Short Biography of Sripad Bhakti Svarupa Sridhara Maharaja:
Sripad Bhakti Swarup Sridhar Maharaja is an accomplished Sanskrit scholar and bona-fide practitioner and teacher of Bhakti-yoga. He is renowned for his deep and uncanny realizations of the Vedic scriptures, clear, enchanting and precise speaking style, genuine humility, kindness, friendliness and compassion for all. He is a beloved disciple of Srila Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Goswami Maharaja, the Founder Acarya of the Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mission. Srila BV Puri Maharaja is a direct disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada and one of the generals in his mission, opening more than 27 branches of the Gaudiya Matha in India and around the world.
Maharaja was born in Orissa near Jagannatha Puri, on October 5, 1972. He speaks fluent Orissi, Hindi, Bengali and English, and has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering and is a scholar in Sanskrit. After reading the Bhagavada Gita As It Is, by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Sridhara Maharaja at an early age became a Krishna Bhakta. At 17 years old, in 1989, he took Harinama initiation and four years later, in August of 1993, joined the Sri Krishna Chaitanya Gaudiya Matha mission of his Gurudeva. The very next day after joining, he received diksa mantra initiation and fully dedicated his life to devotional service. A week after his initiation, on the order of his Gurudeva, he enrolled in 7 years of Sanskrit and Srimad-Bhagavatam studies in Vrindavana. In 1997 he received sannyasa initiation from his Gurudeva when he was only 24 years old and has strictly upheld his vows and services for the last 20 years.
When Sripad Bhakti Swarup Sridhara Maharaja met with Srila Bhaktivedänta Narayana Maharaja in his final days, Srila Narayana Maharaja blessed him to teach all over the world. Maharaja has since traveled around the globe more than four times, to Europe more than eight times and to Mexico more than 16 times. Wherever Maharaja travels he charms his audiences with his wonderful lectures, personal dealings and humble mood of service. He is very respectful to all Vaisnavas, from whatever mission thus creating harmony and good will with everyone. His non-sectarian friendly mood is so much appreciated in today’s Vaisnava circles, and is a symptom and ornament of one who practices suddha-bhakti, pure bhakti.
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