Update Samadhi-Bhajan Kutir Issue

The remains of Srila Prabhupada's Bhajan Kutir and Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami's Samadhi

The remains of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhajan Kutir and Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami’s Samadhi


Samadhi-Bhajan Kutir Issue

We recently received the following e-mail from Krishnagati Das prabhu:

Dear Maharaj/Prabhuji’s,

Kindly accept my humble pranam. Hope, this letter find your goodself in good health & blissful mood of Krishna Consciousness.

It is for your information that our National Highway problem is settled with the understanding that the sewerage line shall go outside of the temple chandan pond and drainage (rain water) shall go near the Chandan Kunda. This solution was acceptable to both N.H. authority and ISKCON, Bhubaneswar.
This agreement was reached by much of effort given by Sripad Bijay Sahoo, President, Reliance industries (H.R.) and Mr. Sudhir babu, Coordinator, Reliance industries (H.R.). The Bhajan Kutirs of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva (Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami) are totally safe. We are planning to errect a beautiful temple both of them in near future. We are very thankful to both of these personalities.

Yours in the service of
Sri Krishna Balaram

Krishnagati Das

3 Responses to Update Samadhi-Bhajan Kutir Issue

  1. mataji April 7, 2013 at 10:24 pm #


    verry nice to hear! Congratiolations with this achievement!

  2. Murali Krsna Swami April 6, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Thanks to all of the devotees who were helpful in trying to deal with an inevitable and complicated NHIA issue regarding NH5 in Bhubaneshwar. We are all relieved and now look to adjust and rebuild. Hare Krsna!

    Murali Krsna Swami

  3. Rasamanjari Devi dasi March 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Hare Krishna. All glories to the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada
    and the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva.

    Please accept my humble obeisances.

    Thank you for the very short, supposedly reassuring update, but i am confused by it.

    I had understood that the Holy Bhajan Kutir of my revered eternal Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada had been razed to the ground.

    How is that “totally safe”?! This is ringing alarm bells. If it can be said that razed to the ground is totally safe…we should use what little intelligence we have been gifted. Ask the question, “If we can see truth distorted right before our eyes, what are we really dealing with behind the scenes?” Plus, our history is that we, simple devotees, have been cheated again and again by those whom we’ve trusted, both inside and outside of the society, so isn’t it time we took very careful consideration, including heartfelt prayer, of all claims…whether they initially appeal to us or not?

    With all due respect, in Kali yuga, attacks take place directly, but more and more they take place indirectly–a person or group saying one positive thing while secretly doing negative things. Authorities say, “Leave it to me, go do something else, don’t worry or think about it again, I will take full care of this” to calm and trick the gullible, but secretly they determine they will do nothing or something opposite or contrary. Two more examples: health and life-destroying vaccinations are falsely promoted as life-protecting. Genetically modified foods are touted as miracles of science in production, but in laboratory experiments, are found to actually kill and sterilize small animals in 3 generations, as well as genetically contaminate natural, safe crops, plus create super-weeds immune to agricultural chemicals, etc. Hope you get my point.

    Would it be out of line for us to humbly request or even insist that a copy of the signed legal documents as well as maps be presented to concerned devotees at http://www.tvpbooks.com and http://www.dandavats.com?

    ISKCON Bhubaneswara has made this agreement. How did this agreement come about and who is the representative of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva who is authorized by Them to make it? Have other concerned devotees within the society been consulted–because it directly impacts the entire society, both current and future. Please let us know who Reliance Industries are. Are they affiliated in any way with NHIA or other perhaps behind-the-scene enemies of the Lord and His devotees? Please do not take offense, but it is natural to question how do they represent the best interests of the sincere servants of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva? What do they have to gain by their involvement and how did they get involved? The hypocrisy, enmity and secrecy generated in Kali yuga cannot be underestimated.

    Are we to understand that this update is advocating that the Holy Bhajan Kutir and Holy Samadhi will be demolished and replaced with a “beautiful temple both of them in near future”? Or will the worshipable Holy Samadhi of His Divine Grace Srila Gurudeva be repaired and Holy Bhajan Kutir of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada be rebuilt exactly as it was, keeping the divine atmosphere for devotees as well as tourism value for Orissa, India, of these two Transcendental Heritage Monuments?

    Next question is, who is to pay for this? If it is the agency which has destroyed, is it signed, in writing? How much money, effort and time will it cost ISKCON Bhuaneswara to contest it in court, should they fail to keep their agreement and/or further damage the Temple Property and buildings?

    I find it of interest that reference to several other important concerns have been completely omitted.

    What is happening about the power line?

    “After the destruction of Srila Prabhupada’s bhajan kutir, very soon the government will come and dig right next to our Srila Gurudev’s bhajana kutir and samadhi and put a sewerage line throughout the temple premises…They have a plan to dig the earth eight feet down from the surface and to take the sewerage line covered up by a strong well built in-pipe (so that the percolation of sewerage water would be least) to serve as the drainage line. In that way after filling the well they will continue the drainage line into the existing Lotus Temple and the present boundary wall and beyond to serve as the sewerage line.”

    Is this plan still in effect? We have heard from this letter that the sewer line will not go through the Supreme Lord’s pond, it’s now been agreed it can go through the rest of His property. Factually, does this really mean “our National Highway problem has been settled”? The NHIA may have been satisfied to make some small adjustments to their plans, but has our problem been settled the way it should be for the pleasure of Sri Guru and Lord Krishna, our Jagannath Swami of the Universe and the Western world?

    “Their next plan is to fill the well that has been divinely touched by Srila Gour Govinda Swami who had then asked the devotees to dig at that point for obtaining adequate water and that happened and so much water was there, which was enough to meet all the requirement of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Temple and even provided water to hundreds and hundreds of people during the time of super cyclone in 1999 when the government water supply line was defunct. Now the NHAI want to get the well filled in which is next to Srila Gurudev’s sleeping room”.

    (above quotes taken from previous Update Samadhi-Bhajan Kutir Issue at http://www.tvpbooks.com)

    What agreement has been reached about Srila Gurudeva’s Holy Well?

    And what about the land dispute, how did NHAI get legal control (we question whether in fact they did actually get legal control, and if so, when and HOW?) of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Gurudeva, Sri Sri Krishna and Balaram, Lord Jagannath, Sri Balaram and Srimate Subhadra Devi, Srimate Tulasi Devi and Sri Sri Radha Gopnath’s Divine Property where the prasadam stand, book stand and shoe room stood, before NHAI demolished them?

    Where will these very important buildings be rebuilt and who is going to pay for it?

    excerpt from ‘The Early Days in Bhubaneswara’, by Sriman Tamohar das prabhu, describing the Bhubaneswara Temple Land.

    “The Bhubaneswara temple was well outside of town, beside a village called Nayapalli. Red sandy soil, scrub cactus, termites, and ants, adorned the land scape. A large perhaps banyan tree stood towards the rear of the property. There were two buildings, so to speak; a tiny go-down, and a rectangular one-floor earth and cement and bamboo structure, no glass in the small windows, no furniture etc except a chair for a picture of Srila Prabhupada and a small altar in the temple room. This room could comfortably hold maybe twelve persons standing. Attached, in the middle section, was a room about ten by twelve feet. Gour Govinda Swami and his writing trunk / book storage occupied one corner, Bhagavata another, and I in yet another. It had a cement floor, no fan, strings tied across the back wall for drying clothes, clean, no cover over the light switch, black very old finger dialing heavy-duty telephone on the floor. Rafters held up the straw roof, and aluminum biscuit cans were tied to these, strings soaked in kerosene to keep the ants and termites away. The third room was a duck-in-only clay fireplace at one end of a tiny room. One or two only could squeeze in at a time. The go-down was separate, partially completed, and very small. In back, the brahmacaris had literally dug a hole in the ground to sleep in. The veranda or court area was sizable, covered by bamboo lattice work and branches to give some shade. All round was a sweet garden of Tulasis, all looking good, arranged such that the water could be poured at one end, and it flowed by gravity to the whole garden by a clever system of irrigation that Vaisnava dasa had constructed. The termites built up coverings of sand around the foot of these poles in a matter of hours, and their constructions had to be knocked down daily. Ants criss-crossed the landscape in long lines. Geckos clung to the walls, making chirping noises.
    The land was unfenced, and no sign. For bathing, there was a slab of concrete, later surrounded by a bamboo mat, with a pole and shower head, next to the outdoor latrine facilities, Indian style. It was always very fresh and clean, and pleasant to shower there. In back, some forty yards behind the courtyard, another pipe had a spigot. Maharajah often preferred to bath here, with a bucket. This arrangement was fine in the summer, but in winter with the cold wind blowing, it made for some gasping chants of Hare Krsna!”

    Incidentally, which two personalities are we very thankful to? Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva or some other two?

    Srila Prabhupada’s mood:

    ”In Bombay we are going under some tribulation. You have seen this booklet?

    Śyāmasundara: No. They ruined our temple. The city, municipal authorities knocked our temple down.

    George: Who did?

    Śyāmasundara: In Bombay, the city police. So we made a publicity from it. I understand though they have rebuilt?

    Prabhupāda: Eh?

    Śyāmasundara: They have rebuilt it?

    Prabhupāda: Yes.

    George: Why? Why did they do that?

    Prabhupāda: Oh, that’s a long story.

    Śyāmasundara: Long story. About the land. There is some dispute. We purchased it and the other owners tried to dispute it. So they were powerful with the police…

    George: But they said you, they didn’t want you to have the land or they said you didn’t own the land?

    Śyāmasundara: They said we really didn’t even though we paid for it. So they were powerful friends with the police and they got the police to come and demolish the temple.

    George: Really? With the Deities in there?

    Śyāmasundara: They didn’t destroy the Deities.

    Prabhupāda: No, they were going to, not destroy, they dismantled the Deity room also. In the meantime another message came, “Don’t go on further,” so they stopped.

    George: You’d expect it somewhere like in America. In India you wouldn’t expect that.

    Prabhupāda: No, this is an extraordinary incident. So public is on our side. ”


    Srila Prabhupada: “Somebody was criticizing me that “Swamiji, you are introducing this Hare Kṛṣṇa movement. People are becoming coward. They simply chant Hare Kṛṣṇa.” So I replied that “You will see the power of Hare Kṛṣṇa movement in due course of time.” He required… Because there were two battles in India: the battle between Rāvaṇa and Rāma, Rāma-Rāvaṇa, the battle of Rāmāyaṇa; and another battle was Battle of Kurukṣetra. And in these two battles the hero was Vaiṣṇava and Viṣṇu. In the Rāma-Rāvaṇa battle Lord Rāmacandra was there and His devotee Hanumān, Vajrāṅgajī. Similarly, in the Battlefield of Kurukṣetra, Kṛṣṇa was there and His devotee Arjuna was there. So Vaiṣṇavas, they do not simply chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. If there is need, they can fight under the guidance of Viṣṇu and become victorious. A Vaiṣṇava’s one qualification is… Out of the twenty-six qualifications, one qualification is dakṣa,expert. If there is need of fighting, they can fight like very expert. That is also needed. Kṛṣṇa consciousness does not mean one-sided. Kṛṣṇa as all-pervading, the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement also should be all-pervading. It should touch everything, even politics, sociology, everything, if required. That is the aim. Because Kṛṣṇa’s mission is: yadā yadā hi dharmasya glānir bhavati bhārata [Bg. 4.7], paritrāṇāya sādhūnāṁ vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām [Bg. 4.8].

    All gloires to His Divine Grace Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
    All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva.

Dedicated to the Life and Teachings of Srila Gour Govinda Swami