Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Mahārāja appeared in this world in the village of Hapaniya, West Bengal, in 1895 within a high class Bhaṭṭācārya brāhmaṇa family. After studying philosophy at Krishnanath College in Berhampore, he met his guru, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, and accepted initiation from him in 1926 and sannyāsa in 1930. In 1942 Śrīla B.R. Śrīdhara Mahārāja founded the Śrī Caitanya Sārasvata Maṭha and remained there until his departure from this world in 1988. He was recognised by his godbrothers for his dispassionate nature and common sense, as well as for his superlative Sanskrit compositions and profound philosophical insights.
Articles by Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī
This important article from 1939, published in the Gauḍīya magazine after the disappearance of Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, consists of a series of questions and answers between a householder disciple of Sarasvatī Ṭhākura and Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja concerning guru-godbrother relations, succession, and guru-tattva. In the original Bengali, some sections of the article were given emphasis with bold text and we have maintained the same formatting in the English version. This article was translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri and Sanātana Dāsa.
(Note: The title ‘Prabhupāda’ in this article refers to Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura)
The following Bengali poem, in glorification of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda, was composed by Śrīla Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī Mahārāja prior to his acceptance of sannyāsa, and first published in the Dainika Nadīya Prakaśa on Sunday, 11th June, 1927. This poem was translated into English by Sanātana Dāsa and edited by Swami B.V. Giri.
In 'The Ontological Position of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Govinda', Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja describes the glories of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Govindadeva, and the special characteristic of Govinda within the Gauḍīya sampradāya in relation to Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī Prabhu and in comparison with Gopīnātha and Madana-mohana. This article is based upon a talk given in January 1982.
In Śrī Nāma Māhātmya (The Glories of the Holy Name), Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja gives a detailed explanation of the gradual development of the Holy Name according to the eight verses of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s ‘Nāma Māhātmya’ from ‘Śaraṇāgati.’ This edited transcript was originally spoken on October 2nd 1981.
The following talk was given by Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja on the day of Govardhana Pūjā on 16th November 1982 at Śrī Caitanya Sārasvata Maṭha, Navadvīpa-dhāma, West Bengal. Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja elaborates upon a śloka from the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam describing Kṛṣṇa's lifiting of Govardhana Hill.
The following Bengali lecture was given by Śrīla Śrīdhara Maharaja at the Sārasvata Śravaṇa Sadana, at 7:00pm on 6th June, 1937. In this talk, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja describes the supremacy of the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam in relation to all other śāstras and how it is the essence of all religious texts. This lecture was translated by Swami B.V. Giri and Sanātana Dāsa.
The following is an excerpt from an informal talk by Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja given on the occasion of Śrī Narasiṁha Caturdaśī on May 24th, 1983. Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja discusses Mahāprabhu's journey to the Narasiṁha temples in South India, and the necessity for the devotee to pray for the grace of Narasiṁha.
'Śrī Nityānanda Dvādaśakam' (Twelve Prayers in Praise of Lord Nityananda) is a Sanskrit composition by Śrīla Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī Mahārāja delineating the ontological position and appearance of Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu.
The following English article by Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja was published in Śrīla Prabhupāda's 'Back to Godhead' magazine in 1944. In this essay Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja gives a short synopsis of the theistic undersatnding of vedic culture in line with the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam.
On the eve of the disappearance of Śrīla Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda, we present Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja's composition, 'Śrī Bhaktivinoda Viraha-Daśakam' (Ten Prayers in Separation of Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura). Upon reading this prayer, Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura commented, "Now I am confident that we have one man who is qualified to uphold the standard of our sampradāya."