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Sri Krishna Balarama Temple Inauguration at Sunnyvale, CA

Article by ISKCON Bangalore

By the mercy of Srila Prabhupada, and with the blessings and good wishes of all Vaishnavas, we were able to inaugurate our newest branch of Srila Prabhupada’s temple here at the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale city, California, on the 29th October 2011, with the installation of the Deities of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Srila Prabhupada. This also happened to be the Disappearance day of our most beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. It was a fitting tribute to Srila Prabhupada on his disappearance day.Many devotees worked hard to bring up this place and there is no doubt that it is a manifestation of Srila Prabhupada’s pure desire. Even though Silicon Valley is a busy place for professionals, somehow, all the devotees (who are all working professionals) worked extra hard with devotion, commitment and determination to bring up this temple and please Srila Prabhupada.

If we are able to achieve this with just a handful of devotees in the Silicon Valley, it is only because of the mercy of Srila Prabhupada. He wanted this to be manifest in this way and things automatically got for everything.His Grace Chanchalapathi prabhu, senior vice-president of Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON Bangalore, has provided invaluable guidance, vision and encouragement since the inception of this project. His Grace Vikram Krishna Prabhu, even though working away in a distant place and with a very busy work schedule, gave constant focus, direction, energy and unwavering commitment for this project to happen. All the local devotees of the Sunnyvale/San Jose area gave more than their best and sacrificed many personal comforts to make this project happen in such an accelerated time frame. I would have loved to name each of the devotee who worked for us but that is beyond the scope of this article. There is no way to express my gratitude to so many devotees who spent sleepless nights to put up this temple. I am sure Srila Prabhupada will be very happy about them and this is the best gift they could have earned for themselves.His Grace Yasodanandana Prabhu, a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada, kindly accepted to perform the various ceremonies of Deity installation. He planned this event meticulously for a period of over one month in arranging and procuring various things required for the installation ceremony. He researched the various ceremonies that were conducted during Srila Prabhupada’s physical presence for Deity installation ceremonies in his temples. Due to the chaotic situation we were in just before the installation ceremony, Yashodanandan Prabhu too had to put up with a lot of inconvenience during those 3 days of events and practically slept only for 4 or 5 hours everyday. But he did all these cheerfully and never complained. We offer our sincere thanks to him and his team (consisting of his god-brother HG Damodar prabhu, Vidura prabhu and Bhakta Francisco) for making this event a smooth one.

In the evening, we had a special program on the occasion of the disappearance day of Srila Prabhupada. H.G. Yasodanandana Prabhu and H.G. Chanchalapathi Prabhu both spoke on the importance of accepting a pure devotee as the spiritual master and how Srila Prabhupada continues to guide us. HG Chanchalapathi Prabhu narrated an incidence prior to Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance lila in 1977, where Srila Prabhupada says: “I shall remain your personal guide, whether physically present or not, as I am getting personal guidance from my Guru Mahrja.” This is a profound statement which has to be remembered by all sincere followers and disciples of Srila Prabhupada.

We also offer our gratitude to His Grace Sridham Krishna Prabhu who took his busy time out and came all the way from Bangalore to help us in this event and to train us in Deity worship. He is still with us and training seven devotees in pujari services. All the guests and senior devotees blissfully participated in the festivities despite some lapses in our arrangements simply because of their magnanimous nature. We thank them profusely for that.We also wish to thank several devotees from ISKCON Bangalore and associated temples in Vrindavan, Jaipur, Chennai and Bellary, who assisted us in many ways: His Grace Madhu Pandit Prabhu for being the support, guidance and encouragement in this project. Vasudev Keshav Das, Radhakanta Das, Akshara Brahma Das, Virupaksha Das, Bharatarshabha Das, Prahladesha Das, Amitasana Das, Chitranga Chaitanya Das, Suvyakta Narasimha Das, Angada Das, Ratnangada Govinda Das, Shyamasundara Das, Yudhishtira Krishna Das, Sammohini Radha Mataji, Chamari Mataji, Usha Mataji and many more devotees assisted us in getting the Deities, Deity paraphernalia, Deity dresses, temple decorations and a host of other things. (Please pardon, if I have missed any one).Finally, we offer our sincere thanks to all the innumerable devotees, some of whom came from faraway places, to witness and participate in this event. We need all your good wishes and blessings. We faced many hurdles along the path from the beginning of this project but by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada, we could overcome all of them gradually and Their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balarama and Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga finally decided to manifest Their divine presence in our humble facility.At the end of all events, one of the visitor remarked, “A great work has been accomplished.” But we would consider, the work has just begun.For more information visit

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