No one can speak with more authority and inspiration about Sri Sri Radha Madhava than their first full-time pujari, Sriman Jananivas prabhu. Along with his twin brother Pankajanghri prabhu, they served the Deities of ISKCON Mayapur without any break, thus setting the high standard for worship of Their Lordships. Jananivas even vowed never to leave the boundary of ISKCON Mayapur. However, for Their service to build the TOVP he went on several tours to raise funds.
Srila Prabhupada personally commented on their service:
“Only the Deity program is going nicely,” he remarked. Referring to the two English identical-twin brothers who are the head pujaris, Prabhupada declared, “The two brothers Pankajanghri and Jananivasa – there is no comparison. Everyone should know, there is no complaint.”
A TRANSCENDENTAL DIARY VOL. 1 – 2/18/76, Mayapur
In this video he gives some glimpses into Their history since 1971. For more details, please read these articles:
This year celebrates Jananivasa’s 50th anniversary as ISKCON Mayapur Head Pujari, and also commemorates chota Radha Madhava’s 50th anniversary in Mayapur. Both historic occasions will be observed during the Radha Madhava Golden Jubilee Festival from March 2 – 5.
These four days will be packed with ecstatic activities for all present (and viewable live on Mayapur TV), including kirtans, talks by senior devotees and leaders, dramas, dances, and a truly amazing abhisheka ceremony that will include ten types of abhishekas for Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Madhava.
Devotees can take advantage of this auspicious celebration by sponsoring an abhisheka for Sri Sri Radha Madhava or a Radha Madhava Brick that will be inscribed with your name and placed under Their altar.
Visit the Radha Madhava Golden Jubilee Festival page for more details and sponsor an abhisheka or brick TODAY!
The photos below are of Jananivas and Pankajanghri in the 1970’s.
The TOVP Announces – Radha Madhava Golden Jubilee Festival, March 2 – 5, 2022
Celebrating 5 Anniversaries in 1 Festival
The TOVP Team is pleased to announce the upcoming, all-auspicious Radha Madhava Golden Jubilee Festival from March 2 – 5, 2022. This will be a festival to top all festivals, commemorating the anniversary of five important events in the history of ISKCON:
- 50th Anniversary of Chota Radha Madhava’s Installation
- 50th Anniversary of the ISKCON Mayapur Gaur Purnima Festival
- 50th Anniversary of Prabhupada Laying the TOVP Cornerstone
- 50th Anniversary of Jananivas Prabhu as Mayapur Head Pujari
- 100th Anniversary of Prabhupada Receiving Bhaktisiddhanta’s Order
For more information visit the Radha Madhava Golden Jubilee Festival page on the TOVP website.
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