By Rasalila Devi Dasi
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Breaking News: ISKCON Ujjain- The 1st temple to have LIVE Broadcast in Ujjain City
ISKCON Ujjain is the 1st temple in Ujjain city to have full-time LIVE broadcast of all its temple programs from the time it opens to the time it closes. It was all put together in just a matter of few months and successfully launched on November 22, 2011. Following the footsteps of ISKCON Ujjain, we have heard that another prominent Ujjain temple is planning to have live broadcast starting soon. Now, anyone around the world can easily see the ecstatic ISKCON Ujjain LIVE telecast by going on www.mayapur.tv and simply clicking on Ujjain channel. H. G. Rasalila Devi Dasi from New York City, America headed the broadcast setup. We asked H. G. Rasalila Devi Dasi about her experience and inspiration behind managing to get this broadcast off the ground so quickly. Following is her humble reply: “The most important factor is my Gurudev- H. H. Bhakti Charu Swami’s mercy, by whose instruction and desire, I took up this seva. My Gurudev- H. H. Bhakti Charu Swami had asked me to come up with ideas and work on spreading the programs of ISKCON Ujjain. Since that time, fulfilling my Guru’s instruction was the only goal of my life. The heart of the temple is its programs and with my Guru’s mercy, I somehow knew that setting a LIVE broadcast is the top most way so people from all over world have the opportunity to take darshan of our Ujjain deities. This way, people can take part in the temple satsangs and kirtans from anywhere. This is also a great way to keep people in touch with our programs and spread not only our temple programs but also spread India’s Vedic culture and heritage to the world. I did whatever it took to make this happen, so we could get the most professional broadcast. Invaluable support was also provided by the Veda Foundation team and the Ujjain temple Co-presidents. Now, I am very happy that I was able to achieve at least a drop in the ocean of my Gurudev’s instruction.”
There is a state of the art control room built with highest grade computer, audio and video technology. The camera’s in the temple room are controlled and monitored from this room to do mixing and creating interesting effects like a cricket match. You can view the LIVE broadcast even from the temple’s Govinda Restaurant and the temple room. Distribution LED screens have been put up so people can take advantage of the temple programs from different parts on the temple campus.
This is an added benefit to the congregation and interested people worldwide, who can watch the temple events in their home. People can even ask questions during the LIVE broadcast through a chat feature during all temple classes. This broadcast project is giving ISKCON Ujjain temple great public exposure.
Launching of ISKCON Ujjain LIVE telecast allows one to immediately quench the thirst of the soul by taking darshan of the beautiful Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan and Sri Sri Krishna Balaram deities. Melodious bhajans are sung throughout the day for the pleasure of the deities.
ISKCON Ujjain- Also the 1st temple to be fully Solar Powered in Ujjain!
(The entire project was donated by H. G. Ayodhyapati Das who is the uncle of the Mauritius Prime Minister.)
The story doesn’t stop here, ISKCON Ujjain is also the 1st Solar Powered temple in Ujjain and probably the only fully solar powered temple in ISKCON. This temple works with the environment by giving Krishna’s ray of light through a Solar Powered Temple. It was installed on the auspicious day of Janmashtami- August 22, 2011. We had interviewed H. G. Rasalila Devi Dasi (H. H. Bhakti Charu Swami Secretary) to get more information about this Solar Power Plant. She said that the current solar equipment they have at the temple provides the entire electricity needs of the temple 24 hours a day except the AC and some high voltage equipment. Everything runs on this system from lights, fans, audio system and other basic electrical equipment. The weather was very cloudy so in the beginning they didn’t get the full charge because of monsoon season but now the entire power is supplied by the solar units! The solar panels are currently located on the temple roof.
The Solar Power Plant saves laxmi for the temple. The electric unit charge is increasing everyday so it is a considerable help to the temple. If it works well in the long run and reduces the consumption on electricity, they plan to have it in all the temple buildings on campus. One of the added features of these solar panels is that if there is not enough sunlight, it will get power from the electric grid. So there will be no power failure in the temple with the electricity running seamlessly without breakdowns. If any other ISKCON community or temple wants to get this Solar Power Plant, ISKCON Ujjain will be happy to give further details.
H. H. Bhakti Charu Swami who had this temple built is very enthusiastic about this project. When it is connected to the grid, solar energy can overtake the highest cost of electricity at peak demand and can also reduce grid loading, apart from getting rid of the need for local battery power in darkness. By having this solar plant they are not only being environment conscious but also are using a pollution free energy source. It requires less man power as plant requires little maintenance or help after setup. Therefore, seeing all these radiant advantages of the Solar Power Plant H. H. Bhakti Charu Swami is very satisfied about this project. With this project, the Ujjain temple is able to make a significant difference to the community by saving energy, keeping the environment pollution free and ultimately reducing the temple costs.
We are so thankful to the exceptional devotees who continue to work hard giving their life and soul to make these outstanding miracles happen in Ujjain Dham. This temple is really breaking ground by setting high standards being environmentally conscious and using the latest technology to spread the Vedic culture to the world.