I had visited ISKCON temple long long ago during my second year college industrial visit. It was kind of magical back then in 2005. Bright white structure, beautiful looking Radha-Krishna, not to forget mentioning the tasty prasad and the number of shops on the way out. My pocket money was very very less back then, but dad gave me a thousand five hundred rupees for my expenses during the Bangalore trip. I spent each rupee making sure its well worth it and moreover my only thought was to give back most of it to dad, knowing the financial problems we had back then. Anyways I digress. I got a small statue of Krishna for 20 bucks and that was mainly to please Amma. I know she loved Krishna and that too the one in crawling posture. As expected, she was very happy and till date its in the living room showcase.
When I permanently moved to Bangalore, thoughts of visiting ISKCON kept surfacing but I am not a person to go out alone and enjoy myself. I waited for the right kind of company, that is either S or my parents. After a wait of three years, I had my own place in Bangalore and parents could visit me. During their first time stay here, we decided to go over there. With them never having gone to that temple, they were pretty excited. We reached a place according to Google maps from where it said getting a bus wouldnt be difficult. But guess what – we kept waiting for the bus for more than 2hrs – with dad and S running to different traffic police men for the route. Each person gave different info (and some never answered) and we got nowhere. With painful legs and a sore body we came back home. As such, S wasnt interested in going there in the first place and this incident had irritated him the most. In retrospective, the temple doesnt look like its a place of worship but then its beautiful according to me. S says why take all this trouble knowing its so far from our house. The dream of going back to that place was buried, until last Saturday that is.
To be very frank, I havent seen atleast 70% of the places in Bangalore. There is something or the other to do every weekend and we end up going nowhere. With parents here, I thought its time we give another shot at ISKCON. Luckily now we have the car so there is no need to wait for bus. I kept nagging S until he accepted to the plan – to go to temple first and then to Orion Mall close by, atleast that much we knew. We started to execute our plan around 3PM last Saturday. We knew it would be close to 25Kms from our place and as expected GPS gave us similar info. We went on and on and on.. as per the GPS direction missing a few lefts here and a few rights there. After about an hour we got lost. It looked like a hilly terrain and the houses were far and apart. No matter how many we ask, they asked us to keep going straight unlike the GPS. Once we even circled about the same road twice, getting confused between the directions and GPS. Finally luck prevailed and we got to the main road. Looks like GPS took us through the narrow broken residential roads to avoid traffic. Sigh! GPS Lady was screaming that our destination will in 250mts towards the right. When looked in that direction, there was a mechanic shop 😯 and beind that was a hill with a temple on top but there was no way we could reach there. Further, the temple was still under construction! Hmmm… if my memory served right, the roads were no where close to how it was when I first visited it but nevertheless I kept quiet. We traveled another 5Kms listening to various people knowing GPS wasnt helping much. For once, we were stuck up in a road that was too small for a car and had people staring at us in disbelief when we enquired about ISKCON. The reaction on their face was like – are these ppl mad to be coming here to visit IT? The fact that we didnt know Kannada put us into further problem 😦 Thankfully we reached the gates of a big factory and the watchman asked us to use that route inside the gates to reach the temple and we were in disbelief. The temple itself was very quiet except for the tremendous amount of construction happening and there was no crowd with only 2 -3 people around. We had a good darshan and prasad 😀 We sat there for sometime before proceeding towards the mall. We were clearly on a hill and the mall was no where to be seen. S enquired a few people there and they had no idea at all.
I reluctantly looked for Orion Mall on GPS (not ready to depend on it fully). It gave away that the mall is 23Kms far and thats when it struck us! We ended up in the wrong temple – a temple (ISKCON ofcourse) that was still being constructed. On a road about 10Kms away, we should have gone straight but the stupid GPS asked to take a right turn. The main temple wasnt tagged in the GPS was a shocker. We traveled 20Kms in the wrong direction and ended up in the wrong temple. Arrghhhhh!! 😡 I was so very disappointed. When we finally reached the mall, we had a glimpse of the temple that was close to Tirupathi in crowd and we couldnt even dare venturing in. We went only to the mall, with a very grumpy looking GB 😛 The fact that I got to shop there took away all my irritation and I was my happy self again 😀 I got a new marble roti plate and new roller which is keeping me excited to make more rotis 😛 Dad gifted me with a food processor (*can you see my grinning ear-to-ear*) which was my long time dream. S got me a mini vacuum cleaner (owing to my sudden cleanliness genes) and a kurthi 😀 If this is the icing on cake, guess what takes the cherry – We all went to watch the movie Epic 3D for 10Pm show and parents were watching a real 3D movie for the first time 🙂 I was so so pleased by the end of the day.
The visit to ISKCON is still open and that is even after staying here for 5years! Hopefully the next time we will land up correctly.