SONY DSCToday Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir stands magnificently as part of the South Mumbai locale, but its beginning was very plain and humble. Sri Sri Radha Gopinath were installed on July 18, 1988 in a grand function with more than 400 people attending the ceremony. It was a fulfilment of the prophecy made by Srila Prabhupada. In 1971, when Srila Prabhupada was coming down the steps of the nearby Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, he told his secretary Shyamasundar Prabhu, with his cane pointing towards this area where the temple presently stands, “We must have a temple here.” Sure enough, Lord Krishna fulfilled the desire of His pure devotee.

It was clear that the Yuga-avatar Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and Lord Nityananda Prabhu would soon make Their appearance at the temple. Sure enough, Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra along with Sri Gopalji were formally installed in 1990. A Deity of Srila Prabhupada was also installed as per ISKCON standards. Then came cows, parrots, peacocks and monkeys on the altar and created an atmosphere permeated with the simplicity and sweetness of Vrindavan.

Since then the temple has undergone several stages of renovation. From laying a complete new foundation underneath the existing structure, to strengthening the wooden flooring of the temple hall with iron beams, to beautifying the exterior of the temple with intricately carved sandstone columns, many things have changed. The walls of the temple hall were also refurbished with beautiful Italian marble. Later, the altar and the whole temple hall were decorated with beautiful wooden carvings. On the ground floor, the Bhaktivedanta hall got a new flooring of white Makarana marble and the walls were covered with best quality teak veneer. The wooden flooring in the main temple hall has also been replaced with Burmese teak wood. The temple is also one of the very few in India to have an air conditioned hall.

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