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.


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.

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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

Kamal 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

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

Raghubar prabhu left his body at the Bhubaneswar Temple aged 85 on the 22nd March 2009

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 Prabhu

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 prabhu

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.

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.