ISKCON’s Vraja-mandala Parikrama Visits Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha, Mathura

Posted on November 14, 2012 by admin-vasanti

A brief photo report by the devotees of Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha, Mathura

For the last two years during the month of Kartika, ISKCON’s Vraja-mandala parikrama party has visited Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha as it passes through Mathura, in its circumambulation of 84 kosa Vraja-mandala. This year, also, on November 1, the party comprising of around 500 devotees visited Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha. The parikrama party, headed by ISKCON’s senior sannyasis, consisted of both Indian and foreign devotees, the majority hailing from Maharastra, Bengal and Russia.

Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha is the first Gaudiya Matha in Vraja-mandala to be built after the disappearance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada. All of his senior disciples thus used to visit here and also reside here from time to time. Among such disciples was nitya-lila pravista om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja.

In September 1959, Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja accepted the sannyasa order from Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti’s divine spiritual preceptor, nitya-lila pravista om visnupada acarya kesari Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, here, in Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha, and received from him the sannyasa name “Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja”. Shortly after, he became founder acarya of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness and became famous throughout the world as Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada, or Srila Prabhupada.

Before going to the West, Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada placed his beloved deity of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha, in the care of our Srila Gurudeva, nitya-lila pravista om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. This deity is still being worshipped on the altar here.

When Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja first went to the West, he regularly corresponded with our Srila Gurudeva – who at that time lived here, at Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha – informing him about his preaching activities [see the book “Letters from America”]. The walls of Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha echo with many memories of Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja.

The visiting ISKCON devotees were eager to have darsana of Srila Svami Maharaja’s deity of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu  and of his place of sannyasa.

                                                                        Sri Sri Radha-vinode-bihari and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

The devotees of Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha were happy to receive the Iskcon devotees as their own family members, as all are part of Sriman Mahaprabhu’s family. In this way, the mood was very sweet.

We distributed some prasadam and also handed out some of Srila Gurudeva’s books and magazines as complimentary gifts (thanks to the supporters of the GVP Sponsorship program). These included the monthly Hindi magazine Sri Bhagavat Patrika, the Bengali edition of The Speciality of The Gift of Caitanya Mahaprabhu,  and the English Rays of The Harmonist and My Siksa Guru and Priya Bandhu. Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja’s relationship with our Srila Gurudeva, was very close. This has been sweetly reflected upon by Srila Gurudeva in the book My Siksa-guru and Priya-bandhu.

The devotees who received complimentary books also signed up for the Hari-katha mailing list (

Many of the devotees enthusiastically perused the book stall and purchased the transcendental books of Srila Gurudeva, mainly the Vraja-mandala Parikrama book.


The ISKCON devotees warmly reciprocated with our welcome and were most grateful for the gifts we offered them.

Srila Gurudeva ki jaya!

Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami  Prabhupada ki jaya!

Sri Guru Paramapara ki jaya!

One Comment

  1. Visvambhara Priya dd
    6 years ago

    Jaya! Wonderful news!