Gaudiya Mission
গৌড়ীয় মিশন
Sri Gaudiya Math, Bagbazar, Kolkata
PredecessorGaudiya Math
EstablishedMarch 1940 (81 years ago) (1940-03)
FounderBhakti Siddhant Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad
Founded atCalcutta, British India
TypeReligious organisation
PurposeEducational, Philanthropic, Religious studies, Spirituality
HeadquartersKolkata, West Bengal, India
Location
CoordinatesCoordinates: 22°36′10.224″N 88°22′24.672″E / 22.60284000°N 88.37352000°E / 22.60284000; 88.37352000
Area served
3 countries
Official languages
Bengali, Hindi, English
President-Acharya
Bhakti Sundar Sanyasi Maharaj
Main organ
Governing Body & Council Body
AffiliationsGaudiya Vaishnavism
Websitegaudiyamission.org

The Gaudiya Mission (Bengali: গৌড়ীয় মিশন, IAST: Gauḍīya Mission) is a Gaudiya Vaishnava monastic and missionary organization registered since March 1940 in Calcutta, British India. Its founder acharya is Nityalila Pravishta 108 Srimad Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Thakur (6 February 1874 – 3 January 1937). To his followers, he was known as Srila Prabhupāda.

History

Sri Gaudiya Math, Bagbazar, Kolkata (estd. 1930).
Sri Gaudiya Math, Bagbazar, Kolkata (estd. 1930).

The Gaudiya Mission is the government registered name of Sri Gaudiya Math, a famous organization that existed from 1920 to 1937. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati selected Ananta Vasudev Prabhu as his successor, but sadly after Prabhupad disappeared Kuñjabihari Vidyabusana (Kunja Babu), the secretary and the president of the Sri Gaudiya Math did not agree with the decision and separated his own branch (the "Sri Chaitanya Math" branch in Mayapur). Thus, Ananta Vasudev Prabhu later gave up his post of successor and was forced to establish a new organization (de facto renamed the Gaudiya Math) became known as the Gaudiya Mission. The 64 Gaudiya Math centers were divided into two groups in 1948 and Gaudiya Mission kept the central temple "Sri Gaudiya Math" with museum at Bagbazar in Kolkata, the headquarter of Mission up to the present day.[1][2]

Later Ananta Vasudev Prabhu started to criticize some of the teachings of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, married, settled in Vrindavan, joined the "Babajis" and translated into Bengali 62 paper of the six Goswamis of Vrindavana, classical Gaudiya Vaishnava works. After him, the mission was headed by Bhakti Keval Audulaumi (from 1953 to 1982). Next acharyas became Bhakti Srirup Bhagavat (1982—1993) and Bhakti Suhrid Paribrajak (1993—2018).[2] The present acharya is Bhakti Sundar Sanyasi Maharaj.[3]

Current status

Main posts and organs of mission are President-Acharya, President, Governing Body and Council Body. It has 26 temples in India, UK (London, "Sri Vasudev Gaudiya Math" estd. 1933), and US (New York, "Sri Bhakti Srirup Bhagawat Gaudiya Math" estd. 2007). Approximately has a total of 60 sannyasis. Created medical services and dispensaries. It is publishing a monthly magazine in Bengali "Bhakti Patra".[4]

Notes

References

  1. ^ Sherbow 2004, p. 131.
  2. ^ a b Jalakara dasa. "The Sons of the Son: The Breakup of the Gaudiya Matha". Bhaktivedanta Memorial Library. Archived from the original on 27 November 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Srila Bhakti Sundar Sanyasi Maharaj The New Acharya of the Gaudiya Mission". VINA news. 7 November 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Centers". Gaudiya Mission. Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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