Srila Prabhupada’s Memorial Bhajan Kutir Demolished, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
By Acaryavan dasa
On the 6th Aug 2012, Srila Prabhupada’s Memorial Bhajan Kutir was demolished by the workers of N.H.A.I of Bhubaneswar. There has been an out cry worldwide because of how significant this memorial bhajan kutir is to ISKCON and especially the disciples of H.D.G Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja. This humble cottage is a holy vaisnava tirtha.
This article is to inform the wider community of devotees of this unfortunate event with some photos not included in the previous article. Please kindly see the article posted by the devotees of ISKCON Bhubaneswar: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=10768
H.D.G Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, in 1977 stayed 17 days in this simple cottage awaiting Lord Nityananda Prabhu’s Appearance Day to lay the corner foundation stone for the Sri Sri Krsna Balaram Mandir, Srila Prabhupada’s last founded temple project. This humble cottage was originally built by Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja for the very purpose of Srila Prabhupada’s visit in 1977. It has been the center of spiritual inspiration for many devotees as it has been a part of many significant events including Srila Prabhupada completing the 9th Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam in this very kutir. Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja’s residence and samadhi are in the room adjacent. H.D.G Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada has been worshiped in this bhajan kutir since 1977.
The N.H.A.I. of Bhubaneswar (National Highways Authority of India) are widening the National Highway 5 from a four lane to a six lane highway. The local devotees of ISKCON Bhubaneswar have been working with the authorities to preserve this memorial bhajan kutir from being demolished since it is very close to the highway. They had obtained a court order back in June 2000 and a continual valid approval up until 1st Oct 2012 that the bhajan kutir and front reception buildings will be untouched. However on August 6th, 2012 this court order was not observed by the officer who exercised his executive order for the bulldozers to first demolished the front reception buildings (reception, mahaprasad and book stalls) and then began destroying the bhajan kutir of Srila Prabhupada. Please see photos. Details are still coming to light.
It is our ardent prayer that further destruction be halted and that Srila Prabhupada’s Bhajan Kutir be restored to its original condition and all worship of Srila Prabhupada be resumed as before. Devotees from around the world are expressing such heart felt sentiments and are looking for ways to help. Plans are being organized to communicate the situation to the authorities and will further be updated.
Please contact ISKCON Bhubaneswar for more details.
Sri Krishna Balaram Temple
IRC. Village, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar.
Pin-751015, Odisha, India.
Landline: 0674 2553517…
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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