Saturday, 10 February 2018

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Mayapura, West Bengal

The Chakra On Top

Today we put the cherry on top.  Braja Vilas is the coordinator for the construction of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, situated off Bhaktisiddhanta Road in Mayapura, the place of our retreat.  By 2022 the work will be complete.

Today we hit a milestone with the installation of a gorgeous twenty foot diameter Chakra (the wheel of Vishnu).  That meant hoisting the 1.6 ton piece of artistry up into the air and setting it on top of the major dome of the new temple!

Various metals have been applied to give it that gold-look finish.  I was sitting next to Radhanatha Swami amidst a big crowd and after bathing the chakra from above (everyone had a shot at that) and after the chakra was affixed into its slot in the heavens, we walked around the building.  From afar, we could see the wheel shining in its glory.

Madhu Sevita happened to walk by.  He is the Vatican expert amongst us.  I called him over.

“Hey Madhu, is there anything like this in the Vatican?”

“Yes, St. Peter’s Cathedral.  It’s taller.  Five hundred years ago they engineered it so that a cross went on top of the dome.  It’s amazing, but they did.”

Our chakra is extraordinary and it welcomes the world.  To see this chakra from a distance is as good as seeing the deity in the temple.

May the source be with you!
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