HH Bhanu Swami Maharaj was born in Canada and holds a BA in Oriental fine arts history from the University of British Colombia. He joined the Hare Krishna movement in India in 1970. Initiated in 1971 by Srila Prabhupada, he took sannyasa vows in 1984. Bhanu Swami was personally instructed in the art of Deity worship by Srila Prabhupada, and within ISKCON he has become an authority on the topic.
HH Bhanu Swami Maharaj has been a GBC member since 2003. His zonal assignments cover South India, and he is co-GBC for Japan. His history in management is as a regional secretary for South India since 1986. His GBC committee responsibilities include past chairmanship and, currently, participation in the Parallel Lines of Authority Committee for the Strategic Planning Initiative.
A scholar in Sanskrit and Bengali, Bhanu Swami has translated fifteen significant works of the Gaudiya Vaishnava canon, with six more titles in progress. Many of these works are commentaries from primary members of the Gaudiya sampradaya on the Bhagavad-gita, Sri-Isopanishad, and Srimad Bhagavatam. Thus, Bhanu Swami Maharaj’s contribution is a lasting one.
HH Bhanu Swami Maharaj’s depth of scholarship has enabled him to create presentations on topics like karma, reincarnation, yoga and Srimad Bhagavatam.
Hanumatpresaka Swami from California, USA .He took initiation from Srila A.C.Bhakti vedanta Swami in 1974 and vows of sanyas in 1984.
In addition to his deep internal austerity, study and teaching in Bengali Vaisnava Vedanta, He served most of the time in San Francisco and later with His Sannyasa Guru, Bhakti-svarupa Damodara Swami, as associate director with the Bhakti-vedanta Institute.
And Ranganiketan Manipur Cultural Arts Troupe, an international cultural tour with artists and musicians from the remote Himalayan kingdom of Manipur. This troupe organized two World Congresses for the Synthesis of Science & Religion
Now he is a Visiting Professor with Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru and also General Secretary for NIOS (North American Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies)
Recently from 29th Sept – 1st Oct, the devotees of ISKCON PUNE, NVCC were highly privileged by the divine association of illustrious disciples of Srila Prabhupada – HG Haripad Pr and HG Phalini Mataji.
HG Haripad Pr joined ISKCON in 1973 and served as a Sankirtan Leader and also the leader for the bus party for 7 years. Prabhuji joined after reading the Bhagavad-gita in just 3 days!!! He is currently based in Udupi in Karnataka. HG Phalini Mataji is a very dedicated devotee of Lord Rama and is famous for her Ramakatha. She did the service of proofreading for Srila Prabhupada’s books, esp. Teachings of Lord Chaitanya. Additionally, she is an expert cook and a musician. Both of them travel all over India by train visiting places like Bangalore, Mumbai, Baroda, Kharaghar, Surat, Bharuch, etc. and also Sri Lanka spreading the message of Lord Chaitanya and teachings of Srila Prabhupada. They are out for almost 11 months a year and are especially known for their devotional, meticulous and enlivening Kirtans.
They gave series of programs in a period of 3 days. On 29th, they visited Mithila Yoga and DY Patil student center. On 30th, they gave consecutive programs in Jejuri and Barsana Yoga in Hinjewadi. Finally, 1st Oct was a happening day for NVCC. HG Haripad Pr gave a wonderful Bhagavatam class in the morning focusing on the importance of giving up the flickering pleasures of this world for the service of the Lord. He explained it by his own example describing how both of them live very simply in their home, without even a refrigerator!!! He described his home in Udupi as ‘opulent’ because of the worship of the Gaur Nitai Deities and performance of Sankirtan. Prabhuji also explained that whatever we do, its purpose should be to gain the favor of the Lord. In the class, he also narrated his story of coming to Krsna Consciousness in the United States.
The next powerful session was the Kirtan Reform seminar in the Bhaktivedanta Hall and was well attended by the local Kirtan leaders in congregation and Brahmacharis and other interested devotees. In the seminar, they focused that the most important part of Kirtan is the call and response without being distracted by the fanciful playing of the instruments. Everyone should be sincerely chanting in the Kirtan because in Kirtan, they emphasized: we are glorifying the Lord, associating with the Lord and begging the Lord to engage us in His service.
The final and most exciting part of the day and the practical demo of what they taught, was the 3 hours special Kirtan in the temple hall. The temple was bustling with activity because of the Sunday. To make it even more auspicious, it was the day of Ekadashi when 24 hour Kirtan goes on in the temple. They uplifted the spirits of one and all, devotees and common people alike, by their simple yet devotionally surcharged Kirtan. They were very happy with the attendance and response of the devotees and expressed to come regularly to NVCC temple.
Harinam Sankirtan Ki Jay!! Srila Prabhupada Ki Jay!!
Janmashtami at Iskcon Nvcc
Hare Krishna. On 15th August we Celebrated Janmashtami at Iskcon Nvcc Pune.
Around 60,000 guests visited our temple. 2000 visitors performed Abhiskek of their Lordships.
Special sweet prasadam was served to every visitor who came to take darshan on this auspicious.
There were also many cultural programs organised in our Guest House which went on till late night 12:15 am.
A new Govindas Snacks and Bakery centre was inaugurated by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj on Sunday 13th August in the presence of HG Radheshyam Prabhu, HG Sri Guru Charan Prabhu and HG Revati Pati Prabhu.
It will serve as a favorite spot for the thousands of guests visiting ISKCON Pune this Janmashtami.