Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold is a place where you can see the beauty and mystique of the Far East without leaving America.
Despite never having lived in the palace, the structure was intended to be a residence for Srila Prabhupada, a native of India who came to America to spread the word of Krishna.
Tucked away in the secluded hills of West Virginia, USA, this Hindu Palace began construction in 1972, and after Srila Prabhupada’s death, in 1977, the plans evolved for a fabulous structure of marble, gold and carved teak wood, which was dedicated as a memorial shrine in 1979.
It was built by young devotees inspired by their desire to build a modest home for their spiritual master. The incredible thing is that they were no expert architects nor experienced artisans, but just people who learned their skills reading “do-it-yourself” books or asking others how they were supposed to work.
The Palace of Gold is indeed made from 22-karat gold, 250 tonnes of marble floor and walls, 31 stained glass windows and mirrored ceilings, magnificent chandeliers from France, and carved teak wood from India, costing $600,000 in materials.