Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the unification of the highest divine principle, Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. He appeared in this dark age of hypocrisy to take the living beings out of the desperation of this mortal world and bring them back to their eternal home, where they will find perfect and endless happiness. For this purpose, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu introduced Sri Krsna sankirtan, the congregational singing of Krsna’s Holy Name. In order to fulfill this mission, many devotees appeared, and are still appearing.
At the beginning of the last century, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupad – the founder of Caitanya Math and well-known Gaudiya Maths – took on this mission. He accepted and helped everyone who was even slightly attracted by Krsna or Mahaprabhu. Every Gaudiya Math center gives everyone the chance to associate with saintly people, sadhu-sanga, which before this time was not possible. Sadhu-sanga is the most valuable thing that may help us in our spiritual progress.
'sadhu-sanga', 'sadhu-sanga' — sarva-sastre kaya
lava-matra sadhu-sange sarva-siddhi haya
“The verdict of all revealed scriptures is that by even a moment's association with a saintly person (sadhu), one can attain all success.”
For this reason, many of his disciples and followers founded their own Maths and Missions, in which they continue to preach the teachings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. All the different Gaudiya Maths continue to serve Mahaprabhu’s purpose – to provide the chance of having saintly association and to distribute the congregational chanting of Krsna’s Holy Name throughout the whole planet. In 1997, our most beloved Gurudev, Om Visnupad Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhav Puri Gosvami Maharaj, with the age of 84, came for the first time to western countries.
While in the western countries, Guru Maharaj was especially pleased with the service of the devotees at the Vienna bhakti yoga center. Therefore, in the year 2000, he installed the deities of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. Since the temple was, and still is, in a rented building, Guru Maharaj would often express his desire to build for Radha-Govinda Their own temple, so that every visitor or devotee may have the chance to look at their beautiful figure and at the same time get the chance to serve Them.
He officially requested to have this wish fulfilled by his beloved disciple Krsna Das – to whom he gave sanyasa initiation in 2003 and changed his name to Bhakti Sadhak Muni Maharaj.
Sri Sri Radha-Govinda Gaudiya Math has been visited by many distinctive teachers, bringing Mahaprabhu’s message to the west. In addition to Guru Maharaj, guest teachers have included: Srila Bhakti Vallabh Tirtha Maharaj (Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math), Srila Bhakti Vedanta Narayan Maharaj (Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti), Srila Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Maharaj (Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math), Srila Bhakti Vicar Visnu Maharaj (Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math), Srila Bhakti Vicar Visnu Maharaj (Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mission), Srila Bhakti Kamala Govinda Maharaj (Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mission), Srila Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Maharaj (Vrinda) , Srila Jayapataka Svami (ISKCON), Srila Bhakti Tirtha Svami (ISKCON), Srila Bhakti Kamala Tirtha Maharaj.
All of these prominent guests were satisfied with the hosting and care provided by the resident devotees in Vienna. Above all, they appreciated the high standard of devotional service in the Math, as practiced under the guidance of Srila BS Muni Maharaj. After many years of constant planning, the collecting of necessary funds, and searching for the right place for a new temple, we finally found a suitable location, measuring 8000m2.
At this time, we are finished with developing the architectural plans for project, and have received permission to proceed with building. We have already started to build the new temple, which included the installation of Sri Anantasesa – who carry the whole temple on his thousands of hoods.
Although our financial situation and available manpower are not enough for a project of such magnitude, we believe that by the mercy of Gurudev, Vaisnavas and the Supreme Lord many sincere souls will be inspired to participate in this extraordinary spiritual project. The benefit, which will come to those who contribute, is described by Sri Krsna to His friend Uddhava, in Srimad Bhagavatam.
mandiram karayed drdham
“One should engage religious, wealthy men who take it as their duty to support daily worship, special occasions and festivals, in building temples and attractive flower gardens for the Lord.”
dattva mat-sarstitam iyat
“One who offers the deity gifts of land, markets, cities and villages so that the regular daily worship and special festivals of the deity may go on continually will achieve wealth equal to Mine.”
tribhir mat-samyatam iyat
“By installing the deity of the Lord one becomes king of the entire Earth, by building a temple for the Lord one becomes ruler of the three worlds, by worshiping and serving the deity one goes to the planet of Lord Brahma, and by performing all three of these activities one achieves a transcendental form like Mine.”
The major portion of the interior work and technical installation will be done by Vaisnavas and friends. If you feel inspired by this project and would like to contribute to the building of the new temple for Radha-Govinda in Traiskirchen, you may contact us:
- 0043-1-812 05 74
- 0043-650-351 89 04
If you have the capacity to support us financially please help liberally.
"Verein für Hindu Gaudiya Vaisnavas -Projekt Vereinssitz Wienersdorf/Traiskirchen"
IBAN: AT39 12000 1000 80 69 725
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