New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 08/07/14

New Vrindaban Throwback Thursday

New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 08/07/14.

Each week we highlight an earlier era of ISKCON New Vrindaban.

Though there are at least half a dozen people in this photo, none are easily recognizable. Still, it chronicles a dynamic time in the history and evolution of New Vrindaban.

This week’s challenge: The “where” will be obvious to many. Can you identify “when” this was taken?

What to do: Post your guesses on the “who, what, when, where & why” in the comment section at the Brijabasi Spirit Website.

Technical stuff: We share a photo Thursday and confirm known details Sunday. Let’s keep it light and have a bit of fun!

Special request: If you have a photo showing New Vrindaban devotees in action, share it with us and we’ll use it in a future posting.

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Here’s the info we have:


While the people in the photo are too small to be recognized, members of the heavy equipment crew at the time included Varsana Swami, Pippalada, Murti, Kaliya Krishna, Sarva Saksi, Samba (elder), Chaitanya Mangala, Samba (Hayagriva’s son) and others.

Soma reports that Sundarakara took this picture from the scaffolding around big Gaura Nitai, Who were being sculpted at the time.


Excavation of the lake by Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra’s Temple, originally called “Kaliya Ghat” and currently known as “Swan Lake.”

The crew to the right of the concrete steps were hand digging the foundation for one of the Chatras.

The sidewalk and lawn between the Guest Lodge and Temple was not yet installed. The driveway hand paved with bricks all around the Temple and leading up to Srila Prabhupada’s Palace was still dirt.

When: Summer, 1983. The RVC Temple officially opened September, 1983. Big Gaura Nitai were dedicated in 1984.

Where: New Vrindaban, West Virginia.

Special request: If you have a photo showcasing New Vrindaban residents in action, from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, please send it to us and we can share it in a future posting.

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