Founder-Acharya

HIS DIVINE GRACE A.C.BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI SRILA PRABHUPADA (Founder Acarya of ISKCON)

  1. Birth

    1896

    Srila Prabhupada was born Abhay Charan De on 1st September 1896 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, at about 4pm to father Gaura Mohan De and mother Rajani Devi.

  2. Marriage

    1918

    Enters married life with Radharani Datta.

  3. Meets his future spiritual master

    1922

    Meets for the first time Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura his future initiating spiritual master who asks him to preach Lord Chaitanya's mission in the Western countries.

  4. Visits his spiritual master

    1925

    Visits Vrindavan (the holy land where Lord Krishna spent his childhood) for the first time and hears more from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami.

  5. Receives initiation

    1933

    Receives formal initiation from his spiritual master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami.

  6. Visits his spiritual master

    1935

    Travelled to Vrindavan to see his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, who gave him two essential instructions: print books and build temples.

  7. Publishes 'Back to Godhead' magazine

    1944

    Starts writing and publishing 'Back to Godhead' magazine.

  8. Receives title 'Bhaktivedanta'

    1947

    Receives the honorary title of 'Bhaktivedanta' from his God-brothers in the Gaudiya Math.

  9. Awarded sannyasa

    1959

    Awarded sannyasa (the renounced order of life) in Mathura by one of his God-brothers, His Holiness B.P. Kesava Maharaj.

  10. Voyage to the USA

    1965

    Voyage to the USA aboard the Jaladuta ship lasting one month, during which time he suffers two heart attacks.

  11. Arrives in America

    1965

    Historic arrival in America. The ship Jaladuta docks at Commonwealth Pier, Boston.

  12. Incorporates the International Society for Krishna consciousness (ISKCON)

    March 3rd, 2015
  13. Bhagavad-gita As It Is abridged edition published by Macmillan

    1968
  14. Establishes the Governing Body Commission (GBC)

    1970

    Srila Prabhupada establishes the Governing Body Commission, the ultimate managing authority of ISKCON.

  15. Establishes the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT)

    1972
  16. Completes the translation of Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita into English

    1974
  17. Opens Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Temple in Vrindava

    1975

    Later to be his final resting place.

  18. Departure from the material world

    1977

    At the age of 81, Srila Prahupada left the material world in Vrindavan, India.

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