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Palace of Gold, New Vrindaban
The people that built the palace were not paid or even experienced construction workers, but rather a young group of followers. The building became more and more extravagant as the followers of Srila Prabhuapada became to see the construction more as a work of devotion than a mere residence. The disciples trained themselves in the traditional artisanal art of India and utilized sculptures, extensive woodwork, cut marble and semi-precious stones, carved teakwood, stained glass and cut crystal, as well as extensive gold leaf (more than nine pounds) in the final design.
The palace was unveiled in 1979, two years after Srila Prabhuapada passed away; he was never able to see the completed building.
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