New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 10/02/14

New Vrindaban Guest Lodge Dharmasala 1981

We received numerous requests to share more photos of the construction of buildings in and around New Vrindaban. So, here you go!

This week’s challenge: Do you recognize this building (in its partially completed state) and what year was the photo taken?

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

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Here’s the info we have:

What: Palace Lodge (formerly known as the Guest Lodge & Dharmasala)

When: Spring/Early Summer 1981

The upstairs guest rooms in the Lodge were first used during the annual Prabhupada Festival, held Labor Day weekend 1981. By the time of the festival there were sidewalks around the outside of the building. In this photo one can see that there are no sidewalks, windows, doors or roof shingles yet in the building.

On the left side of the photo the tops of storage trailers are visible. These held materials used in building the Palace Lodge. Also, just above the left edge of the roof one can see a bulldozer flattening the space where Radha Vrindaban Chandra’s Mandir will be built and dedicated two years later (July 4th weekend, 1983).

Where: Palace Lodge; New Vrindaban, West Virginia.