Radhanath Swami visited Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, for the grand opening ceremony of the new ISKCON temple that was inaugurated on the 3rd of October’ 2014. The five day festival spread over fifteen acres land of the temple attracted more than 10,000 guests.

“Valmiki wrote Ramayana close to this place to benefit the whole world; similarly, we hope the message of Bhakti will spread all over the world from this temple”, said Radhanath Swami during his talk. Amidst the festive installation of the deities of Radha Madhava, Lalita Vishaka, Gaur Nitai, and Sita Rama Lakshmana Hanumana, Radhanath Swami shared, “If we water the root of the tree, the water naturally reaches all parts of the tree. Similarly by cultivating love by serving the Supreme, our love and compassion for all living entities also naturally grows in the heart.”

Amongst prominent guests were Mr Rama Naik, the honourable Governor of Uttar Pradesh, and Mr Padmanabh Acharya, the Governor of the states of Nagaland and Tripura. Both the Governors praised the work of Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of ISKCON, and expressed a desire that the message of Bhagavad Gita be spread all over the world. The Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi’s clean India campaign was a repeated theme by the speakers. The message “Clean the heart through spirituality, and a temple is for the purpose of cleaning our hearts” echoed as ISKCON’s second largest temple opened close to the place where Valmiki wrote the immortal classic Ramayana.