Topic: Vaiṣṇava History

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This article ‘Kovvur,’ was written by Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī, prior to his acceptance of sannyāsa, for the daily Gauḍīya Maṭha newspaper, Nadīyā Prakāśa, and published on 4th September 1930 (Vol.5, Issue 3). This article gives some history of Kovvur, the place where Mahāprabhu and Rāmānanda Rāya first met in South India. Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja was instrumental in discovering this place – so much so, that Sarasvatī Ṭhākura converted his name from Rāmendra Sundara Dāsa to Rāmānanda Dāsa. Two months after writing this article, he accepted sannyāsa. This article has been translated into English for the first time.

Śrī Nimbāditya and Nimbārka Are Not the Same Person

In a previous article by Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja on Nimbārkācārya, there was mention of an article written by Śrīla Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Mahārāja on the same topic. Some devotees have requested us to publish this article, which was originally written in Hindi and published in Bhāgavat Patrikā, Vol. 2, Issue 2, in July, 1956.

By |January 5, 2024|Tags: , |

‘The Avatāra’ Biṣakiṣen

This article was first published in 1897 in Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol.8, Issues 6, 7, 8 and 11 and was written by Śrī Nitya Sakha Mukhopadhyāya, an associate of Bhaktivinoda Thakura who lived in Balasore, Orissa. In his autobiographical letter, ‘Svalikhita Jīvanī, ’Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura wrote about this famous event wherein he brought a bogus avatāra to justice in 1871. However this account by Nitya Sakha Mukhopadhyāya is undoubtedly the most detailed version of the incident. It is not known whether the author was personally present or if Bhaktivinoda himself had narrated it to him in detail. Throughout the article, the author refers to Bhaktivinoda as ‘Deputy Babu’ denoting his government position as the Deputy Magistrate of Jagannātha Purī. It is possible that, out of humility, the Ṭhākura had requested the author not to mention his name.

By |October 26, 2023|Tags: |

The History of the Bhagavad-gītā

"The History of the Bhagavad-gītā' by Swami B.V. Giri explains something of the background of the circumstances leading up to the war at Kurukṣetra and the various ācāryas who have commented on the Gītā. This essay was originally included in Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja's publication of the Bhagavad-gītā.

By |November 30, 2017|Tags: , |

The Mystery of the History of the Līlā of Dāmodara

“The Mystery of the History of the Līlā of Dāmodara'” was written by Swami B.G. Narasingha in January 2017. Narasingha Maharaja explains something about the history of the Deity of Śrī Dāmodara at Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple in Vṛndāvana, and asks, “Are all the old Deities of Vraja made from the same type of stone?”

By |October 27, 2017|Tags: |
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