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Ford funds for temple

The world’s biggest Hindu temple is coming up in Mayapur. With the top of the dome reaching up to 330ft, its height will be about 100ft more than that of Jagannath Temple of Puri. It will also include a 75ft domed Vedic planetarium.

Chairman of Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir, Alfred Ford is in Calcutta now, with wife Sharmistha. “We plan to open the temple in 2016, the 50th anniversary of Iskcon,” said Iskcon founder Srila Prabhupada’s disciple.

The temple’s central dome will house the deities. Its surrounding galleries will have exhibits describing the mythical journey of the cowherd boy Nandakumar in search of Lord Krishna through the planetary systems.

The dome to the right will be dedicated to Nrisingha, an avatar of Krishna. To the left will be the planetarium. “It will compare and contrast the universe as described by modern science and the Vedas,” he said. There will also be a Vedic cosmology institute.

The temple’s superstructure, being built since 2010, is ready. Ford has pledged half of the $75 million cost.