Heaven on Earth
In India, Srila Prabhupada’s main program for revitalizing the Vedic teachings was the construction of major temples. In 1972, he laid the foundation stone of the temple in Juhu, Mumbai. Opened in 1978, ISKCON Juhu has become a must visit pilgrim center with nearly 25000 pilgrims streaming in daily.
ISKCON Juhu conducts several projects for spiritual, educational and cultural upliftment of all sections of society. These programs include distribution of free meals (Food for Life), workshops and seminars, yoga retreats, distribution of spiritual literature and much more. However, over the years ISKCON Juhu lacked sufficient space and infrastructure to accommodate the increasing number of people interested to participate in these events. ISKCON Juhu’s Heaven on Earth project fulfills these needs and helps one to elevate his spiritual consciousness.
The very name ‘Heaven on Earth’ was given by Srila Prabhupada. In a letter to Giriraja Das, dated 21 June 1972, Prabhupada had mentioned “I always think of our Juhu place, and I want that it shall be the model for all the world to emulate and respect as the perfect example of Krishna Conscious community”.
In 1995, ISKCON Juhu Temple Management Council formed the Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari Committee (SSRRC) to help implement the Heaven on Earth project. The SSRRC members, who are prominent members of society, helped the project in terms of advice, funds and management. The construction took little more than 2 years and the project is now open to the citizens of Mumbai.
Heaven on Earth Project
Center for Vedic Education
The Center for Vedic Education conducts Stress Management workshops, yoga retreats, research cell and a Vedic education and courses based on Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, including the Bhakti-vriksha program.
One can enjoy karma-free food, both physically and spiritually nourishing, at Govinda’s restaurant. Prasadam at Govinda’s is prepared from carefully chosen ingredients and offered to Lord Krishna, which makes you healthy and peaceful. The present Govinda’s is almost three times larger than earlier and offers an extensive variety of meals and snacks.
The Heaven on Earth complex houses a spacious library which not only has an extensive collection of spiritual books but also a multi media section. One can watch ISKCON’s many international videos and relish hundreds of lectures, kirtans and bhajans. The library contains the entire encyclopedia of Vedic literatures and publications of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, the world’s largest producer of Vedic literatures.
Apart from the existing 40-room guesthouse the Heaven on Earth project have an additional 40 guest rooms. One can have the privilege of staying in a temple atmosphere, partaking in temple programs and prasadam to gain a totally spiritual enlivening experience away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Vedic Samskara Hall
The Vedic Samskara Hall is available for vivaha yajnas and any such Vedic samskaras and celebrations. This facility is elegantly designed with a large space and large dining hall. The Samskara hall offers a rare and sacred privilege of performing auspicious functions in Lord Krishna’s beautiful temple.
A shopping section for your body and soul packed with spiritual paraphernalia from books to audio cassettes, VCDs and DVDs to traditional garments, paintings of Lord Krishna, diaries and puja items.
An underground car parking facility will enable nearly 150 cars to be parked inside the complex.