TIMELINE

  • Birth

    Srila Prabhupada was born Abhay Charan De on 1st September 1896 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, at about 4pm to father Gaura Mohan De and mother Rajani Devi.

  • Marriage

    Enters married life with Radharani Datta.

  • Meets his future spiritual master

    Meets for the first time Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami - his future initiating spiritual master - who asks him to preach Lord Chaitanya's mission in the Western countries.

  • Visits his spiritual master

    Visits Vrindavan (the holy land where Lord Krishna spent his childhood) for the first time and hears more from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami.

  • Receives initiation

    Receives formal initiation from his spiritual master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami.

  • Visits his spiritual master

    Travelled to Vrindavan to see his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, who gave him two essential instructions: print books and build temples.

  • Publishes 'Back to Godhead' magazine

    Starts writing and publishing 'Back to Godhead' magazine.

  • Receives title 'Bhaktivedanta'

    Receives the honorary title of 'Bhaktivedanta' from his God-brothers in the Gaudiya Math.

  • Awarded sannyasa

    Awarded sannyasa (the renounced order of life) in Mathura by one of his God-brothers, His Holiness B.P. Kesava Maharaj.

  • Voyage to the USA

    Voyage to the USA aboard the Jaladuta ship lasting one month, during which time he suffers two heart attacks.

  • Arrives in America

    Historic arrival in America. The ship Jaladuta docks at Commonwealth Pier, Boston.

  • Incorporates the International Society for Krishna consciousness (ISKCON)

  • Bhagavad-gītā As It Is abridged edition published by Macmillan

  • Establishes the Governing Body Commission (GBC)

    Srila Prabhupada establishes the Governing Body Commission, the ultimate managing authority of ISKCON.

  • Establishes the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT)

  • Completes the translation of Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta

    Srila Prabhupada completes his translation into English of the Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta.

  • Opens Śrī Śrī Kṛṣṇa-Balarama Temple in Vrindavan

    Srila Prabhupada opens Śrī Śrī Kṛṣṇa-Balarama Temple in Vrindavan, which will later be his final resting place.

  • Departure from the material world

    At the age of 81, Srila Prahupada left the material world in Vrindavan, India.