From 1965 to 1977, Srila Prabhupada toured the world 14 times, establishing 108 ISKCON centers in his lifetime. He continued to travel, preach, and translate Srimad Bhagavatam until he left this world on November 14, 1977, 7:25 pm at his home in Vrndavana, surrounded by loving disciples chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra he’d taken to every town and village on behalf of his spiritual master and Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Above the place where Srila Prabhupada was placed into and is actually sitting in samadhi, his disciples constructed a magnificent carved white marble Samadhi Memorial in his honor in front of his beloved Krishna Balarama Mandir. His handsome merciful Deity sits larger than life on the altar, and huge bronze bas-reliefs of His Divine Grace’s lifetime activities and mission stand behind the altar on the marble parikrama wall backside.
Upstairs, there are beautiful dioramas of him representing the Samsara Prayers we sing in every temple around the world. During the day, the devotees conduct a japa chanting program for visitors upstairs, and kirtan downstairs.
Facing the Samadhi Mandir, connected by an overhead marble bridge, is an equally gorgeous white carved Samadhi Museum, with diorama displays downstairs. The hall is meant for educational use and distribution of his transcendental literature. Upstairs there is a wonderful photo essay timeline of Srila Prabhupada’s life time activities and mission, parampara
Deities, and display of all of his books in all languages. During the day, videos are played on a small screen upstairs in the back, and in the evening, a cinema quality projector shows Srila Prabhupada’s larger than life activities on the large silver screen for all who exit the temple.
The large worshipable Deity of His Divine Grace on the Samadhi altar was made by his disciple Jagannath Krishna das from Texas, and the dioramas, parampara Deities, and brass-reliefs by his disciple Bhaktisiddanta das, who lives and serves in Vrndavana.
Srila Prabhupada is sitting in his divine Samadhi to reciprocate with you in your direct service to him. Our debt to Srila Prabhupada can never be repaid for uplifting the world to Krishna consciousness. In gratitude for his compassion, let us fully cooperate together to maintain and protect his eternal Samadhi in Vrndavan to assure it will survive the
onslaught of time. Dedicated devotees in Vrndavan are engaged in daily maintenance and upkeep of the building, exhibits, gardens and altar.
There are also Special Projects which may interest you. For example:
A partial list of Maintenance costs follows:
* Rs.30,000 per month for general maintenance, cleaning, gardening,
* Rs.45,000 per year for up-grading Prabhupada’s altar and Vyasana
* Rs.45,000 per year for up-grading exhibits on the first floor of both the
Samadhi and the Museum, and the dioramas downstairs in the Museum
* Rs.45,000 per year for continual stone polishing of the marble inside
* Rs.45,000 per year for continual stone polishing of the marble outside
* Rs.45,000 per year repairing damages caused by traffic, pollution, etc.
* Rs.45,000 per year for maintaining Prabhupada’s Memorial arch
* Rs.1,50,000 per year for repairing damages caused by age of the structure
The Samadhi Maintenance Fund Fixed Deposit ideally should reach Rs.2 crore in order to generate interest to cover ongoing maintenance expenses in the future.
***This service is eternal.***
Donations may be deposited at the Donation Room at the front of the temple. Please obtain a receipt for any donations given. If you prefer to donate by cheque or online, please note:
Rupee donations within India
SBI Samadhi A/c no. 10684301765
IFS code SBIN0002502
Cheques of On-line donations in foreign currency
ISKCON Foreign A/c #9100100-1456-5239
Swift code #AXISINBB086
IFSC code #UTIB0000794
From USA for tax exemption
Vedic Community Foundation,