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Palace of Gold

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Construction for the Palace of Gold began in 1972, initially as a home for Srila Prabhuapada to stay when he would visit the nearby New Vrindaban Community. The New Vrindaban Community itself was a society based on Krishna Consciousness, or love of God. Srila Prabhuapada was Founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and therefore revered as a spiritual leader to the inhabitants of the community.

The people that built the palace were not paid or even experienced construction workers, but rather a young group of followers. The building became more and more extravagant as the followers of Srila Prabhuapada became to see the construction more as a work of devotion than a mere residence. The disciples trained themselves in the traditional artisanal art of India and utilized sculptures, extensive woodwork, cut marble and semi-precious stones, carved teakwood, stained glass and cut crystal, as well as extensive gold leaf (more than nine pounds) in the final design.

The palace was unveiled in 1979, two years after Srila Prabhuapada passed away; he was never able to see the completed building.


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The Palace of Gold attracts many tourists each year. One may pass through the award winning rose garden, tour the palace, eat at the authentic and vegetarian restaurant, or even stay at the on site lodge. Many festivals are held there each year, including the festival of colors.

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3759 McCreary's Ridge Rd
Moundsville , West Virginia 26041
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This location was created on 2014-03-02 by Regan Martinez .   It was last updated on 2014-05-03 by Harley Amos .

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