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About Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math

sri siddhanta-sarasvatiti viditau gaudiya-gurv-anvaye
bhato bhanur iva prabhata-gagane yo gaura-sankirtanaih 
mayavada-timingilodara-gatan uddhrtya jivaniman
krsna-prema-sudhabdhi gahana sukham pradat prabhum tam bhaje

“In the great Gaudiya Vaishnava teachers’ line, as Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati he is renowned. Like the radiant sun in the morning sky, he appeared to rescue all souls swallowed by the all-devouring impersonal philosophy. By spreading the teaching of Lord Gauranga to sing the holy name of Lord Krishna, he gave all the chance to dive in the ocean of love for Sri Krishna, the Supreme Person. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta, my lord, divine master, at his feet do I pray to serve him forever.”

[Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj]


The following excerpt is from the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math website.

Please accept our due respects. All glories to the golden gift of the Golden Lord, Sriman Mahaprabhu.

In a nutshell

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is a society of Vaisnavas practising to serve Sriman Mahaprabhu and Sri Sri Radha-Govinda through our spiritual guardian, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. He is the foremost disciple of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj who in turn was the foremost disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, the illustrious founder of the ‘Sri Gaudiya Math’ with 64 branches throughout India. Srila Sridhar Maharaj was also the closest senior associate of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, the founder of the world-wide ‘International Society of Krishna Consciousness.’

Our worship centres around the chanting and glorification of the Name and Fame of Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga-Gandharvva-Govindasundarjiu, the Presiding Deities of our main Temple: Nabadwip Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

World Headquarters

Our headquarters here in Nabadwip, India, was established in 1941 by Srila Sridhar Maharaj. Since the influx of many Westerners principally from the early 1980’s onwards, we now have over fifty branches or associated Ashrams and Temples around the world which follow the directives of Srila Govinda Maharaj as President-Sevaite-Acharyya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. We aim to continue the dignified service inaugurated here by Srila Sridhar Maharaj following carefully the path Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur envisioned — preaching the message of Sriman Mahaprabhu around the world — and to build upon the propagation largely introduced to the Western world by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad.

Our distinguishing quality

There are undeniably several other societies and groups which have a similar aim. What particularly distinguishes us is our clear understanding that Srila Sridhar Maharaj was the foremost disciple of Srila Saraswati Thakur, and he commanded the position as holder and guardian of the Rupanuga Sampradaya, the highest aspiration of the Gaudiya Vaisnavas. Knowing this, Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad considered Srila Sridhar Maharaj as his Siksa-Guru, and they spent many years in close association. Srila Prabhupad gave facility for Srila Sridhar Maharaj to use the floor above his next door laboratory as his Calcutta preaching centre. During that time Srila Govinda Maharaj, the principal disciple of Srila Sridhar Maharaj, was also a constant associate of them both. He learnt, amongst other things, Srimad Bhagavad-gita from Srila Prabhupad, and he served them both as their junior. He received not only learning, but also their specific blessings.

Blossoming in devotional service

Throughout successive wills, Srila Sridhar Maharaj appointed Srila Govinda Maharaj as his sole successor — something previously very rarely done — and publicly and repeatedly declared the same. In his own lifetime he established Srila Govinda Maharaj as his Successor Acharyya and President of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. With such high accolades and recognition from Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Prabhupad, he is the natural shelter for all sincere seekers.

Over the years, the Temple has blossomed into a stalwart, highly respected institution attracting the greatest aspirants of our day. With over 200 publications in more than twenty languages of the world, as well as a noble representation on the Internet, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math invites you to participate, learn, and thrive spiritually.

May Lord Krishna and our Guardians bestow their blessings upon you.