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ISKCON will welcome distinguished figures from Maryland to its newly established Potomac Temple


April 3, Washington, DC :
On April 6, 2024, the Washington, DC-based International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) will have a VIP opening ceremony for its brand-new temple in Potomac, Maryland. This comes after last month's original temple inauguration went down without a hitch.

Attendees will include prominent personalities from the fields of religion, politics, academia, and religious freedom. Aruna Miller, the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland; Brooke E. Lierman, the state comptroller of Maryland; Shridhar Khatri, the ambassador of Nepal; Purmanund Jhugroo, the ambassador of Mauritius; and representatives from the Indian embassy are among the numerous individuals who have been invited.

A statement said that dignitaries, including Lieutenant Governor Miller, will cut the ribbon at the invitation-only event, which will also feature statements from special guests, a vegetarian feast, a traditional performance of bhajans (musical meditation), and representatives of other faiths.

Traditional temple domes, an abundance of marble, and elaborate arches and columns are just a few of the features that distinguish the new 11,200 sq. ft. temple from other Hindu or Vedic temples. Along with a huge industrial kitchen to facilitate the temple's substantial free food distribution, it will also have classrooms, a gift store, a 3,200 sq. ft. cultural hall for community events, a 4,000 sq. ft. temple space, and more.

As a sect of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition based out of West Bengal, ISKCON is based on the teachings of the Indian saint and mystic Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who lived in the 16th century. The Bhagavad-Gita, a highly read and revered Hindu text, and the ancient discipline of bhakti-yoga, or devotional yoga, are the sources from which ISKCON emerged. In 1965, when ISKCON was being established in New York City, its founder-acharya, Swami Prabhupada, carried the tradition of Krishna bhakti with him from India. Over the past seven decades, ISKCON has expanded to include hundreds of eco-communities, one hundred vegetarian eateries, and seven hundred temples.