ISKCON Pondicherry - History, Timings & Entry Fee


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Distance (From Pondicherry Bus Station): 10 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Place Location: Near Ousteri Lake

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 10 km from Pondicherry Bus Station, ISKCON Temple, also called Sri Sri Radha Madhava Temple, is a Hindu temple located near Ousteri Lake in Pondicherry. It is one of the prominent ISKCON temples in India and among the most popular places of pilgrimage in Pondicherry.

ISKCON Temple in Pondicherry is dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort Radha. ISKCON Temple Puducherry was established on the principles of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, an international religious organization, also popular as the Hare Krishna movement. And, ISKCON Temple in Pondicherry was established in 2003 in the Krishna Nagar area. However, it was shifted to its present location on the outskirts of Pondicherry in 2012.

ISKCON Pondicherry boasts unique architecture and exquisite statues of Lord Krishna and his consort. The serenity of the temple and the charisma of Lord Krishna relieve your mind and lift your soul. The temple premises always vibrate with soothing Bajans and kirtans. If you want peace of mind and refresh your spiritual self, this is the place to be where you can feel the tranquility the moment you step inside.

Apart from the daily aartis and pujas, ISKCON Temple Puducherry hosts meditation sessions too, in the morning. Regular philosophy and spiritual sessions are also carried out in the temple. Besides, the temple holds a special Hare Krishna Sunday Feast every Sunday at noon which starts with bhajan-kirtan singing, followed by religious chants, and ends with a vegetarian feast. The temple also runs different charity events like community services, donation drives, and food distribution.

The temple celebrates quite several festivals. Gaura Purnima, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, and Radhashtami are among the popular ones that are celebrated with great pomp and fervor. Narasimha Chaturdashi, Ramanavami, and Kartik Masa are the other festivals celebrated here. It also organizes an annual yatra (procession) of taking the idol around the city.

Timings: 5 AM - 1 PM & 4 PM - 8.30 PM

Entry: Free