Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama Temple

Guided by the instructions of his spiritual master, Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami dedicated his life and soul to the construction of the ISKCON Bhubaneswar temple in 1975. This sacred shrine holds a significant place as the 108th and final temple commissioned by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The temple's construction spanned a period of 17 years, and it was joyfully inaugurated in 1991 on the most auspicious appearance day of Lord Sri Nityananda Prabhu, who is considered the primary guru of all universes.

Nowhere else in the world!

This is a very special temple. The 'Bhubanesvara temple' is a Krishna-Balarama Temple, so this mercy is available here. You will not find this anywhere else. Especially at this Krishna-Balarama Temple, Balarama is very influential. In other places, you will find that Radharani is present. In Vrindavana, Prabhupada opened a Krishna-Balarama Temple, but Krishna and all the sakhis are there. Radharani is very influential in Vrindavana. Everyone says "Jay Radhe!" Nobody says anything else, you see. Radharani is very influential in Vrindavana; even Krishna is not as influential there. Although Srila Prabhupada constructed a Krishna-Balarama Mandir in Vrindavana, Balarama is not as influential; Radharani is. However, because there is no Radharani here in Bhubanesvara in the Krishna-Balarama Mandir, Balarama is more influential.

The Significance of Srila Prabhupada's 16 Days of Staying in Bhubaneswar

Gour Govinda Swami recalls: "My Guru Maharaja opened this temple and laid the cornerstone on the auspicious day of Nityananda's appearance. He stayed here for sixteen days, waiting for that day. He didn't leave earlier. He left the next day after Nityananda's appearance. He laid the cornerstone, and then he left. He poured all of his mercy here to the last limit, and then he left the planet. Any rascal that comes here receives that mercy."