By Radha Damodar das
The year 2021 marks the centennial celebration, the 100th appearance anniversary, of Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja. A disciple of Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Maharaja—himself one of the foremost disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur—Narayana Maharaja served the Gaudiya Vaishnava community as a sannyasi for fifty-eight years. From 1996 to 2010 when Narayana Maharaja left this world, he circled the globe many times sharing the teachings of bhakti-yoga.
Narayana Maharaja first met Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, ISKCON's Founder-Acarya, in 1947. He was the officiating priest during Srila Prabhupada’s sannyas ceremony in 1959. Later in 1977, at the request of Srila Prabhupada, Narayana Maharaja performed his samadhi ceremony in Vrindavan, India.
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