In part one of this photo essay, we visited the grounds of the Prabhupada's Palace of Gold. Click here for part I
In part two weÂ visited the inside of Prabhupada's Palace of gold. Click here for part II
Now we'll move along to the third and final part of our visit.
A very short drive up the road from the Palace, we come to the Temple grounds. The feeling you get here is very different from the Palace and its grounds.
It almost has the feel of a children's theme park and we have to remind ourselves that this is considered a holy place.Â There is a sign indicating that no meat, alcohol or tobaccoÂ products are allowed on the temple grounds.
The Krishna's are Vegan or Vegetarian (I'm not sure which).
On our left there is a good size pond. Several Pagoda shaped shelters adorn the banks.
Â On the far side of the pond there are two very large statues depicting women in what looks like some kind of dance. They'reÂ wearing long flower lei's and sarongs.
There are swans wandering about. They were quite relaxed and tame, they seem toÂ have the run of the place.
I ventured out on this Pagoda to try and get some shots of the cabins that you see on the other side of the shore (the cabins can be rented). Â I slipped and fell and almost lost my brand new camera over the side!Â Once I was back on my feet and had dusted off my pride, I looked up and saw a Peacock on the far bank, strutting his suff and putting on a fine show.
ObviousleyÂ he had no issues with his pride!
Â Peacocks even have beautiful butts!
There are several huge statues on the grounds.
The Oxen, who were larger than life size.
And the Elephant.
They paid a lot of attention to detail when they created these statues.
The quarters where the single Krishna members live.
We forgot to snap photos of the temple itself. It looks pretty much like the Palace Lodge above. Not impressive. There is a restaurant on the site as well, but it is only open during tourist season. Since we were there in December we missed out on trying their cuisine.
We did step inside, there was some kind of service going on, we could hear the chanting all the way outside. There wereÂ severalÂ Indian families coming and going to and from the temple.
We did step inside the foyer area,Â butÂ quite frankly we were a little intimidated by what we might find going on inside the temple itself, so we left. We did take note that had we gone inside the temple, it was required that we remove our shoes and leave them in the foyer area. There were quite a lot of shoes left there!