Lord Jagannatha is in Bhubaneswar

This article is from the up and coming publication
Gour Govinda Swami – Who Was He‘ by Tattva-vicara Publications.

Jagannath Temple in Puri

Lord Jagannatha is in Bhubaneswar

After receiving instructions from his spiritual master, Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja went to Orissa and stayed under the most extreme austere conditions on the land in Bhubaneswar that was donated to Srila Prabhupada.

Srila Prabhupada had accepted many Western disciples and taught them the glories of Purusottama-ksetra Jagannatha Puri-dhama where Mahaprabhu performed His pastimes. However when his Western disciples went to visit Jagannatha Puri they were refused entrance to the famous Lord Jagannatha temple. They were badly treated and up till now they are not allowed to enter the Jagannatha temple.

Srila Prabhupada’s Sulkiness for Orissa

When they reported this to Srila Prabhupada he became very sad because he was preaching Mahaprabhu’s and Lord Jagannatha’s glories throughout the world and now the people from Puri would not allow his disciples into the temple. This gave Prabhupada a very great shock and he was very much sorry for it. So he developed a sense of sulkiness [abhiman]. After this incident Srila Prabhupada said that he would not travel to Orissa and especially to Jagannatha Puri. Jagannatha Puri is the favourite place of Sriman Caitanya Mahaprabhu so how could Srila Prabhupada, who is such a dear devotee of Mahaprabhu and who has cent percent received the mercy of Mahaprabhu, in this way spread the message of Mahaprabhu throughout the world and fulfill the prophesies that Mahaprabhu gave?

Jagannatha Will Come to Bhubaneswar

Domes of the Temple in Bhubaneswar

After Gour Govinda Swami’s hari nama initiation in Mayapur, Srila Prabhupada said to Srila Gour Govinda Swami, “You will take me to Orissa”.
Srila Prabhupada placed that responsibility on his head. Srila Prabhupada said to Gour Govinda Swami, “I will build a temple in Bhubaneswar similar to the Jagannatha temple in Jagannatha Puri because my Western disciples are not allowed there. Lord Jagannatha will come and stay in Bhubaneswar. So all my disciples can go there and have His darsana”.

Lord Jagannath in Bhubaneswar

In early 1977 Srila Prabhupada came to Bhubaneswar. There was only a small hut in this deserted area. Although arrangements had been made for Srila Prabhupada to stay comfortably in the state government guesthouse, Prabhupada at once rejected this proposal. He said, “I will only stay where my disciple Gour Govinda has built a mud hut for me.”

When many of Srila Prabhupada’s senior disciples wanted to abandon the Bhubaneswar project and go directly to Jagannatha Puri to start a very large project there, Srila Prabhupada prophesied that some day this temple at Bhubaneswar would be as famous as the Jagannatha temple and would be the centre of the city. Prabhupada stayed in Bhubaneswar for seventeen days, during which he laid the foundation stone of the then temple-to-be on the auspicious occasion of Lord Nityananda’s appearance day. This was Srila Prabhupada’s last founded project.

Srila Prabhupada’s Prophesies Come True

Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON Temple in Bhubaneswar

In 1991, after sixteen years of determined and dedicated endeavours, Srila Gour Govinda Swami fulfilled the instruction of his most beloved spiritual master with the opening of the magnificent Sri Sri Krsna-Balarama Mandir where Lord Jagannatha came as Srila Prabhupada prophesied. This temple is now the centre of the city and attracts thousands of people to Krishna consciousness.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami introduced also the grand Ratha-yatra festival in Bhubaneswar and is held every year at the same date as it is held in Jagannatha-Puri dhama. Currently there is a Gundica temple being built in Bhubaneswar.

5 Responses to Lord Jagannatha is in Bhubaneswar

  1. Nimai Pandit dasa January 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    Jay Senan and everyone else,
    Nice words of praise for our most beloved Gurudeva.

    Just one thing many devotees in ISKCON do not understand the significance of the Bhubaneswar project.
    When Srila Prabhupada went there in 1977 he gave our most beloved Gurudeva 3 sevas (services). The first was to translate the books of Srila Prabhupada into Oriya (as Orissa or whatever it is called now is one of the two most important places of Sriman Mahaprabhu’s pastimes), the next seva was to build that temple and that was quite an endeavour as Srila Prabhupada sent our Guru Maharaja there, and there was nothing. There was nothing there and Gurudeva had no money, no men, no books he had to start from scratch and in a dust bowl.

    Thirdly Srila Prabhupada told Gurudeva to accept disciples, not collect followers, not just train men but accept disciples. Gurudeva did all this with no facility just so that the western devotees could go there and see Jagannatha because they were not allowed to enter the Jagannatha temple in Puri. Gurudeva stayed in that ‘out-of-the-way place’ just so that the temple could be completed and so that the western devotess could have darshan of Lord Jagannatha. In the beginning Gurudeva was just living by the side of the National Highway Number 5 just to be near the land who could live on the side of a highway?

    Everyone I interviewed for volume one of the life story, not one wanted to stay there and most felt it was a massive imposition on the mind.

    Gurudeva performed massive austerities for the service of Srila Prabhupada and the aspiring western Vaishnavas.

    Your lowly servant,

    Nimai Pandit dasa.

  2. Gunacuda dasi January 20, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Thank you for posting this article .

  3. Krsnadasa dasa January 20, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    I get it Srila Prabhupada wanted his disciples to go to the Bhubaneswar Jagannatha temple because they were not allowed in the Puri temple. Great. Brilliant.

    Great article. Please write more on this subject.

    Does anyone know anything about the Srimad Bhagavatam first spoken in Bhubaneswar. I have heard some things.

    Also is it true that Srila Prabhupada said that Gour Govinda Swami was a pure devotee.


    • Gour Govind Sevak Senan January 20, 2012 at 11:39 am #

      Yes, Srila Prabhupad said so. Not only that, but he said that Srila Gour Govinda Swami was a pure devotee FROM BIRTH.
      One who reads the books published by Gopaljiu Publications and Tattva-vicara Publications with a simple heart, and without any prejudice, or listens to his countless recorded spiritual discourses in that mood, will be transported to the amazing, almost palpable spiritual atmosphere Srila GGS was in in his vapu-lila, as he still is in his vani-lila.

  4. TVP BOOKS January 20, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Very nice article indeed!

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