Yamuna dasi: This is the momentous occasion of the installation of Sri Sri Radha-London-isvara on December 14th, 1969, on the occasion of Odana Sasthi. The night before this event, Srila Prabhupada had us put two candles on the altar where the deities would stand and have a long kirtan to prepare for greeting Them.
This was all photographed by the BBC, who brought their cameras, and there was great advertising. There was standing room only and people actually standing outside the temple looking in the window. The days leading up to this were feverish preparation. The altar was put together at the very, very last moment, much by Shyamasundara's great and hard work. Shyamasundara worked so hard on this event that Srila Prabhupada asked for a plaque to be installed at the front of the temple honoring Shyamasundara for all the work that he had done in the preparation of making this a habitable place for the Lord.