Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s Birthplace
Birthplace of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura is located near to Jagannatha Vallabha Garden. Proceed towards the Jagannatha Mandira. Until on the right side the big pink Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math temple with a sign above the entrance gate saying, “Birth Place of Prabhupada 108 Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Thakura”. Present day temple is located on the former site of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s house, where he lived while acting as the Puri District Magistrate and Jagannatha Temple Administrator.
Great vaishnava saint, Bhaktivinoda Thakur, lived in Jagannatha Puri. As the regional governor he was also in charge of Jagannatha Temple. He was not only saint, but he could see more clearly motivation of people, which made him a very effective judge. British colonizers used to look at the managerial qualities of Indians with contempt, but Bhaktivinoda Thakur won their recognition also in this regard. In few minutes he could finish the cases which others were unable to close in hours. In his house a son Bhimal Prasad was born, who later became famous all over India as Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati.
This place is located about 1 km from the Jagannath temple on the Grand road. There is a Gaudiya math temple here with Jagannath, Radha Krishna and Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur’s Deities.
A gorgeous black Krishna and most attractive, charming golden Srimati Radharani named Sri Sri Radha-Nayana Mani Jiu grace the centre altar. The words nayana mani mean, “Krishna-the jewel of Radha’s lotus eyes”. Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra are also here. A murthi of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura is being worshiped in the far right altar. This is the exact spot where he appeared. It is said that while digging the earth during the temple construction, a sweet sandalwood smell emanated from the ground where Sarasvati Thakura took birth. While doing the Mandira parikrama, one will see the four sampradaya acaryas: Vishnuswami, Madhvacharya, Nimbarka and Ramanuja, and beautiful diorama of various pastimes of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu.