Just as Srila Prabhupada had folded his hands with tears in his eyes and thanked his disciples in Mayapur for helping build the Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir, Ambarish Das and his wife Swaha Dasi this kartik month toured Dubai, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries to raise awareness about the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) temple in Mayapur. Their humble and sincere appeal to the Hare Krishna congregation raised over 3 million dollars in pledges.
As ISKCON is coming close to celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, many ISKCON members feel it is the right time to come together and offer one grand gift to ISKCON-founder Srila Prabhupada as their token of gratitude to him.
For the purpose of raising funds, the TOVP team is minting commemoration coins in platinum, gold and silver, in limited quantities. This idea was welcomed by the devotees, and many willingly participated in this program, thereby pledging a collective donation of 3 million US dollars.
The devotees in the Middle East gave a very warm welcome to Ambarish Das, and felt inspired to assist him in the great work he is doing as the chairman of the project.