The magnificent and large Bhagavata Bhavan was constructed in honour of Shrimad Bhagavata. While laying the foundation stone of this edifice on 11th February, 1965, at a grand ceremony, the late Shri Hanuman Prasadji Poddar expressed his feelings in the following words:
“The relationship of Shrimad Bhagavata with Lord Shri Krishna and His holy birth-place is eternal and inseparable. He Himself is the subject, life, soul and Lord of worship of this scripture. In reality, the Shrimad Bhagavata is the very embodiment of Lord Shri Krishna in literary form. Hence the work of construction of the Bhagavata Bhavan at this sacred site is most befitting and necessary.” After seventeen long years of non-stop construction of the Bhagavata Bhavan, the installation ceremony of the holy deities was performed on 12th February, 1982. Thousands of devotees from different parts of India and abroad were present during this holy occasion.
The Bhagavata Bhavan comprises, primarily, of five temples. The main temple is Radha-Krishna Yugal Sarkar, which draws the devotees and fills them with the sense of the divine presence of Shri Radha-Krishna. On the right is the temple of Shri Balram, Subhadra and Shri Jagannathji. On the left side is the temple of Shri Sita, Ram and Lakshmanji. In front of the temple of Shri Jagannathji, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is seen paying obeisance to the Lord beside the Garud-sthambh. In front of the temple of Shri Ram, Shri Hanumanji is seen standing, paying obeisance with folded hands. In front of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,we can have the darshan of Goddess Durga in her divine splendour. Shri Keshveshwar (Lord Shiva) is present here in the form of a mercury Linga.
The idols in these temples have special features. Those of Radha Krishna are of human size, nearly six feet high. The idols of Shri Jagannath, Subhadra and Balram have been made by the same sculptor who crafted the idols at Jagannath temple, Puri. Even the wood used is the same i.e. Nimba Kashtha.
Lord Keshveshwar is portrayed in his own mercurial Linga form, which has been solidified by mixing mercury with herbal extracts without the use of any metal alloy. This mercury Linga is, perhaps, the only one of its kind. Ancient scriptures say that those who pay obeisance to the mercurial Shiva Linga get their sins washed away. The darshan of the mercurial Shiva Linga is supposed to be as auspicious as darshan of the twelve Jyotirlingams.
Apart from the deities, the prayer and assembly halls of the Bhagavata Bhavan have various special features. The entire ceiling of the Bhagavata Bhavan, is adorned with lovely fresco paintings depicting Shri Krishna’s Leelas. It attracts the devotees and compels them to wonder how such a beautiful piece of art could have been created. The pillars of the entire Bhagavata Bhavan portray pictures of Shri Krishna’s various incarnations, Sakhas, great saints, devotees and Radhaji’s eight female companions. The complete Bhagavata Gita has been engraved on copper plates, which have been fixed on the circumambulation(Parikrama) of the main temple.
The Shri Krishna Janmasthan complex has been constructed and renovated by the devotees of the Lord, with major contributions from India’s renowned industrialist family, the Dalmia Group.