ISKCON Temple, Jaipur: A Window To The Spiritual World
I have been a regular visitor to the ISKCON Temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan for almost an entire past decade. Rajasthan being my ancestral state, we make
it a point to travel here once at least every year. To say then, that I have a personal affinity for this state, and the Jaipur ISKCON temple wouldn’t be an exaggeration… from being a simple small house many years back, it has been a joy to see the
temple gradually evolve to a relatively bigger premise and stand in line along with some of its more famous contemporaries like Delhi.
which serves pure vegetarian fare – and of course, the grand Sri Sri Giridhari Dauji Mandir made entirely from pink stone and decorated with stained glass work celebrating the various avatars of Lord Krishna which opened up earlier this year.
I passed through his office cum workshop, the room intrigued me, beckoned me. How could it not?! It was an artist’s workshop after all!
in churches and cathedrals, this was the first time I was witnessing glass art of this stature in a temple.
around the masterpieces, I gave a silent clap to the Master Artist Mr. Colin Greenwood whose dedication and devotion for many long years was so clearly visible in his exceptional creation in Stained Glass which he had created for the pleasure of His
own Master Srila Prabhupada. What was even more laudable was to see the merger of a vision, a vision of bhakti that Srila Prabhupada once dreamt for all of consciousness, with an art form thereby inspiring people towards not just blindly following
but actually understanding the beauty of Vedic culture through the paintings.
Just upon entering the gate, are the Two Doorkeepers of Vaikuntha, Jaya and Vijay followed by the Dasa Avatars of Lord Vishnu. It was fascinating to know that the glass, lead and other specialized materials used were sourced from Australia and all the work was carried out by locally trained artists under the supervision of Mr. Greenwood.
lovely memories I treasure in my heart about the times spent listening to them.
I spent a longer time pausing and admiring the Kaliya Lila window, but it wasn’t the story that had caught my eye, it was the light… light fell here like a high poised sphere creating a mélange of colors that bounced off the window onto
the silhouetted floor to paint a muddled reflection.
dark serpents, the serpents that create mayhem within, had just been blessed with the dancing footprint of the Lord Himself.
the aura when the light illuminates this part of the gallery: Does it make their love come alive? Would it breathe life in their play?