The fourteen-day long religious ceremony of Srimad-Bhagavatam discourse organized by Sri Bhagavatashrama Pratishthana, Bhandarakeri Matha, Udupi in Girinagar, Bangalore concluded on 14 Feb 2015 in the presence of His Holiness Sri Vishwesha Tirtha Sripada of Pejavara Matha who presided over the function and other dignitaries including Sri Madhu Pandita Dasa, President of ISKCON Bangalore who was invited as the special guest.
Addressing the devotees taking part in the ceremony, His Holiness Shri Vidyesha Tirtha Sripada of Bhandarakeri Matha acclaimed the activities of ISKCON aimed at spreading Krishna-bhakti all around the world. He said, “Through ISKCON, Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa is engaged not only in involving devotees in Krishna-bhakti-gana (glorifying the Lord with devotion) but also in Krishna-bhukti-dana (distribution of Krishna-prasadam) through Akshaya Patra. Just like sankirtan which has got special significance in Kali-yuga, even charity such as Anna-dana has got a significant value.”
Sri Madhu Pandita Dasa, in his speech, glorified Srila Prabhupada who took the essential teachings of Sri Madhvacharya all over the world. “Srila Prabhupada did the preaching work with two important activities – Hare Krishna mantra and Krishna prasadam. Just like an iron rod kept for a long time in fire acquires the qualities of fire, any person chanting Hare Krishna mantra will also be spiritualized irrespective of his background,” he said. He also mentioned that Srila Prabhupada, a few years before leaving for America for preaching mission, came to Udupi temple and had darshan of Lord Krishna to seek His blessings.
On this occasion, Sri Madhu Pandita Dasa was felicitated by Sri Bhandarakeri Swamiji following the release of a book titled “Sadachara Darpana” authored by Vidwan H. S. Satyanarayanachar.
Bhandarakeri is one of the mathas established by Sri Madhvacharya for out-of-temple preaching mission, apart from the eight mathas which were intended for serving Lord Krishna in the temple of Udupi. His Holiness Sri Vidyesha Tirtha Sripada is heading Bhandarakeri Matha since his acceptance of sannyasa at the age of 24. He had graced the Krishna Balarama Ratha Yatra festival celebrated at ISKCON Bangalore earlier this year.