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Radha Madhav Dham, Austin

#7 of 18 in Historic Sites in Austin
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Radha Madhav Dham, originally called Barsana Dham is the main U.S. center of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, a non-profit, charitable, educational and spiritual organisation located on more than 200 acres of land in Hays County, south of Austin, Texas. It is a Hindu temple and ashram complex, the oldest Hindu Temple in Texas the largest in North America and one of the largest Hindu Temple complexes in the Western Hemisphere.
Radha Madhav Dham is a nonprofit, religious, educational, and charitable organization that follows the path of raganuga bhakti. The temple is involved in numerous charitable educational projects including JKP Education, which won the Nelson Mandela Peace Award instituted by the Economic Growth Society of India in April 2014.
The temple was founded by Prakashanand Saraswati. Saraswati was convicted in 2011 of 20 counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor and sentenced to 280 years of prison. As of 2015 all images and mentions of Saraswati have been removed from the temple, which has said that its leadership has been changed and that it has no knowledge of Saraswati's whereabouts.
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  • The place is quiet and calm. This krishna temple is well maintained. Surrounding has a big ground, small lake and hill. The Rituals are followed like in India.  more »
  • The temple and surrounding is beautiful. Many Indians visit there. Delicious Indian lunch is served as Prasad in afternoon.  more »
  • This mandir (temple) is a wonderful and enchanting place to visit for everyone.. The beautiful scenery just makes the whole experience even better. Not to mention the wonderful and caring people that help out there. Also, if anyone wants to take pictures outside then this is the spot to take them. My favorite part has to be the small pool/fountain outside, which gives way for wonderful photos.. Overall, it's a great place!
  • Very beautiful visited fir school trip for daughter. Landscape and statues are spectacular as well as inside. Staff is very friendly and welcoming. Learned many new things about the religion. Recommend visiting and experiencing the culture.

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