The new Moscow temple is just a few blocks from Red Square, the world-famous square that used to showcase the huge military parades in Moscow during the Soviet era of yesteryear.
Red Square is pretty impressive, and there are several notable buildings within it. One of these is Lenin's Tomb, where Lenin (Vladimir Illyich Ulyanov), founder of the Soviet Union, is interred. Nearby is the elaborate gold-domed building of Saint Basil's Cathedral and the elegant onion domes of the palaces and cathedrals of the Kremlin.
Did you know that kremlin is the Russian word for "citadel," and can refer to any major fortified complex found in Russian cities, but it is used almost exclusively for the Kremlin Palaces and Kremlin Cathedrals overlooking Red Square?
Cathedral Square is the heart of the Kremlin. The Ivan the Great Bell Tower, with its twenty-one bells, stands 260 feet high on the northeast corner of the square, and is said to mark the exact center of Moscow.
Back at our modest temple, I am told that Avadhut Maharaj — who has been with Srila Gurudeva in India these past few weeks — is returning tomorrow. It will be good to see him again.