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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, India
10 March 2016

 

This is here is the temple of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj (in ISKCON they say "Prabhupad") also came here.

When he was just starting the Chandraya mandir (the ISKCON temple in Mayapur), there was not temple there, so before he could make the temple he stayed here with Srila Sridhar Maharaj. Both Srila Sridhar Maharaj as well my Gurudev (Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj), also stayed at A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj's house in Kolkata.

After Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's disappearance, Srila Swami Maharaj went to Vrindavan, his name was Abhay Babu at that time. Later, he took sannyas from Srila Keshav Maharaj (Srila Keshav Maharaj took sannyas from Srila Sridhar Maharaj). In Vrindavan, Srila Swami Maharaj stayed in Radha-Damodar temple, there he was translating Srimad Bhagavatam. Having lived there for about ten years, he got some inspiration—he wanted to go to America by steamer.

The journey took him a very long time, and on the way he had a stroke three times. When he arrived in America, he tried so hard to bring the Western people to Krishna consciousness.

He would tell and describe everything that happened there to Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, who is the founder acharya of this Chaitanya Saraswat Math. He made so many disciples and followers in foreign countries.

After his visits to many foreign countries, a lot of foreign devotees and visitors asked Prabhupad Srila Swami Maharaj, "When we lose you—after you leave this body and this world, where shall we take shelter?" Srila Swami Maharaj told them, "I have a siksa guru in India. His name is Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj—after my disappearance, after I leave my body, you can go and take his shelter."

So, this is that Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. It was established in 1941—many years before ISKCON.

 

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