A Bhakti Convocation at ISKCON Coimbatore


By Nandeep VJ   

Have you ever heard of a Bhakti Convocation? Or heard of a graduation ceremony where the students met their teachers face to face for the first time since their teacher-student relationship?

It so happened at ISKCON Coimbatore, on the 24th of June 2022,  the Bhaktivedanta Academy awarded 125 Bhakti Shastri certificates to students who had successfully completed the graduation in the last two years of its operations. Approximately 250 candidates attended the course and exams, and the assessment board could clear 125 candidates in the first phase to meet with the event scheduled. This was a heartfelt offering of the Academy to Srila Prabhupada on his 125 years of birth centenary celebrations.

10809445874?profile=RESIZE_584xCourses were done in English, Tamil, and Malayalam languages. The students came from far and wide to receive these certificates. They were able to see the facilitators and staff of the academy in person for the first time after numerous screen & phone encounters during the COVID times. It was a momentous occasion as many of the facilitators and staff were also present in the program.

Suresvara Srikantha Das, one of the Bhakti Shastri graduates, shared his experience during the occasion –“It was an insightful journey that took a year of systematic Vedic study of Srila Prabhupada’s books. So many Q&A sessions, group activities using breakout room sessions in Zoom, etc. made me experience the association of other students even in lockdown. The assignments helped me to be introspective about my life choices with the help of these principles we read and heard from the facilitators. 

My heartfelt appreciation to the Bhaktivedanta Academy team and to the facilitators, including His Holiness Bhaktivinoda Swami Maharaj, His Grace Srinivasa Hari Das Prabhu, His Grace Hari Lila Prabhu, and various other guest speakers. I am happy to be part of it and looking forward to attending the Bhakti Vaibhav session.”

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