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Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada's Samadhi Mandir


In the month of Magh, on the fifth day of the dark lunar fortnight, corresponding to February 6,1874, in the city of Jagannath Puri, the great maha-bhagavata, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada, appeared. His father's name was Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur and his mother's name was Shrimati Bhagavati devi.

In the third verse of the Samudraka Sastra, the 32 bodily symptoms of a mahapurusa have been clearly delineated. From his birth, the symptoms of a great personality were perceived on him. When born from his mother's womb, the umbilical cord was found to be wrapped around his shoulder simulating a brahman's thread. Later, when he was six months old, the ceremony in which he would first eat grains occured at the time of Ratha Yatra. Lord Baladeva and Subhadra had already passed by and blessed one all. But when Lord Jagannath's cart reached the house of Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, it suddenly stopped and would not move for three days. During that time, Shrimati Bhagavati devi, holding her son in her outstretched arms, offered him to the lotus feet of Jagannath. As she did this, a flower garland fell from Lord Jagannath's neck onto the head of the infant child.


Later, when the ceremony was performed to test the child's inclina­tions, gold, silver, rice, sweets and the Shrimad-Bhagavatam were placed before him. Like little Nimai had done in the house of Jagan­nath Misra, Bimala Prasada (which was Shrila Prabhupada's childhood name) also immediately choose the Shrimad-Bhagavatam. This clearly denoted that devotion to Krishna was the purpose of his life. When he was five years of age, his father gave him the Shri Hari Nama mahamantra and the Nrsimha mantra.

Once when he was six, his father brought some ripe, sweet-smelling mangos from the market. Inadvertently, Bimala Prasad took one for himself to eat. His father, seeing his son's mistake, gravely asked him how he could eat that which was not offered first to the Lord. Understanding his mistake, Bimala Prasad began to cry in remorse. Wiping his eyes, he took a vow in front of his father never to eat a mango again. True to his vow, Shrila Prabhupada observed this throughout his life.When he was seven, a Deity of Kurmadeva manifested itself from the earth, and his father initiated Bimala Prasad in the mantra of Kurmadeva and instructed him how to perform worship. After install­ing Kurmaji at home, he engaged his son in the Deity's service.In school he excelled in all branches of knowledge. He was always at the top of his class, although he spent most of his time home reading books from his father's library. He formed a society during his student days called Cirakumara Sabha, whose members all took a lifelong vow ofcelibacy to enable them to avoid family life with the purpose of devoting their time to Krishna bhajan. Again, true to his vow, Shrila Prabhupada remained a lifelong celibate.


After easily passing the college entrance examinations, he entered the Sanskrit College University in 1892. Observing his vast reservoir of knowledge and his impeccable grasp of spiritual scriptures, he was awarded the title Siddhanta Saraswati. In the year 1900, in Shridham Navadwip, on the island of Shri Godrumadwip at Swananda Sukhada Kunja, the great renounced Vaishnava Paramahamsa Gaura Kishora das Babaji Maharaj accepted him as his only disciple by initiating Bimala Prasad. In the year 1905, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur took a vow to chant 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) Holy Names of Krishna. Again, true to his vow, he completed this in the year 1915.

On the appearance day of Lord Chaitanya, March 29, 1918, Shrila Prabhupada accepted Tridandi Sannyasa at Vraja Pattana. At this time, his sannyasa name became Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. In a very short time he promulgated the message of pure devotional service by establishing 64 maths, one for each of the 64 limbs of devotional service (the first being taking shelter at the guru-'s feet), by initiating over 60,000 devotees, by reestablishing chaturmasya vrata, by reinaugurating Shri Vraja Mandala and Shri Navadwip Dham Pari-kramas, by printing books and magazines in various languages such as Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindi, English, and by travelling from village to village preaching the message of Mahaprabhu.


Finally on January 1,1937, he entered into the eternal pastimes of Shrimati Radhika and Krishna as Their eternal maidservant.To the right of the samadhi of Shri Bhaktisddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada, is the samadhi of Shrila Gaura Kishora das Babaji Maharaj. Gaura Premanandi! Haribol!