STOP TEMPLE DEMOLITION AND HARASSMENT OF DEVOTEES IN ISKCON BHUBANESWAR
  • Petitioned Aditya Kumar Ray

This petition was delivered to:

NHAI chief officer at BBSR
Aditya Kumar Ray
Chairman of NHAI, New Delhi
Mr. Rajiv Yadav.
NHAI Planning and Information
Mr. Atul kumar
Land Aquisition dept.- NHAI
Mr. V.K Sharma.
National Highway Authority of India
President of India
Mr. President Pranab Mukherjee
Joint Secretary-cum-Social Secretary to the President
Smt Vijay Tahkur Singh
Joint Secretary of the President
Shri Barun Mitra
Military Secretary
Capt Sunil Kashinath Vidhate
Prime Minister of India
Dr. Manmohan Singh

STOP TEMPLE DEMOLITION AND HARASSMENT OF DEVOTEES IN ISKCON BHUBANESWAR

    1. Krishna-karunya Das
    2. Petition by

      Krishna-karunya Das

      India

The ISKCON temple in Bhubaneswar is one of the main Hare Krishna temples not just in India but in the whole world. Why? It houses a memorial hut where the world renowned saint and founder acharya of ISKCON, His Divine Grace Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, personally performed worship and engaged in his writings and scripture classes. Secondly, it is the location of the Samadhi chapel of the great saint Srila Gour Govinda Swami, one of the genuine successors of His Divine Grace. Thus it is one of the main points in the itinerary of many western devotees from all over the world. Daily thousands of local devotees visit this temple. Therefore it is one of Odisha's world famous temples.

Unfortunately this temple is a target of demolition due to its location in regards to the road widening project of the NHAI in Bhubaneswar. The Government of India has made many exceptions in building national highways in the past.  It is a very reasonable request to include this temple as an exception, for indeed it is a historic place of worship for millions of people who come not just from India but from countries across the globe.

On the 6th of August, 2012 the NHAI, with the protection of the local police, successfully demolished the historical and sacred hut of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami. This brought so much pain to millions of unaware devotees worldwide, but especially because this took place just a few days before His Divine Grace's appearance day and Sri Krishna Janmastami day. At present the next target for demolition is the holy samadhi chapel of Srila Gour Govinda Swami.

THIS HAS TO STOP!

This damage will remain a big stain on the reputation of the Indian government. Please help to stop further physical damage that will scar the hearts of millions of devotees worldwide. There has to be a way that the NHAI can implement their road widening while at the same time protecting this historical and sacred place.  They must be saved from committing a grave offense that will be remembered in history by generations of devotees around the world.

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    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. Watch the video interview in youtube

      Krishna-karunya Das
      Petition Organizer

      Just an hour before the scheduled meeting between the NHAI authorities and the devotees, I managed to get a brief interview with Sripad Atmaram Prabhu, He is one of the personal servants of Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja and one of the local representatives of the devotees (along with Sachinandan Prabhu) for the meetings. You can view the video of the interview at the youtube link below http://youtu.be/ZFNjrBm9bM0
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    3. Petition Update

      Krishna-karunya Das
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends, I arrived in Bhubaneswar yesterday and visited the ISKCON temple to personally get an update of the situation there. I found out that our petitions are getting the attention of the NHAI officers. This of course doesn't mean that they will listen. But a series of meetings scheduled between the local ISKCON leaders and the NHAI authorities started yesterday afternoon. We are hoping that a positive settlement will be agreed and that very soon Srila Prabhupad's memorial hut will be rebuilt. But nothing is certain at this time so it is very important that we can help give some public pressure to the government. If you can help get this campaign reach the mainstream media that will be very helpful. I have updated this petition to also reach the office of the president and the prime minister of India and their secretaries. The more signatures and comments we can get here, the more they will consider this matter seriously.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    • Elizabeth Sen SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Dear All, the NH expansion work in Bhubaneswar is not new, its been around from quite sometime ( I know it as I know many people who are victim of this problem). NH authority have not done a fair deal of work here in the expansion. Afterall, the highway expansion happens to make the lives of people better, not worse. When they keep prolonging this work and giving different maps to people whose land is at stake, people get confused each time with the different map.

      ISKON is not only any temple but the only temple from this sacred organization which lets a lot of foreigners to learn and know our Jagannath culture closely. ISKON in a way is a gateway for people from other countries to know our culture better and when we break the premises of this sacred place just because we dont want to spoil the big arcades standing on the other side of the NH, we not only do injustice to people but also to a lot of generations who would have learnt a lot more about Jagannath culture and our culture closely.

      We all should request our CM Mr. Naveen Pattanaik to interfere in this matter and try to take a fair decision on this problem and decide what is this NH being laid for. We need a 6 lane road for making something good to the traffic and in turn provide better communication facility, but when this leads to individual interest of some of the higher officials it might harm a whole state of Odisha.

      I would like to take this issue to which ever level possible and let everybody know about such incidences happening in Odisha with a bunch of officials at some higher positions but compromising the culture of the whole state.

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    • attila sándor attila PéCS, HUNGARY
      • almost 2 years ago

      because i honor.

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      • almost 2 years ago

      This is a sacred place where Gour Govinda Swami, pure devotee, was most of the time there. We cannot accept the destruction even if the devotees made some mistakes. What will be the next step, destroy the temple? We are really in Kali yuga! Very sad news...

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      • almost 2 years ago

      The sacred places of Krsna pure bhaktas must be respected in a civiliced and advanced human society

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    • Benjamin Derrick SAN DIEGO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Saintly people need backup.

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