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Thousands Attend Vrindavan Temple Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Devotees celebrate fifth anniversary of the Prem Temple in Mathura

VRINDAVAN—The anniversary celebrations of one of the largest temples in the land of Lord Krishna saw thousands of devotees performing aarti on Feb. 22.

The Prem Mandir, established by the fifth Jagadguru, Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj, is part of a sprawling 54-acre complex on the outskirts of Vrindavan and is run by the philanthropic Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat.

The fifth anniversary celebration, attended by JKP President Vishakha Tripathi, was marked by a grand abhishek, devotional singing and a bhoj for devotees.

JKP Secretary Raam Puri said the temple, the foundation of which was laid in January 2001, took about 12 years to complete and employs over 1,000 artisans.

The uniquely designed two-story temple, which stands 125 feet tall and is made entirely of Italian marble, was built with both traditional chisels and hammers to create its intricate carvings, as well as computerized robotic machines to shape its structure.

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