The Taj Mahal of America – Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold

Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold is a place where you can see the beauty and mystique of the Far East without leaving America.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold
Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold | Photo by: TimLaSure

Despite never having lived in the palace, the structure was intended to be a residence for Srila Prabhupada, a native of India who came to America to spread the word of Krishna.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold
Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold | Photo by: sixes & sevens – Flickr

Tucked away in the secluded hills of West Virginia, USA, this Hindu Palace began construction in 1972, and after Srila Prabhupada’s death, in 1977, the plans evolved for an fabulous structure of marble, gold and carved teakwood, which was dedicated as a memorial shrine in 1979.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold
Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold | Photo by: marcja – Flickr

It was built by young devotees inspired by their desire to build a modest home for their spiritual master. The incredible thing is that they were no expert architects nor experienced artisans, but just people who learned their skills reading “do-it-yourself” books or asking others how they were supposed to work.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold
Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold | Photo by: lky525 – Flickr

The Palace of Gold is indeed made from 22-karat gold, 250 tonnes of marble floor and walls, 31 stained glass windows and mirrored ceilings, magnificent chandeliers from France, and carved teakwood from India, costing $600,000 in materials.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold
Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold | Photo by: tracytoler – Flickr

Peacock and lotus motifs are etched into numerous windows and carved into doors.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold
Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold | Photo by: Vijay Sharon Govender

Elephant, lion and sacred cow statues makes you feel like being transported to mystical India.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold
Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold | Photo by: palaceofgold.com

The stained glass colors are especially beautiful when viewed from inside the palace. They diffuse sunlight in various shades of blue, green, red, orange, and purple, which are reflected in crystal chandeliers and mirrored ceilings.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold
Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold | Photo by: silenceofthelambert – Flickr

In addition to the lovely architecture, another beautiful feature of the Palace of Gold is the Rose Garden, which boasts over 100 different varieties of roses and over 850 plants.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold Rose Garden
Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold Rose Garden | Photo by: BR

Surrounding the palace are two levels of terraces, replete with flower and bordered by waterways with more than a hundred ornate water fountains.

Prabhupada's Palace Rose Garden
Prabhupada’s Palace Rose Garden | Photo by: palaceofgold.com

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