WELCOME When His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada conceived the idea of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP), now being built on the bank of the Ganges in West Bengal, he always knew it would be something unique. As a temple it would certainly be a place for the grand worship of Radha-Krishna, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and Their intimate associates. But it would also be a place to display the universe as seen through the eyes of pure Vedic sages of antiquity.
While understanding the sages’ view has been a challenge, one truth comes through with force: behind the universe is a creator with a purpose. In proposing the TOVP, Prabhupada too had a purpose, or perhaps many of them. But one was certainly to draw attention to the Supreme Person behind the cosmos.
The managers of the TOVP have put together a team of dedicated, qualified devotees to transform the planetarium aspect of the project from a dream to a reality. In this issue, team member Yogeshvara Dasa, writing on behalf of the others, takes us on a tour of the exhibits, which are sure to inspire awe and inquiries in all who enter the 200-foot-tall left wing of the TOVP.
Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor