Bhaktivinoda Thakur

Bhaktivinoda Thakur

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Bhaktivinoda Thakura entitled "The Seventh Goswami" of Gaudiya Sampradaya. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who was named Kedarnath Datta by his father (some say by his Godfather), was born in opulent circumstances on the 2nd September 1838., on a Sunday in Biranagara (Ulagrama) in the district of Nadia. He was the seventh son of Raja Krsnananda Datta, a great devotee of Lord Nityananda. He was also known as the great grandson of Madana Mohana and the third son of his Godfather Anandacandra. He would be known as 'daitya-kulera prahlada' (Prahlada in the family of demons).

He got his elementary education at the primary school started by his grandmother. Later he attended an English school in Krishnanagara, started by the King of Nadia.When he was 11 years old, his father passed away.Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur married when he was just twelve (1850 A.D.) to  Madhusudana Mitra Mahasaya, a resident of Rana Ghata.He attended Calcutta's Hindu Charitable Institution high school and became an expert English reader, speaker, and writer.

At the age of 18 years (1856.) Kedarnatha Datta entered college in Calcutta. He started writing extensively in both English and Bengali these essays were published in local journals. Between the years 1857-1858 he composed a two part English epic entitled "The Poriade", which he planned to complete in 12 books.

In the year 1861 Sri Kedarantha Datta accepted the post of Deputy Magistrate in the Government of Bengal.In the year 1866 Kedaranatha Datta took the positon of Deputy Register with the power of a Deputy Collector and Deputy Magistrate in the district of Chapara.

Between the years 1874 and 1893, Bhaktivinode Thakur spent much time in seclusion chanting the holy name.Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura became manager of Jagannatha Puri Temple and establish regularity in the worship of the Deity.

In 1881 Bhaktivinoda Thakura began publishing 'Sajjanatosani', his Vaisnava journal.On April 1, 1884, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura was appointed the senior Deputy Magistrate of Serampore.

1891 was the year Bhaktivinoda Thakura took leave from the government service for two years. He desired to preach 'Sri Hari-Nama'. He opened many branches of 'Nama Hatta' in different districts of Bengal.

In October 1894, at age 56, he retired from his post as Deputy Magistrate. In the year 1908 Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura took the external 'vesa' dress of a 'babaji' at Satasana in Puri.

On June 23rd 1914, just before noon at Jagannatha Puri, that Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Prabhupada left his body; on the Gaudiya Panjika.

Bhajans by Bhaktivinoda Thakur