PETITION - Authority of Índia Stop Temple Demolition
The ISKCON temple in Bhubaneswar is one of the main Hare Krishna temples not just in India but in the whole world. Why? Because 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. And secondly, it is the location of the Samadhi chapel of the great saint Srila Gour Govinda Swami, one of the genuine successor of His Divine Grace. Thus it is one of the main itinerary of many western devotees from all over the world. Daily thousands of local devotees visit this temple and therefore it is one of Odisha's world famous temple.
Unfortunately this temple has been a target of demolition due to getting in the way of the road widening project of the NHAI in Bhubaneswar. The Government of India has made many exceptions in building national highways and it is a very reasonable request to include this temple as an exception because indeed it is historic place of worship for millions of people not just local but on an international level.
Last 6 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 and 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 of demolition is the holy samadhi chapel of Srila Gour Govinda Swami next to it.
THIS HAS TO STOP! This damage will remain a big stain to the reputation of the Indian government. Please help to stop further physical damage that affects the faith, love and trust 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 and therefore saving them from committing a grave offense that will be remembered by generations of devotees around the world.
You can also help by signing the petition setup here