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In 1991, on Lord Nityananda's appearance day, after 16 years of struggle, Srila Prabhupada's last founded project, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir was completed. The magnificent temple and guest house was built single handedly by Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja, but he, with complete humility and simplicity, stayed in a portion of the mud hut that he had built for Srila Prabhupada. The ISKCON Sri Sri Krishna Balarama temple is the first ISKCON temple established in Odisha and the 108th temple of Srila Prabhupada's world-wide established temples of ISKCON. Since that time the Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir has grown into a flourishing project that every year attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Srila Prabhupada had said, "This shall be one of the best ISKCON temples in the world." It had certainly come to be true. In the beginning, the temple land was located in such a remote area of Bhubaneswar with wild animals and dacoits that rickshaw wallas would not even go out to the area but now it was the center of the city with thousands of people visiting the temple and wonderful festivals including Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhudra's Ratha yatra every year. Srila Prabhupada had predicted that this temple would become the center of the city and now it is.

Srila Prabhupada also said that he will come for the opening of the Sri Sri Krsna Balarama Mandir, so on this auspicious day of Lord Nityananda's Appearance day in 1991, Sri Sri Krsna Balarama, Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhudra Mayi and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai were installed on the three alters in the magnificent temple.

Srila Prabhupada was wonderfully installed in his murti form in the main temple to be present for the auspicious opening. Three Lord Balaramas were installed according to Srila Prabhupada's instructions. This represents the spiritual strength of Lord Balarama or Sri Guru. Srila Gour Govinda Swami had mentioned, Srila Prabhupada had deposited all his potency here in his last founded project. Every year after this grand installation, on Lord Nityananda's Appearance day, the most ecstatic festival is held in Sri Sri Krishna Balarama temple where the mercy of Lord Balarama - Lord Nityananda - Sri Guru are flowing limitlessly.

Later in 1995, a beautiful lotus bud temple was built next to Sri Sri Krsna Balarama Mandir and Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha were installed.

Today, the Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir is the second most popular temple in Odisha, after the Jagannath Mandir in Puri, and the area around the temple is the fastest growing section of Bhubaneswar.

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