The hare Krishna movement is known worldwide as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Colloquially, the short form ISCKON is used. It was found in 1966 by BhaktiVedanta Swami and is a religious organization of Vaishnavites.
The followers of this movement are called "Bhaktas" (devotees) belonging to the Gaud Vaishnav sub-sect. There main aim is to work and please the Lord Krishna. ISCKON today has more than 500 branches worldwide and has a good number of schools and restaurants to its credit.
Legend:- Krishna is believed to be a dark complexioned lord. Kala Chand literally means Kala = dark, Chand = Moon in Hindi. Years ago, before the Mughals invaded India, Kalachand Ji was a revered deity. During the invasion, the devotees hid all the idols and the worship ended. Sadly, this worship became lesser and lesser with the passing years.
Main Deity:- Sree Krishna is an incarnation of Vishnu and is believed by the Bhaktas to be the one true lord. It is a monotheistic way of life that believes God is a person. They practice Vegetarianism and Bhakti Yoga (devotional service). They also believe that Radha is the true companion of Krishna.
In Dallas, Texas -United States of America, exists a temple that is founded on the ISCKON principles. This temple is known as Radha-Kalachandji temple.
The idol at Dallas temple is made of Black marble and is a very old statue. The temple was built in the year 1971. This temple was subsequently renovated in 1979
The temple is decorated with various paintings and sculptures from the Hindu Mythology.
Specialties:- The temple follows the Vedic standards of worship. They believe in Spiritual enlightenment through service.
When one visits the temple, one will be mesmerized at the calm and peaceful environment. The chants of Hare Krishna and Bhajans create a spiritual atmosphere
There is a Sunday Meal program in which Food is served to the devotees for free. Special Bhajans and Aarti are held on this day.
Like other temples, various Vedic services (samskars) are offered at the temple including Pujas and Havans. These services include Vivah samskar (Marriage), Naam karan (naming ceremony), Anna prasana (first solid food intake), Karna Vedhana (ear piercing), Vidyarambha (first alphabets) etc. to name a few.
Swami Srila Prabhupada, founder of this temple decided that no person in a 10 mile radius of this temple should ever go hungry. Hence this temple has a food for life program that cooks and distributes food to the needy. The program is funded by donations from patrons.
The temple offers Bhagwad Geeta claases for people interested in knowing more about spirituality, vedic philosophy and traditions. There are tour guides available who explain about the temple and its philosophy. The temple also has teams that organize programs at peoples homes in and around Dallas.
The Kalachandji's Restaurant - In accordance with the ISCKON philosophy of non-violence, this restaurant practices sacred cooking techniques. This is an all vegetarian restaurants that undertakes Ayurvedic cooking practices. The Chefs who are krishna devotees themselves, have authored a number of Bestselling books on Vegetarian Cooking.
Popular Festivals/Days to visit :- Krishna Janmastami, Ekadasi, Govardhan Puja, Rath Yatra and Holi. Sundays Pujas are elaborate and worth a visit.
Address: 5430 Gurley Ave, Dallas, Texas, United States of America – 75223
Temple timings:- Morning Aarti at 4:30 am and Evening (sandhya) aarti at 8 pm