New Vrindaban In Philadelphia

The New Vrindaban Community created The Palace of Gold, which was supposed to house a prayer room, or temple.  Sadly, Prabhupada passed away during the construction of the palace and the prayer room became his shrine, dedicated in his memory.

However, the members of the New Vrindaban Community built a small, but exquisite temple only a quarter of a mile down the road.  Like the palace, the temple is decorated in gold and hand carved teakwood.  Inside you will find several statues of deities, but your amazement will lie with the enormous, colorful figures scattered through the park.

The temple is surrounded by wooden cabins resting on the banks of a small lake that is filled with fish and visiting swans.  The cabins act as a hotel for visitors to the temple and the palace for those who want to make this a weekend trip.  The small man-made lake has a long path that runs around it and through some brush where you will find several peacocks roaming free through a clover ladened field.  Their are albino peacocks as well, although they are in a caged sanctuary.

Exotic animals, Appalachian scenery, and spiritual monuments to devotion – the New Vrindaban Temple and the nearby Palace of Gold are beautiful places that are sure to amaze and entertain.

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