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In 1966, Srila Prabhupada wrote to Sir Padampat Singhania, the director of the very large JK Organization, in Kanpur, requesting him for financial support to build a temple of Lord Krishna in New York. Çréla Prabhupäda describes Sir Padampat Singhania to his Western disciples. He explained that those who have practiced devotional service in their past lives but didn't complete the process take birth in aristocratic families. In India, the aristocratic families have got particular spiritual function. Each and every aristocratic family has many temples.

Srila Prabhupada received the following letter from Sir Padampat Singhania.

My dear Swamiji,
I have gone through your letter. I am very glad to note your idea of erecting a Shri Radha Krishna temple in New York. I think the proposal is a good one, but the following are the difficulties:

  • We have got to send foreign exchange for building the temple, for which Government sanction is required. Without the Government sanction, no money can be sent abroad. If the Government of India agrees, then one can think of erecting the temple in New York.
  • I doubt whether with this small amount of Rs. 7 lakhs [$110,000.00] a temple can be built in New York. I mean to carry out a nice Construction with Indian type of architecture. To get a temple completed in Indian type of architecture we have to send a man from India.
These are the two main difficulties; otherwise, your idea is very good.

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