Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa, Vice President of Akshaya Patra, Vrindavan Heritage Tower, Krishna Lila Theme Park & Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir paid a visit to meet Suhail Mohd Al Zarooni, Guinness World Record Holder, Chairman Al Zarooni Foundation & the Emirati Entrepreneur.at Al Zarooni Palace. Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa was accompanied by Sri Priyavrata Dasa.
Dr Vishwas Saran Srivastava, Director Media gave a brief introduction of Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa and about Akshaya Patra, Vrindavan Heritage Tower, Krishna Lila Theme Park & Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir an initiative of ISKCON to Al Zarooni. Dr Vishwas also gave a brief introduction of Suhail Mohd Al Zarooni to the delegation of Akshaya Patra, Vrindavan Heritage Tower, Krishna Lila Theme Park & Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir an initiative of ISKON.
While giving Suhail Al Zarooni’s introduction to the delegation, Dr Vishwas said that Suhail Mohd Al Zarooni is a businessman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an Emirati Collector, Prolific Writer, Author, Guinness Book World Records holder and Philanthropist. He is a trailblazer having a chequered past glittered with accolades. The fact that he is the first ever Emirati after the Royal family of United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be awarded with Two Guinness World Records is a milestone in itself. H. E. Suhail Al Zarooni’s collection is second to none in the world. His collection of Miniature and Dinky Car collection won him the Guinness Records.
Suhail Al Zarooni Group of Companies has been harnessing the power of human intellect and perseverance. His business empire is based on family tradition and values forward by following compassion and entrepreneurial zeal over several companies, operating in diverse technologies across different Geographic’s of the World.
Suhail Al Zarooni is also known for his charitable work and as Philanthropist. He founded a charitable organization for his social and charitable work “Al Zarooni Foundation”. Al Zarooni Foundation is a charitable & social initiative of Al Zarooni. The sole objective of which has been to impact the lives of the needy people globally. His compassion for people has taken the shape of many charitable initiatives run by His Excellency’s foundation. The impact of his humane endeavours in enriching lives of people and far reaching. His investment of time, resources and energy in to these human-oriented initiatives has brought him peace and joy.
Al Zarooni Foundation aims to provide healthcare to children / Women in need through its various projects in Pakistan and reaching next to Bangladesh, Africa, India and Sri Lanka and beyond. Al Zarooni Foundation has constructed some houses for the socially backward and poor people. There is dire vacuum between need and availability of resources. Al Zarooni Foundation’s mission is to change lives through the gift of clean, safe water. Access to clean drinking water, a basic human right.
Al Zarooni Business Forum (AZBF) a part of Suhail Al Zarooni Group of Companies, is another positive step in the direction of preparing Dubai for the Expo 2020. The idea behind the Al Zarooni Business Forum is to play a proactive role in the Expo 2020 and assist every business at every stage when they participate in the Expo2020. He has also complied a Coffee Table Book on “Expo2020” namely “Moving Emirate Forward”-When Dreams Come True, which is the only book on Expo2020 ever written by anyone which is none other than Al Zarooni himself.
Suhail Al Zarooni’s active participation is social and a global issue is a clear reflection of his holistic view of life. He is sensitive to local pulse of life and understands how these are connected to global, much larger issues. After all we are now living in a global village and our lives are interconnected. We cannot ignore are far off neighbors for they too impact our lives in many ways. Suhail Al Zarooni is prolific writer and a brave author, who does not shirk from airing his opinions on social, economic and cultural issues. He has contributed by way of many articles and blogs touching issue that are core to our existence has an ever-progressive species.
At this occasion, Suhail Al Zarooni hosted a courtesy Hi Tea as a courtesy & in honor of them. During this meeting Al Zarooni had insightful discussion with Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa on various topics about their organization and on their various projects. Suhail Al Zarooni asked Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa to give more insight on their projects i.e., Akshaya Patra, Vrindavan Heritage Tower, Krishna Lila Theme Park & Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir.
Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa said to Suhail Mohd Al Zaoorni that first of all he take privilege to wish and thank to Al Zarooni for granting them the appointment on such a short notice and for sparing precious time from his busy schedule to meet. He added that indeed it’s an honor and great privilege for him to give presentation to Suhail Al Zarooni. He said that He will be happy to give presentation on their projects and about other social initiatives in respective manner along with the brief introduction about ISKON.
Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa told Suhail Mohd Al Zarooni that International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was founded in 1966 in New York City by Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who is worshiped by followers as Guru and spiritual master. Its core beliefs are based on select traditional Hindu scriptures, particularly the Bhagavad-Gita and the Srimad Bhagavatam. ISKCON, otherwise known as the Hare Krishna movement, includes five hundred major centers, temples and rural communities, nearly one hundred affiliated vegetarian restaurants, thousands of namahattas or local meeting groups, a wide variety of community projects, and millions of congregational members worldwide. Although less than fifty years on the global stage ISKCON has expanded widely since it was founded. ISKCON feel proud while presenting India’s Vaishnava spiritual culture in a relevant manner to contemporary Western and worldwide audiences as per the principles laid down by their founders, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda & Srila Prabhupada.
While giving presentation on Akshaya Patra, Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa said that the Akshaya Patra Foundation works to eradicate classroom hunger and facilitate childhood education by serving freshly cooked, nourishing lunches to 1.6 million school children across India every day. Their mission is that “No Child In India Shall Be Deprived of Education Because of Hunger”. He added that the Akshaya Patra Foundation is on mission TO SERVE 5 Million CHILDREN BY 2020. He further said that since year 2000, the Akshaya Patra Foundation has served 2.2 Billion lunches to school children. The Akshaya Patra Foundation has 27 state of art cooking facilities spread over in 11 States of India in different cities. For this project they work closely with State & Central Governments.
Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa further gave presentation on Vrindavan Heritage Tower, Krishna Lila Theme Park & Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. He told Suhail Al Zarooni that on the completion, Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir is going to be the World’s Tallest Heritage Tower and Temple, which is under construction at present at Vrindavan, Mathura, India. He said that the project is being constructed to fulfill the wish of Srila Prabhupada and aspires to provide the impetus for and facilitate the transformation of society and to inculcate spirituality.
Sri Yudhisthira said with an estimate cost of INR 700 crore (US$105 million) it will be one of the most expensively built temples in World by ISKCON. The temple has a footprint of about 5 acres and rises to a height of about 700 feet (210 meters or 70 floors) and a built-up area of 5,40,000 sq. ft. The temple is planned to be vibrant with festivals and religious activities throughout the year. It is going to be a must watch place for every human being.
A look-alike of the verdant forests of Vrindavan will be recreated around this magnificent temple. It will be spread over a sprawling 26 acres, it will consist of the twelve forests (dvadashakanana) of Braj, with varieties of lush vegetation, green pastures, elegant vistas of fruit bearing trees, flower laden creepers serenaded by bird songs, clear water lakes with lotuses and lilies and water falls that tumble from small artificial hillocks – all recreated from descriptions in the Srimad Bhagavatam and other source books of Lord Sri Krishna to transport the visitors to Krishna’s times in Vrindavan. The project is set in 62 acres of land and will includes 12 acres for parking and a helipad.
The Vrindavan Heritage Tower, which is currently under construction at Vrindavan in the Uttar Pradesh, India will be 700 feet (210 metres) tall and will have 70 floors
This project is unique for a number of reasons, including its height, forests and theme park. The attractions planned in the theme park would be like dark rides, animatronics, light, sound and special effects as well as the Vraja Mandal Parikrama shows and laser shows that celebrate the various lilas of Krishna in different forests of Vrindavan. Besides, the park will also feature a Yamuna Creek, musical fountains, day and night floats, gardens, lawns, water features and others. One can reach in 2 hours to Vrindavan as this project is well connected with Delhi along the Chatikara road which connects Vrindavan with the Delhi-Agra National highway and also connected with the Yamuna Expressway.
It will have four temples and 12 forests which get designed next to the temple, will be recreation of 12 forests of Vraja. The 12 forests will be Madhuvana, Talavana, Kumudavana, Bahulavana, Kamyavana, Khadiravana, Vrindavana, Bhadravana, Bilvavana (Belvan), Lohavana (Lauhavana), Bhandiravana and Mahavana. The structure will be in a plus sign with four temples on each end. These temples will be of Krishna-Radha, Krishna- Balram, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Swami Prabhupada, founder of the ISKCON. The temple, conceptualized by devotees of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Bangalore. An architectural marvel, this project will have shades of bluish green and white colours, symbolic of the colours of peacock feathers, spread across its canvas.
One of the main highlights of the temple is a capsule elevator meant to take visitors to the seventieth floor for a Vedic cosmology experience through sound, light and dioramic effects. Additionally, the topmost floor of the temple building would also provide visitors a 360 degrees view of the Braj area through telescopes. Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa said even “Visitors will be able to see the Krishna Janmabhoomi and even the Taj Mahal in Agra through telescopes installed on the seventieth floor when the skies are clear”. The premises will be inclusive of housing facilities for followers and will host a number of cultural festivals throughout the year. Visitors will be able to ride to the viewing deck at the top of the building, with an immersive 3D light and sound show planned for the journey up. The ride will take people through the planetary systems of the universe, as described in Vedic literature, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism.
At 700 feet (210 metres), the temple will be taller than India’s Taj Mahal, which stands at 239 feet (73m) tall, as well as St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, which measures 422 feet (128.6m). Work first began on the building, which also includes a 1,000-seat auditorium, Center for Krishna Heritage Studies and a food court, in 2014. The striking structure of this heritage skyscraper has been designed to blend traditional Indian temple architecture with modern aesthetics.
The architectural design of the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir Complex harmoniously blends the timeless grace of traditional Indian temple architecture and the glitter and elegance of modern architecture. The vision behind the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir is to bring about the transformation in the people’s heart, and to guide them on the path of eternal happiness by raising their consciousness and progressing them on their spiritual journey.
Sri Yudhisthira told Al Zarooni that this project was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Sri Akhilesh Yadav during the Holi festival in March 2014. Famous Bollywood Actress who is the Member of Parliament from Mathura, Hema Malini who was presented at that occasion, hailed the initiative of ISKON. Honourable President Pranab Mukherjee also performed a special “puja” for the construction of the project in November 2014. Honourable President Pranab Mukherjee said at the occasion that the holy town of Vrindavan should strive to become the World center for spiritual enlightenment and also congratulated ISKCON for their efforts in highlighting and propagating the timeless teachings of Lord Krishna to live with Peace & Harmony across the World.
Vrindavan Heritage Tower, which is currently under construction, set to be complete in 2020 and designed to blend traditional Indian architecture with modern aesthetics. The building will also include an indoor theme park, a viewing gallery, the Krishna Heritage Museum and a grand township that will offers world class living spaces, right at the feet of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa said that along with this Heritage Tower, they are also developing a grand township that offers world class living spaces, right at the feet of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir with an opportunity to become a part of this unique and spiritual abode, immersed in love and devotion to Krishna. Inspiring and awesome, Krishna Bhumi is an ambitious mega project with a truly magnificent Krishna temple, verdant forests, Krishna Lila Theme Parks – the first of its kind in the world. Sprawling across 110 acres, Krishna Bhumi for its Apartment and Villa residents also offer a premium wellness center with ayurvedic spa, sports and recreation facilities, an elder care center with all medical facilities, conveniences, utilities and other lifestyle amenities.
Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa presented the sweets and Holy Book “Geeta” to Suhail Al Zarooni as a token of Love and honor. When Al Zarooni asked more about Geeta, Sri Yudhisthira said that the Gita is the message of GOD to the mankind. The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava Prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna during Mahabharata. He said the Bhagavad-Gita is the eternal message of spiritual wisdom from ancient India. The word Gita means song and the word Bhagavad means God, often the Bhagavad-Gita is called the Song of God.
Elaborating more on it, Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa said that Gita itself categorically and comprehensively explains how it is the duty of each and every member of society to carry out their functions and responsibilities in their respective stage of life according to the rules and regulations of the society in which one lives. Further the Geeta explains why such duties must be performed, what benefit is gained by performing them, what harm is caused by not performing them. Plus what actions lead to bondage and what actions lead to salvation. All these points and much more relating to duty have been described in great detail in Gita. The Bhagavad-Gita is composed of 700 Sanskrit verses contained within 18 chapters, divided into three sections each consisting of six chapters. They are Karma Yoga the yoga of actions. Bhakti Yoga the yoga of devotion and Jnana Yoga the yoga of knowledge.
While on a curiosity raised by Mr Syed Afraz about the author of Gita, where it was found and on Mahabharata, Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa said that Lord Krishna originally spoke the Bhagavad-Gita and it was found in the monumental, historical epic Mahabharata written by Vedavyasa. While explaining further Sri Yudhisthira said Vedavyasa is the divine saint and incarnation who authored the Srimad Bhagavatam, Vedanta Sutra, the 108 Puranas, composed and divided the Vedas into the Rik, Yajur, Artharva and Sama Vedas, and wrote the great historical treatise Mahabharata. His full name is Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa and he was the son of sage Parasara and mother Satyavati.
Suhail Al Zarooni thanked the Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa for the insightful knowledge and meaningful discussions. He further said, the simplicity and humbleness of the Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa and the social initiative like “AKSHAYA PATRA” has touched His heart. Al Zarooni taking note of the contribution of ISKON in the cultural upliftment of mankind globally and considered it to be a uniting force for love & peace and a symbol of sacrifice, has expressed happiness over the initiatives that are being contemplated for the upliftment of society under the aegis of ‘Vrindavan Heritage Tower and Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir’ project, including various welfare programmes of ISKON and the restoration, up gradation and rejuvenation of the important sites of World’s Heritage Importance.
Suhail Mohd. Al Zarooni said that he believes that ISKCON will continue in their efforts aimed at social change and reformation for the humanity to make World a better place to live together with love, peace and harmony. Suhail Al Zarooni also wished them for the great success for bringing up such an iconic project “Vrindavan Heritage Tower, Krishna Lila Theme Park & Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir” to India and to this World. Al Zarooni said, He believes that it will be a landmark in the history book soon after its completion and will become the World Tallest Heritage Tower. Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa thanked Suhail Mohd. Zarooni on the warm hospitality.
Al Zarooni also greeted them for paying the visit to meet him personally and to venerate him by presenting Pictorial of Radha Krishna and Holy Book “GITA”. Suhail Al Zarooni gave his best wishes to Sri Yudhisthira Krishna Dasa & Sri Priyavrata Dasa for social and charitable ongoing initiatives and upcoming future endeavors taken by their esteem organization.