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Shri Devananda Gaudiya Math


On the northern side of Shri Koladwip is Shri Godrumadwip and Bahulavan. On the southern side is the place of rasa lila in Shri Vrindavan Dham. Here on the western side, the Yamuna river is flowing. On the banks of Yamuna devi, in the midst of lush forests filled with fragrant blossoming flowers and sweet delicious fruits, is Vamsivat, the place of the rasa dance. And in the center of this place is Shri Devananda Gaudiya Math.Once while leading parikrama in 1925 on the island of Koladwip, which today is called Navadwip, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was viciously attacked by an unruly crowd that did not wish it known that Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared on the eastern side of Ganges as Shrila Prabhupada had been propounding. After this incident, Shrila Saraswati Thakur became determined to redeem these people. He gathered his disciples and told them that it was his desire that a temple be established in Shri Koladwip. He then asked who would volunteer to lead this project. Moments of silence passed. Looking around and seeing that no one was accepting this service, Shrila Keshava Maharaj stood up and said that he would establish a temple in Shri Koladwip for the fulfillment of his guru's desire.


After the disappearance of the manifest pastimes of Jagad Guru Om Vishnupada Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur, Shrila Keshava Maharaj accepted the order of sannyasa in Katwa and established Shri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti in 1941. Soon after this, Shrila Keshava Maharaj acquired a sizeable piece of land and built a large temple upon it, having three altars. The first altar is Shri Shri Guru Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, the second is Shri Gaurangadeva and Shri Shri Radha Vinod Bihari, and the third is Shri Shri Kola Varahadeva, the presiding Deity of Shri Navadwip Dham.Straight ahead the first thing a person sees when he enters Shri Devananda Gaudiya Math is the samadhi mandir and a life size murti of our beloved gurudeva, Shrila Bhaktiprajnana Keshava Goswami Maharaj, who smiles benevolently, bestowing his causeless mercy upon one and all. Even if one does not have the good fortune to enter the temple, but is only passing on foot or in a rikshaw or tonga, the temple construction nevertheless allows one to have his darshan and receive his blessings from the street.The nine sikharas on the temple represent the nine forms of devo­tional service, beginning with hearing, chanting and remembering. According to these nine forms of devotion, there are nine sections of the temple compound.


1.Parmata khanda: the place where transcendental publications are published.

2.Kirtana khanda: the place where kirtana and Shrimad-Bhagavatam is heard.

3.Vasa khanda: the place where the Deities reside and are worshiped.

4.Seva khanda: the place where service is rendered.

5.Bhoga khanda: the place where bhoga is prepared.

6.Govardhan khanda: the goshalla where the cows are protected.

7.Vaishnava grantha khanda: the library where the holy scriptures are kept.

8.Isodhya khanda: the garden where the flowers and Tulasi are grown.

9.Jnana khanda: the place for bathing and cleaning.


These divisions are based on items that are favorable to devotion. All activities unfavorable to devotion should be avoided. The ninth division is jnana khanda which is the bathrooms. This signifies that knowledge without devotion is no better than stool and must there­fore be eliminated.It was a great desire of Shrila Saraswati Thakur that, on the western side of the Ganges River, in old Kuliyanagar, the Deity of Shri Koladeva should be served. To fulfill this desire, our worshipable gurudeva, Shrila Keshava Maharaj, established the service of Shri Koladeva here.