ISKCON Sri Sri Radha Govinda Temple


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Distance (From Kolkata Railway Station): 9 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins - 1 Hr

Place Location: Near Victoria Memorial

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 9 km from Kolkata Railway Station, ISKCON Kolkata is a place of pilgrimage located in Kolkata. Also known as Sri Sri Radha Govinda Temple, it is one of the ISKCON Temples in India and among the famous places to visit in Kolkata.

ISKCON Temple was established by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1971. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this is the foremost center of the ISKCON Society in India. ISKCON Radha Krishna Temple is a highly spiritual place for the devotees and is mainly focuses on spreading the teachings of Lord Krishna. It is not restricted to any one particular religion as such and welcomes enthusiasts or people interested in learning about these teachings with open arms.

The temple is a serene complex that houses beautifully ornamented idols of Goddess Radha and Lord Krishna. The ambiance of the temple with the chanting of Hare Krishna reverberating in the atmosphere draws many devotees and tourists to this serene shrine. The temple also houses a small room where Srila Prabhupada used to stay whenever he was in Kolkata. A dictating machine, a small typewriter, Srimad Bhagavatam and a picture of his beloved spiritual master, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati along with his personal belongings are still preserved in this room. For visitors, there is a vegetarian restaurant within the complex that features a beautiful garden in the center.

The first Rath Yatra in Kolkata was organized by this shrine in the year 1972. Since then, it became one of the annual festivals held every year in the city. Today it is the 2nd largest Rath Yatra festival of the world, after the Rath Yatra festival at Jagannath Puri. Hundreds of thousands of people participated in this wonderful event. Besides, Janmashtami, Radhastami, Narasimha Jayanti, Ramnavami are the other festivals celebrated here with great enthusiasm.

Timings: 4.30 AM - 1 PM & 4 PM - 8.30 PM