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Srila Prabhupada gave Gour Govinda Swami three principal instructions, to translate his books from English into Oriya, to build a temple in Bhubaneswar, and to preach all over the world. Gour Govinda Swami molded his life around these instructions. It was his policy to not eat anything until he had completed his quota of translation for the day. Even after undergoing long international flights he would always insist upon first doing the translation work given him by his spiritual master before he would eat or sleep. He maintained this practice up to his last day.Following Srila Prabhupada's order, Gour Govinda Maharaja inspired and headed up many preaching programs in the State of Orissa. He established simple padayatra festivals and nama-hatta programs that have helped thousands of people in this ancient land discover their spiritual roots and take up the chanting of the maha-mantra:
hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare.
Acting on the instruction of his spiritual master, Srila Gour Govinda Swami began going overseas for preaching in 1985. Despite a crippling leg injury, he continued this service for the following eleven years. Gour Govinda Swami was famous for his strong preaching and knowledge of the scriptures. He would substantiate everything he said with evidence froiri the Vedic literature.
Another senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada, His Holiness Mahanidhi Swami, remembers Gour Govinda Swami's lectures:He spoke in a very wonderful way. We can understand by the content of a person's speech what is the position of their heart. One theme that comes out of the life and teachings of Gour Govinda Swami is krsm-prema.In fact we see that his very personality was :
completely full of joy and happiness. He was a very joyful person.In 1991, on Nityananda Trayodasi, the auspicious appearance day of Lord Nityananda Prabhu, after six¬teen years of determined endeavor, Gour Govinda Maharaja fulfilled Srila Prabhupada's instruction by opening the magnificent Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama temple in Bhubaneswar. Since that time the Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir has grown into a flourish¬ing project that every year attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.