A Desperate Cry for Help
Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Monument Demolished
He Stayed There So We Keep It
Devotees are devastated after Government officials entered the ISKCON Bhubaneswar Temple grounds and destroyed Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Bhajan Kutir to widen the National Highway. Śrīla A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda travelled to Bhubaneswar in 1977 to found his 108th and last project. Śrīla Prabhupāda had said, “I will build a temple in Bhubaneswar like Jagannātha’s temple in Purī, because my Western disciples are not allowed to enter that temple. Lord Jagannātha will come and stay in Bhubaneswar, then all my disciples can go there and have His darśana.”
During his visit Śrīla Prabhupāda laid the foundation stone for the Śrī Śrī Kṛṣṇa-Balaram Mandir on the auspicious occasion of the holy appearance day of Lord Nityanada. Śrīla Prabhupāda stayed for 17 days in the mud hut (pictured below), which was erected on his instruction by his dear disciple Gour Govinda Swami, who lived in the same hut while overseeing the construction of the Śrī Śrī Kṛṣṇa-Balaram Mandir and where he later was placed in samadhi in 1996.
The Government officials have threatened to come back and demolish also the Samadhi of our most beloved spiritual master Śrī Srimad Gour Govinda Swami.
This is a desperate cry for help from all followers, admirers and disciples of Gour Govinda Swami to all devotees, especially the ISKCON leaders and disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda, to stop, with a worldwide uproar, the demolition of this ISKCON monument.(The following is an excerpt from a darshan with Gour Govinda Swami, which was posted by Mahashakti dasi on face-book.)
Gour Govinda Swami: Temporary mud hut, still existing.
Gokuldas dasa: It has become eternal.
Gour Govinda Swami: Temporary mud hut. That was when I first came here to occupy the land, just erected it, made a temporary residence, stayed here, and we will construct a building. After construction is finished then that will be demolished. But Prabhupāda came and stayed there. We didn’t demolish it. Look at it now, it is like a monument, Prabhupāda’s monument. He stayed there so we keep it. Sometimes when the government people came and said, “We will demolish this, we will destroy this structure. Why have you built this thing? This is not in line.” In the beginning they came because the land was donated to us, and Prabhupāda came and Prabhupāda sent me here: “Go, stay there. Build a hut, occupy. Then start a centre.” Prabhupāda told me, so I came and I erected that mud hut. I didn’t approach this government authority and get some permission from them, so they came like that. I said, “Alright, if you are powerful government officials, you may do it, but I am staying here. You come and break it, as you like, I am here.” Then they didn’t come. Just threatening, threatening. We are not doing anything for our own enjoyment, own purposes. We are doing everything for Krishna, Krishna’s service, Krishna’s enjoyment. Krishna is there. He is our only protector and maintainer. If Krishna wants, He can break it. If He doesn’t want, nobody can break it. Krishna will give protection, we have this strong faith. They didn’t come. . . . that time they didn’t come.(More images of this shocking event are available on face book by Anjali dasi)
Please everyone contact the persons involved in this humiliation of Srila Prabhupada’s last founded project. Their contact details are below. Please inundate them with so much correspondence/emails that they will not be able to think of anything else but this and how to rectify this enormous sin.
You can go to the web-site of ” National Highways Authority of India”, department of Transport and Highways.
You can go to the minster of the department.
The Chairman of NHAI, New Delhi is Mr. Rajiv Yadav. Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. A.K Upadhyay, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Govt. of India.
Please send this information to one and all. And start a big campaigning against the Govt. of India.