Set upon 3 acres of land at a distance of 2. 5 km from the city of Chandigarh is the ISCKON Temple. This is one of the 600 hundred temples of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which was established by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in July 1966.
The ISCKON temple at Chandigarh is spacious, clean and well maintained, and is often visited for its peaceful atmosphere. The building contains a spacious central hall with beautiful idols of Radha and Krishna, and there is also space provided for waiting for darshan and prayer. The temple also boasts of a library and reading room, where one can read and buy religious texts. Visitors can also watch kirtans, bhajans, lectures, and videos on the temple and the ISCKON movement via the temple's multimedia section.
On the occasion of Lord Krishna's birthday (Janamashtami), the temple is decked out for the festivities, and the same happens on other important religious days such as during the Rath Yatra. While the crowds may be more during these periods, a visit at these times will surely enhance one's experience of the temple. Additionally, many courses and camps are undertaken by temple administration, which can be joined by anyone. A souvenir shop provides small meaningful gifts.
A well organized daily worship schedule has been put in place, with darshan timings being from 4:30 AM - 5:00 AM, 7:15 AM - 12:45 AM, and 4:15 PM - 8:30 PM. The ISCKON Temple Chandigarh can thus be visited during timings 4:30 AM - 8:30 PM on all days of the week. Adequate parking space has been provided. No entry fee is required. The temple is an ideal place to engage in serene meditation and self-reflection, and to experience and understand the ISKON movement and its history and motives.