All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga. Math Header

What was New?

Updates for July 2003

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Search Engine -- searches our websites


July 31st 2003

  • An evening in Italy with Srila Gurudev and the devotees at the beautiful 'Villa Govinda Ashram;' two pages of pictures, the first pictures to arrive from this leg of Srila Govinda Maharaj's current World Tour.
  • World Tours Index page updated, and the Main Centres page updated to include links to international dialing codes and the time around the world.
  • Español. Two recent articles translated to Spanish:

    30 de Julio de 2003:
      >> Reportando desde Italia por Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi. 'Villa Govinda,' Italia.

    25 de Julio de 2003:
      >> El "Occidente Extranjero" capturado por la Conciencia de Krishna. Discurso matutino dado el 22 de julio de 2003 en Londres por Su Divina Gracia Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.


July 30th

  • Nabadwip: two pages of pictures of yesterday's Disappearance Festival of Srila Guru Maharaj.
  • Twenty pictures of the London Play performed by the devotee children. described in the article 'King Chitraketu's Pastimes' posted yesterday.
  • Italy, World Tour dispatch:

    Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 15:38:13 +0530
    From: Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi. 'Villa Govinda,' Italy
    Subject: Reporting From Italia

    All Glory to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga

    Reporting today from the beautiful, charming SCSAshram Italia. Here so many Vaishnavas from all over the world are assembled at the holy lotus feet of Srila Gurudev in his own 'Villa Govinda' where Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga-Gandharvva-Govindasundarjiu and Giridhari-Gopaljiu are constantly being worshipped and glorified with natural affection. His Divine Grace is extremely pleased with Krishna Kanta Didi, Munindra Mohan Prabhu and his devoted serving group. Together they presented this very palatial Ashram [in the Milano countryside] to Srila Gurudev, demonstrating exemplary service under life threatening circumstances, thereby completely capturing his heart.

    Yesterday we observed the holy Disappearance Day of Srila Param Guru Maharaj, Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj under the direction of his most favourite and beloved associate-servitor His Divine Grace Srila Gurudev, Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

    We are all counting our blessings in this super-surcharged atmosphere with the remembrance of Sri Vrindavan.

    30 July 2003
    'Villa Govinda'


July 29th
Amavasya. Disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharyya-varyya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

  • Disappearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Pictures of the early morning preparations at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.
    The festival was held smoothly today in dignified style with guests from all over Nabadwip, Mayapur and West Bengal attending, and pilgrims from around the world. The main programme was held at Srila Guru Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir, The Temple of Union in Separation, followed by a grand Prasadam feast in the Centenary Memorial Building of Srila Guru Maharaj.
  • U.K. Tour Report: King Chitraketu's Pastimes depicted at the weekend for Sri Guru's pleasure by the youngsters of London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Report by Vrindavanesvari Devi Dasi.
  • Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj graciously spoke for the Internet by phone to Madhusudan Prabhu shortly before leaving from London.
    His Divine Grace has since arrived safely in Italy, where the first news to arrive is: "all is well and beautiful here."

July 28th

  • 20th World Tour: Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his holy entourage are preparing to observe the Disappearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj tomorrow at the Villa Govinda Ashram in Italy. Meanwhile here in Nabadwip the decorations are up, and a sizable congregation has already gathered in preparation for the Festival.
  • Brazil: Preaching through yoga. Rohini Shakti Devi Dasi, invited to a winter festival by a top Brazilian magazine, takes the opportunity to introduce Krishna consciousness to sincere seekers.

July 27th

  • Nabadwip, making room for more in the nat-mandir of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Pictures of the Math including the recently begun remodeling of the nat-mandir.

July 26th


July 25th

  • Photoshoot of Srila Govinda Maharaj with the devotees in London.
  • Español: Five recent reports translated into Spanish by the service of Kamala Kanti Dasi of the new Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram in Caracas, Venezuela:

    23 de Julio de 2003:
      >> Noticias desde Londres recibidas esta mañana
    22 de Julio de 2003:
       >> Londres: Reporte de la Llegada de Su Divina Gracia por Vrindavanesvari Dev Dasi, acompañando la gira desde EE.UU.
    20 de Julio de 2003:

      >> Sripad Akinchan Maharaj reportando desde Ankara, Turquía, "¡Que día tan extraordinario!
    17 de Julio de 2003: Eugene, Oregon, EE.UU.
    16 de julio de 2003: Portland, Oregon, EE.UU.
      >> Oregon, EE.UU. Dos programas públicos celebrados conjuntamente por los devotos de Portland y Eugene, narrado en palabras y fotos: una noche en Portland, y luego al día siguiente el 'Festival Krishna de Verano' en Eugene en un salón público en el centro del pueblo.


July 24th

  • London: Srila Govinda Maharaj is showing steady health, and graciously accepts an invitation to breakfast in Brentwood. Pictures and brief dispatch.
  • Oregon, USA. Two public programmes by the combined efforts of the Portland and Eugene devotees, retold in words and pictures: an evening in Portland followed the next day by a 'Krishna Summer Festival' in Eugene in a public hall in the centre of the town.

July 23rd

  • First Harinam-Sankirttan in Turkey. Pictures and report by Sripad Akinchan Maharaj reporting from Ankara, "What a remarkable day!"
  • Mauricio: Ceremonia de Instalación de Sri Ananta Sesa para el nuevo Templo, el segundo templo más grande de la Misión en Mauricio. Amalendu Prabhu hace el reporte de este gran festival:
  • London news update received this morning:

    Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 01:28:41 +0530
    From: Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, London
    Subject: Reporting From London

    All Glory to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga

    His Divine Grace Srila Gurudev and Co. (Sripad Goswami Maharaj, Sri Ranajit Prabhu, Jamuna Priya Didi [and myself]) all arrived safe and sound in London yesterday morning. It is always very nice to be here where it feels like home under the loving care of Sripad Devashis Prabhu, Lavanya Mayi Didi, Dwarakesh Prabhu and the impressive, august Vaishnava assembly of Sri London Math.

    Srila Gurudev is in good health and spirits. He immediately went into his normal routine, waking up before sunrise and delivering early morning darshans. Throughout the day and night, he is meeting with devotees publicly and privately in a constant flow of Harikatha, soothing the hearts and minds of everyone. Nothing can eclipse the shining rays of the sun.

    22 Jul 2003, evening


July 22nd


July 21st


July 20th


July 19th


July 18th

July 17th

  • Español: Londres, Reino Unido: Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj llega a Londres e inmediatamente se dedica a predicar enérgicamente. (Translation of yesterday's posting of Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj's arrival in UK.)

July 16th

  • Español: Programa público vespertino en Carmel, California. (Translation of yesterday's posting of the Carmel programme.)
  • London, UK: Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj arrives and immediately engages in preaching with full energy. Prabhu Devashis writes:

    En españolDate: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 19:06:39 +0100
    From: Devashis das, London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
    Subject: Paramahamsa Maharaj's auspicious arrival

    Sripad Bhakti Amal Paramahamsa Maharaj arrived here in London on schedule from South Africa, safely and well. The devotees gave His Holiness an honourable reception at Heathrow Airport early in the morning.

    After arriving at the London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj spoke to the devotees and guests about the glories of Sri Sanatan Goswami Prabhu (this being his disappearance day). He also shared stories about his recent devotional adventures in Venezuela and South Africa. We then had a lively kirttan, honoured prasadam and soon afterwards drove to Brighton to join in seva at the Temple's stall at the Brighton 'Peace Festival.' A party from our Math had been there since the morning. Everyone busily preached until closing time at 8pm. We finally arrived back at the London Math after midnight due to delays caused by summer holiday traffic and various roadworks along the way.

    Yesterday (Monday) evening we held our regular meeting at Hampstead Town Hall. His Holiness spoke there and answered questions along with Sripad Bhakti Swarup Tridandi Maharaj and myself. Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj then led kirttan with his characteristic enthusiasm. All the crowd were very satisfied by this evening with a difference.

    Tomorrow, Sripad Maharaj is billed to speak at the Upton Centre near to our Math. We have arranged a programme there called "The Search for Sri Krishna — Reality the Beautiful."

    So this is the news, and I have taken some photographs and will send them to Srila Gurudev shortly.

    Now we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Sripad Bhakti Lalita Akinchan Maharaj from South Africa. Everyone here is keen to make the most of the association of these honourable sannyasis during their few days stay en route to the next leg of their Tour: Turkey.

    World Tour enthusiasm is setting in, and with just days to go before the arrival of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his entourage, hosting this 'advance party' of sannyasis is very welcome. Not only do we have the opportunity to serve the sannyasis and gain from their association, but also this is a chance to test everything is ready for the big event to come.


July 15th

July 14th

  • Español: Samara, Siberia: cinco días de predica en el mayor festival anual de verano en Rusia. (Spanish translation of the Samara Summer Festival preaching report posted two days ago.)
  • Change of email address of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math:

    En españolDate: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 11:31:09 +0530

    Subject: Nabadwip Math CHANGE of email address

    Dear Devotees and friends,

    Please accept our due respects. Due to being buried in an unending inundation of 'spam' we finally have had to change the main Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's email address. Kindly note that these two addresses will shortly cease to exist:

    <> and <> are now OLD addresses

    These are replaced by our NEW address:

    Please address all future correspondence for Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj or for the office team of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math to the above new address.

    Other or addresses are not affected by this change.

    If you run a website and wish to include our new e-address, please don't type it in, but see our notes for webmasters.

    Many thanks for your understanding.
    With repeated respects,
    -Mahananda das B.R. and the Office Team
    Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip


July 13th
Purnima (full-moon). Disappearance of Srila Sanatana Goswami Prabhu. Beginning of Chaturmasya (when started on Purnima–as followed in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math).


July 12th

  • Samara, Siberia: five days of preaching at the biggest Russian Summer festival of the year.

    En españolDate: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 18:09:11 +0400
    From: B.B. Avadhut Maharaj, Siberia, Russia
    Subject: Samara Summer Festival preaching report

    Our summer time in Russia is very short and it is a great time for preaching, especially at the country festivals. So this year we are participating in several festivals.

    Recently we visited the biggest Russian festival, in Samara, mid-Russia. It is a musical festival and is attended by upwards of 300,000 people. We brought fifty devotees from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Siberia and other places and put up our pandal (large circus-style tent). For five days the devotees engaged in preaching, including distribution of prasadam and books. We are sending some pictures along with this letter.

    Every night we held devotional drama performances such as 'Prahlada Maharaj Lila,' 'Ramayana Pastimes,' etc. and big sankirttan with more than 1,000 people chanted and danced with us.

    Everybody liked our programmes in particular and sincerely invited us to continue longer and longer.

    July 11th
  • 'Evento Rainbow.'Distribución de Prasad en el Evento Rainbow (Rainbow Gathering), Utah, EE.UU., celebrado del 21 de Junio al 7 de Julio de 2003. Artículo por Mathuranath Das. Traducción: Kamala Kanti Dasi, Caracas, Venezuela. (Spanish translation of the article posted yesterday.)

July 10th
Sayan Ekadasi. Fast. Break fast tomorrow by 6:57 a.m. (and after sunrise).

July 9th

July 8th

  • The Rainbow Festival's 'Simply Wonderful' devotees' preaching kitchen has again proved a great success this year. Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj writes:

    Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2003 12:59:03 -0700 (PDT)
    From: Siddhanti Maharaj, Utah, USA
    Subject: Rainbow Festival preaching success

    The Rainbow Festival has just finished. It was very wonderful. Nitya Hari Prabhu and all the devotees did a miracle service there. In fact the leaders of the Rainbow Festival announced publicly it is the Krishna people and the chanting of Hare Krishna that is the spiritual inspiration and basis of all the 20,000 people that gathered at this year's Rainbow Festival. They made a public statement that they appreciate so much the Krishna people coming and giving their guidance, food, and goodwill to so many people.

    Nitya Hari Prabhu as well as all the different Krishna groups have really done a miracle with their service this year as well as other years. Some pictures will follow soon. I'm sure that everyone feels it is very important we have a presence there every year.


July 7th

  • Ankara, Turkey: recent pictures from the Sri Govinda Math Yoga Centre where Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj and Sripad Akinchan Maharaj are due to visit later this month before joining with Srila Govinda Maharaj on his 20th World Tour.
  • California: Poster and invitation to a public event 'Evolution of Consciousness' to take place this Friday, 11th July, in Carmel, about 50 miles south of our Soquel Ashram. Sripad Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj will be the guest speaker at the programme. Divya Shakti Devi Dasi and other devotees have been diligently passing out fliers for this event for several weeks. Prabhu Gaurahari designed and printed the poster for distribution.


July 6th

  • Puri pictures of the last day of the recent visit by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. In addition a grand feast was held on the last night of Srila Gurudev's visit. Srila Govinda Maharaj personally hosted and supervised a special feast of Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanyadev Prasadam for devotees from all Gaudiya Maths of Sri Purusottama Dham. Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj commented that in all his years of seeing Vaishnava festivals, this feast was 'amazing, so honourably held, and so smoothly carried out.' All the Vaishnavas were satisfied and fully nourished by this special manifestation of Srila Govinda Maharaj's exemplary Vaishnava hospitality.
  • Mexico, fifty-six pictures of the devotees gathering in Michoacan from around the country to engage in service, improving facilities for the National Youth Summer Camp to be held from the 19 of July to the 2nd of August.

July 5th

July 4th

July 3rd

  • In South Africa, Sripad Bhakti Lalita Akinchan Maharaj, on his current preaching tour with Sripad Bhakti Amal Paramahamsa Maharaj, meets with the devotees who first gave him books on Krishna consciousness, and reflects upon his joining the Mission some twenty-two years ago.
  • The Puri bus pilgrimage party starts on the return leg of the tour after a very full and successful programme throughout the last four days and nights.

July 2nd


Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 10:24:32 +0530
From: Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi, Jagannath Puri
Subject: Sri Jagannath Festival

Now we are here in Sri Dham Puri at the lotus feet of Sri Guru and Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanyadev, participating in the extended Rathayatra festivities under Their direction. It was a very spontaneous movement by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj from Kolkata, full of suspense and mystery. Suddenly His Divine Grace said "Jagannath is calling!" and somehow in the last minute we were able to get the necessary reservations on the plane and train to come....

Last night, just after the massive crowd considerably dispersed and after our devotees returned from performing kirtan before the Rath carts in the journey of Their Lordships, His Divine Grace personally took a small group of devotees for darshan of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra and Baladev just outside of the Gundicha Temple. Their Lordships traveled from Their main Temple to Gundicha Temple very quickly this year [within approximately four hours] and spent the entire night in the middle of the road seated on Their carts seeing everyone. Also today Their Lordships will mercifully see everyone with Their big eyes, giving Their darshan without restriction out on the roadside in front of the Gundicha Temple.

With repeated obeisances,


Latest Updates: 'What's New?'

Earlier Updates this year, 2003:

Earlier Updates 2002:

Audio | Books | Centres Worldwide
Vaisnava Calendar | Children's Corner
Links | Math Index | Useful Downloads

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.
Kindly contact us for more information.