Giriraj Swami: Before the pandal program began, some reporters came to interview Srila Prabhupada and one of them challenged, “What is the point of spending so much money making so many arrangements for this pandal when the money could be used for better purposes, to feed people?” Srila Prabhupada replied, “The purpose of the pandal is simply to give people a chance to come and hear. Where has the pandal come from? I went to America and I simply gave people a chance to hear. And because they heard, now they have come with me to India and they have made the pandal.”