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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Latest pictures from Kirti Maiya Temple, Barsana Dham and Radha appearance discourse by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj

Perhaps the best way to feel and understand the uniqueness and greatness of Kirti Mandir is to listen to Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj sing and explain the beautiful leela of Radha Rani's appearance in the house of Mother Kirti

“Kirti Mandir” is currently being established by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj at Barsana Dham, the birthplace of Shri Radha Rani. The temple area is 12,000 square feet and the height is 101 feet. It is unique because it is the only temple in the world that will depict Radha Rani in Her childhood form, cradled in the arms of Mother Kirti, spreading the glory of the Radha Rani’s appearance throughout the world. The darshan will also feature a life-size deity of Radha Rani, the only one of its kind in Braj. Deities of the Astha Maha Sakhi (8 of Radha Rani's closest friends) will also be placed inside the temple. The sandstone temple is being hand carved on site by the large number of temple artisans living at the ashram. The temple also will feature white marble carvings, and black granite columns. Begun in 2007 the temple walls are gradually but steadily rising. Once completed, this temple will be a unique and priceless treasure for all devotees of Radha and Krishna.

Anuradha Goyal, an Indian travel writer wrote:

Soaked in Radha’s mystery and glory, we roamed around in her village and discovered another new but beautiful palace-like temple called Rangeeli Mahal.

We were then told that Radha here is referred as  Rangeeli  Rani because she embodies all that is fine. She also called “Kishori” meaning ever youthful, the one who never ages. Of course nowhere is she referred as aged or old, neither visually nor literally. This temple is still under construction but a huge congregation hall is ready with exquisite paintings and murtis. A model of temple under construction suggested that the temple was being built according to the principles of temple architecture, with carved stones adorning all the walls, ceilings, arches and pillars.

The staff here were kind enough to take us to the workshop where the stones were being carved. This was the most delightful experience of this whole trip. We were told that the marble has all been imported from Italy.

We saw the stones being cut by huge machines and then carved manually using computerized stencils. Those sculpting the stone can not be called artists as they were merely making the precise incisions as directed by the design, but it still involves a lot of skill as a small mistake can render the whole stone useless. There were geometric and floral designs being carved out in various shapes and sizes. The management of stone piece is all by detailed computer design. You see the coming together of an old art form and new age technology.

Jagadguru Kripalu's Kirti Maiya Temple at Barsana Dham
Large pink stone blocks, carved by specialist artisans, are being put together like 3D jig-saw pieces
Jagadguru Kripalu's Kirti Maiya Temple at Barsana Dham
Traditional temple builders hard at work on one of the most
unique temples in the world, and which will put Barsana Dham on the
map for millions of spiritual seekers
Jagadguru Kripalu's Kirti Maiya Temple at Barsana Dham

Jagadguru Kripalu's Kirti Maiya Temple at Barsana Dham
Dozens of highly skilled craftsman work on the intricate carving details day and night. The
Kirti Maiya temple will be one of the most beautiful and ornate temples in Barsana Dham
Jagadguru Kripalu's Kirti Maiya Temple at Barsana Dham
Outer structure of ground floor of Kirti Maiya Temple almost
complete - First floor yet to be constructed
Jagadguru Kripalu's Kirti Maiya Temple at Barsana Dham
A huge specially built crane carefully lifts the granite blocks into place.
Actual quarry where stone for the temple is being mined.
Stone is taken from Jaipur to Barsana Dham
Jagadguru Kripalu Maharaj Ji holding baby Radha in His arms at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj holding Baby Radha
during a Radha Ashtmi festival at Radha Madhav Dham, USA
Preview of a lecture (with subtitles) by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj on "Who
is Radha?" Full lecture available at www.shop.JKP.org 
Radha Rani complains that Her friends have been teasing Her a lot. Why? Find out in this
beautiful leela pad and discourse (with subtitles) by Jagadguru Shree Kripauji Maharaj.

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