West Virginia August 15, 2018
This Small Town Is Like A Little Piece Of India Right Here In West Virginia
Most of West Virginia’s cities have some foreign influences, as many American cities do, but there is one place that is so unlike West Virginia, you may think you have stumbled into another country entirely.
New Vrindaban was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, or Srila Prabhupada, as he is known to his followers.
Prabhupada, the creator of the "Hare Krishna" movement, had a dream to create a replica of Vrindavan, India, in America, to spread his teachings to the west.
In 1968, his dream came true when he established New Vrindaban, slightly changing the spelling of the city the new community was intended to emulate.
His ultimate vision of seven temples on seven hills, just like in Vrindavan, India, is still under way, but Prabhupada passed away before he can see this vision fulfilled. The second of the seven temples is currently under construction.
In 1973, Prabhupada's followers decided to build a home for their worshipped leader.
What was originally going to be a fairly modest home turned into what is known today as the Palace of Gold. Apparently, no blueprints were drawn up and none of the devotees who built the palace were experienced carpenters. Yet, somehow, through much trial and error, the palace was completed. Followers of Prabhupada and his teachings believe that the miraculous structure was divinely guided by Krishna, the Indian name for God.
Today, New Vrindaban is a spiritual community through which the teaching of both Krishna and Prabhupada are strong.
The community also celebrates many festivals, holidays and parades that are observed in India.
The community is populated by both Indian and non-Indian people. Regardless of their nationality, or the color of their skin, they all have a shared belief that binds them together spiritually.
The members of the community follow the laws and tenets of Krishna. As such, they do not consume alcohol, drugs, or meat. To them, to consume those products would result in bad karma.
Because of the community's uniqueness in West Virginia, it is also open to tourists.
People who wish to visit New Vrindaban can stay at the Palace Lodge, the temple, or the cabins around the lake. Combined, the three locations have 62 rooms where guests may stay, from single accommodations to full suites.
As you tour the beautiful town will come across stained glass, murals, temples and statues.
So, if you decide to visit New Vrindaban, be prepared for an experience unlike any other in West Virginia. The community is located In the northern panhandle, about 15 miles southeast of Wheeling.
To learn more about New Vrindaban, check out their website
here, and their Facebook page here.
Have you ever been to New Vrindaban? Feel free to comment below and tell us about your visit.
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