to the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Home Page. The Sri
Chaitanya Saraswat Math is a Holy Temple of Pure Devotion, established
in 1941 in Sri Nabadwip Dham, West Bengal,
India, by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Rakshak
Sridhar Maharaj (Srila
his departure from this world in 1988, Srila Sridhar Maharaj
and the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and its branches worldwide
have been represented by Srila Sridhar Maharaj's chosen
successor and dear disciple, our Sevaite and President Acharya,
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Dev-Goswami Maharaj, (Srila Govinda Maharaja).
see our main page
updated regularly as far as possible.
Math [pronounced "maa-th"] is a place that is dedicated
to the development of spiritual values and service to the Supreme
Lord and His devotees. When choosing the name "Sri Chaitanya
Saraswat Math," Srila Sridhar Maharaj reasoned that although
our line of disciplic
succession [Sampradaya] is
the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya, the main identification
of our Sampradaya is with Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and the name
of Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Spiritual Master who revitalized
and firmly established our Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya is Srila
Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Prabhupad; so to cover from beginning
to end the identification of the whole Sampradaya, Srila Sridhar
Maharaj chose the name Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math as the name
of his Temple and Mission.
the time of its humble beginning, the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat
Math was no more than a thatched hut on the banks of the Ganges
river, yet Srila Sridhar Maharaj composed a beautiful verse
predicting the future Glory of the Math.
holy land of Nabadwip is [outwardly] about seventy-five miles north
of Calcutta, and is famous for being the place of the Appearance
and Pastimes of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Sridhar Maharaj says: "Here in Nabadwip, we find a happy place
where the Absolute is the most generous in His benevolence. When
the Absolute is distributing Himself, He becomes Sri Chaitanyadev.
And that Sri Chaitanyadev, in the highest stage of His mercy, is
you are planning to visit the Holy Dham, please see our Tips for Pilgrims page, with travel and health tips,
helpful advice, and detailed directions to our Maths in India.
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math has more than 50 International
Centers in various countries around the world. Some of these
centers are also represented on the web.
Chaitanya Saraswat Math: The Home Page of the Temple of Pure
Devotion established in 1941 in Nabadwip, West Bengal, by His Divine
Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj.
Centres: A list of some of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's
affiliated centres, temples, and ashrams in various countries around
the world. Includes street, postal, and email addresses, phone,
fax and email information and Internet web sites.
Web Sites: Links to some of the other web pages hosted by the
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's spiritually affiliated centres and
For Pilgrims: All the information you need for your pilgrimage
to the Holy Dham. Includes more than a dozen pages of travel and
health tips, helpful advice, and detailed directions to our Maths
The Disciplic Succession
Revealed Truth comes down to us through a succession of instructing
Spiritual Masters, and is the link which connects us to the Supreme
Disciplic Succession: The Krishna conscious disciplic succession,
also known as the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya.
Govinda Maharaj: The President Acharya of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat
Sridhar Maharaj: The Founder Acharya of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat
Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Prabhupad: The Guru of Srila Bhakti Rakshak
Sridhar Maharaj and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad.
Gaura Kisora Das Babaji: The embodiment of worldly detachment and
Bhaktivinoda Thakur: The nineteenth century pioneer of Krishna consciousness.
Jagannath Das Babaji: The great venerable grandsire of pure devotion.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: The Supreme Lord Krishna, combined with His
Ecstatic Potency [hladini-sakti], who descended
to teach love of God through the process of chanting the holy names of
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is a prolific publisher of books, periodicals,
newsletters, and other publications. Books by Srila Govinda Maharaj,
Srila Sridhar Maharaj, and other Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharyas have been
published in more than fifteen languages and widely distributed throughout
List: An extensive list of English and other books that are available
in more than fifteen languages from the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
and its affiliated branches worldwide.
Descriptions: Short descriptions of some of the English books by
and about Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Govinda Maharaj.
Table: This page contains a list of English publications (including
audio cassettes and CDs) currently available from our Nabadwip and Calcutta
centres. Includes prices and how to order.
are a few excerpts, pages, and chapters from books by and about Srila
Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Govinda Maharaj which you can read online:
Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam:
Positive and Progressive Immortality. Srila Sridhar Maharaj tells us
what inspired him to write this devotional treatise on the subject of
surrender, and Srila Govinda Maharaj tells us why this book is so important,
and why we should read it first: "If you read this book carefully,
you will get everything."
Search For Sri Krishna:
Reality The Beautiful. Two chapters from the book that introduced Srila
Sridhar Maharaj to the West.
Guru and His Grace:
This excerpt, taken from the "Introduction," is Srila Sridhar
Maharaj's essay on the absolute necessity of having a Guru.
Golden Volcano of Divine Love:
From the Chapter, "A Tragedy of Separation." Young Nimai Pandit's
heart-wrenching sannyasa ceremony, wherein
He enters the renounced order of life and receives the name "Sri
Search For The Lost Servant:
From the "Introduction." Srila Sridhar Maharaj shows how just
we are engaged in the search for Sri Krishna, so He too is also engaged
in an urgent campaign, searching for His lost servants.
of the Guardian of Devotion:
Volume III. Srila Sridhar Maharaj explains the meaning of the word anartha in this excerpt taken from Chapter 7, "Intelligently
Guru Maharaj Remembers:
Excerpts from Srila Sridhar Maharaj's biography, "Srila Guru Maharaj
- His Divine Pastimes and Precepts in Brief."
Guardian of Devotion A chronicle of the transcendental relationship
between Srila Sridhar Maharaj, Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Prabhupad, and
Srila Govinda Maharaj.
Soul and the Supreme Shelter: Part I of the book Heart and Halo describing service to the
Lord who is full of all wonderful qualities.
Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration:
From Chapter 5, "Life's Destination," a lecture given by Srila
Govinda Maharaj to college students in Mauritius during his 1992/1993
In a short chapter taken from his book, "Golden Reflections,"
Srila Govinda Maharaj reveals how the Math Logo manifested, and what
Universal Conception of Guru: This essay, by Srila Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupad, was originally published in The Harmonist in 1936. It was reprinted as the Preface
to Srila Sridhar Maharaj's book, Sri Guru and
His Grace, in 1983.
Jiva Soul: A poem by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.
selection of audio files, several accompanied by summaries or full
transcriptions to assist you in hearing our Divine Masters' voices.
Govinda Maharaj's World Tours
Srila Govinda Maharaj has completed twenty World Tours, visiting
devotees at our International Centres in
various countries around the world.
section includes latest tour plans and who to contact in the
places Srila Gurudev is due to visit.
early August 2003 His Divine Grace completed his 20th World Tour which
returning to Vrindavan and Govardhan.
and pictures from some of the earlier tours are available at our World
are some of the major events celebrated by the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat
Math and its branches worldwide:
Calendar: Holy Days, Feasts and Festivals, Ekadasis, etc.
Glory of the Math: Based on the poem by Srila Sridhar Maharaj.
Sridhar Maharaj Biography: A brief description of some of His Divine
Govinda Maharaj Biography: A brief description of some of His Divine
of the Spiritual Succession of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
Holy Name and The ten offences to be avoided sixth edition,
19th November, 2001: The pamphlet given out at the time of Harinama
an archive of earlier pictures of Nabadwip and events.
Downloads: a page of useful items from the Math. Currently available:
diacritic fonts, mini-posters, folding pamphlets, mini-magazine Nabadwip
News Bulletins ready to print, the daily programme of prayers and Kirttans,
and print-quality colour pictures.
Seva: the very dear service appreciated by Lord Sri Krishna and
all the Sri Guru-varga. Articles and pictures in glorification of cows
and their service taking place here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
Corner: currently with a colourful illustrated story revealing page
by page the Pastime of Krishna lifting Govardhan Hill.
tips for sending photographs, making webpages, audio dispatches,
video dispatches, slide-shows and other tips that may be useful in your
website is © Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.
Founder-Acharyya: Srila B. R. Sridhar Maharaj
President-Acharyya: Srila B. S. Govinda Maharaj
www.scsmath.com - online since 1995. Updated regularly.
| WORDS OF THE
GUARDIAN OF DEVOTION:
"We are tatastha, and as a matter of right we may be cast in Brahmaloka, the marginal potency, so we must become conscious of this fact. Before enlisting our name in the Krishna consciousness school we must have this primary knowledge."
Srila Sridhar Maharaj
WORDS TO LIVE BY:
"One very big obstruction to seeing Krishna is ego. We have freedom - everybody has freedom - and through freedom ego is growing."
- Srila Govinda Maharaj
||Sri Sri Shivaratri. (Optional
||Amavasya and Gaura Pratipad. Paran by 9:54 a.m. for those who fasted. Anniversary
festival of the installation of Sri Sadashiva Gangadhar, Sri Govinda
Kunda, Nabadwip. Disappearance of Vaishnava
Sarvabhauma Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, Srila Rasikananda Dev
Goswami, and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaj.
||Appearance of Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj.
Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Radha Ramanasundar Jiu installation anniversary
festival, at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha,
||Appearance of Srila Purusottam
Thakur. Disappearance of Sripad Tulasidas Das Adhikari Prabhu.
||Disappearance of Sriyukta Tarangini
||Adhivas Festival of Sri Nabadwip
Dham Parikrama. Beginning
of annual seven day festival.
||Ekadashi. Amalaki Ekadashi. Fast. Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins. Parikrama of Sri Ishodyan, Sri Yoga Pith (Sriman Mahaprabhu's
appearance place), Srivas Angan, etc, and Sri Simantadwip,
Sri Rudradwip, and Sri Antardwip.
||Dvadashi. Paran by 9:54 a.m. Disappearance
of Sripad Madhavendra Puri. Parikrama of Praudha Maya, Vriddha Shiva, Sri Vishnu Priya's own Deity of
Sri Gauranga, Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir,
Koladwip, and other places.
||Parikrama of Sri Godruma and Madhyadwip, Sri Surabhi Kunj, Suvarna Bihar
Math, Sri Nrisimha Palli, Sri Harihara Ksetra, and other places.
||Adhivas observance ceremony of
the appearance of Sri Gauranga. Parikrama of Sri Koladwip, Sri
Ritudwip, Sri Jahnudwip, Sri Modadrumadwip, Old Sri
Gaura-Gadadhar Mandir, Vidya Nagar Sarvabhauma Gaudiya Math, Sri
Vrindavan Das Thakur's appearance place, and the Deity served by Sri
Saranga Murari and Vasudev Datta Thakur.
||Sri Gauravirbhava Paurnamasi. Sri
Gaura-Purnima. Divine appearance of Sri Gauranga. Total fast until
moonrise, then no grains. Grand festival at Sri Chaitanya
Saraswat Math. Vasantotsav
and Dol Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. Special offering of worship and
arati. Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita reading and mahasankirttan. End
of 529 Gaurabda year.
||Paran by 9:47 a.m. Anandotsav of
Sri Jagannath Misra. Last gathering of the week-long yearly meeting at
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and yearly festival.
||Festival at the appearance place of
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Sripat Hapaniya: grand
appearance of the Holy Deities of Sripat Hapaniya, Sri Sri Guru
Gauranga Radha Gopinath Jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Ashram. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Sharan Shanta Maharaj.
NOTE: Srila Gurudev Srila Govinda Maharaj's disappearance day is the 2nd dvadasi after Sri Gaura Purnima. So, within a day (because of the particular way our calendar is calculated), we can understand his disappearance Festival will be on Wednesday 1 April 2015. The precise date will be confirmed with the publication of the new 2015-2016 calendar just before Sri Gaura Purnima.
on Ekadasi or Maha-dvadasi, refers to fasting from grains.
the day after such fasting days, refers to breaking fast with
grains, after sunrise (unless otherwise stated) and before a specified
morning fast is observed in honour of prominent Vaisnavas on
their appearance and disappearance days.