Devotee: There is a doubt circulating among some devotees about the authentic location of 'Mayapur,' the birth site of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. There is also a controversy among some devotees about the Adbhuta Mandir. Will you please say something to clarify these issues?
Swami Narasingha: Some sahajiyas and mundane academics claim that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's birth site is in Ramachandrapur (a suburb of modern Navadvipa town). However, according to the text of Bhakti-ratnakara Mayapur (Yogapitha) is located in Antardvipa, on the eastern bank of the Ganga.
Ramachandrapur in modern Navadvipa is located in Modrumadvipa on the western bank of the Ganga. Thus the site claimed by the sahajiyas as the birth site of Mahaprabhu could not be the original location. As for the Adbhuta Mandir - Iskcon has recently claimed that they are building the Adbhuta Mandir predicted by Sri Nityananda Prabhu. However, the skyscraper temple constructed at Yogapitha (Mayapur) by Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura in 1935 has been accepted by paramahamsa Vaishnavas for the past 69 years as the Adbhuta Mandir. Thus Iskcon could not be building what has already been built.
When we speak of Mayapur we do not mean any temporal or mundane location in this material world. Mayapur is the epicenter of the Lord's pastimes in eternity. This Mayapur manifested at the time of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's appearance in 1407 Sakabda (1486 CE) and has since sometimes been manifest and sometimes not manifest. This is the nature of eternal truth. It is sometimes appearing and sometimes disappearing. This is called prakata and aprakata-lila.
The name of 'Mayapur' is found in Bhakti-ratnakara, Urdhvamnaya-tantra, Brahma-yamala, Ananta-samhita, Krishna-yamala and Kapila-tantra, although it is not mentioned in either Chaitanya-charitamrita or Chaitanya-bhagavata.
Chaitanya-charitamrita and Chaitanya-bhagavata make specific mention of 'Navadvipa' meaning 'nine islands'. At the time of Mahaprabhu's appearance Navadvipa was known as 'Nadia', which is the corrupted form of the name 'Naudiya', meaning 'new place'. The 'new place' was originally established by King Lakshmana Sena of Vikrampur on the eastern side of the Ganga. Only after Mahaprabhu performed His pastimes in various places in 'Nadia' did the area become known among the Vaishnavas as Navadvipa. The area 'Navadvipa' encompasses all the places of the Lord's pastimes - including Antardvipa the place of His appearance or Mayapur.
In modern day Navadvipa there is a place referred to by some sections of the sahajiya community as Prachina Mayapur or 'old Mayapur'. This name Prachina Mayapur only came into use in 1928 nearly 41 years after Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji discovered the location of Mayapur, the birth site of Mahaprabhu, on Antardvipa.
It is mentioned in Bhakti-ratnakara that Mayapur is located in Antardvipa (on the eastern bank of the Ganga), which was sometimes known as 'Atopura'. This is described in detail by Narahari Chakravarti Thakura.
According to the sahajiya account, Mahaprabhu's birth-site is in Ramachandrapur where it is alleged that the dacoit-king Vira Hamvira (who ruled Visnupura from 1586-1621) had built a temple. According to reliable records Vira Hamvira was a disciple of Srinivasa Acharya but there are no records of his ever having built a temple at Navadvipa to celebrate the appearance place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Thus the account of the temple allegedly constructed by him is only hearsay.
The sahajiyas further contend that when the alleged temple built by Vira Hamvira was destroyed by the movement of the River Ganga, that later on, the chief adviser to Lord Hastings, Divan Ganga-govinda Singh, rebuilt it on the same spot with red sandstone in 1792. Floods from the Ganga claimed this temple in 1876. It is well known that the temple built by Divan Ganga-govinda Singh housed Deities of Sita-Rama and not a Deity of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Indeed this is unusual if we are to accept that the temple built by Ganga-govinda Singh was constructed to celebrate the birth site of Sri Chaitanya!
When Bhaktivinoda Thakura visited Navadvipa town he wrote that he was very unhappy with what he found.
Every Saturday, I went to Navadvipa to search out the places of the lila of the Lord, but I did not find many and I was very unhappy. At the present time the people of Navadvipa only pay heed to their stomach etc. They do not make even a little effort in relation to the places of the lila of the Lord.
Bhaktivinoda continued his search and after years of research, earnest prayer and at last a divine revelation, the site of Mahaprabhu's appearance place was revealed to him in a vision. Bhaktivinoda spoke of this as follows:
One night, Kamala and a clerk and I went up on the roof in order to look around. It was 10 o'clock, and was very dark and cloudy. Across the Ganga, in a northerly direction, I saw a large building flooded with light. I asked Kamala [if he saw it] and he said he had. I asked the clerk and he said, "I did not see anything." Because of that I was utterly amazed. In the morning I looked carefully at the place [where I saw the building] from the roof of Rani dharmashala, and I observed that there was one Tal tree in that location. When I asked others about this place they said that this distant place was known as Ballal-dighi and that the remains of the fort etc. of Lakshmana Sena were close by. That Monday I returned to Krishnanagar and the following Saturday I went back to Ballal-dighi. I saw that wonderful phenomenon in that place again at night, and the next day I went to see the area on foot. Upon inquiring with the elderly people of that place (Muslims), I was informed that this was the birthplace of Sriman Mahaprabhu. I gradually saw everything [in the area] and ascertained where all the small villages mentioned in the Chaitanya-bhagavata and in Narahari Thakura's Bhakti-ratnakara and Parikrama-paddhati were. (Svalikhita Jivani by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura)
Professor Nishikantha Sanyal, a disciple of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, has written in this connection as follows:
To the person with any antiquarian sense the difficulty is all but solved by the traditions that linger still in the village itself. We know from the villagers that the present Mohammedan inhabitants, who are in occupation of part of Mayapur, are the descendants of recent immigrants. The village was in a depopulated condition before the coming of the Mohammedans. That it was at one time a place of residence of Vaishnavas is also known to these Mohammedans. They also know that it is the Birth-place of Sri Chaitanya. They have inherited some names of the different parts of the village such as Vairagi-danga (Vairagi's mound), Kholbhangar-danga (mound where the khol was broken), Barajpota (Brajapattan), Shiva-doba (Shiva's pool), etc. These names refer to famous incidents in the career of Sri Chaitanya and the Vaishnava tradition. There are also current in the village highly significant superstitions. The Tulasi plant grew perennially all over one of these un-occupied homestead lands. Those who had attempted to occupy the land for purpose of habitation or even for cultivation, found that all crops are inevitably destroyed by the irrepressible Tulasi plants and some terrible harm befalls the occupant. Everyone is also cautioned against disturbing any portion of that particular mound in any way. Many had suffered terribly for trying to do so. That mound is sacred ground, because Nimai was born there. The Mohammedan inhabitants make offerings to the shrine that was subsequently erected on the spot. They firmly believe that the place possesses supernatural qualities. It would be worthwhile to collect all the current-stories which are fast becoming mythology as the villagers are becoming irreverent and partisan by outside influence.
That these traditions were naturally taken to be genuine is proved by the fact that when the site was identified forty three years ago by Thakura Bhaktivinoda as the village Mayapur where Sri Chaitanya was born, no person belonging to the locality disbelieved him. As a matter of fact there was no opposition from any quarter at that time and for a long period afterwards. (The Harmonist, Vol-28, January 1931)
Bhaktivinoda Thakura confirmed the location of Mahaprabhu's birth site with the help of Jagannatha Dasa Babaji, the most respected and senior Vaishnava of the times. This incident occurred in 1887. Bihari Dasa Babaji, the servant of Jagannatha Dasa Babaji, remembers this occasion:
Once Bhaktivinoda Thakura arrived at the residence of Jagannatha Dasa Babaji with a kirtana party. The party, accompanied by Babaji Maharaja then quickly advanced towards Sri Mayapur. During this time another kirtana group was approaching from the Vamana-pukura side. The two parties chanting the glories of Sri Chaitanya assembled together at the place of the present day Yogapitha. Over the age of 130 years, Jagannatha Dasa Babaji, being humpbacked, normally could not sit in an erect position. But when he would perform the congregational chanting of the Lord's holy name he would extend his body by the distance of five hand lengths and spring upward a distance of over one meter! How wonderful it was when he pointed out the location of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's appearance site. It is also still fresh within my mind the way he struck his stick on the ground with a resounding "crack". He pointed out some distance away, a well that contained the broken hull of a mrdanga. Sometimes Jagannatha Dasa Babaji would chastise persons who were opposed to the authenticity of Sri Mayapur. (Interview, The Gaudiya -1928)
The Yogapitha at Mayapur was also accepted as the birth site of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by such great Vaishnava personalities as Gaura-kishora Dasa Babaji and Vamshi Dasa Babaji. Once a charlatan devotee claimed he had a dream that Yogapitha was in modern Navadvipa but this was sharply contested by Gaura-kishora Dasa Babaji and Vamshi Dasa Babaji. Gaura-kishora dasa Babaji said,
"Those great personalities who have discovered the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu are to be followed. Simply because this person has had a dream that this is the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya is not proof in itself. Those persons to whom holy places of pilgrimage are manifested never collect money with the intention of finding other holy places. Those persons who are actually followers of Sri Chaitanya are able to find the place where Sri Chaitanya was born. The way in which Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Jagannatha Dasa Babaji Maharaja discovered Mahaprabhu's birthplace must be taken as a real fact.
Then on the following day Vamshi Dasa Babaji, taking one small shovel in his hand, went to the place where that person was preaching that he was representing the original birthplace of Sri Chaitanya. Vamshi Dasa gradually began to cut down the fence in front of that place. He showed the people how it was improper that this person was imitating that which had already been discovered by previous acharyas. (From An Era Not to be Forgotten printed in The Gaudiya)
After Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Jagannatha Dasa Babaji had established Mayapur as Mahaprabhu's birthplace, one Sashibhushana Bandyopadyaya wrote in a periodical called Pallavasi Patrika that the real Yogapitha was somewhere in the district of Ramachandrapur. Although his statements were only based on hearsay there was a protest by the sahajiyas followed by a court case. There was no evidence to prove that the previous site where Ganga-govinda Singh had built a sandstone temple had ever been recognized as the birth site of Mahaprabhu. There were hundreds of elderly people living in Navadvipa at that time who had visited the sandstone temple dedicated to Sita-Rama, before its being claimed by the flood water of the Ganga, but none of them could come forward to the courts to say that they remember that temple commemorating the birth site of Sri Chaitanya.
The court ruled in favor of Bhaktivinoda and stated that further evidence was needed in order to establish any claim of Mahaprabhu's birthplace being in the modern town of Navadvipa.
The sahajiyas began to take other steps to disprove the authenticity of the Mayapur birth-site on Antardvipa but to no avail. Then in 1916 (two year after the disappearance of Bhaktivinoda), one Vraja-mohana Dasa Babaji tried to find archeological evidence to disprove Bhaktivinoda's claims. It is said that he dug more that 700 holes in the modern Navadvipa area along the Ganga until at last he finally found a piece of red sandstone - which in the end did not verify anything.
It is mentioned in the book Sarasvati-jayasri that Vraja Mohana soon after approached the Gaudiya Matha and agreed to publish his findings in favor of the Mayapur discovered by Bhaktivinoda if they would bear the financial expenses for publishing his maps and book. When the Gaudiya Matha refused, Vraja Mohana became angry and swore to wreak havoc. Eventually the dubious findings of Vraja Mohana were published in a book entitled Navadvipa-darpana with the help of the famous map publisher, Sri Dvijendranath Dhara. Later however, Dvijendranath Dhara admitted that he was sad that such an erroneous book had been published with his help because the contents of the book and its maps were full of fallacious additions and mistakes.
The courts never accepted the findings of Vraja Mohana as evidence in the case - thus in 1934 the government of India represented by the Honorable Governor Anderson of Bengal (the third most politically influential person in the British Empire) made an official proclamation that the birth site of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was none other than the Yogapitha in Sridhama Mayapur established by Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Jagannatha Dasa Babaji and their followers.
"The Devils work is never done" -- still the ishtaka-vadis (followers of Vraja Mohana's brick) and other sahajiyas continue to beg the question and attempt to dispute the actual birth site of Mahaprabhu, but this is of little consequence in the face of Sri Chaitanya's eternal service being spread throughout the world from Yogapitha at Sridhama Mayapur.
It has been predicted by Sri Nityananda Prabhu that the eternal service (nitya-seva) will manifest (vikasha) from a wonderful temple (adbhuta-mandir) constructed on the birth site of Sri Chaitanya.
adbhuta-mandir ei haibe prakasha gauranga nitya-seva haibe vikasha
A wonderful temple will appear, from where Lord Gauranga's eternal service will manifest. (Sri Navadvipa-dhama Mahatmya, ch-5)
After establishing the place of Sri Chaitanya's birth Bhaktivinoda Thakura set out to fulfill Sri Nityananda Prabhu's prediction of the Adbhuta Mandir at Mayapur and this was later taken up by Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura who completed the Adbhuta Mandir in 1935. That the temple at Yogapitha build by Sarasvati Thakura is the Adbhuta Mandir predicted by Sri Nityananda Prabhu is confirmed in the following excerpt from an article Opening Ceremony of the Lord's Temple –
When Sriman Jiva Gosvami Prabhu was performing Navadvipa parikrama, Nityananda Prabhu told him about Sri Mayapur:
chari-shata-varsha gaura-jana dhari haile sri murti seva habe sarvopari
Four hundred years after Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's appearance, the worship of His Deity will manifest and He will be worshipped in a magnificent manner.
SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT This prophecy of Sri Nityananda Prabhu was fulfilled. We hear even more from the mouth of Sri Nityananda:
punah kabhu prabhu techa habe balavan habe mayapure ei rupa vasasthana adbhuta mandir ei haibe prakasa gauranga nitya-seva haibe vikasa
By the Lord's desire, this place will become prominent again and people will live in Mayapur as before. A wonderful temple (Adbhuta Mandir) will appear, from where Lord Gauranga's eternal service will manifest.
Then, in 448 Gaurabda, in order to fulfill Sri Nityananda's prediction, the great soul Bhakti Vijaya (disciple of Sarasvati Thakura) dug the foundation for the great temple (Adbhuta Mandir) at Yogapitha. Following the desire of Sri Gaura's associate, the Deity of Adhokshaja Visnu, Who was worshipped in the house of Sriman Mahaprabhu, manifested Himself from the earth in the presence of a large number of people on Wednesday 15th June 1934.
Let the inhabitants of the world see with their own eyes and feel within the core of their hearts how these statements of Sri Nityananda Prabhu have been fulfilled by one who is non-different from Nityananda Himself. Today, by the grace of Sri Nityananda's manifestation of Sri Gurudeva, the bhakti-vijaya-pataka (the flag of pure devotion) flies over the sky-scraping Adbhuta Mandir (at Yogapitha Sridhama Mayapur). (The Gaudiya, March 16th 1935)
Since the building of the Adbhuta Mandir by Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura in 1935 the eternal service of Sri Chaitanya has indeed manifest not only in Bengal and India but also throughout the world.
It is not stated anywhere that Krishna consciousness will first be preached globally and thereafter the followers of Sri Chaitanya will come to Mayapur to do the Lord a favor by honoring His birth site with a temple. This is a gross misconception. Unfortunately, the members of modern day Iskcon think that their 'plan' to build a very large temple in Mayapur will be the fulfillment of the Adbhuta Mandir prediction. They unwittingly undermine the position and achievements of Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura.
The expertise of the ‘propaganda machine’ sometimes gets carried away in the 'self-adoration' society and arrives at erroneous conclusions. It should be pointed out however that all the disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura (including A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Swami B.R. Sridhara Maharaja, Swami B.P. Kesava Maharaja, Swami B.P. Puri Maharaja and all others) accepted the temple constructed at Yogapitha as the Adbhuta Mandir predicted by Sri Nityananda Prabhu. In light of that, in the years that followed the opening of the Adbhuta Mandir there were many articles and essays that appeared in The Gaudiya, The Harmonist, and other publications of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura where it was mentioned that the construction of the temple at Yogapitha was the fulfillment of Sri Nityananda Prabhu's prediction.
In light of the fact that Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura is the parama-guru of every devotee in Iskcon one would think that Iskcon devotees would be sensitive and eager to understand Sarasvati Thakura's desires and contributions to the sampradaya, but surprisingly they show little or no interest. Other than maintaining a minimal regard for Sarasvati Thakura and the previous acharyas in our line – for all practical purposes Iskcon leaders have 'divorced' Srila Prabhupada from the rest of the sampradaya by preaching apa-siddhanta everywhere and imitating achievements of previous acharyas in his name.
Many Iskcon leaders have said that they accept Srila B.P. Puri Gosvami Maharaja of Sri Gopinatha Gaudiya Matha in Mayapur as their shiksha-guru, but at the same time they do not seem to care for his opinions on any topics other than shalagrama and Deity worship. However, for their benefit Puri Gosvami Maharaja has spoken about the Adbhuta Mandir as follows:
With the help of a wealthy disciple, the late Sakhi-charan Bhakti-vijaya, Srila Prabhupada fulfilled Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's prediction of an extraordinary temple (Adbhuta Mandir) being built at Sri Yogapitha. When the foundation of the skyscraper temple was being dug, on June 13, 1934, a four-armed Deity of Vishnu was discovered in the ground. Srila Prabhupada studied the Siddhartha-samhita and, according to the positioning of the weapons and symbols in the Deity's hands, identified it as Adhokshaja Vishnu accompanied by His Sri, Bhu and Nila potencies. Several expert archeologists, including Sri Ramaprasad Chandra, attested to the Deity's antiquity. Srila Prabhupada commented later that this was the Deity formerly worshiped by Sri Jagannatha Misra himself. This beautiful Deity is currently being worshiped at the Yogapitha temple in Mayapur. (Of Love and Separation - A few Glimpses at the Lotus Feet of Srila Prabhupada)
The members of Iskcon have conveniently forgotten that the idea to construct the ‘Planetarium’ or "The Temple of Understanding", as it was called by Srila Prabhupada, was originally the idea, conception and desire of Srila B.R. Sridhara Maharaja of Sri Chaitanya Sarasvata Matha. Sridhara Maharaja wanted to build such a temple in Koladvipa but found the project too ambitious for his means. He then decided to share his idea with an old admirable friend, Srila Prabhupada (A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja). Sridhara Maharaja remembers as follows:
I asked Swami Maharaja (AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada) to construct a temple where the whole Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy will be demonstrated. I had a mind to construct such a temple here, but that was too ambitious and I could not do it. When I was told that he would build a temple there (in Mayapur), I humbly put forward my desire. I wanted a temple to be built according to the Brihad-Bhagavatamrtam of Srila Sanatana Goswami. The whole structure of Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy will be represented there in that temple. Bhur, Bhuvar, Svar, Mahar, Janar, Tapo and Satyaloka will be shown in a spiral way, and then Viraja, Brahma-loka, Para-vyoma, Goloka-Vrndavana. The idea is to demonstrate the structural position of Gaudiya Vaishnava theology, and from where Krsna has come down to this world to very kindly give us the clue to how we can be uplifted there, to the highest place. That should be dealt with in a scientific way. Whoever comes to have the darshan of the temple will leave with an idea of the whole structure of all the religious conceptions to ever come into the world. The development is in a scientific basis. What is Bhur-loka? The land of experience of the five senses. Bhuvar-loka? Without this body, the mental experience world, and there are further gradations Svar, Mahar, Janar, Tapa. Bhu-loka is somewhat Prithvi-loka (Earth); there is also Preta-loka, the world of the dead; there is Deva-loka or Svar-loka, heaven; above Deva-loka is Mahar-loka where resides Bhrigu and other rishis. Then there is Tapo-loka where the Chatuh-sana reside, and then Satya-loka of Lord Brahma.
Then Viraja, the highest position aspired for by the Buddhists, prakritilaya. And above that, brahmalaya, the end aspired for by the Shankarites; then Siva-loka, Bhakta-Shiva, and Vaikuntha, the Land discovered and made known to the world by Sri Ramanujacharya. In that area of Para-vyoma, there are so many Vaikunthas in so many different phases of the pastimes of Lord Narayana who resides in the centre. Then above is Ayodhya with Ramachandra and the first introduction of vatsalya-rasa (Divine Parenthood). Then there is Krishna with many Queens in Dvaraka, and Krishna in Mathura. Again, in the Mathura sphere is Vrindavana, Govardhana, and Radha-kunda. From what standpoint does the theistic conception develop higher and higher - this is to be depicted. He (A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada) accepted this plan and asked his followers to construct such a temple. But I am too old. He could not see it fulfilled, and perhaps I too may not see it. (Taped discourse, 1981)
Srila Prabhupada also confirms this in the following conversation:
Srila Prabhupada: I do not know for how long I will be able to carry on. So, I came to see Sridhara Maharaja.
Devotee: If you all go away, then the world will become dark.
Srila Sridhara Maharaja: [to Prabhupada] It is so wonderful that the will of the Lord becomes manifest through someone.
Srila Prabhupada: I want very much, Maharaja, that you come and stay at Mayapur. Because Prabhupada [Bhaktisiddhanta] always desired that you preach. He told me quite a few times, "Why don't you pull him out?" [They both laugh.] You know, I also tried to some extent before, but somehow or other it did not work out. Now, why don't you come and stay at Mayapur? Srila Prabhupada told me also, "Sridhara Maharaja is one of the finest preachers." I want to take you everywhere. At least at the place we have in Mayapur, people are coming from all over the world. If you just agree, then whatever kind of building you want, I will arrange it for you. They are trying to build a house for me. So both of us will stay there. And whenever you want, you can come here to your matha.
Srila Sridhara Maharaja: Yes, as long as I am alive to fulfill [Bhaktisiddhanta] Prabhupada's desire.
Srila Prabhupada: This is my earnest desire. Since you could not go around the world and preach, at least stay there and people will come to you. I shall make that arrangement. If you stay, then it will be helpful to me also. Sometimes I need to consult with someone and there is no one. There is no one that I can consult with. I feel this deficiency very greatly.
Devotee: If he [Srila Sridhara Maharaja] stays in Mayapur, all kinds of people will get to hear from him.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes, that's right.
Srila Sridhara Maharaja: Yes, people from all kinds of cultural backgrounds will come there.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes, and they are already coming. And in that house I will make arrangements for an elevator so that you won't have to go through the difficulty of walking up and down the stairs. You won't even have to move a step yourself. I'll make arrangements for a car and an elevator. My disciples are telling me that they will build a house for me. So, both of us will stay in that house. Most of the time I am traveling around, so if you are there, they can get some guidance. So, Maharaja, please, give me the order and I will make all the arrangements for you.
That Planetarium [The Temple of Understanding] also will be built under your direction. My idea is to combine the Indian culture and the American money--the lame man and the blind man policy. I tell them also that this will be very beneficial for the world." (Excerpt of 1977 conversation at Sri Chaitanya Sarasvata Matha, transcription by Bhakti Charu Swami)
For decades Iskcon leaders have struggled with the concept of what ‘The Temple of Understanding,’ now being referred to by them as the ‘Adbhuta Mandir’, will represent. This is due to their having neglected to humbly approach the original architect of "The Temple of Understanding" to find out what was his conception of such a grand temple.
Of course that is all in the past and the original plans for the Iskcon "Temple of Understanding" (sometimes now being called "The temple of Misunderstanding") have now been reduced in size by 70% from what they were in the time of Srila Prabhupada. This has come about due to the fall downs of numerous Iskcon gurus and project financiers.
Even though Iskcon only has a plan on 'paper' to build their temple, still, self-adoration dictates to them that their paper plan is the 'Adbhuta Mandir' (ignoring the glory of the Adbhuta Mandir already constructed at Yogapitha). Such are the effects of false pride. It is improper or offensive, as Vamshi Dasa Babaji has demonstrated above, for devotees to imitate that which has already been done by previous acharyas. But as already mentioned, the proposed Iskcon temple is now 70% less 'adbhuta' than as originally conceived of by Srila Prabhupada and it unfortunately bears none of the original theistic conception outlined above by Srila Sridhara Maharaja. Even the Deity conception at Iskcon Mayapur is no longer the same as originally given by Srila Prabhupada.
The onus is now on Iskcon leaders to either accept that the Adbhuta Mandir as predicted by Sri Nityananda Prabhu was built by Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura at Yogapitha or it is up to them to prove via guru, sadhu, and shastra that the temple at Yogapitha is not the Adbhuta Mandir. The latter would not be advisable, for as Professor Sanyal has cautioned in his article above -- anyone who tries to bear harm to Yogapitha runs the risk of meeting with "terrible suffering".
If Iskcon wants to remain connected to the Gaura-sarasvata-parampara (rupanuga-sampradaya) then they would do well to accept the above conclusions or they are destined to continue on the path of becoming an apa-sampradaya (pseudo-disciplic succession).
Devotee: There is a doubt circulating among some devotees about the authentic location of 'Mayapur,' the birth site of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. There is also a controversy among some devotees about the Adbhuta Mandir. Will you please say something to clarify these issues?