New Vraja Dhama – Temple and community project, south-west Hungary
New Vraja Dhama is the Hungarian yatra’s varnashrama farm community. It is situated in the flowing hills of south-west Hungary, close to Lake Balaton. It is marked as ‘Krishna Valley’ on Hungarian road maps and is known as such by locals. The farm has 450 acres of prime arable land. It also has a 1000 square metre purpose-built temple made with a traditional building technique of rammed earth walls.
It is the transcendental home of Sri Sri Radha-Shyamasundara, Sri Govardhana-Lal, Sri Gaura-Nataraja, Sri Sri Laksmi-Nrsimhadeva, and Sri Sudarsanadeva (who is surrounded by hundreds of salagrama silas). Their Lordships are the centre of the farm project where approximately 150 devotees serve Them with love and devotion.
New Vraja Dhama’s goal is to become self-sufficient. It does not have mains electricity, just a few solar panels that produce energy mainly for lighting the altar. Heating is provided by wood burning stoves that operate an under floor heating system. Milk, fruits and vegetables are produced on the farm for the pleasure of Their Lordships and Their devotees.
The farm receives many guests throughout the year. During the summer months coach loads of tourists come to see the temple. Every year about 25,000 guests take darshan of Their Lordships, hear the chanting of the holy names, and taste Krishna prasadam.
New Vraja Dhama was featured in the March/April 2002 edition of Back To Godhead magazine. www.krishna.com
You can view the New Vraja Dhama website at navavrajadhama.com