His Holiness Gyanachandra Goswami , Mahanta [Chief Preist] of Sri Sri Radha-Radhakanta Mutt at Gambhira, Puri dham visited ISKCON Mayapur during Janmashtami festival. He participated in the Janmastami festival and also in Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja. He was very appreciative of ISKCON devotees hard work to fulfill the mission of Srila Prabhupada.
He received a garland at the early morning Mangla Arati ceremony with all the devotees welcoming him by chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra. This was his first visit to Mayapur. He expressed his happiness for being invited for this festival and thanked us for the opportunity to perform abhiseka to Srila Prabhupada on his appearance day. He was accompanied by another two Mahantas, who will eventually be his successors.
Gambhira is an important holy place for Gaudiya Vaishnavas where Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stayed for eighteen years and personally worshipped the Sri Sri Radha-Radhakanta deities at Kasi Mishra’s house. Recently, the leadership there was kind enough to allow ISKCON devotees to perform service to Gambhira temple by supporting the Gambhira renovation project.