Vishwarup Mahotsav

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All glories to the elder brother of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Vishwaroop, who was a great
devotee of the Lord and left his family at a very young age in order to except the renounced
order of life and preach the glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna. The
illustrious son of Jagannath Mishra and Sachi devi, being brilliant in his studies from the his very
childhood, studied with Adwaita Acharya and mastered all the shastras. Seeing him growing up
into a brilliant young man, his parents started considering about his marriage, which, when he
found out, greatly displeased Vishwaroop and he immediately decided to leave home. This
plunged the parents in great distress, which could only be pacified by their younger son nimai’s
words. Thereafter, when Nimai grew up and took up the renounced order of Life and came to be
known as Shri Krishna Chaitanya, he toured the south of India, preaching the glories of the
Supreme Personality of Godhead. At that time, when in Pandarpur, he found out that his dear
elder brother had also toured south india and had left his body in that holy place. Although
greatly distressed to hear about it, he immediately arranged for a big festival to be organised in
memory of his elder brother. Since that day forth this auspicious purnima tithi in the month of
Bhadra came to be known as Vishwaroop Mahotsav.

This holy day is also the day when the founder acharya of Iskcon, His divine grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, accepted the renounced order of life for the welfare and
deliverance of innumerable fallen conditioned souls in this age of Kali. On this day in the year
1959, in the holy city of Mathura, in Keshav ji gaudiya math, Shrila Prabhupad accepted sanyas
from his godbrother H.H. Bhakti Pragyan Keshav Maharaj, in the presence of his godbrothers
and other assembled vaishnavas. There he gave a talk in English in the assembly of local
devotees, out of which only a handful knew english. Despite the audience not being well versed
in the English language, he spoke in English, as it was the order of his spiritual master to preach
the glories of the Supreme Lord in the English language and being an ardent follower of his
spiritual masters instructions, he chose to speak in English. After taking sanyas he prepared to
go to the west in order to fulfil the instructions of his spiritual master and preach the glories of
the Lord in the English speaking countries, which he did very successfully later on, by enthusing
the youth of that time in America with Krishna Bhakti.

On this auspicious day we beg for the mercy of Sri Viswaroop and Srila PRabhupad so that we
may be able to make advancement in our spiritual lives.