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Sri Srimad Bhakti Vedanta Paryatak Goswami Maharaja was appointed the President-Acarya of the Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti after Sri Srimad Bhakti Vedanta Vaman Goswami Maharaja left this material world. Before he became the President, he was one of the Preaching Editor of Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti.


Birth, Early Life and Education

He was born on 24th October 1938 in Brajarajpur village, Bankura, West Bengal in the abode of his maternal uncle under cosmic period of Vishakha Nakshatra and Dwitiya Tithi. His mother Srimati Nanibala Devi and father Sri Gadadhar Goswami were worshipers of Sri Radha Madanmohan Jiu, worshipped by their ancestors. His father named him as Chittaranjan Goswami and everyone used to call him “Chitta” in short. From his childhood he was peace loving, simple, generous, and intelligent with extraordinary merit and followed Vaishnav Tenets. He would visit temples, participate in Aarati, Kirtans and take part in Nagar Sankirtans.

He completed his primary schooling from Brajarajpur and Gopalpur primary schools and completed high school from Vidyasagar Vidyapith High School. He received Bachelors of Arts from Midnapore College under Vidyasagar University.


Early association of Gaudiya Vaishnav

During his school days in Midnapore, he used to go take bath in a pond. A vaishnav from nearby Gaudiya Math also used to take bath in the same pond. The Gaudiya vaishnav advised him to read Bhagavad Gita daily, offer Tulasi leaves and observe Ekadasi Vrata. Thus he had Gaudiya Vaishnav association during his childhood itself.


Joining Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti

In Mach 1958, he decided to go to Vrindavan. With only 2 rupees in hand, wearing a half pant & half shirt and a copy of Bhagavad Gita in hand, reached Mathura station after 3 days of journey. Looking for a place to stay, he found Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Math in Mathura which is a branch Math of Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti. At that time, Srimad Bhakti Kushal Narasingha Maharaj was the Math-in-Charge. Maharajji asked for 6 Ana for one night stay in the Math. However, he had nothing to offer since all his money was used up in the travel. Maharajji allowed him to stay for free as many days he wants, if he does devotional service in the Math. He accepted that with open heart and for 1.5 years he did many wonderful devotional services under the guidance of Srimad Bhakti Kushal Narasingha Maharaj, his first Shikhsa Guru.


Life in Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti

In 1958, he had Harinaam and Diksha from Srimad Bhakti Prajnan Keshava Goswami Maharaj and he received his new name as Chidghanananda Brahmachari. In 1960, he was sent to Sri Uddharan Gaudiya Math, Chinsura, Hooghly, West Bengal and appointed as the Math-in-Charge. He managed and maintained the Math very nicely.

In 1965, on the auspicious occasion of Gaur Jayanti, he has been given the Renunciation Order or Sannyas by Srimad Bhakti Prajnan Keshava Goswami Maharaj and his name changed to Tridandiswami Bhakti Vedanta Paryatak Maharaj.


Travelling – Pilgrimage & Preaching

In December 1964, he accompanied honorable Sri Sri Gobinda Babaji Maharaj and few Bramhacharies for preaching in Bardhaman District of West Bengal starting from Goara, Barbaharkuli, Sodepara, Chetua, Bainchi Gram, Jamgram, Pandua, Ahmodpur, Sushinara and other places of Bardhaman District.


In 1965, after receiving Sannyas, he started preaching in Assam. He went to Dhubri, Bilaspur, Bangaigaon, Guwahati, Lamding and thereafter reached in Silchar. He continued to preaching profusely from Silchar to Karimganj, Dharamnagar, and reached Agartala, the capital of Tripura. From there he had returned to Guwahati and thereafter he stopped in Darjeeling. He went from Siliguri Town to Jalpaiguri and then to Raigunj Town. While travelling and preaching, he had attracted many people and made them devotees to serve the Lotus Feet of Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga.


In 1968, he went for pilgrimage to different holy places of South India with some Sannyasis, Brahmacharis and other devotees. He started his pilgrimage from Puri Dham. After having darshan of Sri Sri Jagannathdev, he went to Simhachalam in Vishakhapatnam, and then to Tirupati. From Tirupati he went to Minakshi Devi temple in Madurai, and then to Kumbhakonam,  Pakshitirtha and then reached Rameswaram. From there he went to Kerala. He had darshan of Lord Padmanavaswamy in Thiruananthapuram. He also went to Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Agra in Uttar Pradesh and visited Madanmohan Jiu  Temple in Jaipur.


President – Acharya of Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti

After Sri Srimad Bhakti Vedanta Vaman Goswami Maharaja left this material world in 2004, he became the President-Acarya of the Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti as per the will of Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnan Keshav Goswami Maharaja. He maintained  and managed Samiti’s temples and preaching centers with his management acumen and preached the love, amity and religious tenets of Sri Sri Mahaprabhu Chaitanya and delivered message of Sri Rup-Raghunath. Furthermore, he had also preached the message of Sri Sri Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad and Srila Keshav Goswami Maharaj. In 29th September, 2020, he left this world and his followers plunged into deep sorrow. During span of long 62 years of his life, despite various hindrances, he had preached love for Krishna door to door which is impeccable. Relentless preaching, observation of Vaishnava rituals and his conduct would keep shining in the history of Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti like a full moon.

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