The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), was unanimously chosen as a winner of the 7th IGBC Green Champion Awards under the category of 'Pioneering Institution in sensitising the masses by going green' during the 18th edition of ‘Green Building Congress’ organised recently.
Gauranga Das, Director - ISKCON Govardhan Ecovillage and ISKCON Global Duty Officer who received the award on behalf of ISKCON said “ISKCON also plans to design, construct, operate and certify the upcoming University of Bhaktivedanta Research Centre as a green campus. The international green committee of ISKCON is closely working with IGBC to develop a framework for ISKCON 700 temples across the world to be developed as Green Places of Worship”.
HH Radhanath Swami, ISKCON Spiritual Guru and the Founder Govardhan Ecovillage expressed, “The Bhagavad Gita teaches that yoga is the art of living in harmony with the body, the mind, the soul, all living beings, God and nature. All of nature is God’s gift and to see the presence of God’s grace in nature is an inherent teaching of Bhagavad Gita and it is very much foundational to the principles of ISKCON. We are hoping and praying that more and more people across the globe will understand the need for this truth to be practiced while we promote this principle of sustainability for all our 700 ISKCON temples across the globe.”
Mr. Alfred Ford, Trustee Ford Motors and Chairman, Temple of Vedic Planetarium shared, “We are very much in sync with the green agenda and we hope that there will be more success along this line. We are coming up with the Temple of Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) in Mayapur near Kolkata . The temple is larger than the Tajmahal, it’s going to have one of the largest domes in Asia, its 350 feet high. The kirtan hall will hold 10,000 devotees at a time all chanting.”
ISKCON GBC Members His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami, His Holiness HH Jayapataka Swam and ISKCON Global Communications Director Anuttama Prabhu, expressed their gratitude to IGBC for promoting the urgent need for having green building projects which is the need of the hour for mankind especially when the globe is facing Global warming and climate crises.