Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir in Mathura, India. Renderings courtesy InGenious Studio.
Vrindavan is revered as a holy town with nearly 5,000 Krishna temples. Once complete in 2020, Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will be the tallest and largest religious structure in India. The complex was conceived by devotees of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) to further spread the practice of bhakti yoga.
The temple will have a footprint of 5.5 acres and comprises four wings that house the main temple halls, 900-seat auditoriums, guest houses, refuge floors and a viewing gallery. Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural engineering services for the religious complex. The temple halls feature 35-meter, column free spans with an approximate height of 26 meters. The long spans are supported by steel trusses. The roofs of the wings are mounted with decorative shikhars or Gopurams which vary from five to 20 meters in height.
The main tower rises to a height of 210 meters with a few intermediate refuge and service floors. Located in a high seismic zone of India, the tower has been designed to resist wind and seismic loads. The floor system for the tower is steel-framed floors supporting concrete slabs on metal decks. The lateral system consists of a central reinforced concrete core and reinforced concrete mega columns connected to the core by outriggers at multiple levels.
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