About Us

Mayapur Academy is located at ISKCON Mayapur, situated on the beautiful banks of the Ganges River, in Mayapur, West Bengal, India. It is a joint educational initiative of the Mayapur Deity Department and ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry. Its prime function is to train devotees who aspire to take the role of temple pūjārīs and brāhmaṇas who are capable of fulfilling the needs of ISKCON communities.

MayapurMayapur Academy has been established to fulfill Śrīla Prabhupāda’s desire for the development of deity worship and brahminical culture in ISKCON. By creating an educational institution of excellence in Mayapur to teach brahminical culture, arts and sciences, deity worship, cooking, saṁskāras etc. this vision will be fulfilled.

Mayapur Academy is open to all initiated devotees.

Our thanks must go to our growing network of volunteers and well-wishers. Without their support in the form of service and donations, Mayapur Academy would not be where it is today. Remember, you could be part of our team too, raising brahminical consciousness worldwide. Why not volunteer, or help support our project?

 

History

In 1972, Śrīla Prabhupāda instructed Jananivāsa Prabhu, “to train up pūjārīs“, and Jananivāsa  Prabhu has steadfastly worshiped Their Lordships Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Mādhava, and trained others to do the same, for the past 35 years. However he still felt that there was room to improve and expand his service, especially in regards to systematically training larger groups of devotees from around the world.

Following the success of a deity worship course offered during the Mayapur Festival, Jananivāsa Prabhu turned to Nṛsiṁha Kavaca Prabhu and asked, “So when are we opening a school?”  From this was born the idea of creating a specialized academy in Mayapur to provide extensive brahminical training.

After years of planning, curriculum development and construction, Mayapur Academy was formally opened on the 7th December 2007. Amongst the guests were His Holiness Jayapatākā  Swami and His Holiness Jayādvaita Swami, who both formally cut the opening ribbon together. Jayapatākā Swami praised Mayapur Academy saying, “This is like a dream come true”, adding that, “it was Prabhupāda’s desire that devotees get trained in the pañcarātrika system here in Mayapur’.

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Facilities

Mayapur Academy has a unique complement of dedicated teaching facilities. The Academy has classrooms with separate rooms for deity dressing with sets of deities to train in different aspects of deity dressing, a deity kitchen classroom with eight six-gas-burner stoves, a lecture room, and a library with an expanding collection of devotional literature.

The excellent facilities at Mayapur Academy ensure that each student has a clean and structured learning environment to maximize the benefits of learning the brahminical arts.

Mayapur Academy campus is located on the second floor of the Caitanya Bhavan, just a few minutes walk from the Rādhā-Mādhava Temple.

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Our Team – Teaching Staff

 

Bhānu Swami

Bhānu Swami was initiated in 1971 by Śrīla Prabhupāda, who personally instructed him in deity worship. Within ISKCON he has become an authority on the topic. He is a scholar in Sanskrit and Bengali, and has translated fifteen significant Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava works into English. Bhānu Swami has studied a variety of disciplines including astrology. His depth of scholarship has enabled him to create presentations on topics like astrology, karma, reincarnation, yoga and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, and he presents these as he travels the world, enlivening those he meets with heartfelt spiritual intellectualism.

He is a GBC member, spending time in South India and Japan.

When at Mayapur Academy, he teaches the Vedic Astrology unit.

Jananivāsa Dāsa

Has been worshiping Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Mādhava in Śrīdhāma Māyāpur since 1971. He was instructed by Śrīla Prabhupāda in the worship of deities and was also requested by Śrīla Prabhupāda to teach deity worship. His sincerity and purity are exemplary for the entire Vaiṣṇava community. He is the spiritual head and the inspiration behind Mayapur Academy.

Ādi Puruṣa Dāsa

Is a regular teacher at the VIHE. He also travels the globe facilitating various śāstric courses. Each year he facilitates the Brahminical Culture & Ethics Unit.

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Ānanda Līlā Devī Dāsī

Is a co-facilitator of several courses. She is a full-time resident of Mayapur.

Ānanda Tīrtha Dāsa

Is a member of the management team and the teaching staff. He facilitates the Saṁskāras and Mantra Units. He was trained at the Bhaktivedanta Academy (Mayapur Gurukula). He is also the correspondence secretary for the GBC.

Dāmodara Paṇḍita Dāsa

Is a member of the curriculum development team as well as co-ordinator and facilitator for the cooking course.

Jayānanda Dāsa

Is a co-facilitator 0f several courses and is a member of the management team. He is the Deity Worship Ministry representative in North America.

Keśavī Devī Dāsī

Is a facilitator for the dressmaking course, and assists with the Arcana Course in Bengali. She is a full-time resident of Mayapur.

Kūrma Caitanya Dāsa

Is the facilitator for the dressing course in both English/Russian and Bengali. He is a full-time resident of Mayapur.

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Mādhurya Mādhavī Devī Dāsī

Is a co-facilitator of several courses. She is a full-time resident of Mayapur.

Nṛsiṁha Kavaca Dāsa

Is a member of the management and curriculum development team. He co-facilitates several courses, and is the director of Mayapur Academy. He is also the GBC Minister for Deity Worship.

Rādhā Sundarī Devī Dāsī

Is a member of the management team and teaches the ladies Saṁskāras Unit. Apart from being a busy mother, is also the secretary for the GBC EC.

Stuti Devī Dāsī

Facilitates the flower arranging course. She is a full-time resident of Mayapur.