ISKCON Dwarka in Delhi is all set to launch a ‘Metaverse Experience’ for devotees on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami. This groundbreaking digital initiative promises to create a unique and profound virtual connection between devotees and the temple.
“The metaverse will feature live Abhishek ceremonies, aartis, and virtual parikrama experiences, allowing devotees from around the world to connect and find solace and spiritual rejuvenation in the digital age. Integrated payment gateways will facilitate offerings and contributions, making it easier than ever to participate in the spiritual journey,” explains Shri Shri Gaur Prabhu, the vice-president of ISKCON Dwarka.
The Metaverse is a digital realm that combines elements of social media, online gaming, augmented reality, and virtual reality to offer an immersive temple experience. Devotees will have the opportunity to explore the sacred premises, including the auditorium and guest rooms, while dressed in traditional attire – kurta and dhoti for men and sarees for women. Furthermore, they will have the convenience of ordering ‘prasad’ from digital restaurants within the metaverse.
This innovative digital representation of the temple, constructed based on architectural blueprints, represents a pioneering step toward enabling devotees from across the globe to participate in temple activities and rituals in a virtual space. It opens doors for devotees to feel as though they are physically present within the temple’s sacred precincts.
Shri Shri Gaur Prabhu underscores the significance of this Metaverse launch, stating, “The Metaverse launch by ISKCON is truly one of a kind. We are introducing it solely to facilitate devotees from all over the world. They can have darshan of our deities, perform Aartis, and engage in various activities. It’s like a virtual temple for them, providing a virtual reality experience that will make them feel as if they have actually visited the temple.” ISKCON Dwarka Official Website:- https://iskcondwarka.org/
Beyond the digital experience, the physical Shri Shri Rukmini Dwarkadhish temple, which spans two acres, will continue to offer a range of initiatives, including the distribution of nutritious meals, counseling services, value-based education for youth, and a meditation hall.
What is the ISKCON?
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, commonly referred to as the Hare Krishna movement, is a spiritual organization established by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in July 1966 in New York. ISKCON is affiliated with the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradaya, which is a monotheistic tradition rooted in Vedic culture.
Iskcon temple Tirupati.
“The ISKCON Temple located in Tirupati is a significant pilgrimage destination in India, serving as a hub for spreading the teachings of Lord Krishna and the wisdom contained in the Bhagavad Gita. Established by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Swami Prabhupada is a dedicated disciple within the unbroken lineage of Lord Krishna’s successors, and he is also a prominent advocate for Vedic culture and theology.”
Who is the owner of ISKCON?
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Is there any dark side of ISKCON?
A couple of years ago, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) faced significant upheaval due to revelations of sexual and physical abuse within the society’s gurukuls (boarding schools) located in India and the United States.
Is ISKCON a Hindu?
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, often referred to informally as the Hare Krishna movement or Hare Krishnas, is a religious organization within the Gaudiya Vaishnava Hindu tradition. ISKCON was established in 1966 in New York City by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
ISKCON full form
International Society for Krishna Consciousness.