Welcome to Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Mandir

“Temple means people should come, people should learn the science of God. Temple means spiritual educational shelter. People should come and learn what is spiritual life, what is God, what is my relationship with God.”
Srila Prabhupada

There are several services throughout the day at Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Mandir to which everyone is welcome to attend. Aside from these times, It is open daily from 4.30am – 8.30pm for pilgrims and guests.
The scriptures recommend that spiritual activities performed in the auspicious time of brahma-muhurta (one and a half hours before sunrise) have greater effect. Srila Prabhupada mandated that devotees should wake up early in the morning at 3:30 am and prepare themselves for rendering devotional service. This mandate is strictly followed by all the devotees who practice the principles of Krishna consciousness.

Srila Prabhupada has given a mandate that there must be regular mangala-arati in the temple, an hour and a half before sun rise. (Ref: CC. Madhya 24.334, purport) Mangala-arati is the first temple ceremony of the day.

It begins at 4:30am and is considered mangala, or ‘auspicious’ for all who participate. A grand arati is performed by offering incense, ghee lamp, water, cloth, flowers, chamara (fan made of yak tail) & vyajana (fan made of peacock feathers) to Their Lordships. Devotees sing Guru-ashtaka, a song composed by Srila Vishwanatha Chakravarthi Thakura glorifying the spiritual master and the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

This ceremony is right after mangala-arati. Narasimha is all powerful and The Supreme Lord appeared in the form of Narasimha, half-lion and half-man form, to protect His devotee Prahlada from the wrath of his father Hiranyakashipu, the greatest demon who defied the Supreme Lord.
Lord Narasimha always protects His devotees and takes away the obstacles in their devotional service. Devotees offer Him prayers before they begin their services as the devotees sing Narasimha Kirtan.

Tulasi is the eternal consort of Lord Krishna, and the most pure devotee, and therefore, the Tulasi plant is worshiped by Vaishnavas and it is most beneficial. Simply by worshiping her faithfully, a devotee can free himself from all material miseries.
Tulasi-arati is performed like this: The devotees sing prayers to Tulasi-devi while one devotee offers her arati with incense, ghee lamp, and flowers. When the song is finished, the devotees circumambulate Tulasi-devi minimum four times and offer her water by pouring minimum three drops at her root. It is said that when a person circumambulates Tulasi Devi, all the sins devotee may have committed are destroyed at every step. Devotees again offer obeisances chanting the Tulasi Pranama Mantra.
Devotees chant Vedic hymns like Sri Siksastakam, Brahma Samhita, selected prayers from Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Venkatesha Suprabhata, Purusha-sukta, Narasimha-kavacha  etc., to greet the Lord after He is awake.

Devotees assemble in the temple hall and chant Hare Krishna Maha Mantra. The powerful holy
name of the Lord can certainly deliver one from sinful effects, but one who desires to utilize this
transcendental potency of the holy name of the Lord in one’s sinister activities is the most
degraded person in the world. Since no one is more powerful than or equal to the energy of the
Supreme Lord, no one’s name can be as powerful as that of the Lord. By chanting the Lord’s holy
name, one can immediately becomes auspicious and transcendental to the infection of material
qualities and one can derive all the stipulated energy synchronized from all sources.
Srila Prabhupada recommended that we chant at least 16 rounds (1 round = 108 times) of Hare
Krishna Maha Mantra every day.
Behind the closed altar doors, the kautuka murtis of Sri Radha Krishnachandra and Sri Sri Nitai
Gauranga are offered shodashopachara seva (worship of the Deities with sixteen upacharas). As
part of the shodashopachara seva, the Deities are also offered abhisheka and are adorned in
gorgeous outfits and garlands.

At 7:15 am, the conch shells blow, announcing the opening of Lord’s darshan.
Deity Greeting After the Deities have been worshiped in private, They give Their audience
(darshana) to the devotees and the public, who then can see the shrine and offer worship and
prayers. This is accompanied by a recorded singing of the Govindam prayers of the Brahma-
samhita. A short arati is performed with incense, flower, chamara, and a peacock fan.

After the Darshana arati, devotees carry Srila Prabhupada’s Deity in a pallakki and
circumambulate the temple (pradakshina). Srila Prabhupada receives charanamrita and shatari
and then he receives guru-puja, an elaborate arati performed by the devotees.
At this time, as members of the Hare Krishna Movement we offer our obeisances to
Srila Prabhupada as the guru for all devotees. We are eternally indebted to him for single-
handedly bringing Krishna to whole world and thus giving everyone the opportunity to become a
lover of God. During the guru-puja, the devotees sing prayers glorifying the spiritual master and
offer flower petals and obeisances at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada. And after finishing the
glorification prayers for spiritual master, devotees participate in Hare-Krishna kirtan by singing
and dancing.

After the guru-puja, devotees accept the charanamrita of the Lord and then devotees sing
Vaishanava Bhajan compiled by various Vaishanava Acharyas.

“By regular attendance in classes on the Bhagavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact.” 

– SB 1.2.18

Every day at 8.00am there is a lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam. It is said nityam bhagavata-
sevaya: devotees listen to a lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam. By this process of regular hearing,
all the contamination in our heart will be cleansed and the devotional attitude will develop.
The speaker reads a verse and Srila Prabhupada’s explanation of it, and then elaborates on the
topics discussed there. At the end of the class, there are usually questions or comments. Thus an
interesting and enlightening discussion takes place.
We request you to be part of this morning program and share the bliss with us.

The raja-bhoga- arati follows the noon offering of food to the Deities. It lasts for about 20
minutes. Their Lordships are offered rajbhog arati with incense, ghee lamp, water, cloth, flowers,
chamara & a peacock fan. Prior to this arati, at 12:00 pm Their Lordships receive Rajbhog
offering, the grand offering of foodstuffs for the day. Rajbhog comprises varieties of delicacies
like sweets, savouries, salads, vegetables, rice, roti, dhal, fruit juice, etc.

There are several services throughout the day at Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Mandir to which everyone is welcome to attend. Aside from these times, It is open daily from 4.30am – 8.30pm for pilgrims and guests.

This arati lasts for 10 minutes. The priest offers incense, flowers, camara, and also a peacock fan. Prior to this arati, at 4:00 pm Their Lordships receive fruit offering.

This arati lasts for 10 minutes. Devotee offers incense, ghee lamp and flowers. Tulasi kirtan is
performed with tulasi pranama and tulasi pradakshina.

This is also known as Gaura-arati. The devotees sing Sri Gaura-arati–a joyful song glorifying
Lord Chaitanya and His associates. It lasts for about 20 minutes. It is a spiritually enlivening
experience for the devotees to witness the sandhya arati in the evening. Their Lordships are
offered incense, ghee lamp, water, cloth, flowers, chamara and a peacock fan

Conducted in a similar manner to the morning Bhagavatam class, evening Bhagavad-gita class
draws in congregation members as well as the residents devotees.

The final arati of the day allows all the devotees to have a last opportunity to see the Deities and
sing a beautiful song accompanied with music on serving the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha
Krishnachandra. Their Lordships are offered various articles like incense, flowers, chamara and a
peacock fan.

On every Sunday, this arati is followed by a grand shayana pallakki utsava when the kautuka
murtis of Their Lordships Nitai-Gauranga are carried in a pallakki around the altar and then duly
worshipped. The pallakki utsava combined with Harinama sankirtan is not only a visual delight
but also a spiritually uplifting experience.

Abhaya Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada was a Gaudiya Vaishnavism spiritual teacher and the founder preceptor of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, commonly known as the “Hare Krishna Movement”.
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada appeared in this world in 1896 in Kolkata, West Bengal. According to his spiritual master Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura’s instruction he went to United States to spread Krishna consciousness. Only after a year of great difficulty he established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in 1966 and within a short span of 12 years he stablished worldwide confederation of more than 100 temples,
ashrams and cultural centers, schools, institutes and farm communities all over the world.
He introduced the vedic system of primary and secondary education in the west by founding the Gurukula school. His most significant contribution is his books which are highly respected by scholars for their authority, depth and clarity.
Srila Prabhupada’s most significant contributions, perhaps, are his books. He authored over 70 volumes on the Krishna tradition, which are highly respected by scholars for their authority, depth, fidelity to the tradition and clarity. Several of his works are used as textbooks in university courses. His writings have been translated into 76 languages. His most prominent works include: Bhagavad-gitaAs It Is, the multi-volume Srimad-Bhagavatam and the set of Sri Caitanya-caritamrita books.
For millennia the teachings and the rich culture of bhakti-yoga, or Krishna Consciousness, had been hidden within the borders of India. Today, millions around the globe express their gratitude to Srila Prabhupada for revealing the timeless wisdom of bhakti to the world.

Sri Guru Pranama Mantra

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
cakshur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah

I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, who has opened my eyes, which were
blinded by the darkness of ignorance, with the torchlight of knowledge.

Srila Prabhupada Pranati Mantra

nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine

I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,
who is very dear to Lord Krishna on this earth, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.

namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani- pracarine
nirvisesha-sunyavadi- pascatya-desa- tarine

Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Sarasvati Gosvami. You
are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries,
which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.

Gauranga (the golden one) refers to Lord Caitanya, who has a fair complexion. The Lord’s acceptance of the role of a devotee in the eternal form of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is another of the Lord’s wonderful features. A conditioned soul cannot reach the absolute
Personality of Godhead by his imperfect endeavor, therefore Lord Sri Krsna, in the form of Lord Gauranga, has made it easy for everyone to approach Him. As Lord Gauranga is the form of a devotee, Nityananda Prabhu (a manifestation of Balarama) appears in the form of a devotee’s
spiritual master. Together, they are referred to as Guru and Gauranga, or Nitai-Gauranga.
The Most munificent incarnation of Krishna(Caitanya Mahaprabhu) who does not consider the offences of the fallen souls. ! He appeared in Navadwip, mayapur 500 years back to distribute the pure love of Krishna! To understand the glory of the love of Radha Rani, He accepted the role of a devotee in the eternal form of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. That’s why He took form of golden complexion so His other name is Gauranga. Mahaprabhu told His disciples to thoroughly study the vedas and show how bhakti is the sum and substance of all knowledge presented there. Lord Nityananda is Balarama Himself! He appears in the form of a devotee’s spiritual master. He is the master of the illusory energy and the shelter of all the universes! Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu inaugurated the congregational chanting of The Holy Names of the Lord.
They are the maintainers of all the worlds, the best of the brahmanas, the protectors of religious principles for this age. They bring happiness to the people of the world, and are the most merciful incarnations.

Sri Nityananda Pranama Mantra
nityanandam aham naumi sarvananda-karam param
hari-nama- pradam devam avadhuta-siromanim

I bow down to the Supreme Lord Nityananda Prabhu, who is the awarder of the highest joy to
all, the bestower of the holy name and the crest jewel of all paramahamsa mendicants.

Sri Gauranga Pranama Mantra
namo maha-vadanyaya krishna-prema- pradaya te
krishnaya krishna-caitanya- namne gaura-tvishe namah

O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Caitanya
Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely
distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You.

Krishna is the original, the source of all that exists. In the revealed scriptures, the ultimate object of knowledge is Sri Krishna, the Personality of Godhead. Religion (dharma) is rendering service unto Him. He is the supreme goal of life. He manifests in this material world from time to time to free His devotees from material existence and to vanquish the wicked. Although the Lord is full with all energies and is thus self-sufficient, He enjoys transcendental pleasure by subordinating Himself to His unalloyed devotees.
Srimati Radharani is the eternal consort of Lord Krishna. She appeared as the daughter of King Vrishabhanu and Queen Kirtida in Vrindavavna. She is the mother of the univers, the spiritual mother of all souls. She is the bestower of devotional service to Krishna. Radha embodies the totality of love for Krishna and thus She is the personification of bhakti or loving devotion to God.
With Krishna, Radha is acknowledged as the Supreme Goddess, for it is said that she controls Krishna. It is believed that Krishna enchants the world, but Radha enchants even Him. Therefore She is the supreme goddess of all. 
From the Vaishnava point of view the divine feminine energy (shakti) implies a divine source of energy, God or shaktiman. “Sita relates to Rama; Lakshmi belongs to Narayana; Radha has Her Krishna.”

As Krishna is believed to be the source of all manifestations of God, “Shri Radha, His consort, is the original source of all shaktis” or feminine manifestation of divine energy.

Sri Krishna Pranama Mantra
he krishna karuna-sindho dina-bandho jagat-pate
gopesa gopika-kanta radha-kanta namo ‘stu te

O my dear Krishna, ocean of mercy, You are the friend of the distressed and the source of creation. You are the master of the cowherdmen and the lover of the gopis, especially Radharani. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.

Sri Radha Pranama Mantra
tapta-kancana- gaurangi radhe vrindavanesvari
vrishabhanu-sute devi pranamami hari-priye

O Srimati Radharani, I offer my respects to You whose bodily complexion is like molten gold. O
Goddess, You are the queen of Vrindava. You are the daughter of King Vrsabhanu, and are very
dear to Lord Krishna.