In this age, it is more important to create devotees than to construct temples. My Guru Maharaja advised me to give more stress on literary work such as publishing books and magazines in Krsna consciousness, and temple opening is a secondary consideration. I am just trying to open some temples in the Western countries because there are none. Neither it is recommended in the scriptures to give more stress on temple building. The best thing is in this age to propagate this sankirtana movement.
From Srila Prabhupada’s letter to Gopala Krsna — 16 March, 1969