Durban ISKCON Temple Timings:
4.30 AM to 1.00 PM and 4.15 PM to 9.00 PM.
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple Schedule:
4:30 am Arati and Kirtan
5:15 am Japa
7:00 am Deity Greeting
8:00 am Arati
12:30 pm Arati
1.00 pm – 4:15 pm Temple door Closed
4:15 pm Arati
7:00 pm Arati
9:00 pm Arati
Note: The Altar are closed for 30 minutes before each arati.
Every Sunday Love Feast at 3.00 pm
Durban ISKCON Temple History:
The Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple also known as Hare Krishna Temple places the busy suburb of Chatsworth on the map as a tourist destination. Located about 20 km south of downtown Durban, its three white and gold domes rise above a dazzling octagonal roof. The temple has been hailed as an architectural masterpiece: a spiritual wonderland. Although designed and built in the 1980s, its design is a combination of the traditional, the contemporary and the futuristic; and, at the same time, a fusion of concepts that show “East and West”. The ancient formula “vastu purusha mandala” is imbued in its geometric design with shapes such as circles, triangles, squares and octagons, with a great spiritual symbolism and a philosophical significance reinforced by its unique environment in the middle of a pit. water and water, surrounded by a vast lotus-shaped garden expanding.
In 1975, His Divine Grace A. C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Acharya founder of the International Society for the Consciousness of Krishna popularly known as ISKCON in his only visit to South Africa, asked his followers to build a temple. Taking these instructions seriously, a team of enthusiasts has worked tirelessly and faces many daunting challenges, including apartheid policies of the government in power. With a deep desire to fulfill the order of his spiritual master, the devotees persevered and sought the best materials for construction. The marble tiles were shipped from Portugal and oak wood from Japan. Have formed their own loyal construction company and have used their talents and experience to make the design of a reality, get involved in all aspects of construction, excavation, laying bricks, plastering, tiling, painting up Mirror work, intricate carvings and gold leaf. A team of faithful visited South Africa to raise funds for construction. Finally, the team was resilient when the doors of the Hare Krishna Temple weekend from 18 to 20 October 1985 were officially opened to the public.
This temple has earned the reputation of being the most beautiful of the African continent. The Sri Sri Radhanatha Temple remains a spiritual oasis, a retreat for those who wish to understand their purpose in life, a sanctuary of material chaos and a refuge for society. Since its opening, more than 2.5 million visitors have passed through its doors. It has also become famous for the sumptuous vegetarian meals served on the ground floor, the Govinda restaurant and the takeaway.
The temple worship begins at 4:30. every morning and ends at 8:45. each night. There are six ceremonies and offerings of arati presented to the deities who preside, Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Radhanath, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Giriraj Govardhan every day. Every Sunday afternoon, from 4.00 pm, a special program composed of arati, guru-puja, a speech of the Bhagavad-gita as it is, questions and answers, cultural entertainment followed by a traditional festival of love ISKCON. The entrance is open to all and admission is free to the temple and all parties.
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple Banking Details
Account Name: ISKCON KZN
Account Number: 1322059578
Branch Code: 132226
Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ (For international donations only)
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple Contact Details:
Physical Address: 50 Bhaktivedanta Swami Circle Chatsworth
Telephone number: +27 31 4033328
Fax number: +27 31 4034429
Email: [email protected]