(c. 1997). ISKCON Temple of Vedic Planetarium brochure

(c. 1997). ISKCON Temple of Vedic Planetarium brochure

Sri Mayapur Dhama, Dist Nadia, West Bengal, India

The rejection of traditional Vedic culture is due to the perception that Western culture, with its mechanistic world view, is scientific and therefore true. The God conscious Vedic culture, with its obedience to higher universal authority, is derided as outdated and superstitious with no foundation of scientific reality.

The result is a complete abandonment of Vedic based life, and thus the loss of the higher, refined qualities of human existence it is meant to foster. In its place is blind obedience to material science and the impersonal exploitative mentality, which is currently destroying the earth and the quality of life of all those who live on it.

The Mayapur “Temple of Vedic Planetarium” is designed to reverse that trend. It will establish the Vedic principles of life using scholarly methodology as applied to both modem empirical evidence and Vedic knowledge. It will scientifically educate its visitors in the Vedic world view, that the universe is a life-based hierarchical system, originating from a Supreme Living Force, showing it is non-sectarian and essential to human life.

In conclusion, Srila Prabhupada wanted a scientific presentation of the Vedic Culture, that would dispel all thoughts that it was just mythological. . . .

Srila Prabhupada's General Directions – Nature of Project:

  • To establish scientific basis of Vedic Culture. Scientifically educate visitors in the vedic world view of the universe and the consequent vedic culture.
  • To attract international attention
  • To revive and establish Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s sankirtan movement to be the prime benediction to humanity at large.