The ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness – also known as the “Hare Krishna” movement) temple is a massive complex perched on a hilltop and one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. Dedicated to the god Krishna and his consort Radha, its official name is Sri Radha Krishnachandra temple, but it’s more popularly known as the ISKCON temple and is one of the city’s best-known places of worship.
The temple opened its doors in 1997, becoming not only the center of the ISKCON movement’s spiritual, educational and cultural activities in Bangalore, but also an important place of worship. The temple’s architecture and interiors contrast sharply with the other older temples of the city. The building is modern and spacious, with the four towers of the main temple building connected with glass. The temple spire and flag post are gold-plated.
The temple is open to the public every morning and afternoon for “darshan” when worshipers can see and pray to the idols of Radha and Krishna. As is the tradition in many temples, visitors are offered “prasadam”, a small food offering – usually a sweet, which has been blessed by the god.