Important Places of
Sri Gaudiya Math, BagBazar
The main preaching emporium of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Vani.
Sri Bhaktivinoda Asana:
In the metropolis of Kolkata, in order to preach the teachings and ideals of Śrīman Mahāprabhu, in November of 1918, Śrīla Prabhupāda established
“Śrī Bhaktivinoda Āsana” at No. 1 Ultadanga Junction Road, in a house rented for fifty rupees per month. From thisŚrī Bhaktivinoda Āsana, Śrīla Prabhupāda conducted preaching activities in numerous places. On October 3, 1930, in the presence of Śrīla Prabhupāda and to the accompaniment of an immense nagara–saṅkīrtana procession, the śrī vigraha (Śrī Śrī Guru-Gaurāṅga Śrī Gaura-Vinodānanda-jīu) arrive by a chariot at Śrī Gauḍīya Maṭha in Baghbazar.
Sri Mandir with Nine domes:
On September 26, 1928, Śrīla Prabhupāda inaugurated the foundation of Śrī Gauḍīya Maṭha at Baghbazar, and on October 5, 1930, he renamed Śrī Bhaktivinoda Āsana as “Śrī Gauḍīya Maṭha”. From this time onwards, this Baghbazar Śrī Gauḍīya Maṭha became the main headquarters of the Gauḍīya Mission. The construction of this temple was fully financed by Śrī Jagabandhu Datta (Bhakti-rañjana), a most distinguished recipient of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s mercy. The upper portion of this temple is wrought with unprecedented craftsmanship into nine domes representing the nine limbs of bhakti, and the whole body of the temple is beautifully tiled in white stone. Across the lower portion of the temple, Śrīla Prabhupāda’s characteristics and the true identity of the Gauḍīya Maṭha are written out in a deeply philosophical manner per the Gauḍīya perspective. Inside the temple, the śrī vigraha of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Śrī Vinodānanda-jīu established by Śrīla Prabhupāda is being served to this day. Atop the tallest dome, flies the victory flag representing Achintya-Bhedābheda-Siddhānta, and above that, the Sudarśana-chakra, guardian of Rupānugasiddhānta, stands resplendent.
Sarasvata Sravana Sadana – Natya Mandir:
The nāṭya-Mandira (“dance hall”) is known as the Śrī SārasvataŚravaṇaSadana(“the SārasvataAbode of Hearing”). This is an immensely important limb of the Gauḍīya Maṭha. In this temple room, Śrī Śrī Guru-GaurāṅgaGāndhārvikāGiridhārī’svāṇī-Maya-vigraha, Their divine form as sound vibration, or vācaka-avatāra (“verbal incarnation”), is worshipped eternally by the Vaiṣṇavas. In other words, śravaṇa and kīrtana are carried out in this temple room. In the back of this nāṭya-Mandira, facing the deities, are the Gauḍīya guru-Varga, majestic in their succession of ācāryas.
Srila Prabhupada’s Bhajana-Kutira & the place of his disappearance:
Śrīla Prabhupāda’sbhajana-kuṭīrais situated in the northeast corner of the main temple, on the upper floor. Śrīla Prabhupāda resided in these quarters. The articles he utilized are preserved here. He performed his disappearance pastimes in these quarters.
Brihad-Mridanga Bhagavata Yantralaya:
In 1932, at 243/2 Upper Circular Road, Kolkata, Śrīla Prabhupāda established a publishing house by the name “Gauḍīya Printing Works” in order to print the weekly Gauḍīya and other Gauḍīya granthas. Later, in 1935, as per Śrīla Prabhupāda’s wishes, this press house was moved to the Kolkata Śrī Gauḍīya Maṭha at Baghbazar.
Sri Sarasvata Asana / Para-Vidya-Pitha
In July of 1928, Śrīla Prabhupāda revealed the Śrī Sārasvata Āsana at Śrī Bhaktivinoda Āsana in Kolkata, modeled after the Parā-vidyā-pīṭha at Śrī Caitanya Maṭha in ŚrīdhāmaMāyāpura, for the study of spiritual scriptures, and to facilitate the Bhakti-śāstrī, SampradāyaVaibhava, and Sārvabhauma examinations. He himself began teaching on a regular basis as the head teacher, thus encouraging all aspiring students as well as the sevakas in the Maṭha to study. Later, when Bhaktivinoda Āsana was re-established as the Śrī Gauḍīya Maṭha in Baghbazar, Śrī Sārasvata Āsana was moved there. This Śrī Sārasvata Āsana is known as the “Gauḍīya Mission Parā-vidyā-pīṭha Research Institute”.