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elcome 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 Sridhar Maharaja).

Since 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).

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A 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.

At 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.

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Sri Nabadwip Dham

The 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.
Srila 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 found here."
If 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.

International Centers

The 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.
Sri 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.
International 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.
Internet Web Sites: Links to some of the other web pages hosted by the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's spiritually affiliated centres and branches worldwide.
Tips 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 in India.

The Disciplic Succession

The Revealed Truth comes down to us through a succession of instructing Spiritual Masters, and is the link which connects us to the Supreme Lord Krishna.

The Disciplic Succession: The Krishna conscious disciplic succession, also known as the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya.

Srila Govinda Maharaj: The President Acharya of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

Srila Sridhar Maharaj: The Founder Acharya of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Prabhupad: The Guru of Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad.

Srila Gaura Kisora Das Babaji: The embodiment of worldly detachment and devotional attachment.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur: The nineteenth century pioneer of Krishna consciousness.

Srila Jagannath Das Babaji: The great venerable grandsire of pure devotion.

Sri 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 the Lord.
Books and Publications

The 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 the world.

Book 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.

Book Descriptions: Short descriptions of some of the English books by and about Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Govinda Maharaj.

Book 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.

Selected Online Reading

Here are a few excerpts, pages, and chapters from books by and about Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Govinda Maharaj which you can read online:

Srila Sridhar Maharaj:

Sri 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."

The Search For Sri Krishna:
Reality The Beautiful. Two chapters from the book that introduced Srila Sridhar Maharaj to the West.

Sri Guru and His Grace:
This excerpt, taken from the "Introduction," is Srila Sridhar Maharaj's essay on the absolute necessity of having a Guru.

The 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 Krishna Chaitanya."

Loving 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.

Sermons 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 Aware."

Srila Guru Maharaj Remembers:
Excerpts from Srila Sridhar Maharaj's biography, "Srila Guru Maharaj - His Divine Pastimes and Precepts in Brief."

The Guardian of Devotion A chronicle of the transcendental relationship between Srila Sridhar Maharaj, Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Prabhupad, and Srila Govinda Maharaj.

The 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.

Srila Govinda Maharaj:

The 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 World Tour.

The Math Logo:
In a short chapter taken from his book, "Golden Reflections," Srila Govinda Maharaj reveals how the Math Logo manifested, and what it means.

Other Acharyas:

The 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.

The Jiva Soul: A poem by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.


A selection of audio files, several accompanied by summaries or full transcriptions to assist you in hearing our Divine Masters' voices.

Srila Govinda Maharaj's World Tours

World Tours
Srila Govinda Maharaj has completed twenty World Tours, visiting devotees at our International Centres in various countries around the world.

This section includes latest tour plans and who to contact in the places Srila Gurudev is due to visit.

  • In early August 2003 His Divine Grace completed his 20th World Tour which visited:
    • London
    • Milan
    • St. Petersburg
    • Moscow
    • Then returning to Vrindavan and Govardhan.

Reports and pictures from some of the earlier tours are available at our World Tours Section.  

Calendar and Events

Here are some of the major events celebrated by the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and its branches worldwide:

Vaishnava Calendar: Holy Days, Feasts and Festivals, Ekadasis, etc.

Other Pages

The Glory of the Math: Based on the poem by Srila Sridhar Maharaj.

Srila Sridhar Maharaj Biography: A brief description of some of His Divine Grace's pastimes.

Srila Govinda Maharaj Biography: A brief description of some of His Divine Grace's pastimes.

Declaration of the Spiritual Succession of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

The Holy Name and The ten offences to be avoided sixth edition, 19th November, 2001: The pamphlet given out at the time of Harinama initiation.

Memories: an archive of earlier pictures of Nabadwip and events.

Useful 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.

Cow 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.

Children's Corner: currently with a colourful illustrated story revealing page by page the Pastime of Krishna lifting Govardhan Hill.

Practical tips for sending photographs, making webpages, audio dispatches, video dispatches, slide-shows and other tips that may be useful in your service.  

This website is © Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.
Founder-Acharyya: Srila B. R. Sridhar Maharaj
President-Acharyya: Srila B. S. Govinda Maharaj - online since 1995. Updated regularly.


"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


"One very big obstruction to seeing Krishna is ego. We have freedom - everybody has freedom - and through freedom ego is growing."

- Srila Govinda Maharaj

Main Vaisnava Dates:
(Nabadwip's Calendar)

February 2015 (continued)
18 Sri Sri Shivaratri. (Optional fast.)
19 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.
20 Appearance of Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj.
21 Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Radha Ramanasundar Jiu installation anniversary festival, at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Kaikhali, Kolkata.
22 Appearance of Srila Purusottam Thakur. Disappearance of Sripad Tulasidas Das Adhikari Prabhu.
23 Disappearance of Sriyukta Tarangini Devi.
28 Adhivas Festival of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. Beginning of annual seven day festival.
March 2015
1 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.
2 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.
3 Parikrama of Sri Godruma and Madhyadwip, Sri Surabhi Kunj, Suvarna Bihar Math, Sri Nrisimha Palli, Sri Harihara Ksetra, and other places.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
10 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.

NB 'Fast' on Ekadasi or Maha-dvadasi, refers to fasting from grains.
  'Paran' the day after such fasting days, refers to breaking fast with grains, after sunrise (unless otherwise stated) and before a specified time.
  Optional morning fast is observed in honour of prominent Vaisnavas on their appearance and disappearance days.
Full Vaishnava Calendar