The "bhoomi pujan" of the site was done by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and after laying of the foundation stone by the President work for the Rs 300-crore project will start.

The temple project is expected to be finished in the next five years, organisers of the project said, adding, funds had been collected from various corporate houses and devotees of Lord Krishna for it.

Mukherjee will visit Vrindavan tomorrow to attend the 'Anantha Sthapana Puja' at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. He will also visit the 'Bankey Bihari Mandir' on the same day before returning to Delhi, a statement issued today by Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

The 'Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir', which is conceptualised by devotees of Bangalore-based the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), will have a height of about 210 metres.

The Bankey Bihari temple, Vrindavan is amongst the holiest and famous temples of Lord Krishna in the country.

The organisers will also be attempting to re-create entire ambiance when Lord Krishna was born, besides running a visual 3D show of "Krishna Leela," especially for foreign tourists.



Meanwhile in Mathura, Bankey Behari temple priests, who will be on 'seva' (performing religious ritual of the deity) are enthused over the President's visit there.

"He (Mukherjee) appears to be a committed devotee of Behari Ji Maharaj as without His blessings, nobody can pay obeisance to the deity," Pradeep Kumar Goshwami, a priest of the temple said.

The temple deity will be dressed in a special attire and 'Dudha Bhaat Prasadam' comprising rice, milk, sugar, saffron, dry fruits, will be offered as part of a ritual.

"I do not want to miss the opportunity of 'Seva' of Thakur Ji as one hardly gets such opportunity," another priest Anuj Goswami, a USA-based software engineer, who is here with his brother for the special prayer meeting said.

"We would pray for his (President) good health and better future of the country under his able stewardship," the priests added.

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