Our Courses

Mayapur Academy offers innovative courses for devotees interested in developing their skills and ability as pūjārīs and brāhmaṇas.

Applications for Diploma, Certificate and Bengali Arcana Courses are open to all initiated devotees in good standing, who are at least 16 years old. While preference will be given to those with brahminical initiation, devotees with first initiation and gurukula devotees may also apply. Application to attend the course does not automatically guarantee that the devotee will be accepted. We consider all applications individually before notifying prospective students of acceptance.

For the duration of the course, devotees are required to attend the full morning program, follow the 4 regulative principles, and chant at least 16 rounds of japa every day.


Diploma Course

Language: English and Russian

Duration: 4 months

The Diploma Course presents a relevant and challenging response to current demands of deity worship and brahminical services in ISKCON. Our instructors are some of the finest and most qualified devotees in their fields, who have been chosen for their ability to impart brahminical knowledge, values and attitudes. Underpinning the academic structure is a developing base of support from staff members, senior devotees, well-wishers and patrons.


Certificate Course

Language: English and Russian

Duration: varies – 1-4 weeks per unit

The Certificate Course is also available for eligible devotees having a special interest in a particular course unit. They may enroll in individual units, and upon successful completion, will receive a Mayapur Academy certificate. Students who later enroll in the Diploma Course will be awarded credit for units previously studied in the Certificate Course.


Arcana Course

Language: Bengali

Duration: 10 weeks

In the summer months, Mayapur Academy also offers an Arcana Course in Bengali language.



During the annual Gaura-pūrṇimā festival in Mayapur, Mayapur Academy offers a range of seminars including cooking, dressing and other aspects of deity worship.