet of Sri Sri Radha Krishna in the temple at all times and participates in all the prayers to the Divine that will be offered there in the future. Read more »
This is a tradition to give, to co-balance the energy. It is about you participating also. With one person it is not possible to build anything. A temple is for everybody. When you participate in it, you will always be there. Whenever people are doing prayer there, whether you remember it or not, with the brick that you have put there, the Divine blessing will always be with you.Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda
Become Part of the Temple
If you want to build a strong connection between you and the Sri Sri Radha Krishna temple of Shree Peetha Nilaya, an easy and important way to do it is to support it financially. Divine Mother is there for all who participate, multiplying what you have given and returning it back to you, giving Her eternal blessings.
The temple is for everybody. Become part of it by giving your donation, and together, we will make it real!Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda
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Sponsor a Deity
Once the temple is built, it has to be filled with life. You have the opportunity to become a sponsor of one or several deities that will be installed in the temple. Starting with €500 one can become a sponsor. The names of all sponsors will also be mentioned inside the temple on a separate plate, and during the prana pratishta (life infusion) of the deity you sponsored, your name will be mentioned during the ceremony.
Guruji has already chosen which aspects of the Divine will be present inside the temple:
Sri Radha Krishna
Chaitanya & Nityananda
The 300 and 12 Campaigns
Often Guruji is emphasizing, that a temple is for everyone, and it can only happen if many helping hands and hearts want it and work together. For that reason we started a special program in March 2016 called 300/12, where the opportunity is presented to make a special pledge.
- The 300 campaign is looking for 300 angel devotees who give 100 Euros per month over 12 months.
- The 12 campaign is looking for 12 angel devotees who give 30,000 Euros over 12 months.
Together, these two campaigns account for a large part of the total amount needed to complete the temple construction.
By enabling this new temple to come into being, you are placing your name and your Love into the central temple in the central ashram of Guruji's mission.
Sri Kripeshwarnath will benefit countless seekers from around the world who will visit Shree Peetha Nilaya over the coming years, decades and centuries. This sacred place will play a significant role in bringing about the transformation in the world that is so badly needed.
To join the 300 or 12 campaign, write us at fundraising [at] bhaktimarga.org.
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