Passing of Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Maharaja

From Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math:

At about 4:30am today, 27 March 2010, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj passed away from our vision by his own sweet will and surrounded by sannyasis and servitors chanting softly. His holy form was presently taken with a convoy of vehicles from our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, to Navadvipa, where this afternoon he will be given samadhi close to the Samadhi Mandir of his beloved Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

2 p.m. update from Nabadwip: Srila Gurudev’s holy body was brought before the deities here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Accompanied by continuous kirtana, devotees garlanded His Divine Grace and offered flowers and prayers. Bathing took place just
now on the plinth of the ‘Temple of Union in Separation’ where chanting continues.

Live online BlogTV broadcasts are taking place throughout the afternoon:
TVdarshan broadcast by Anukrishna Devi dasi of Russia
and Vaishnavadarshan TV broadcast by Nimai Chandra Prabhu.

Srila Govinda Maharaja joined Srila Sridhara Maharaja in 1947 at the age of seventeen and it was announced shortly thereafter that he would become Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s successor. Almost forty years later this proclamation came to pass and in 1985 Srila Govinda Maharaja inherited the service of acarya of the international Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math mission. Srila Govinda Maharaja was integral in spreading Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s teachings throughout the global Gaudiya community, nourishing countless devotees in the process and continuing to guide and nourish them after the departure of his beloved Guru Maharaja. Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda-Dev Goswami’s departure is a great loss to the Gaudiya Vaishnava community.

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