Situated on a footprint of 13.3 acres, the TOVP is one of the largest religious structures in the world, surpassing the Taj Mahal, Hagia Sophia and St. Paul’s Cathedral, and is ¾ the size of the Giza pyramid. Th e total square footage is over 400,000 square feet, and the main temple/ kirtan hall alone is 1.5 acres and can accommodate 10,000 people. Th e main dome is the largest stainless steel dome of its kind in the world, and hanging within it like a beautiful chandelier is the massive rotating model of our universe as depicted in ancient Vedic cosmological and astronomical scriptures.
St. Peter's Basilica Vatican City 138m
Temple of the Vedic Planetarium Mayapur, India 113m
St. Paul's Cathedral London, United Kingdom 111m
Taj Mahal Agra, India 73m
Hagia So fi a Istanbul, Turkey 55m
Standing directly underneath the Vedic cosmology chandelier and observed by lifesized murtis of universal Gods and Goddessesplaced throughout the temple is the 140 foot long, three-sectioned altar housing the Deities of the Gaudiya Vaishnava Guru Parampara, the Pancha Tattva (Sri Caitanya and His four associates), and Sri Sri Radha Madhava and the Ashta Sakhis respectively. Th e temple West Wing will house the 150 seat planetarium theater that will be used for screening a range of presentations of Vedic cosmology, philosophy and science, as well as evidence that challenges the modern scienti fi c approach to reality through
atheistic and mechanistic explanations. Th e East Wing will be the glorious temple of Sri Nrsimhadeva, the lion- man avatar of the Lord, along with His loving devotee Prahlad Maharaja, situated on their magni fi cent marble and granite altar. Staircases winding up the three upper levels of the temple room interior along balconies over-looking the Vedic cosmology chandelier and temple room will o ff er visitors the opportunity to view exhibits and dioramas about Vedic history, science and cosmology, as well as study the incredible details of the Vedic universal structure up close. From the lower, middle and upper planetary
systems including the incredible 4billion mile circular Bhu-mandala plane, all the way to the fi nal transcendental realm of Goloka Vrindaban in the spiritual sky, visitors will become immersed in the authoritative and scienti fi c version of the universe and beyond from conclusive Vedic authority. Th e temple 45 acre frontage will be adorned with luscious gardens and attractive walkways interwoven with gorgeous water displays and fountains, yajna-shalas, gazebos and sitting areas, surrounded by the residential quarters, ashrams, shops, restaurants and schools of the expanding Mayapur city.
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