ISKCON Temple Bhubaneswar Tragedy

ISKCON Temple Bhubaneswar Tragedy

Update on

Bhajan Kutir – Samadhi Disaster



Concerned disciples and followers of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami feel let down by the ISKCON leaders in the Bhajan Kutir – Samadhi issue and feel as though that there has not been any response from them to this alarming tragedy of the destruction of the bhajan kutir of the Founder Acarya of the ISKCON society, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

Below is an update sent in by Jagadish Pandita prabhu.


Sri Sri Krsna-Balaram Temple Bhubaneswar

Sri Sri Krsna-Balaram Temple Bhubaneswar

Hare Krsna!

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gouranga.

My dandavat pranams to one and all.


So you may see by the photos and read below, the very sad situation of our most glorious Krsna Balarama temple now.

This is a tragedy for us all!

The remains of Srila Prabhupada's bhajan kutir

The remains of Srila Prabhupada’s bhajan kutir

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 through out the temple premises and through the water pond where chandan-yatra takes place (the boat festival). I remember the day that Srila Gour Govinda Swami told us that Krsna and Balaram had come to him and requested him for the chandan-yatra festival to be observed, and so the pond was built. In fact that next day a small pond was built and a boat was built for this chandan-yatra festival.

Srila Gurudeva told us Krsna had said, ” You observe ratha-yatra and other festivals but why do you not do chandan-yatra for us? ”

From what I understand they, the National Highway Authorities, now own the land in front of our temple, and the samadhi of our Srila Gurudeva as well. But we have to confirm this with the managers of ISKCON Bhubaneswar, to find out from them exactly how much of our temple grounds are now owned by the National Highway Authorities.

The Well

The well next to Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami's samadhi

The well next to Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami’s samadhi

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.

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.

Not a Bona Fide Committee Member

It was our dear godbrother Sacinandan Prabhu who, with very bad health, flew to new Delhi and met the minister for roads in India, and the minister promised not to put the sewerage line in our temple, he told it would be put next to the service road.

The Iskcon leaders headed by Gopal Krishna Swami told Sacinandan Prabhu that he was not a bona fide committee member therefore Sacinandan Prabhu had to stop helping in this matter. They phoned Sacinandan Prabhu and told him that he should not get involved even though Sacinandan was the person that organised that the national highway authorities would not touch our land some 10 years back. That document has been lost or destroyed and the photocopy of the original is not accepted as proof by the government authorities.

So they, the bona fide committee members, have not been able to meet that chief minister for roads. The committee members have achieved nothing and so now this is the outcome.

Truly this material world in the words of our Srila Gour Govinda Swami who told, “The material platform, is a nasty platform.” The question now is: how can we do something that will make it better, now?


Your servant,

Brother Jagadish Pandit dasa.