Srila Prabhupada’s Bhajan Kutir And Samadhi Of Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja Demolished And Reduced To Rubble

Srila Prabhupada’s Bhajan Kutir And Samadhi Of Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja Demolished And Reduced To Rubble

Hare Krishna dear devotees around the world.

All glories to Sri Sri Guru & Gouranga.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada and our entire guru-varga.

It is with a broken heart that I am putting these words to paper. Over the last 24 hours the unthinkable has happened at ISKCON, Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India.

“Srila Prabhupada’s bhajan kutir and the samadhi of Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja were totally demolished and reduced to rubble.”

A series of unfortunate events led to demolishing the sacred bhajan kutir and samadhi on Saturday July 28, 2018 at the ISKCON Bhubaneswar temple. ISKCON founder acharya Srila Prabhupada stayed in 1977 during his visit to his last founded ISKCON project in the bhajan kutir Srimad Gour Govinda Swami single handedly constructed for him at this ISKCON property. Srimad Gour Govinda Swami’s siddha deha (spiritual body) was placed in samadhi in February 1996, after his departure from this world.

The exact facts are not clear to us. In 2011/2012 the authorities had demolished Srila Prabhupada’s bhajan kutir. At that the samadhi was not touched at all. After negotiating with the authorities the bhajan kutir was erected again in the understanding that this situation was now permanent. Therefore, we do not understand why they not only demolished the bhajan kutir but also the samadhi altogether.

Due to heavy flooding right in front of the temple, making cars to float on the road and leading to water coming into the houses of residents, the city administration has taken immediate enforcement measures. Due process and time for taking actions by the devotees was not allowed. They have demolished the bhajan kutir and samadhi and are in the process of placing drains to contain flooding of water.

ISKCON Bhubaneswar is together with the residents and businesses in Nayapalli (the local district) the victim of bad planning, management and now reverse engineering to address the sudden flooding of water. What the authorities (BMC, BDA and NHAI) conveniently overlook is the fact that water is flooding from the national highway only to the side of the temple. Furthermore, most problems with water come from drainage at the other side of the highway at Krishna Towers. This problem is well known and is not addressed. On top of this, local companies and residents dump their garbage etc. thus blocking the drains. So all these excess waters are collected in front of the temple and then flooding the area. Unless the authorities do not tackle the real technical problem, the Nayapalli district will continue to suffer.

You can find more information via google by typing: “show cause notice ISKCON Bhubaneswar temple” or “water flooding ISKCON Bhubaneswar”

Anyhow, we immediately need to transfer the siddha deha of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami to the museum. We need to break open the museum, transfer the siddha deha from samadhi to the museum etc. We need approximately 25.000,- euro to start this work immediately.

We humbly request your kind support in order to establish the relocation of the samadhi of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami.

Your contribution is welcome via:

Name: ISKCON Bhubaneswar
Accountnumber: 27811450000029
ISFC Code: HDFC 0002781

Thanking you in advance for your kind help and support!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Hare Krishna,
His Holiness Haladhara Swami Maharaja
(disciple of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja)

I would humbly like to request you to share this Gofundme link on your Facebook page. As you may know by now, the government authorities have demolished Srila Prabhupada’s bhajan kutir and the samadhi of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami at ISKCON Bhubaneswar. Tomorrow devotees in Bhubaneshwar will transfer the siddha deha of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami from the current place of the samadhi to the smrti mandap. Please share this link and donate as much as possible, because ISKCON Bhubaneshwar, the last founded project of Srila Prabhupada, is in need of financial support.

Thanking you in advance for your kind help and support


  1. Krisna

    Haribol prabhu.
    How about the condition of H.D.G Gour Govinda Swami’s material body? Because on that statement siddha deha went to the museum.. n His material body will bring go to? Thank you .. i hope u answer it. #BaliIsland

    • Raghava Pandit das

      Dandavats prabhuji, Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja’s Sri Vigraha (murti) has already been moved and put in a safe place. His transcendental body, siddha-deha, which is currently in samadhi underground, will also be moved as soon as possible.

      Hope this answers your question. 🙂

      ys Raghava Pandit das

    • Nimai Pandita dasa

      Gurudeva [His Divine Grace Srila Acarya Thakura Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja] said in 1995, prior to the installation of the deities in the Lotus Temple, “…I will breath my last in Bhubaneswar…” Then promptly hammered his fist on his desk. That does not sound like he wants to go to Mayapura.

      The whole situation is much deeper than water, flooding and sewerage. Glorification of the Guru must go on, day in day out, year in year out and always! Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura Mahajana said that the spiritual master must be glorified every day by the disciple for one hour. (SBVV 7.8)

      Gurudeva [His Divine Grace Srila Acarya Thakura Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja] personally told me, “…it is the duty of the disciple to glorify the spiritual master…”

      Your lowly servant, the worm in stool,

      Nimai Pandit dasa.

  2. Dina-Anukampana Das

    Dear all who love Gurudev,

    Please help expedite this valid query urgently so we can be sure of Gurudev’s Siddha Deha’s long-term welfare.

    I believe it is of vital importance. Preliminary search shows the land appears to be not in Iskcon ‘s name. And if it is, we need to know the purity of the characters upon whose name it is. Then disciples can decide who has the right Consciousness to be eternally responsible for Gurudev’s blissful samadhi state. Hare Krishna.

    PS. I shall coy and paste that letter here for ease of ref. But it may be better to post comments on the FB thread for better visibility.

    Copy >>

    >> Hare Krishna
    Pamho. Agtssgag!
    This is Dinaanukampana Das, humble servant of Srila Bhaktiswarupa Damodara Swami Sripad Maharaj.

    Some devotees asked me to write something here.

    I request the Temple President to kindly research and reveal to the assembled devotees the no of plots of land comprising ISKCON Bhubaneswar and the signatory Trustees/owners of each plot.

    This is of vital significance and Importance for all concerned devotees to understand for the long-term welfare of Gurudeva’s body.

    There should be at least four phases of land obtained, so there should be 4 pattas, or more?

    The temple building plot donated by Kanungo family – signatories/owner/s are _(pls supply the names)____?

    From the 22 steps to the highway, this land where the Samadhi is, was bought in Gurudeva’s own name for the Guru Gauranga Trust which Gurudeva was about to register (he printed receipt books, used for donations were collected for the trust by Brajabasi Das a.k.a. Yasyaprasadad Bhagavat Prasado Das – he should still have the receipt books) when the GBC almost succeeded in kicking out Gurudeva from ISKCON Bhubaneswar – first hand trusted supporters of Gurudeva’s during that saga were HG Badrika Prasad Prabhu and HG Badrinarayana Ramanuja Das (whose wedding card was issued by Gurudeva announcing him, Badrinarayana, as his son! HARIBOL!). So that land was bought by Gurudeva in his own name and he was going to establish his own Trust to serve Srila Prabhupada purely. However when Gurudeva found the written evidence of Prabhupada’s letter directly authorising him to establish and run the centre, Gurudeva did not have to proceed with that plan. So please reveal honestly today in whose name/s this holy historic land belongs. _(please supply the names)____________

    Other plots behind were obtained from the government later, I believe. How many and who are the Trustees who are the signatories for the other plot/s
    They are: ( please supply the names) ___________________

    Thank you for kindly enlightening everyone of Gurudeva’s disciples about this important information.

    We need to know upon whose mercy we are depending to worsip Gurudeva’s precious holy body.

    Thank you for your expected prompt and truthful response.

    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
    Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
    Hare Rama Hare Rama
    Rama Rama Hare Hare

    Yours in service of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga,

    Dina A Das

  3. Radha-er Kinkari

    May we, from non-ISKCON sangas, also petitition ISKCON devotees for funds? Will they give? Will they post our petitions on their official ISKCON websites? Maybe ISKCON Bhubheneshwara is different, and I certainly hope so. We’ll see in the future when reciprocations is called for.

    • Raghava Pandit das

      Not sure what you’re aiming at, Radha-er Kinkari, but this website has nothing to do with the politics of ISKCON or non-ISKCON.

      We’re devoted solely to the service of the Vaisnavas, as we have run campaigns for funds and other support, for a number of Vaisnava projects, across different sangas.

      Thank you!

      ys Raghava Pandit das
      site admin and disciple of Srila Gour Govinda Swami


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