Bhaktivinoda Thakur Disappearance Day Celebrated
The disappearance day of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur fell on 8 July this year. He was born in the district of Nadia, West Bengal on 2 September 1838. He was the son of Raja Krishnananda Datta, a great devotee of Lord Nityananda. His father had named him Kedarnath Datta.
He was a magistrate in colonial India and lived in West Bengal with his wife and children. He was a pioneering spiritual leader in the Gaudiya Vaishnava line. He reintroduced the teachings of Lord Caitanya which were lost over the years. His most outstanding accomplishment was that he discovered and excavated the birthplace of Lord Caitanya in Navadwipa.
Bhaktivinoda Thakur was a great scholar, poet, writer and philosopher. He wrote hundreds of bhajans and poems glorifying Lord Krishna which are sung by devotees till the present. His illustrious son, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was a great spiritual leader of his time and also the spiritual master of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Devotees at the temple celebrated the disappearance day of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur by speaking about his glories, offering pushpanjali (flower petals) and arati to him.