STOP TEMPLE DEMOLITION AND HARASSMENT OF DEVOTEES IN ISKCON BHUBANESWAR
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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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