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One day Malati brought home a small item from shopping and not knowing what it was, asked Swamiji. He bowed down his head, offering respects and said, “You have brought Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe. He is Lord Krishna.” Swamiji got Malati to bring back the other two figures from the set and when he saw them together, he asked if anyone knew how to carve. Shyamasundara was a wood sculptor and made three-foot-high copies of the divine trio, Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra. Seeing the appearance of Lord Jagannatha in San Francisco as the will of Krishna, Swamiji said he would personally install Them in the temple and called San Francisco New Jagannatha Puri.

Reference: Illustration by Bhaktisiddhanta Dasa