New ISKCON Temple Opens In Silicon Valley, California

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By Akruranatha Dasa

ISKCON’s newest temple in North America recently opened on Rama Navmi, April 21, 2013, at 1965 Latham Street, Mountain View, California, in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. The strategic location is near prestigious Stanford University and the world headquarters of many hi-tech companies such as Google. ISKCON of Silicon Valley (ISV) purchased the property about a year ago, but remained operating at its smaller, rented location in San Jose while completing extensive renovation and remodeling at the new location.

While the Deities moved into the temple on Rama Navmi and the temple unofficially opened on that date, the official Grand Opening will be held during July 4th weekend (July 6th and 7th), to coincide with observance of the Disappearance Day of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, which has traditionally been enthusiastically celebrated at ISV by liberal book distribution.

The new temple in Mountain View is the home of presiding Deities Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Sri Radha-Madanamohan, and Sri Sri Laksmi-Narasimhadeva. It boasts a beautiful altar and temple hall with adjoining pujari room, a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, multi-media broadcasting and audio-visual recording equipment, a guest room for visiting senior devotees, two classrooms for children, an office, a large sankirtan book storage room, an entrance hallway/reception area with room for a small gift shop, four comfortably appointed visitor’s washrooms, and parking for about 17 cars. In the parking lot area there are two mature pepper trees which give the property an exotic atmosphere and fragrance.

The attached photos from Rama Navmi show the temple in an unfinished state. Devotees continue to work on completing the remodel and decoration of the temple. Artwork on loan from the BBT will grace the walls, and many other furnishings and decorations will be added, including a new vyasasana and murti of Srila Prabhupada, and new curtains and ornate metal gates and mandala for the altar. New signage and landscaping have not yet been started. A photo of where the donor wall will include personalized tiles (still going for $2,000 apiece) shows the frame created by Ramdas. New donations of any size are welcome. Please visit for more details and updates.

The life and soul of ISV is sankirtan, especially the Monthly Sankirtan Festivals in which devotees from the congregation go out on mass harinama and book distribution for the pleasure of the Deities and Srila Prabhupada. The devotees also eagerly discuss Srimad Bhagavatam among themselves and observe the worship of the temple Deities. There are also University and corporate outreach activities in which books and prasadam are distributed. Such activities give the ISV devotees tangible spiritual happiness and enthusiasm which has inspired them to contribute the large amount of funds necessary to purchase and renovate the temple.

‚ÄúRupa Goswami has stated that five kinds of devotional activities ‚Äď namely residing in Mathura, worshiping the Deity of the Lord, reciting Srimad Bhagavatam, serving a devotee and chanting the Hatre Krishna mantra ‚Äď are so potent that a small attachment for any one of these five items can arouse devotional ecstasy even in a neophyte.‚ÄĚ (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 13, ‚ÄúFive Potent Forms of devotional Service‚ÄĚ)

The devotees at ISV are determined to use the new temple facilities Their Lordships have provided in order to increase their attachment to the above five activities, and to introduce others to them as well. Specifically, we are very eager to see ISV continue to serve as a home base for increasing distribution of Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs books and chanting Hare Krishna more and more, and for bringing more people from all over the Bay Area to see the beautiful worship of the Deities. The Mission Statement of ISV is ‚ÄúTo serve all souls by profusely distributing the holy names of Lord Krishna.‚ÄĚ

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1 Puskaraksa das

Bravo and Congratulations to all the devotees…

You brought great joice and pleasure to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you very much…!

Comment posted by Puskaraksa das on May 19th, 2013
2 Unregistered

Hare Krsna & Congratulations to all the ISKCON-Silicon Valley Temple devotees. Srila Prabhupada must have a huge smile on his face, especially for one of his dearest disciple, HG Vaisesika Prabhu, for his wonderful leadership. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; Sri Sri Radha-Madanamohan; and Sri Sri Laksmi-Narasimhadeva ki jai!

Comment posted by Jaya Vijaya Das on May 19th, 2013
3 Akruranatha

Yes, I think that we can see from the joy in the faces of the devotees in the picture a reflection of the joy and pleasure of Srila Prabhupada.

Comment posted by Akruranatha on May 20th, 2013
4 Unregistered

Congratulations to the ISV Devotees on the auspicious new beginning!! Srila Prabhupda would be very happy to see such epic move by ISV.. A great honor to be part of the community.. somehow by Krishna’ grace with Separation mood, I missed the event… No worry. nectar remains in internet now..

Comment posted by balimardana on May 20th, 2013
5 Akruranatha

The festival celebrating the Appearance Lord Narasimhadeva last night at ISV was fabulous. once again, the Sankirtan devotees smashed their goals and distributed something like 9,000 books this month, including 40 full sets.

The temple was full, but comfortable with a crowd I estimate at about 150. There are lots of kids in our congregation. I was a little worried because “dusk” didn’t come until 8:55 p.m. and some neighbors were shushing the kids in the parking lot who were still playfully rambunctious at 10 p.m.

We were visited by the Consul of India’s consular office in San Francisco and his family, and I gave him a little tour of the place. I think they were especially interested in the sankirtan storage room, where I gave them a Krishna book and Bhagavad-gita and showed them books in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Farsi and Arabic, and explained how enthusiastic we are for book distribution.

I told him also about our Motel Gita project, which took orders for another 15,000 Gitas last week at a “Choice Hotels” convention in Los Angleles, with the participation of New Dwaraka book distributor Sastra Krt.

The crowd enthusiastically chanted, and a wonderful lecture given by Vaisesika Prabhu can be seen on

Comment posted by Akruranatha on May 24th, 2013

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