Chapter 2 – The Custodians of Sri Sri Radha-Gopal Jiu Temple

1. Gadai Giri came from West Bengal.

2. Gadai Giri had a son named Gopal Giri who is famous for initiating the worship of Sri Sri Radha-Gopala Jiu.

3. Dinabandhu Giri was the son of Gopal Giri and he remained on this earth for seventy-five years in the service of Gopala Jiu.

4. The son of Dinabandhu Giri was Abhiram Giri. He gave up his body aged ninety years after spending most of his time in the service of Gopala Jiu.

5. Abhiram Giri’s son was Bhagat Charan Giri. He lived for eighty-two years and for most of his life he did regular seva to Gopala Jiu. He became a kirtana-guru in this locality and was greatly honored by the local Zamindar, from whom he received a certificate to the effect that he was, such a great kirtana leader.

6. Bhagat Charan Giri had two sons-Laksman Giri and Bhikari Giri. Bhikari Giri became a sannyasi at the age of thirty years and spent the rest of his life in Vrndavana. Prior to his taking sannyasa he was a grhastha and had a son named Govinda Giri. Govinda Giri was six years old when his father took sannyasa. Govinda Giri was very, very expert in kirtana. Throughout his eighty-eight years he served Gopala Jiu regularly with great devotion.

7. The next in line as a custodian for the Gopala Jiu Mandir was Bauribandhu Giri, who was the son of Govinda Giri. Bauribandhu Giri had three sons; Gopinath Giri, Jagannath Giri and Dinabandhu Giri. He also had one daughter named Pata Dei Giri, the mother of His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja—Brajabandhu Manik.

8. Bauribandhu Giri handed the custodianship of the temple to his son Gopinath Giri. Gopinath Giri handed the seva of Gopala Jiu over to his son Ghanasyam Giri.

9. Ghanasyam Giri then passed the seva of Gopala Jiu, including the land on which the Gopala temple is situated, to His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja, who was his cousin, in November 1993. His Divine Grace has since established there a very wonderful temple for his most beloved Sri Sri Radha-Gopala Jiu.

This is the village of Gadai Giri. It is most famous; the kirtana party from Gadai Giri is most famous and the deity coming from Vrndavana—Gopala Jiu—is most famous. It is into this great Vaisnava dynasty that His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja was born. The following chapters will reveal the most wonderful life and pastimes of His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja (Brajabandhu Manik). Throughout his entire life, from his very childhood, the deities of Sri Sri Radha-Gopala Jiu were constantly the object of his love, devotion and meditation. In the diary that His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja kept every day without fail, he would start each entry, “By Gopala’s mercy…”

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