Ananda Sambada

Departed God Brothers and Sisters

This page is dedicated to remembering the disciples of Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja who have left their bodies. We have tried to arrange this in order of the date they left our association. There are several more godbrothers and sisters we will be adding to this page shortly. If you have any photos or stories about any of our Guru Maharaja’s departed disciples please contact me.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE IN NO WAY INTERESTED IN DEVOTEE POLITICS. AS SUCH, WE OFFER RESPECT TO ONE AND ALL.

Srimati Yamuna Devi Dasi

SRIMATI YAMUNA DEVI DASI was a devotee, originally from Madagascar, who lived in France and was the wife of Pushkaraksa prabhu. She was totally dedicated to the service of Srila Gurudeva and left this world in 1992, on Papamocana Ekadasi. His Divine Grace revealed that she entered Krishna’s service as a manjari upon leaving this world.

Puskaraksa prabhu writes about her –

Yamuna devi dasi, a disciple of Srila Gour Govinda, whom I had the good fortune to serve as her husband, became a pure devotee, in the course of the trial (cancer) given personally to her by Krishna, as stated by our Gurudeva…

She had the personal darshan of Krishna twice, Srila Prabhupada came to her, she reached a stage where she was constantly chanting the maha mantra… “Even at night”, she said, “when I sleep, I hear the Hoily Name”, which Srila Gurudeva commented by saying to me “you see, this is samadhi…”. She had a vision of the spirtual world (“of where she was going”, commented Gurudeva) and bathed in the water of mercy, along with Srimati Radharani and the gopis…

A couple days before leaving her body, she had me ask our Gurudeva what her spiritual rasa was, in the spiritual world…

He told me: “she is a gopi, manjari, maid servant of Srimati Radharani”

This was no surprise to me… She had herself mentioned, moving her two little fingers, while lying in bed… ” I have two desires… cooking and dancing for Krishna…”

When she passed away, while chanting the Holy Name, along with her father and mother and your servant doing the same around her, Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja declared “she went straight back to Krishna…”

After her passing away, when I brought back the ashes of her body back to India, throw them in the ocean in Puri, the Ganges in Mayapura and the Yamuna in Vrindavana, as per the instruction of Gurudeva, he told me publicly : ” My Guruship is now successful, that one of my disciples has gone back to Godhead…”.

She left a beautiful poem in French, riming as “please, do not cry about me…”, which I still did for a long time…

- Sri Puskaraksa prabhu


Sri Misra Purandara Prabhuji

Srila Gour Govinda Swami holding Sri Misra Purandar prabhu’s arm in Nakuru, Kenya in January 1995

Srila Gour Govinda Swami holding Sri Misra Purandar prabhu’s arm
Nakuru, Kenya in January 1995

Sri Simhanana Prabhuji

Sri Simhanana prabhuji in Mauritius with Srila Gurudeva, 1995

Sri Simhanana prabhuji in Mauritius with Srila Gurudeva, 1995

Sripad Sacinandana Dasa Prabhuji

Anyone who spent any time at Bhubaneswar during the presence of Srila Gour Govinda Swami would have seen that Sacinandana prabhu was constantly by the side of his beloved spiritual master. He is an initiating spiritual master and has developed the beautiful ashram at Dandabhanga.

(Please visit www.dandabhanga.org)

Here are some brief excerpts from his biography.

Sacinandana prabhu was born in a family of great vaishnava heritage to mother Smt. Bidulata Devi and father Sri Surendranath Das on the vedic ‘Pahili Raja’ Day 1954 at Bhubaneswar (Lord Shiva’s abode of Ekamra Kanana) near the Lingaraj Temple, and was named Srutidhar Das.

As a young boy he did his schooling in Bhubaneswar and largely associated with elderly saints and sadhus. He would often attend 24 hours sankirtan of Hare Krishna Mahamantra with his vaishnava grandfather Sripad Sadhu Charan Das. His mother, Smt. Bidulata Devi. brought him up with strong vaishnava traditions and had also inspired him to daily read Ramayan and Odiya Srimad Bhagavatam at a young age.

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Sri Sadhu Hrdoya Prabhuji, ‘Sadhu Prabhu’

The personal associate and servant of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami, the great ‘Sadhu prabhu’, departed this world on Friday the 5th of April, 2013, at 2.30 a.m.

Sadhu prabhu was a simple-hearted village devotee. In his youth he decided that he would dedicate his life to serving a sadhu. He went to the Siva Temple just outside his village and prayed that the Lord would kindly direct him to a sadhu-acarya. He fasted for 21 days in the temple to please Lord Siva and would sleep there at night also. Finally Lord Siva came in a dream and instructed him to go to Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar and surrender to a great sadhu staying there and serve him. Getting that instruction from Lord Siva Sadhu prabhu came directly to that place and surrendered to Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja. He never left him, and became his associate, his dedicated cook and servant.

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Sri Tapana Misra prabhuji

On the auspicious Appearance Day of Lord Nityananda (23rd February 2013) our dear Godbrother, Tapana Misra prabhu left this world, four weeks after voluntarily stopping dialysis treatment. He had been listening to Guru Maharaja's lecture on Lord Nityananda's pastimes all day, and passed away in the evening wearing garlands from Sri Sri Radha Govardhanadhari.

Srimati Kamala Devi Dasi

Kamala devi dasi left her body on the 2nd of December 2005 in Singapore. She was 68 years old. She had been a devotee from birth and took initiation from Srila Gurudeva in 1994. In her last few years she was chanting 32 rounds daily and worshipping her beloved deities of Sri Sri Gour Nitai.

Sri Bidyanidhi prabhuji

On 7th August 2004, at around 12.30 a.m. Bidyanidhi prabhu left his body on the Bhubaneswar temple property, aged 85 years old.

Srimati Lila Rupa dasi

On the 11th of December, 2003, Lila Rupa dasi left her body after a long illness. She was an Australian disicple of our Gurudeva, and was married to our godbrohter Sacitananda prabhu.

Sri Bhakti Prema prabhuji

Bhakti Prema prabhu ("Premji") passed away in Sri Vrindavan Dham on Monday the 29th of November 2004. At the time of his departure, Bhakti Prema was only 36 years old. He was born and raised in Bolton, UK in a pious Indian family, he came to India to take full shelter of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami. Unfortunately Guru Maharaja left this world before Bhakti Prema could take diksa, so he then took initiation from HH Bhakti Swarupa Damaodara Swami. After Guru Maharaja's departure, in 1996, Bhakti Prema moved to the ISKCON Gadei Giri temple in Orissa, hearing from Sri Caitanya candra prabhu. There, he rendered various services as a kirtan leader, preacher, and lakshmi collector for Sri Sri Radha Gopal Jiu, the beloved deities of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami. He became a well-known travelling brahmacari preacher and gave many classes in UK, Ireland, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Brazil and South India.

Shortly before his departure, during the month of Kartika, Bhakti Prema was daily absorbed in hari-katha, blissful kirtan, dancing and taking darshan of different deities and holy places of Vraja. Devotees have told us that he was having stomach problems due to some water he had drank on the parikrama. When Kartika finished, he went to Srila Bhakti Svarup Damodar Maharaja’s temple at Radha Kund, to recuperate. However, his condition worsened and he started suffering from severe dysentery. The devotees took him to the hospital at Govardhan. They said they could not help him, and referred him to the hospital in Vrindavan. He was admitted to hospital in Vrindavan and that afternoon, sometime between four and five PM, he left his body.

Sri Ranganath Prabhuji

Sri Ranganath Prabhuji, Bhubaneswar

Sri Ranganath Prabhuji, Bhubaneswar

(Pradosh prabhu gives us the following information,) Ranganath prabhu belonged to a rich and religious zamindar family hailing from a village not far from our Jantaribol Ashram. From his childhood prabhu was very fond of kirtan, and where ever the asta prahara nama going on sankirtan would be, he would run immediately and join it.

Close to his village lived a grhastha sadhu, who was a follower of Nigamanada Saraswati who's slogan was “Sankarera mata, Caitanyer patha”. Ranganath Prabhu regularly went there to attend their 'sat sanga'. One day, that sadhu announced that he would give initiation to his followers. Those who were interested, they came to take initiation. Ranganath went along too, and approached him for initiation. Surprisingly, that sadhu rejected him. Ranganath prabhu, asked him why he wouldn't give him initiation, to which the sadhu replied that, 'Your guru is some one else. I am not you guru. Therefore, I can’t give you initiation'. When Ranganath inquired from him as to who his guru was, the sadhu told him, 'Your guru is in Bhubaneswar', but he did not mention Gurudeva's name.

Ranganath prabhu left their sanga and spent his time meditating and praying to find his guru from Bhubaneswar. (He never been to Bhubaneswar and doen not know anything about Bhubaneswar). After some time, he heard that in the local market area one sadhu had come from Bhubaneswar to Jantaribol Village and was speaking very nice pravacan. The next day Ranganath walked to Jantaribol and found Srila Gurudeva was sitting very humbly and doing nama sankirtan. He then he gave a most wonderful class on the topic of nama bhajan. Hearing that class, Ranganath prabhu became convinced, 'Here is my guru, and he is from Bhubaneswar (as predicted).' He approached Srila Gurudeva and felt like a rod in front of him and cried, and begged him for initiation. Srila Gurudeva invited him to come to Bhubaneswar. After some time, he left his family and went to Srila Gurudeva. Srila Gurudeva engaged him in service first at Jantaribol Ashram, and after some time, he took initiation and became engaged with Srila Prabhupada's vigraha Seva at the Bhubaneswar Temple, until his old age. Every morning Ranganath prabhu would wait out side the Varanda of Srila Gurudeva’s hut and for Srila Gurudeva to come out, and help him put on his shoes.

HH Sripad Swayambhu Swami

The Departure of HH Sripad Swayambhu Swami

by Sri Madhavananda dasa

When speaking of the glory of the Vaishnavas, Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja would often quote the following Bengali verse from the poet Vaishnava Das:

vaisnavera guna gana, korile jivera trana

suniache sadhu-guru mukhe

“I have heard from the lips of sadhu-guru, if you glorify a devotee, you will be delivered very easily. Krishna will be very pleased and you will get his mercy very easily.”


Svayambhu Maharaja was born in a ksatriya family on 17 December 1935 as Subhas Chandra Nayak in the Orissan village Garaam. Subhas attended school in the nearby town of Kujanga. A teacher in one of his fourth grade classes was an effulgent Vaishnava only five years older than Subhas. This young teacher was named Braja Bandhu Manik. Subhas found Braja Bandhu to be a sober serious person, very dedicated to reading Vaishnava literature, chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, and worshiping his family deity of Sri Sri Radha Gopal Jiu. Braja Bandhu was his teacher from the 4th to the 7th grades. At that time he didn’t know that his tutor would one day become known as Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja and would become Subhas’ spiritual master.

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Sri Kalakantha prabhuji

Kalakantha prabhu was an early, dedicated, and learned disciple of Guru Maharaja, and was given several responsibilities by him. He was only interested in Guru Maharaja's seva, to the extent that he voluntarily lived the life of a pauper, totally disregarding, and disinterested in, his own bodily needs.

He composed the Gour Govinda Swami Carita, a book in Bengali verse about the life of Srila Gour Govinda Swami. The first chapter of this book is the sanskrit language Gour Govinda Swamyastakam, which you can find below.

Sri Syamasundara Prabhuji

Syamasundara prabhu, who was originally from Gadei giri village and served at the Bhubaneswar Temple for a number of years, left his body on the 17th October 2008.

Sri Raghubar Prabhuji

(Pradosh prabhu kindly gives us the following information,) Raghubar prabhu was from the town of Khordha, not too far from Bhubaneswar. He left his home and went to Sri Jagannath Puri dhama to join Iskcon there. The devotees there sent him to Kolkata Temple to do service. After some time there he met with Srila Gurudeva. As so often happened, that first darshan of Srila Gurudeva caused a great bliss to appear in his heart, and whilst he was supposed to take initiation from another guru, he decided instead to take initiation from Srila Gurudeva. The next night, he escaped from the Iskcon Kolkata Temple, and made his way Bhubaneswar.

After some time, the Kolkata Temple devotees found out that Raghubar was there in Bhubaneswar, and lodged a complaint to Srila Gurudeva. Finding that trouble was coming to his dear spiritual master because of him, Raghubar left Bhubaneswar Temple and went back to his village. After some time, though, he returned to Krishna Balarama's Bhubaneswar Temple, and took initiation from Srila Gurudeva. He fully engaged himself in deity service till last breath. Raghubar prabhu left his body at the Bhubaneswar Temple aged 85, on the 22nd March 2009.

Sri Vasudeva das Prabhuji

On Monday the 1st of June 2021, Srila Gurudeva’s disciple, Vasudeva das, who was over eighty, left his body. He was a local resident of Nayapalli Village (the village next to Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama Temple at Bhubaneswar). Srila Gurudeva gave him the service to work in the Temple gardens, which he did faithfully until he became too ill, and he passed away. Sri Upendra Misra prabhu, the Bhubaneswar Temple president arrived and gave him Guru Maharaja's maha-prashad garland, before he left his body.

Vasudeva prabhu recalled his first meeting with Srila Gurudeva. He had heard that a sadhu had arrived in his village of Nayapalli, and was trying to establish an Ashram next to the new National Highway No-5, which was under construction at that time. Before moving on to the land that had been donated to Iskcon, Srila Gurudeva was staying in a simple bamboo hut, that had been erected for a watchman to use. This watchman was supposed to be guarding a mango orchard, but after a short time, this unfortunate fellow had became scared that ghosts were haunting the area at night, and left. All of the locals knew about this, and so no-one would go to that place. So, the hut was in a totally dilapidated state. Srila Gurudeva had found out about this hut and asked if he could stay there temporarily. The local villagers were surprised that this sadhu was staying there without being disturbed at all. One rainy day Vasudeva passed by the hut whilst returning from working in his fields, and with some curiosity, as the door was closed, he peeped through the broken window, where he witnessed Srila Gurudeva chanting peacefully with his eyes closed. He was totally undisturbed by his surroundings and the pouring rain, and was just absorbed in chanting Hari Nama.

Srimati Aparajita Devi Dasi

Srimati Aparajita devi dasi (Adwaita acarya prabhu’s mother) left us on 22nd June 2009 aged 81 years old.

Sri Jaya Gopala Prabhuji

Jaya Gopal prabhu joined Iskcon some time during the early 1980s, and took initiation from Guru Maharaja in around 1992 or 93. He was based for some time at the Birmingham Temple. He became very ill, and left his body in Vrindaban, during September, 2012.

Sri Dina Syama prabhuji

Dina Syama das was a devotee of Lord Hanuman who came to Guru Maharaja after hearing from him on one of his tours of North America in the early 1990s. He became a dedicated follower, but after Guru Maharaja departed this world, Dina Syama prabhu set up his own group and unfortunately became distanced from many of his godbrothers and godsisters by his teaching.

Srimati Sachimayi devi dasi

Mataji passed away around the 24th December 2020. She was the wife of our distinguished godbrother Sri Ujjvala Nilamani prabhuji, and a disciple of HH Jayapataka Swami.

Sri Bhupati das Prabhuji

In 1991, Bhupati prabhu was working for a Government Bank in Bhubaneswar. This was the year of our Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama Temple's inauguration, but days before the opening festival, the Temple room floor was not ready. The Temple didn't have enough money to pay for the marble needed to cover the floor. Bhupati prabhu came forward and donated the one lakh rupees needed to cover the cost at that time,and the marble floor was hurriedly laid just in time for the inaugural festival. He was a very humble and jolly devotee, always telling jokes with the devotees, making them all laugh.

Srigarbha das Prabhuji

Srigarbha das was a retired policeman who came from a village named Poio, which is not too far from Srila Gurudeva’s own sacred appearance place of Jagannathpur. Every year he organized a “Gita Jnana Yajna” in his village and he would invite Srila Gurudeva along with some speakers from different sects. At one such Gita programe, Srila Gurudeva chastised a speaker in front of the entire audience, because he spoke his own ideas, and then started smoking a bidi after he finished speaking. Srila Gurudeva was about to leave that place, saying that he would not stay there, where such an offensive person is allowed to speak on Gita. Srigarbha begged excused realizing that Srila Gurudeva is in fact the really qualified speaker of Bhagavad Gita. He became a disciple. After some time, he moved in to the Temple as a Vanaprastha. Srila Gurudeva engaged him in the Namahatta preaching to organize programmes in different village areas. He was also a very good palmist, which attracted the village people, and so could easily arrange preaching programmes wherever he went. (info. Pradosh pr)

Sri Bhanu das Prabhuji

Bhanu Das, departed around two years ago (2019) and was from Kamakhya Nagar, close to our Jantaribol Ashram. He was a politically very famous person in his area. Before he met with Gurudeva, he was a animal hunter. Carrying a gun with him hunt different forest animal and birds also. Once Srila Gurudeva was in a preaching tour in that area, and upon hearing Srila Gurudeva’s sweet and powerful lecture, he decided to give up hunting. He took shelter of Srila Gurudeva, who instructed him to become a devotee, and to do 'no more such type of nonsense'.

The next time Srila Gurudeva visited Kamakhya Nagar, some devotees complained about Bhanu das not following Ekadasi. Srila Gurudeva replied “He was an animal hunter, now he is a devotee. At least give some time to him to follow our Vaisnava system". Then Srila instructed him to follow Ekadasi. Bhanu said, “Srila Gurudeva I can’t eat only one time on ekadasi”, Srila Gurudeva then told him that he may eat as many as times as he wants to, but must otherwise carefully follow Ekadasi.

Bhanu prabhu served Srila Gurudeva, organizing preaching programmes and Namahatta in that area. Once Srila Gurudeva sent news to Bhanu das ‘come soon to Bhubaneswar’, but he could not come on time because he was busy with his father-in-laws death ceremony. After a while he came, and begged excused from Gurudeva, but Srila Gurudeva chastised him, pointing out the duty of a disciple,‘Guru calling means you must come, giving up all other engagement, even after the death of your father or mother’. (written by Pradosh prabhu)

Sri Sarbeswar das Prabhuji

Sarbeswara das was from Soro, a town in the Northern Odishan Baleswara district, who left his body a few years ago. During festival times he always travelled all the way to Bhubaneswar on his bicycle. He never came in a Bus, Train or any kind of other vehicle. One Janamastami he came and stayed in the Temple for a few days, after the festival had finished, when he was ready to leave, some devotees asked him, whether he would be coming back again soon for Srila Gurudeva’s Vyasa Puja festival, (one week after Janamastami). Sarbeswara replied, 'Why I will come again to Vyasa Puja, I have already attended for Janamastami, there is no need come for Vyasa Puja'. When Srila Gurudeva heard this thing, he called him and told him, "You must come for the Vyasa Puja of your Guru. That is most important for a disciple, even more important than any other festival. A disciple may sometimes neglect other festivals, but must never neglect the Worship of Guru".

Sarbeswar das took first initiation from Srila Gurudeva, but after some time, he took second initiation from a Goudia math Guru at Bhadrakh. When Srila Gurudeva heard this, he became so much upset and called that devotee, and heavily chastised him, 'Why you took second initiation from some other devotee, when I have not disappeared yet'. Then Srila Gurudeva wrote a letter to that Goudiya Math Guru, how could he give him dikhya without any consideration. That Maharaj replied, “ I myself thought, there is no difference between you and me’. After that Sarbeswar cut all relations with the Goudiya Math Guru, and again came back to Srila Gurudeva with repentence, begging for forgiveness. (Pradosh prabhu)

Sri Nursinghananda das Prabhuji

Nursinghananda das left his body a couple of years ago, 2019. He was a Homeopathic doctor staying in Bhubaneswar. In his youth, he was a religious person, living in Unit-9, not so far from the Ashram of Baya Baba. During the 1980s, this baba was famous in eastern Odisha. He was in the line of Mahaprabhu’s but they preached the chanting of “bhaja nitai gour radhe shyam, japa hare krushna hare ram”. Baya Baba had some type of mystic powers, and therefore he became famous. In Vrndavan, just rear to our Krsna-Balarama Temple, his Ashram is also there. Once, that baba came to Bhubaneswar and gave dikhya to some people. One of Nushingananda prabhu's friends took dikhya and also inspired him to take dikhya from the Baba as well. His friend preached him that this Baba is a Mahatma, and if you take dikhya, you will have material gain and all your problems will be solved. Getting encouraged in this way, Nurshingananda went there and paid his dandavats to the Baba and begged for his kind dikhya. However, that Baya Baba immediately rejected his request. The Baba told him, “you are not my disciple, how can I give you dikhya”. Then prabhuji asked him again, but the Baba said “No, you are not my disciple, you are the disciple of Gour Govinda Swami. Go and take initiation from him".

At that time prabhuji had totally no idea at all, even about the name of Gour Gvinda Swami. The prabhuji asked 'where can I find him'. Baba said go to Nayapalli, he is there. After some time Nursinghananda came to Nayapalii area and inquired about Gour Govinda Swami. Some one told him he stays in a cottage next to the National Highway number 5. So he came, found Srila Gurudeva and paid his dandavats at his lotus feet, and narrated the story about Baya Baba’s instruction. Srila Gurudeva, heard from him, laughed and gave him shelter at his lotus feet. Srila Gurudeva frequently joked with him during his class, how he was doing service to mankind, service to society and did not have time to serve Krsna. (P. pr)

Sri Manohar das Prabhuji

Mahohar das, who left his body a few years ago, was a local resident and businessman in Bhubaneswar. The first time Manohar prabhu met our Guru Maharaja, was when Srila Gurudeva was himself collecting bhikya from diffrent shops in Bhubaneswar Market area. Manohar prabhu gave him a coconut as bhikya. After some time Prabhuji took initiation from Srila Gurudeva and he would frequently come to the Temple to do seva.

Once he was cleaning Srila Gurudeva’s toilet, and found that even that toilet had a wonderful fragrance. Srila Gurudeva, would change his sacred thread every Nityananda trayodasi, and the old one he would give to a devotee to deposit in a pond nearby. On one occasion he gave the old thread to Manohar prabhu to drop in his village pond at Nayapalli. Mahaohar prabhu took it, and before throwing it into the water, he soaked the thread and drank the water. He became ecstatic, finding that the water tasted very beautiful, like the fragrance of aguru.

Once Srila Gurudeva send to him to go to a distant place in part of Bhubaneswar to contact some Bramhin who would cook for public feasts. That day was “holi”, when people play with coloured powders and dyed water, in India. Whoever goes outside, he will have a color bath. Manohar prabhu was a little reluctant to go there that day, because he feared that someone would throw colours all over him. But Srila Gurudeva assured him, 'go quickly, and no-one will throw colours over you'. Keeping full faith in Srila Gurudeva’s words, he left to find the cook. On his way he found three places where people stopped him, but no one threw color over him.

In his last period while Prabhuji was in bed ridden, his elder son Biren recalled: “One day I heard my father was howling very much. When I rushed into his room, I asked what happened to you? In his reply my father told me ‘Srila Gurudeva just now beat me and instructed me - "Nam kar Nam kar "{chant the holy name}'. This is how a bonafide Spiritual Master, although he was not physically present, always keeps his eye to each and every of his disciples and takes care of them in their last minutes. (by Pradosh prabhu)

Sri Kamadeva das Prabhuji

Kamadeva prabhu came from the same area where Srila Gurudeva appeared, and was a sanskrit teacher. He married after Srila Gurudeva disappeared (Guru Maharaja had advized him to become a Government teacher, before accepting a wife), but unfortunately passed away at a relatively young age.

Sri Hayasirsa das Prabhuji

Hayasirsha das was an educated devotee who left his body a few years ago.

Ratnakar Pandit das Prabhuji

Ratnakar Pandit das was from the Dhenkanal District, and was Government officer working in Bhubaneswar. He was the first devotee who took Srila Gurudeva to preach in Dhenkanal. He organized huge preaching programmes and because of this, Srila Gurudeva became famous in the District. Many devotees from the area thus came in contact with Srila Gurudeva and joined Iskcon.

Sri Lokanath das Prabahuji

Lokanath prabhu left his body a few years ago. He lived in Bhubaneswar, and right behind his residence was a huge jackfruit tree. Every year he supply jackfruit to Temple for sabjees. He often would also bring jackfruit pokoras and distribute them to all the devotees in the Temple.