and holy place of Advent:
Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj appeared in this world
on December 17th, 1929, at Bamunpara, a small rural village in
the Burdwan district of West Bengal. According to the Vaishnava
lunar calendar, his Appearance on the Dvitiya day of the month
of Narayan falls generally in the latter half of December.
joined this Math and Mission:
Govinda Maharaj joined the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in 1947
at the age of seventeen. A few weeks later, Srila Bhakti Raksak
Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, his Guru and the founder of this
Mission, surprised everyone by announcing that his young disciple
would later become his successor.
years trained and prepared by his Guru:
Govinda Maharaj lived forty-two years in the close association
of his Gurudev, and was prepared by him. During that time Srila
Sridhar Dev-Goswami gave his association and deep love, and firmly
established him as his most prominent disciple.
associate of Prabhupad Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj:
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math was started in 1941, more than twenty
five years before ISKCON. The founder of ISKCON, Srila Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupad considered Srila Sridhar Maharaj as his Siksha-Guru.
He considered Srila Govinda Maharaj as his dearmost son, and taught
him Srimad Bhagavad-gita. Srila Govinda Maharaj is continuing
the world preaching of Krishna consciousness with the spirit and
dedication shown by Srila Prabhupad. His Mission is distinct from
ISKCON, but Srila Govinda Maharaj has much appreciation for their
preaching work, and is well respected by the devotees of that
Govinda Maharaj's education and preparation:
Sridhar Maharaj himself saw to Srila Govinda Maharaj's education,
and had him properly trained in Sanskrit and Bengali grammar and
literary composition, as well as the conclusions of the Shastras
(Vedic literatures). From the beginning, Srila Govinda Maharaj
demonstrated a remarkable memory and the ability to learn quickly
just by hearing. He has deep insight, and the ability to capture
even what is not apparent to others.
Govinda Maharaj, the builder of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math:
1941, Srila Sridhar Maharaj announced in Sanskrit verse that the
glories of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math would be known throughout
the world. At that time, the "Math" was only a humble straw house.
It is Srila Govinda Maharaj who under the direction and supervision
of his Guru built and manifest the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
Srila Govinda Maharaj was given the chair of Srila Guru Maharaj:
1986, Srila Sridhar Maharaj established Srila Govinda Maharaj
in his chair. Thus, more than two years before his departure from
this world, Srila Govinda Maharaj's spiritual master happily saw
the culmination of his desires and the culmination of his preparation
of Srila Govinda Maharaj as his successor. His vision for the
future manifest when he gave Srila Govinda Maharaj the responsibility
for maintaining his Deities, Mission and devotees.
the prophecy of Srila Sridhar Maharaj:
with more than 100 temples and ashrams worldwide, and more than 20,000 followers
throughout the world, Srila Govinda Maharaj is fulfilling the
prophecy of Srila Sridhar Maharaj. Srila Govinda Maharaj has commented
that he is repeatedly travelling throughout the world just to
see how the prophecy of Srila Guru Maharaj (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)
has come true. Of course, it is Srila Govinda Maharaj himself
who is manifesting and fulfilling this prophecy.
Srila Govinda Maharaj has travelled on over twenty
world tours, and visited countries all over the world. Due to
the sincere invitation and insistence of a growing worldwide community,
Srila Govinda Maharaj tirelessly travels and visits the devotees,
and true seekers. He has travelled repeatedly to all the major
continents of the world, and appeared on national television and
radio worldwide. In Mexico, in the important seaport of Veracruz,
he was honoured by the Mayor with the key to the city, an honour
previously bestowed upon the Queen of England and other distinguished
centres in London, America, Australia, Russia, etc.:
due to the preaching of Srila Govinda Maharaj, there are prominent
centres in London, in America, South America, Australia, throughout
Europe, South Africa and Mauritius, and the Middle-East. In Russia
alone there are five important centres, thousands of devotees,
and a large Jagannath temple is being built in St. Petersburg
(formerly Leningrad) on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
than two hundred different books have been published in more than
twenty languages. Millions of copies of books, monthly magazines
such as Gaudiya Darshan, Sadhu Sangha, and Vaishnava Toshani,
and other publications have been distributed worldwide.
India's culture, fame, and teachings throughout the world:
Govinda Maharaj is the most prominent living representative of
Gaudiya Vaishnavism in the world today. He is actually the head
of the Rupanuga line, and a true follower in the line of Sri Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu. He is an eminent scholar and writer trained and versed
in both Sanskrit and Bengali. We are pleased to introduce you
to such an honourable, outstanding devotee, saint, gentleman,
and true Vaishnava: Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.