ISKCON Kolkata Rebuilds After April Fire

By Madhava Smullen
The ISKCON Kolkata temple has rebuilt damaged areas after an April 26th fire which burned the Deities’ dress room with all 300 outfits in it. Jewelry, furniture, doors, windows, and the air-conditioning system were completely destroyed, while there was also some burn damage to the paint on the wall of the adjoining altar room.
The presiding Deities of Sri Sri Radha Govindaji, Sriman Mahaprabhu, and Sri Sri Jagannath Baladev Subhadradevi were unharmed, and were moved to Srila Prabhupada’s room as a precaution as soon as the fire was discovered. The fire was put out by local fire brigade and police within about 25 minutes.
According to temple president Dayaram Das, the fire brigade forensic department later found the cause of the fire to be a short circuit in the air-conditioning system.
Since then, following guidelines given by the fire brigade, the 400-square-foot deity dress room has been completely rebuilt without any combustible or wooden materials. It now has a tin roof, iron beams, and steel drawers and almiras for the Deities’ dresses and jewelry.

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