Hare Krishna. Getting the land, planning the complex, creating the concept, setting the committees, engaging volunteers, getting help in kind, raising funds, getting government approvals, etc is no easy task for a society that is almost totally relying on congregation members. ISKCON Malaysia does not have the resident power as in India. In Malaysia we rely more on congregation. It is not that easy to get someone walking into the temple to join as bramachary or even after much preaching to youths. But as Srila Prabhupada instructed, that he wanted a temple. Whether we have hundreds of resident devotees or congregations members is not a factor. Srila Prabhupada wanted a Radha Krishna temple in Malaysia and it will happen. And so it happened. So we thank all those who helped from the beginning to where we are now. We thank our GBCs HH Srila Jayapataka Swami Maharaja and HH Bhanu Swami Maharaja (then GBC Prabhavisnu Prabhu) and our ISKCON Malaysia President HH Bhakti Vrajendranandana Swami Maharaja. And our adviser HH Janananda Swami Maharaja for being so patient with us and for always inspiring us to get this temple done.
Now that the temple is completed, we only have the auditorium, exhibition hall, the book shop and the restaurant to be done. With all these elements added we will surely be a temple for not only spiritual services but also educational, cultural and social services. Our youths in Penang are gifted to be with this project and we hope they will take up responsibilities to not just be creative but also to be more engaged in maintenance of all temple departments and we also hope they will in time be able to expand further in such a way that it come a day when we will have hundreds visiting our temple daily and thousands on the weekends, holidays and festival days.
I am happy to be a part of this project since its inception.
by HG Simheswara Dasa (National Council Chairman & TODU Advisor)
It is with heartfelt gratitude to all our generous devotees, well-wishers and donors that, after 44 years since ISKCON Founder-Acarya step onto Malaysian soil, time has finally stop on August 29th, 2015 to manifest this wonderful temple as desired by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada said “Not even a grass moves without the sanction of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna”. Hence this majestic palace temple is fully sanctioned, in fact, it is a clear manifestation of His causeless mercy upon the people of Malaysia.
We are all very fortunate indeed to be part of His grand plan to fulfil the one wish His senapati-bhakta, Srila Prabhupada has for us here i.e. “I want a temple like this” on his very first and only visit. This Sri Sri Radha Krishna Kanhaiya Temple of Devotion & Understanding (TODU) is THAT temple. Therefore, we should all feel blessed and, as Srila Prabhupada always like to say, “Please come and take advantage of this Krishna consciousness movement, attain perfection in this lifetime and go back home, back to Godhead.”
I would like to personally extend our open invitation to you and your family, friends, colleagues, anyone you know, to please come and take advantage, come learn the art of perfecting your life through various programs we have here and go back to our eternal home, back to Godhead – this lifetime.
by HG Kalesa Dasa (Co-Temple President)
The Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple of Devotion & Understanding has manifested under the desire of our Fonder Acharya of ISKCON, His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, who had set foot here in Penang in 1971. This is the first ISKCON Vedic Temple in Malaysia which going to serve the community at large, as stated in Nectar of Devotion by Rupa Goswami: chanting the holy name, hearing Srimad Bhagavatam, getting the association of devotees and residing in holy places is available here for everyone.
A very big thank you to all those who were involved in this temple project, directly and indirectly, especial Simheswara prabhu and Kalesha prabhu, who had worked hard to bring this Temple to life. We would also take this opportunity to thank our donors & well-wishers, and also our youth who have wonderfully set up the Srila Prabhupada Art Gallery. Now it is our duty to see how we can execute the required devotional services as directed by previous Acharyas (Guru) and present Guru to make the journey back home, back to Godhead. There are so many services given to us by Radha Krishna Kanhaiya, so we should take advantage of this opportunity in order to purify our existence, and regain our position in the spiritual world.
By HG Siva Chaitanya Dasa (Co-Temple President)