Festival of colours: New Varshana, Auckland, New Zealand

Srila Prabhupada installed Sri Sri Radha Giridhari on the 18th April 1972 in ISKCON’s first New Zealand temple, a house at 155 Landscape Road, Mt. Eden. On 28th April 1976 during his third and final visit Srila Prabhupada installed Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai and also Sri Sri Jagannatha-Baladeva-Subhadra at a new temple at 67 Gribblehirst Road, Mt. Albert.

The Auckland Deities moved to this farm property, New Varshana, in 1978. While the new temple was being planned and built the Deities took up Their residence in the farmhouse near the entrance to the property. They were worshipped there for twenty-five years .

Local Mayor, John Law, together with many ISKCON leaders and personalities from around the world officiated at the opening of this temple in 2004.

Sri Sri Radha Giridhari temple was opened on 18th January 2004. The Deities (Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Radha Giridhari, and Their Lordships Jagannatha Baladeva Subhadra) had previously been installed by the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

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