Restoration of Srila Prabhupada’s Palace

“The Festival of Inspiration inspires devotees to do amazing things!,”said Nityodita dasa, President of New Vrindaban Community Board of Directors. “The Palace restoration project actually began when Ramesvara Prabhu attended the Festival of Inspiration in 2009.”

Ramesvara Prabhu went for darshan of Srila Prabhupada and took notice of the serious deterioration on the Palace exterior. He could see that although devotees have been working on the Palace one section at a time, there was no comprehensive restoration being done.

Ramesvara, who currently specializes as a building restoration project manager in Manhattan immediately approached Malati, one of the GBCs for New Vrindaban. Malati and Nityodita then spoke with Ramesvara together, and asked him to make recommendations for a comprehensive restoration of the entire Palace.

Ramesvara gave his firm opinion that New Vrindaban take a professional approach to the task. Thus, during the fall and winter of 2009, Ramesvara researched three well established restoration firms and after reviewing their portfolios, the New Vrindaban Community Board of Directors unanimously selected Kayafas Architects of Wheeling, WV. They were contracted to create a master plan for all the areas that need renovation and to supply quotes from various contractors for the work.

“Kayafas is a local firm with an excellent reputation for historic preservation,” said Nityodita. “They worked on the historic Strand Theater, the Wesbanco Arena, as well as other prominent local projects.”

In April 2010, Kayafas’ team of nine specialists met with approximately twenty devotees for five hours. During that meeting, each specialist reported his initial assessment of Palace conditions and his recommended immediate measures. Those recommendations included roofing work; restoring the steel slabs over the restaurant / gift shop; restoring the cupolas; heating system upgrade; plumbing upgrade; and water run-off. Kayafas is now evaluating each of these areas of immediate concern in more depth. Their next report to the Palace Board will include their findings and contractor quotes for the work.

Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold is the puspa samadhi of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The Palace is the heart of the New Vrindavan Community and has attracted hundreds of thousands to hear Srila Prabhupada’s teachings! It was truly a community effort. Hundreds of young devotees…. men, women and children took part in its construction and did not get paid but did it all as…..selfless devotional service! We must preserve this monument of pure devotion so that whoever visits the Palace will be able to witness with their own eyes the power of Srila Prabhupada’s loving influence on his followers, thus opening their hearts to the message of Krsna!

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2 words for you wizards-of-smart ;
It’ll still need to be redone in another 15 yr.

Didnt we once discuss just building a clear dome around it , like the crystal cathedral ??

Put Gopisa, Tamal and Maru on the job. Finished by September.

Then tend to the ornamental and not hafta screw with ANY roofs and waterproofing details.

Extend the dome to the 2nd level and raise flowers/produce year round .
(Didnt SP say it would be tropical one day ??!! )

DDD , the Concretin

You are thinking too far out of the box. 🙂

Yes, freeze thaw has been the bane of the Palace’s existence.

dear prabhus, hare krsna. please accept my humble obeisances, all glories to srila prabhupada..This news of restoration of the palace with a proffesional company, wow its great. i have only visited the palace once, 2 yrs back and what i saw was not exactly enlivening.. please let me know of your plans and costa and how works are progressing , as i would be more than happy to help towrads the costs of this attempt.. Please devotees, who ever can, we should fully support this project and its great that its being done proffesionaly… i’am aware how complicated and expensive things can become, we just had bhaktivedanta manor, renovated about 3 yrs back. hare krsna. ys –prana

I think it would be a great service for any and all to come here to New Vrindaban to help with restoring the palace and working around the temple. I think his divine grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta svami prabhupada. would smile greatly for this.

hari bol! all glories to srila prabhupada!

hare krsna all glories to his devine grace.govinda bhakta is a construction engineer in bombay temple at present is building the new school.he is perfect for this job and has the qualifications the president of the different temples in india he has done something everywhere including building the ujain temple in twleve months.hare krsna.