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Son of Lord Siva

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Russia, 11 August 2002


Question: May you kindly tell us about the building of the temples in Nabadwip?

Oh, Govinda Kunda, the new building? Actually, you know and I have told everybody how Govinda Kunda manifested, and Srila Guru Maharaj chose this sloka from Garga Samhita for it:

সমুদ্র-সম্ভবা গাভী সুরভী আপন ।
দুগ্ধে অভিষেক কৈল ব্রজেন্দ্রনন্দন ॥
সেই দুগ্ধে পূর্ণ কুণ্ড 'শ্রীগোবিন্দ' নাম ।
রম্য গিরি গোবর্দ্ধনে শোভে অভিরাম ॥
কুণ্ডবারি মহাপাপহারী সে চিন্ময় ।
স্নানে পানে ভবভয় ত্রিতাপ নাশয় ॥
বহুভাগ্যে কেহ সেই দুগ্ধাস্বাদ পায় ।
চিদানন্দ-দেহ লভি কৃষ্ণ-লোকে যায় ॥
শ্রীকৃষ্ণ-মানসে যেবা করে হেথা স্নান ।
গুপ্ত-গোবর্দ্ধনে রাধাকৃষ্ণ-সেবা পান ॥

samudra-sambhava gabhi surabhi apana
dugdhe abhiseka kaila vrajendra-nandana
sei dugdhe purna kunda 'sri govinda' nama
ramya giri govardhane sobhe abhirama
kundabari mahapapahari se chinmaya
snane pane bhavabhaya tritapa nasaya
bahu-bhagye keha sei dugdhasvada paya
chidananda-deha labhi krsna-loke yaya
sri krsna-manase yeba kare hetha snana
gupta-govardhane radha-krsna-seva pana

Surabhi, the divine cow who appeared from churning the milk ocean, lovingly bathed Vrajendra Nandan Krishna with her own milk. The pond filled with that milk, "Sri Govinda Kunda," graces beautiful Govardhan with exquisite beauty. The transcendental water of this Kunda can banish even the greatest sins. The threefold miseries and all fear of this material world are destroyed by bathing in or drinking this water. Sometimes, by great fortune, someone will get to taste the water of Govinda Kunda as that milk, attain a transcendental form, and go to Krishna-loka. Anyone who bathes in Sri Govinda Kunda, desiring to serve Krishna, attains divine service of Sri Sri Radha Krishna in Gupta Govardhan (hidden Govardhan).

Govinda Kunda manifested from Surabhi cow—Krishna bathed in the milk of Surabhi cow. We also made a Giriraj temple inside Govinda Kunda. The banks of Govinda Kunda are 300 feet long and 200 feet wide...

Also, you know (I have told everybody before) that when Srila Param Guru Maharaj was a young boy, he worshipped Siva, and our Guru Maharaj, Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, was a son of Siva. That is why we are making a Siva temple on the bank of Govinda Kunda—for their happiness.

Guru Maharaj's mother and father lived in Bardwan, it is near Nabadwip, 40 km from there. There, in his birthplace, we also made a temple. His mother gave birth to several sons, but all her children died. Then, one day his father went to a Siva temple near that village. (Siva's name in that temple is Baba Buroraj, and the temple is located in Jamalpur, halfway between Hapaniya, the birthplace of Srila Sridhar Maharaj, and Bamunpara, the birthplace of Srila Guru Maharaj. That temple is still there.) His father came to Siva and asked, "Please give me one son! If you give me a son, it will be your son, I will bring him to you after his birth." Then, when our Guru Maharaj was born, when he was just three-four days, his father brought him to that Siva temple. Before that, Guru Maharaj's grandmother put a dot of cow dung on his forehead (it is a custom in India). At the temple, his father heard some sound, "Why did you put cow dung on him? He is my son! I will protect him, put some chandan (sandalwood) on him. And take some prasadam from here, give it to him." When his father, came back home from the temple, he told his mother to remove the cow dung and put chandan on him.

From that day everybody knew he was a son of Siva...


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