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Greatness Glorifying Greatness
Prem Mandir - The Temple of Divine Love - in Shri Vrindavan Dham is not only a remarkable architectural wonder, but a conscious elucidation of the magnificence of its creator, Bhaktiyoga-rasavatar Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj. The story behind its twelve-year journey is sumptuously told in this beautiful coffee table book.
Prem Mandir Souvenir presents all the information one would expect in an historical account of this kind. Numerous colour photographs show its pristine white walls beautified with Shri Maharaj Ji's interpretation of Vedic philosophy, rendering them like the pages of some sacred text. There are captivating dioramas presenting the essence of the Bhagavatam and showing the four previous Jagadgurus and other great Saints.
The book beautifully captures the Deities - the captivating Shri Radha Krishna on the ground floor and the charismatic Shri Sita Rama on the first floor. The story of Their unveiling is a real highlight of the publication, along with pictorial reviews of the first-ever anniversary celebration and Shri Maharaj Ji's two live telecasted discourses on Janmashtami and Radhashtami in 2013. Two transcripts of important discourses delivered by him give a unique insight into the supremacy of divine love.
Prem Mandir Souvenir is a delight to read and a joy to behold. Flicking through its glossy pages, it is difficult to know whether Shri Maharaj Ji is glorifying divine love in the form of this temple, or whether it is divine love in the form of Prem Mandir that is gloriifying Shri Maharaj Ji.