Departure of His Holiness Bhakti Vrajendranandana Maharaja

By Janananda Goswami

HH Bhaktivrajendranandana Maharaja was born in Malaysia. He came to the UK to study where he joined ISKCON in 1971 in Birmingham. He was around 33 years old at the time of joining. Subhag, now swami, was his inspiration at that time and remained so throughout his life. He then moved to Bury Place temple in early 1972 and served selflessly there for several years - he was known as the simple hard working, surrendered brahmacari who would never miss anything. He received initiation in July 1972 from Srila Prabhupada on Trafalgar Square, receiving the name Vrajendra Kumar. For years he travelled throughout the UK distributing books until his move to India in 1975 where he took up the responsibility of temple commander in Vrndavana. He would occasionally return to Europe for sankirtan and raising funds for India. In 1979 along with two other devotees he returned to his home country and they established the Malaysian yatra on firm grounds.

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