Bhaktisiddanta Saraswati Thakura Disappearance Day Celebration
Bhaktisiddanta Saraswati Thakura was the disciple of Gaura Kishore Das Babaji and the spiritual master of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (the founder of ISKCON). He was born to Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Sriyukta Bhagavati Devi on 6 February 1874 in the state of Orissa, not far from Lord Jagannath temple.
He was fully devoted to spreading the teaching of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He founded 64 Gaudiya Math (to teach the message of Lord Caitanya).
During his very first meeting with Srila Prabhupada, he encouraged him to spread the message of Krishna Consciousness by mentioning "In this world there is no shortage of anything, only Krishna consciousness. You are an intelligent young man. If you ever get money, print books in the English language." Srila Prabhupada took these words as his life’s mission helped his spiritual master in his mission by translating the Srimad Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrita in English and spreading the message of Bhagavad-gita throughout the world.
Bhaktisiddanta Saraswati Thakur left the mortal world in 1936 while residing in sacred town of Jagannath Puri at the age of 62 years. As part of his disappearance day celebrations on 1 January 2013, devotees at the temple remembered his glories, offered pushpanjali (flower petals) and arati to him.