07 Nov Temple News From Russia
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!
I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Diwali and New Year!
I received this email from Bhakti Vijnana Maharaja. His main preaching areas are Russia and Ukraine. He sent me this email and I thought it is amazing how Guru Maharaj despite all of his projects he still manages to support and encourage all those are endeavor to spread Krsna Consciousness. He has been taking an active part in the development of the temple in Moscow, Russia.
Attached is a picture of Bhakti Vijnana Maharaja, myself and a great donor/supporter of ISKCON Moscow. I had the great fortune of having the association of Maharaj and other devotees of Moscow.
Yours in the service to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva,
> Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2010 18:19:00 +0400
> From: Bhakti.Vijnana.Goswami@pamho.net
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: news
> Dear Dvarkadish Prabhu,
> Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
> I am excited and happy to let you know that, by the mercy of the Supreme
> Lord Sri Krishna, the great struggle for getting the land from the Moscow
> government to build a Sri Sri Radha-Krishna temple in Moscow is almost over.
> After several many months of intense work, on October 22nd, the Mayor of
> Moscow finally signed the government order allocating 5 acres of land to
> ISKCON Moscow for the construction of the temple.
> More than 6 years ago, in June of 2004, we had to relocate to temporary
> facilities on some land which was given by the government. The former ISKCON
> temple in Moscow was then demolished. But then the government took back the
> land they gave.
> During these years we went through a lot of difficulties and overcame a lot
> of impediments. Not only were we struggling with the government but we were
> struggling to maintain enthusiasm for the project amongst our devotees in
> the face of so many obstacles.
> For the last seven months the whole project was suspended. On the pretext
> that all the land in Moscow is supposed to be given through auction, the
> Control Department of the Moscow government several times rejected our
> application, even though all other departments including the Legal
> Department and the Land Department had approved it.
> Recently the Mayor of Moscow was removed, and on the last day of his tenure
> in the office the acting Mayor (with the approval of the new Mayor) signed
> our papers. Here is a link to an article in the Times of India about this
> Many different people contributed to this decision, including the former
> State Secretary of Russia Mr. Burbulis, the Indian ambassador to Russia, Mr.
> Shukla, and the Chief-Minister of Delhi Mrs. Sheila Dixit.
> This is the point of no-return. The work ahead of us is purely technical.
> The most difficult political decisions have already been taken. In the
> meantime we have our design and architectural work approved by the
> Architectural Department, so it means that in a few months we should be able
> to get permission to start the construction.
> The light at the end of our long dark tunnel is finally fully within our
> I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the devotees who helped
> us in this very difficult period, and supported us in many different ways.
> They are too numerous to name all of them, but still I would like to name a
> few leaders of our Society whose support was the most significant. It is
> Sripad Gopal Krishna Maharaja, Sripad Niranjana Maharaja, Sripad Radhanatha
> Maharaja, Sripad Bhakti Charu Maharaja and Sripad Prabhavisnu Maharaja.
> Of course, now we have to raise the money to build the temple, and then
> manage and maintain the temple properly. So we still depend on your
> blessings, good wishes and support. May this dependence on the mercy of
> Vaishnavas and sincere followers of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada be the
> bedrock foundation of the future temple in Moscow.
> Your servant,
> Bhakti Vijnana Goswami
His Grace Dvarkadish Prabhu