Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada's Bhajan Kutir "Chatak-Parvat" in Sri Jagannath Puri Dham was attacked by local criminals on 3rd June. Srila Bhakti Suhrid Parivrajak Maharaja, the Acarya of Gaudiya Mission, was also under attack but devotees present were able to protect him.
The Math in-charge called the police, but they arrived very late and no further action was taken. Only after pressure from a higher officer & advocate devotee to the Police in Bhubaneswar & Cuttack, the police agreed to meet in Sri Purusottam Math on 5th June evening with the local criminals and Math in-charge. Before that meeting, local devotees called a meeting of all Gaudiya Math in-charge under the banner of World Vaishnava Association. Srila B.S. Suddadvaiti Maharaja from Sri Caitanya Gaudiya Math was heading the meeting and different decisions were taken to prevent such situations in future.
The cause for these incidents is much older. Some of the neighborhood people used to come to Math to disturb the devotees in various ways (the flower garden was damaged, flowers were plucked, toilet was used and kept unclean, etc.), and in the evening those people also came to the temple-garden to smoke and drink. Devotees were not able to stop them from those activities.
On 3rd June after cleaning the garden, one devotee took the dry leaves just outside the main gate to burn them. A women saw this and brought some water to stop the fire. Devotees came out and ask the women why she put water on fire. The women simply felt disturbed by the smoke. Then her son and a few criminals came and and accused the devotees of bad behavior with the women.
The criminals demanded that the Math In-charge chastise the devotees for their bad behavior, but Sriman Gaja Uddharan das Brahmacari did not follow their demand. Then suddenly they started to attack him and they went into the compound and attacked the Acarya and others. They also showed a knife to the physically handicapped devotee Sriman Dibakar das Brahmacari.
Sriman Gaja Uddharan das Brahmacari
Sriman Dibakar das Brahmacari
Sriman Shyam Sundar das Brahmacari and Sriman Nanda Kishor das Brahmacari were heavily attacked with an iron rod. Sriman Basudeva das Brahmacari and Sriman Bhakta Sankar das Brahmacari were also attacked with an iron rod, but they could avoid heavy injuries. The criminals also attacked the pujari, Sriman Hari Madhav das Brahmacari, after he declined to open the temple to search for other devotees.
Sriman Shyam Sundar das Brahmacari
Sriman Nanda Kishor das Brahmacari
Sriman Shyam Sundar das Brahmacari and Sriman Nanda Kishor das Brahmacari
Under these circumstances the devotees started to counter-attack the criminals with small pieces of brick. They were able to chase out the criminals. The Math in-charge to the two heavily injured devotees to the hospital and went to give a police report at the local police station. At the same time the criminals went to the police to give a false report against the math devotees. After this, the criminals came back to the math and continued to destroy things. They threw stones and bricks from outside into the Math. The devotees counter-attacked them until the criminals left.
At the meeting with police and criminals, it was decided that outsiders are not allowed to come to the math for picking flowers, only for darshan and festival prasadam. And if there is any festival in a local house the Math in-charge will give flowers to these families.
The following missions were present at the WVA-meeting:
Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math
Sri Purusottam Math, Chatak-Parbath
Sri Purusottam Gaudiya Math
Sri Saraswat Gaudiya Math
Sri Chaitanya Ashram
Sri Gaur Govinda Ashram
Sri Nilachal Gaudiya Math
Sri Bhagvat Ashram
Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math
Sri Rupa Siddhanta Gaudiya Seva Ashram
Sri Damodara Gaudiya Math, Cuttack
Sri Chaitanya Ashram
Sri Narasingha Gaudiya Math
Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mission
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
Sri Tota Gopinath Temple
and representatives of the World Vaishnava Association.
At this meeting it was also decided that the missions should work closely together under the banner of World Vaishnava Association.
Also the wish was expressed to start Friends of Puri, like in Mayapur-Vrindavan, to clean the Jagannath temple area, Gambhira, Tota Gopinath temple area and all holy places of Puri.
Pushpa Samadhi of Sri Ananta Vasudeva Prabhu
Broken book preaching table