The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Temple in Mumbai is just one of many such temples around the world, providing food, teaching and spiritual healing for Krishna devotees. Take a day to admire its architectural curiosities, participate in daily spiritual practices or simply relax in this spiritual oasis.
This complex was built in the 1970s. It is known locally as Sri Sri Radha Rasabihariji Temple and follows the teachings of Srila Prabhupada, who expounded the benefits of Hare Krishna culture around the world.
Days at ISKCON begin at dawn with a communal gathering, called a "satsang." Early risers can watch the proceedings or participate in meditation, prayer and chanting.
Venture to the auditorium later in the morning to receive a complimentary "prasad" (blessed food) or attend the Bhagavatam discourse, a communal discussion of Vedic scriptures. This auditorium also hosts seminars on a range of other spiritual topics.
Stop by the Heaven on Earth complex, which features a courtyard and a spacious library of spiritual manuscripts. The evenings at ISKCON Temple continue until sunset, when a final gathering pays tribute to the presiding Hindu gods.
Those not interested in the spiritual side of this attraction will still find pleasure in the architecture of the temple, which is considered one of Mumbai's most beautiful. Photograph the main hall. Its white marble exterior forms a striking foreground to the blue sky. Check out the seven-story guesthouse nearby and explore within to see statuettes and latticed windows.
Be sure to experience the flavorsome vegetarian diet of Hare Krishna culture at Govinda's restaurant, an in-house eatery. Scrumptious fried pastries can be bought at a nearby bakery. One of the best times to visit is on Sundays, when you can participate in an English-spoken discussion of Vedic philosophy, followed by a huge feast.
Find Mumbai's ISKCON Temple near Juhu beach, just a 15-minute bus or rickshaw ride from the international airport. Participation in temple events is free and ISKCON welcomes visitors of all beliefs.