Prabhupada's Bhajan Kutir Demolished in Bhubaneswar
Posted August 15, 2012
This is a declaration for all concerned that we the devotees of ISKCON, Bhubaneswar are very much pained for the incident occurred on 6th August – 2012, 12 Noon in the Temple campus. The N.H.A.I. Bhubaneswar staff had broken the memorial Bhajan Kutir of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, the Founder Acharya of ISKCON. In this cottage Srila Prabhupad remained continuously for 17 days. H.D.G. finished his 9th canto Srimad Bhagabatam English translation and had started 10th canto Srimad Bhagatam translation. Besides that he had given a series of lectures on Srimad Bhagabatam, Srimad Bhagabat Gita and Chaitanya Charitamruta with quotations from different vedic literatures. H.D.G. stayed in this cottage from 16th January 1977 till 4th February, 1977. This cottage was erected by his dear disciple Srila Gour Gobind Maharaj. Everyday during Mangal Arati first Mangal Arati was offered to H.D.G. along with similar Arati being offered to Srila Gour Gobind Maharaj in his original Samadhi nearby during the same time. Besides this regular offerings, shringar, other Aratis and seva were being made sincerely by the devotees in this most sacred cottage.
But unfortunately the N.H.A.I. Bhubaneswar staff on the plea of expanding the 4 laning to 6 laning system of N.H. had tried their best to occupy the ISKCON’s land at Bhubaneswar which is very close to N.H.5. To protect this most sacred monumental cottage we the devotees here at Bhubaneswar filed a case against N.H.A.I. authorities in the court of Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.) Bhubaneswar since 9th June – 2000 with its statusquo order passed by Civil Judge (Sr. Divn.) Bhubaneswar the said year. The same statusquo was maintained till date with its period of continuance up to 1st October 2012.
We the devotees had shown this Court order to the N.H.A.I Bhubaneswar officers, who was authorized as Land Accusation officer-cum- Competent Authority to prevent him from breaking Srila Prabhupad’s cottage alongwith other rooms such as Reception, Prasadam and Books of Srila Prabhupad along with paraphernalia’s & incense sticks. But the same official had not put any attention to it. Exercising his Executive Magistrate power he ordered the squad with JCB machine and staffs to crumble down the above stalls including Srila Prabhupad’s cottage. By 12.45 P.M. everything was finished and the same cottage is now no more in its original posture. By the request of H.G. Sachinandan Prabhu the L.A.O. was although reluctant still was forced to keep up the granite stone made base unhurt on which the well carved wooden simhasan was being kept along with the divine murty of H.D.G. That base is still there.
We the most unfortunate souls pray fervently Srila Prabhupad to excuse us of our offences and allow us again to reestablish H.D.G. in the same area and continue his seva as it was.
For this purpose we pray again and again to all the Vaisnavas around the globe to shower their mercy on these fallen souls here at Bhubaneswar so that we will be able to serve as before Srila Prabhupad, the great spiritual ambassador who preached the gospels of ancient vedic literatures around the globe 14 times within a period of 11 years of his most advanced age. This Bhubaneswar branch of ISKCON was the last founded project of Srila Prabhupad & 108th branch of ISKCON.
Jaya Srila Prabhupad. Jaya Srila Prabhupad’s memorial cottage.
Devotees of Sri Krishna Balaram Temple
ISKCON, Bhubaneswar – 15
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