By Gopikā Rādhikā Devī Dāsī and Sundara Gopāla Dāsa  

Over a decade ago, Kolkata, the birthplace of Śrīla Prabhupāda, witnessed the founding of the Bhaktivedanta Research Center (BRC) by H.G. Hari Śauri Prabhu and H.G. Praṇava Prabhu. Inaugurated in 2009 by H.H. Jayapatākā Mahārāja and H.H. Bhakti Cāru Mahārāja, the BRC has since blossomed into a thriving research center and guest house, serving as a significant destination for the global academic and Vaiṣṇava community.

The inspiration to establish the BRC stemmed directly from Śrīla Prabhupāda’s desire to preserve handwritten manuscripts of our previous ācāryas for future generations of Vaiṣṇavas and to establish a comprehensive library encompassing all of his books, works of the previous ācāryas, and other bona fide Vedic texts.

The library, which stands as the central feature of the four-story BRC facility in Kolkata, is divided into five primary sections, housing a vast collection of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s writings, Vedic literature, volumes on Vedic cosmology, original Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava texts with commentaries, and an array of ancient manuscripts and rare books. 

Presently, the BRC library is in the midst of a substantial renovation project prompted by a recent visit from H.H. Rādhānath Swami, who identified dampness and leakages in the facility.

​Read more: https://iskconnews.org/brc-in-kolkata-embarks-on-extensive-renovation-to-preserve-vai%e1%b9%a3%e1%b9%87ava-heritage/

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