At the very inception of the TOVP project, before concluding any contracts and before starting actual
construction, the figure of $60 million (US dollars) was mentioned as the projected figure for both the super
structure and finishing works. Out of the said $60 million (US dollars) projected calculation, Ambarisa Prabhu gave $25 million (US dollars) with the balance to be collected from the worldwide fundraising campaign.
Had we amassed the balance $35 million (US dollars) within a short period of time, we could have possibly
finished the TOVP project for $60 to 70 million (US dollars). In spite of the best efforts of our fundraising
team, we could not accrue a significant portion of that required balance. Therefore, given the escalating costs
of construction materials and services, naturally the initial projected budget was augmented.
It is a universally accepted principle that if one does not have all the necessary funds to complete a construction project within a very rapid period of time, the budget naturally increases. Even a 5-star hotel’s construction cost could be $180 to $200 per sq. ft. The TOVP’s current projected budget of 90 million US dollars comes to $150 per sq. ft. This has been accepted by the GBC body and is no cause for concern, considering the usual anticipated escalation in construction costs over time.
The central Kalash of the TOVP will be about six stories tall, which is perhaps larger than most other ISKCON
temples in the world. All three of the main Kalashas, along with their Chakras, and the smaller Kalashas on the towers, will be stainless steel coated with titanium nitrate. Considering that these three Kalashas will be nothing less than the crown jewel of the entire project, visible from a substantial distance, they must possess and radiate a great aesthetic quality. We are currently in discussion with a company from Russia, where traditionally they have an appreciable expertise in building magnificent Russian Orthodox Churches. The quotations we are receiving from Russia are significantly lower than those from India. The estimated cost for all the Kalashas and Chakras is 1.3 to 1.5 million US dollars.
Firstly, we must all understand that the TOVP is not an ordinary building but a unique monument which is meant to endure for at least half a millennium. It suffices to say that such an ‘Adbhut Mandir’ cannot be built like an ordinary residential building.
We have spent a significant period of time researching and investigating the best possible construction materials which will sustain for such a long period of time and require a minimum degree of maintenance. At the same time, we have spared no efforts to make a comparative analysis of costs for each and every material to provide a pragmatic and achievable projection of material costs. In such a monumental building, it would be simply unacceptable to have its finishing works completed in a cheap or commercial fashion—the visiting pilgrims from all over the world and the future generations of Vaishnavas would not forgive us if we should do so. However, we can guarantee and ensure you that each and every construction material purchased for the TOVP
has been painstakingly considered as to its utility, durability, aesthetic quality and cost benefit.
(Those interested in more specific details regarding construction materials and their comprehensive testing
processes may refer to Annexure A).
Yes, it is true that the Sacred Deeds Foundation in the USA is no longer authorized to receive donations on
behalf of the TOVP. Henceforth, you may send your donations to the TOVP through its newly authorized
entity, TOVP FOUNDATION, INC. Details given below
TOVP FOUNDATION, INC.
13901 NW 142 Ave.
Alachua, FL 32615.
Other questions and topics concerning various modes of donations to the TOVP have been given in
The composition of the current TOVP team remains unchanged, being headed up by Ambarisa Prabhu along
with his TOVP team members in Sridham Mayapur. Regarding the fundraising wing of the TOVP, Ambarisa
Prabhu remains the Chairman & his director for worldwide fundraising is Braja Vilas Das, with Jananivas
Prabhu, Head Pujari of the ISKCON Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir, as the Spiritual Mentor.
The TOVP accounts are being annually audited by a competent auditing company of chartered accountants
in Mumbai. Income and expenditure accounts for the TOVP can be viewed on the TOVP website (look under Donate -> Financial Reports), usually on a monthly basis.
Ambarisa, Jananivas and Braja Vilas Prabhus are planning an All-India Campaign this coming summer 2016 with the Sacred Padukas (shoes) of Lord Nityananda. They will visit all of the ISKCON centers in India, as well as many Bhakti-vriksha and other congregational groups. The South African Yatra has also invited the TOVP fundraising team for a second visit at a convenient time to be decided. A TOVP tour is also planned for Malaysia and Singapore in fall 2016. Additional invitations to other international destinations are also being considered and shall be announced in the near future.
The TOVP project is very fortunate to have a renowned team of expert consultants and builders acting as the backbone of the entire project. Such persons & entities are listed below-
- TOVP In-House Architectural team - In actuality Srila Prabhupada is the primary architect for the TOVP. In his many letters, conversations and instructions, Srila Prabhupada clearly laid out the design and critical parameters for the entire TOVP project, including the essential features of its Vedic Planetarium.
The TOVP team, along with its in-house architectural unit, has intricately researched these instructions of Srila Prabhupada and translated them into the architectural language, designs, and engineering concepts which are being manifested before your eyes today. This architectural set-up has proven more professional, competent and economically viable than any of the other leading architectural firms in the market today.
- Structural Engineer - Mr. B.B. Choudhary, Planning and Design Bureau. He also headed up the construction of the famous Akshardham project in New Delhi.
- Gammon India Ltd – Main contractor for TOVP structure and other works. Gammon is a renowned multinational company which has constructed numerous projects throughout India, Asia, Africa and Europe. It even constructed the Famous heritage site, The Gateway of India, in 1919.
- Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Consultants - ESolutions from Chennai is an accomplished consulting company well-known for its ingenuity in the MEP field.
- Acoustical Engineering – Tikendra Singh is an electronics and telecommunications engineer and leading acoustic and audio-visual consultant in India and abroad.
We hold out great hope and offer our earnest prayers to Srila Prabhupada and the entire Parampara, and to Their Lordships Sri Sri Pancha Tattva & Sri Sri Radha Madhava Astasakhis and Sri Prahlad Maharaj and Sri Nrsimhadev that we shall stand firm on our target date of Gaura Purnima 2022. Despite our great hope and ardent prayers, we are very much dependent on all of you to donate generously and fulfill your pledges timely, in order that we may keep our promise to Their Lordships to move them in on the targeted date.
The current site is the original site that Srila Prabhupada chose for the temple, and it is on land owned by ISKCON.
The 'new' design has been developed by the design team by going back to Srila Prabhupada's original instructions on how the temple should be built, and what type of architecture it should be modelled on.
The construction of the Temple of the Vedic planetarium will benefit the local economy through job creation as well as by attracting visitors from around the world who will in turn support local businesses. The new temple will serve to increase the significance of Mayapur as a holy place among the followers of Vedic culture all over the world.
We are planning for the superstructure and internal fittings to be complete within five years of construction starting. The completion of the external decorative work will take some years beyond that to complete.
Srila Praphupada wanted a city where people from all over the world could come and live according to the Vedic tenets. That city is Mayapur. The Temple of the Vedic planetarium will have museums and exhibits that will teach visitors about Vedic culture and explain the science of the Vedas.
ISKCON is the acronym for the 'International Society for Krishna Consciousness', a worldwide association of devotees who study, practice and teach the science of Krishna consciousness according to Bhagavad-Gita and other timeless Vedic scriptures. Over four decades ISKCON has grown to comprise of over 350 temples, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants. Find out more about ISKCON here.
There will be the same two main deities along with the standard disiplic succession. That is, Guru parampara, Panca Tattva, and Radha Madhava in this exact sequence, as following Srila Prabhupada’s orders and desire regard this matter.
The Deities will be placed in three individual altars. The combined length of this is a total of 135 ft length (41 meters). These elegantly striking altars will be decked with blue marble and gold inlays. The attached image is a work in process, a conceptual drawing at its early stage, which will be further refined with time.
Lord Nrisimhadeva will have His own temple. When standing in front of the temple, while looking directly to the right, this temple is completely in vision. Even when taking it from the perspective of one standing in the middle of the temple room, Lord Nrisimhadeva's temple is fully visible. This is in allowance of the TOVP being built in a very open fashion, where there is easy access from one room to another.