Sri Kripeshwarnath Mandir

A New Temple Devoted to Sri Sri Radha Krishna

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's Vision

Guruji has a clear vision of how the temple should look. Currently, the new altar is being built up, much of the technical aspects are installed, and the ceiling murals of the life of Sri Krishna are well under way. The following video shows an early version of the temple's plan, the Darshan hall above, and the surrounding environment (keep in mind, a few things have changed in the temple's plan since this video was made). The images below provide snapshots of the development of the temple over the months of its construction.

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Placing the first stone of the main altar.

first altar stone

And here, the first row of stones for the altar being laid down by Jaitreya and Vashishta.

First row of stones

This is a little model we did to see if there will be enough space for the pujaris to go up onto the altar.

Little model

Installing the new door of the puja kitchen. It will let light inside, but will not be see-through.

floorheating

The sub-construction is covered, and the putty for the drywall seams is finished.

Sub-construction covered

Here you see all the rolls of layers that will go under the concrete. It is a material for covering the floor before the screed is poured in, similar to concrete.

floor layers

Installing the pipes for the in-floor heating.

Red floor 1
Red floor 2

The acoustic absorption panels are installed. They are very flexible and will follow the curve of the ceiling.

Installing acoustic panels

Spraying on putty, for the acoustic installation.

The happy contractor crew, painting the curved ceiling with an undercoat of Krishna blue.

Painting the ceiling

Classical acoustic ceiling installed in the foyer. We engaged an outside company to install it.

Acoustic ceiling

A guided tour for devotees.

Devotee tour in the new temple

The acoustic ceiling is finished.

Acoustic Ceiling

Another planning meeting for the puja kitchen and altar.

Planning meeting

A deep hole was dug by an outside company for abishekam water.

Digging

Hole through the concrete floor for the abishekam water.

Concrete floor hole

The Schmidt company putting concrete rings into the newly dug hole.

Concrete rings

Water pipes under the new altar.

The big pot

Concrete beams in the temple need a lot of layers to be ready for the painting of Krishna's life stories.

special machine for glueing the acoustic layer

A special machine for gluing the acoustic plaster.

Gluing the acoustic layer

Testing the installation of a ventilation tube to see how visible the beams and ceiling will be.

Testing the ventilation tube

The drainage hole for the abishekam water is ready.

Drainage hole ready

Rishi from England is doing new drywalls and the subconstruction of the ceiling in the foyer.

Rishi

He is an expert and also is doing the subconstruction for the arc above the new inside door to the temple, leading to the main room.

Inner doorway

The wall of the puja kitchen.

Puja kitchen wall

Installing the wall, more specific the covering of the subconstruction of the wall with plasterboard.

Installing the wall

Cutting of the material for subconstruction.

Cutting material

Fixing the exact place for the metal ceiling profile for incoming drywall.

Aligning metal installations

This is the corridor of the upper split level leading to the new created storage spaces.

Upper corridor

Installing drywall in the corridors.

Installing drywall

Aluminum profiles to make the ceiling of the main temple room curved.

Aluminum profiles 1

Aluminum profiles 2

Insulation is filled behind the profiles...

Aluminum profiles 3

...and the tubes and cables are hidden in the corners.

Aluminum profiles 4

A new wall being installed for an audio room.

Audio room wall

A noise dampener and grid for the ventilation system is put on the hole of the east wall, where the fresh air comes in.

Noise dampener

Insulation for the wall to the technical room.

Insulation

Testing the location of screen installations.

Screen installations

A meeting between the architects, audio team, and the steering committee to plan the acoustic profile of the temple.

Meeting

This will be the location of the shoe shelves, just underneath the main entrance to the temple.

Shoe rack

Preparing the new main entrance to the temple. Windows below the new entrance were removed to prepare the way for the door and entrance way.

New doorway

This is the plan of the altar that got Guruji's approval. It will use sand-coloured marble, and will have arches around the five murtis on the altar.

Altar plan

The construction team, busy working on the concrete beams to make them very smooth for the final paintings.

Ceiling 1

Ceiling 2

Insulation was installed on the existing concrete columns.

Installing insulation 1

Installing insulation 2

Installing insulation 3

Acoustic panels were placed above the windows. These panels will absorb low frequencies, so that the audio quality in the temple will be improved.

Audio panels

The new exhaust air tube will end on the edge of the future entrance door, to allow a huge and high entrance to so that people entering the temple will have a nice view into the valley.

Air tube by door

This is how the main entrance door is planned, with a tall wood panel to make it look spacious and generous.

Front door

In January, much work was done on the ceiling, walls, and wiring.

Guruji set in motion a plan to paint the life of Krishna on curved ceiling sections. The way the ceiling's surfaces are shaped will have an impact on the sound profile in the temple, so the SPN Audio team brought in a specialist to consult about what type of materials could be used to best serve both the needs of construction and the experience of music in the space.

blueprint

Drilling holes for security lights.

installing security lights

The Steering Committee visited the temple to inspect the progress of the temple construction.

STC visit

The old holes in the concrete beams of the main temple room were closed.

Concrete beams holes closed

Lots of electrical cables to sort out. Each cable has a unique location to travel to throughout the entire building. Much time was needed to arrange that each cable arrived at its proper place.

Many cables

Swami Atmika helped to arrange that a Polish electrical company was part of installing the many electrical cables involved in this stage of construction.

Polish crew 1
Polish crew 2

A subconstruction of the ventilator unit was built and painted.

Measuring

Concrete beams in the temple need a lot of layers to be ready for the painting of Krishna's life stories.

concrete beams

In December, the construction team made the first stage of the main entrance of the new temple.

Door and stairs
Door and seva

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.

View into 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.

Pulling down the facade door

Vikram finished the door opening in early December.

Base frame

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.

Anoop

The newly installed stand for the ventilation unit was reinforced after the machine was put on top of it.

Measuring
Cutting
Welding

An exhaust-air tube was installed above where the altar will be.

Exhaust tube

Holes were made in the audio room walls in preparation for wiring installations.

Audio room walls

The architects tested new lamp styles.

Lamp

Testing wallpaper styles.

Wallpaper

We commissioned a small model of the temple, so that visitors to SPN can see the layout of the new temple.

Model 1
Model 2

The air conditioning channels were installed along the hallway leading to the main ventilation unit, going through to the upper floor.

Hallway
Upper level

Drilling holes for the air conditioning channels' installation.

Drilling holes

The roof's beams were painted, in preparation for future wallpaper.

Painting beams
Finished beams

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.

Base frame

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.

Anoop

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.

Ventilation system delivery

It took a team effort to move the new ventilation duct into its installation point.

Team effort

Holes were cut into the outside walls for air intake and exhaust.

Outside walls

Holes were cut inside the temple walls to install ventilation ducts.

Inside walls 1
Inside walls 2
Inside walls 3

The rain drainage systems got an overflow system. Digging was done just outside the temple to access the underground pipes.

Digging outside 1

This way, if a heavy rain comes and the system is flooded, the rain can easily flow away from the building.

Digging outside 2
Digging outside 3

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.

Rishi installing drywall

Installing drywall in the storage room.

drywall in storage

Old pipes were renewed in the temple area.

Old pipes

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.

Darshan hall radiators

Digging was done to access the heating system.

Digging

The new elements needed some fine tuning in the main heating room.

New heating element 1
New heating element 2

The concrete ceilings got a coat of primer.

Ceiling primer 1
Ceiling primer 2

Moving an existing window to fit in the new construction work.

Shifting a window

Finding the proper exit signs at the planning department.

Exit signs

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.

Darshan hall heating

The new heating for the temple will be in-floor heating.

Haripadasevaka Dasi with an engineer from the heating installation company.

Temple heating

Making preparations for the installation of a pump unit in the technical room.

Ishwara
Engineers

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.)

Shirdi Foundation

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.

Shirdi bricklaying tool

The team of Italians laying bricks for the Shirdi temple walls.

Italians laying bricks

Each brick was inscribed with the mantra "OM Namo Narayanaya".

OM Namo Narayanaya bricks

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.

JLF gates

JLF map

JLF signs

building the JLF stage

JLF big sign

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.

New plans

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.

Stormy weather in Springen before the JLF

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.

Heating room meeting

In preparation for the Just Love Festival, the construction team helped to construct a tall entrance gate, welcoming the festival participants.

Setting up the JLF gate

The concrete base for the JLF gate:

Concrete Man

They also helped in constructing the festival booths and fences.

Building a fence

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.

Smoothing concrete on the channel

Steel was put on both sides before the concrete was put in to stabilise floor and protect the cables running underneath.

Channel filled

In the temple, floor space was cleared and a layer of concrete was put in to even out the ground.

Floor ready for concrete pouring

Our plans are to make a one level floor for the whole pool area.

Mixing Concrete

This had to be done to be able to operate rolling scaffolding necessary for later ceiling work.

Concrete Man

Smoothing Concrete

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.

Just Love Festival Banner 1

Just Love Festival Banner 3

Just Love Festival Banner 3

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.

Jaganath Banner before

Jaganath Banner 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.

New pipes in open channel

A little carport in front of the future puja kitchen came into being.

Carport

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.

Ram Navami Yagna

Nice and clean after Ram Navami, ready to continue construction.

Clean construction site

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.

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.

Channel

Channel 2

This channel will store the piping for the electrical systems, fresh water pipes, rainwater piping for the garden, and sewage pipes.

Channel 3

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.

Small hole 1

Small hole 2

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!

Discussing ventilation system

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.

Future installations room

Also steel beams for a second level have been put in place.

Steel beams for a second level

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.

Steel beams for a second level

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.

New staircase

The new staircase seen from the main Temple room.

New staircase

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.

Main temple room floor

Ishvara from South Africa joined the Ashram Construction Seva Team for one month.

Ishvara joined the construction seva team

Removing old material in the side room floor in order to make a installation channel for water, heating and electricity.

Installation channel preparation

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.

Temple space

And also since beginning of January Rama Das from Germany is helping our Ashram construction team.

Temple space

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.

Temple space

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.

Temple space

Here you can see two of those pillars after the wall has been removed.

Temple space

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.

Temple space

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.

Temple space

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.

Temple space

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.

Temple space

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.

Temple space
Temple space
Temple space

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

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