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Shri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir (ISKCON)
This temple was established by Nitya-lila Pravista Om Vishnupada Shri Shrimad Shrila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj who was an initiated disciple of Om Vishnupada 108 Shri Shrimad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur and a sannyasa disciple of my beloved gurudeva, Om Vishnupada Astottara Parivrajacarya Shrila Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Swami Maharaj.Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj preached prolifically in all the countries of the world. He extensively spread Krishna consciousness and made devotees wherever he went. He is the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and has personally established over one hundred temples throughout each continent on the earth during his manifest pastimes.He also was the first acarya to inaugurate Ratha Yatra outside of India, thus allowing Lord Jagannath's mercy to inundate the world. Because of him, the Western cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London, Madrid, Rio, Rome, Moscow, and so many other cities around the world now have the opportunity every year to receive Lord Jagannath's causeless mercy.
O Jagannatha Swami nayana patha garni bhavatu me!
OJagannatha Swami nayana patha garni bhavatu me!
Shrila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj was born Abhay Charan on September 1, 1896, in Bengal in the city of Calcutta. His father's name was Gour Mohan and his mother's name was Rajani. His father was very religious minded, and right from his early childhood Gour Mohan gave his son the principles of bhakti and devotional service.
In November of 1933, he took Vaishnava diksa from Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada, and aravinda, which means lotus, was added on to his name. Thus he became Abhay Charanaravinda. On the order of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Thakur he wrote articles on Vaisnavism in English that were published in the Harmonist magazine, which was founded by his Guru Maharaj. He also wrote devotional articles in Bengali, in the magazine founded by my Gurudeva, Shrila Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Goswami Maharaj, called the Gaudiya Patrika.
When Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami left householder life, he entered the ashram of vanaprastha and continued executing devotional service with his godbrothers. After spending some time with both the Gaudiya Math and the Chaitanya Math, he came to my gurudeva's institution, the Shri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti. Thus he came and stayed with us at Shri Keshavaji Gaudiya Math in Mathura for almost five years. It was his desire to start a preaching movement. My gurudeva, Shrila Keshava Maharaj, advised him that one must first accept sannyasa before beginning a preaching movement. But Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami, being naturally very humble, did not feel himself qualified to accept sannyasa. Finally, after many discussions with Shrila Keshava Goswami Maharaj and others, and with encouragement from myself, who had taken sannyasa some years before, Abhay Charanaravinda agreed to accept the ashram of sannyasa.On September 17,1959,1 performed the fire yajna at Shri Keshavaji Gaudiya Math in Mathura when he accepted the ashram of sannyasa. At this time he received from my gurudeva the name Bhaktivedanta Swami.
Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj translated Shrimad-Bhagavatam up until 10th Canto into English, and he also translated into English the Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Shri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, Bhagavad-gita, and Shri Isopanisad. With each sloka that he translated, he gave the word for word transliteration and then a potent and inspiring explanatory purport that would capture the very essence of the verse. This proved to be extremely beneficial for his western disciples, who because of this were able to imbibe the principles of devotional service and Gaudiya Vaisnavism in a remarkably short time and successfully promulgate Krishna consciousness around the world.
In 1965, in order to fulfill the desire of his beloved gurudeva to spread the message of Mahaprabhu and pure devotional service in the west, Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj travelled by freighter from Calcutta to the United States of America. There he met with great success translating, publishing, and distributing over 400 million
books in every major language through his numerous disciples and grand disciples.
In 1977, before he finished his manifest pastimes, Shrila Bhakti-vedanta Swami Maharaj personally requested me to help his disciples. I accepted this service as a personal commitment to him, and for the past 15 years 1 have faithfully honored this request as a well-wisher of both his disciples and grand disciples.
Today all over the earth, Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj's disciples and grand disciples travel hither and thither across this earth diligently fulfilling the desire of their Founder-Acarya by vigorously preaching Krishna consciousness in every town, city and village.Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swamiji has established a very big international temple at Shridham Mayapur at Isodhyan named Shri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir. Here the members of ISKCON have a plan to build a magnificent city, including establishing an educational center exclusively for the study of Vedic literatures and Vaishnava culture. It was the desire of their Guru Maharaj that an educational institution would be established to study Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita, Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, Shri Sad Sandarbhas, Vedanta-sutra and the other Vaishnava literatures that form the foundation of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition.
Here all people from every country, culture, and religion can come and benefit from the eternal and imperishable Gaudiya Vaishnava culture. The phenomenal service he rendered to the lotus feet of his gurudeva, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur, loudly proclaims his eternal greatness. At the age of 70, he went to the United States of America and established a powerful preaching mission called the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON, which has successfully spread all across the planet. When he finished his manifest pastimes here on earth, he left his body at his own temple, the Krishna Balaram Mandir in Vridnavan, in his own bed, surrounded by his intimate disciples, chanting the mahamantra:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare