Sion based Gokul temple’s Sri Krishna idol was brought to the City today( Sunday May 8) from Nerul in a grand procession for consecration inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of the newly built 60 year old temple complex on May 13 morning at 7.25 a.m. The complex was constructed by Bombay South Kanara Brahmin association (BSKB) . On the same day evening Tirupati Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavathi Srinivasa Kalyana Utsavam will be held in the premises. The idols will be brought from Tirupati for this purpose.
Sri Krishna’s idol which was temporarily shifted to the BSKB Senior’s home complex at Nerul, since the renovation started five years ago. The idol was accompanied by various musical bands like Nadaswaram, Saxophone Nashik band and Lazim. in procession and was received at the Gokul temple premises by the trustees with Poornakumbam and recitation of Vedic chants. Various religious rituals that are an integral part of the festival will be performed from May 9 to 12 . On May 15 there will be 1008 silver pots with holy water will be offered to the Lord for abhisheka (bathing).
The president of BSKB Dr. Suresh Rao said the seven storied temple complex costing nearly Rs.55 crores have intricately carved wooden murals which adorn the ceiling and walls and carved wooden Mahadwara, with a Gopura at the entrance of the building”. The wooden carvings depicting the various avatars of Sri Krishna in the foyer of the main entrance. The main sanctum Sanctorum is surrounded with 44 stone carved idols of various Devatas made of ash stones. This temple will be a hub for devotion, art, culture and meditation. Rao said.