Sri Sri Radha Syamasundar mandir in nellore, popuraly known as ISKCON Nellore Temple. Jagannatha-Baladeva-Subhadra and Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar are the primary deities. It is located at Hare Krishna road, Iskcon city, Nellore-524004. The president of the temple is H.H.Sukadeva Swami
Indian tradition holds that a town or village without a temple is uninhabitable. Sri Radha Krishna Mandiram Iskon city is not primarily considered a place for communal worship but the home of God, or the particular Deity. Temple activities thus revolve around the sacred image(s) installed upon the altar. An appointed priest, or team of priests, normally perform the puja. One of the main functions of the temple is to create an atmosphere surcharged with spirituality and hence temples are often built on holy sites. During quieter periods the temple provides opportunity for peaceful reflection. At other times, it is a bustle of noise and activity.
Srila Prabhupada in Nellore
Srila Prabhupada visited Nellore on January 3rd 1976. Srila Prabhupada was on his way back to Hyderabad after finishing a program in Chennai. His senior disciples, H.H Tamala Krishna Goswami Maharaja, H.H Brahmanada Swami, H.H Achyutananda Swami and H.G Hari Souri Dasa and many others accompanied him during the Nellore Visit. Srila Prabhupada stayed in Nellore from January 3rd to 8th.
During the visit Srila Prabhupada met many of the important leaders of the town and Rebala Sujathamma volunteered to donate the land for the temple construction. The corner stone laying ceremony was also performed by Srila Prabhupada on the then proposed site. Following are the photos marking the visit of Srila Prabhupada to Nellore.
Mid-day MealFood relief foundation
Hunger- A Barrier in Poor Students’ Education
It is true that India has haves and have-nots. Whether India is known as a third world nation or not, it is a known fact that there is great disparity among rich and poor. There is definitely a large percentage of the population who are below the poverty line. A poor family in turn perpetrates a vicious cycle of child malnutrition, deprived education, the problem of child labour and again children are born in that poor family aggravating the situation further.
Government and semi-government agencies have taken some responsibility to address the hunger issue. The issue is so voluminous that it all simply falls short of the demand. ISKCON Food Relief Foundation has charitable objectives with Food Relief as the top priority. It has trained youth with missionary dedication and a service attitude. ISKCON Food Relief Foundation has taken up Midday Meal Program for poor students in Government schools in over 15 places already. Food is prepared in a state of the art Centralized Kitchen, the food is nutritious and hygienically prepared, and therefore the scheme has become very popular around the nation.
As part of the hunger relief operation, we have now taken up Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh for operating the Midday Meal Program. The Government has allotted an abandoned Leprosy Hospital building in Bhaktavatsala Nagar of Nellore. It has to be renovated and remodelled for establishing a Centralized Kitchen facility. A Centralized Kitchen consists of diesel operated boilers and huge steam cooking cauldrons, and for mechanical cooking, many other gadgets and utensils. For delivering the prepared food exactly at one time in literally hundreds of schools before lunch time, there is need for at least 6 carry vehicles which are custom made. To run the entire operation, cooks, watchmen, drivers and other office staff must be prompt and efficient. We want to deliver prompt and nutritious meals to needy children. When children are taken good care of then the future of the nation will be bright and hopeful.
Philanthropic and service oriented generous people can all give us a helping hand and encouragement in a variety of ways. Let us join hands to the make this world a better place for the children and their future. A child strong in body and mind is necessarily dependent on good care in the formative years of their life. It starts with the basic needs, especially nutritious and sumptuous food. This activity is pleasing both to the Lord and the public. The beneficiaries are the children and in turn the entire nation.
Jagannath Ratha Yatra
Jagannath Ratha Yatra was held in Nellore for the first time on 21st January 2012. The program was attended by the MLA of Nellore, Anam Vivekananda Reddy, and prominent people of the city, Tummala Subba Reddy of Neelima Towers, Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy Contractor, Srimati Emmai Deepa Venkat of Swarna Bharath Trust, M Radha Krishna of Venkata Ramana Arcade, C.V.R. Foundation at Krishnapatnam, Gunapati Murali Krishna Reddy Contractor, Devarapalli Venku Reddy of Iswarya Sarees, K S Reddy of Iswarya Arts, Chinni Chenchu Rathnam of Chinni Krishna Paradise, Kondreddy Pattabhirami Reddy of ISKCON City, Dr Valluri Shanti Hyderabad, Pothuguntha Tirupalunaidu ISKCON Nellore, Patibandla Venkateshwara Rao Tirupati.
Also in attendance were ISKCON leaders, HH Bhanu Swami Maharaj -ISKCON GBC South India Zone, HH Sukadeva Swami Mahraja, HG Sankar Dhari Das – Zonal Sec. Tamil Nadu, HG Revati Raman Das – Zonal Sec. Andra Pradesh, HG Vrajendra Nanadan Das – Communication Director ISKCON India, HG Saci Gopinath – Rajamundry Temple President, HG Sumitra Krishna Das – Chennai Temple President, HG Daneshwara Das, HG Panca Pandava Das, HG Rama Murari Das – Vijayawada Temple President, HG Damodar Das – Anantapur Temple President, HG Srinivas Shyam Das – Hosur Temple President.
The proccesion started at AC Statue, and proceed along the Trunk Road past Gandhi Statue and the RTC Bus Stand to TTD Kalyana Mandapam, with huge crowds the whole way. A stage program with pravachan by HH Bhanu Swami Maharaj, kirtan, Maha Deep Arati participated by the public followed by Jagannath Prasadam for all.