Disappearance of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura & Gadadhara Pandita
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura (1838-1914) was a pioneering spiritual leader, a magistrate working in colonial India under British rule, a prolific preacher, writer, and poet. One of his sons was Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, a highly influential spiritual leader in his own right, and the spiritual master of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
In the closing days of the nineteenth century, Bhaktivinoda Thakura was the one who reestablished the validity of the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, which by then had been largely misrepresented or lost. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura wrote almost one hundred books to explain the science of Krishna consciousness. He worked tirelessly to expose pseudo-incarnations of God and defeat misconceptions about the path of devotional service.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura was both an active preacher and the Deputy Magistrate for Jagannatha Puri, Orissa, as well as the father of ten children. One of his sons was
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, the spiritual master of Srila Prabhupada. Biographers say that Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura accomplished all his many duties perfectly.
Followers of Krishna consciousness generally observe Bhaktivinoda Thakura's disappearance anniversary by fasting until noon, singing some of his many bhajans (devotional songs), and reading about his life.
- The Life of Bhaktivinoda Thakura
- Praise for the Highest Mercy, an appreciation of the legacy of Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
- Ethics & Devotion, Bhaktivinoda Thakura's contribution to contemporary spiritual practice.
Photo of Bhaktivinoda Thakura courtesy of the Krishna.com Gallery
Gadadhara Pandita is among the group known as the Pancha-tattva, consisting of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and four of His closest associates. Gadadhara Pandita spent most of his life in Jagannatha Puri worshiping the Tota-Gopinatha Deity, who is still worshiped in Puri. Gadadhara Pandita is considered an incarnation of Srimati Radharani, the eternal consort of Sri Krishna.
Pictured here is the Pancha Tattva. Gadadhara Pandita is the second from the right.