T he spiritual headquarter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in Mayapur, Nadia district, has come up with a 360 degree full dome theatre. The hi-tech theatre was officially launched for public viewing on the auspicious occasion of Narsingha Chaturdashi on April 29.

Operation FullDome is a way to give any visiting guest to Sri Dham Mayapur an opportunity to experience the most unique immersive spiritual experience in a spiritual town. The visitors will relax in comfort and watch high-quality presentations of professionally made FullDome films, using only top grade technology – the same technology that Disney, NASA, and many Fortune 500 companies use. This place will become the pivot point of interactive educational and spiritually rivetingaudio-visual experience. The proceedings from this project will go towards the TOVP Exhibits.”Top grade technology is used which is at par with the best theatres in the world to give a spiritually riveting audio-visual experience,” he added. The Full Dome theatre is an initiative of Temple of Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) Exhibits headed by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami. The theatre has a capacity of 108 seats and is centrally air-conditioned. The presentations are made in a way that’s appealing to all audiences, such as local residents, National and International pilgrims, tourists, and schools. The FullDome theatre promises to be an exciting experience point for tens of thousands of pilgrims visiting Mayapur, the World Head Quarters of ISKCON.

Currently two highly immersive films are running in Bengali and English in alternate shows. First film is named, ‘The Churning’, a unique look at the Samudra Manthan pastime (Lila) of Lord Vishnu using classic paintings from the books of His Divine Grace Swami Prabhupad, founder Acharya of ISKCON with additional immersive 3D graphics inside a 360 degree setting. Second film is ‘9 steps to eternity’, which explores Nabadwip and the 9 forms of devotional service to please Lord Krishna. This film has images from Srila Prabhupad’s books and is given life through parallax motion effects set in surrealistic cosmic universe. ‘Every year Mayapur, birth place of Sri Chaitanya Maha Prabhu, is being visited by more than 6 million devotees, pilgrims, tourists from different parts of the world and our mission is to give them one of the most unique immersive spiritual experiences in the holy dham of Sri Mayapur where one can relax and watch high quality presentations of professionally made Full Dome films on esoteric subjects like Bhagavat Gita, Srimad Bhagvatam, Chaitanya Charitamrita and other Vedic literature in an enlivening manner,’ informed Subroto Das, media spokesperson of ISKCON Mayapur.

It may be recalled that during her visit to Mayapur in February, Chief Minister had assured the ISKCON authorities every cooperation in their attempt to declare Mayapur as a World Heritage Centre. Full dome refers to immersive dome based video projection environment where the viewer is surrounded by the video projection in a hemispherical angle view. The dome horizontal or tilted is filled with real time or pre-rendered computer animations, live captured images or composite environments. Even though astronomy is the most common topic, there are no content limitations and is used for hyper realistic presentations, explained Sridama Das, a native of New Zeland and the main mind behind setting up of the theatre.

This is no doubt an added attraction that ISKCON Mayapur has to offer to the visitors.