From time immemorial, the wise have saught the ultimate truth. In ancient Bharata, the Land of the Nobles, the Vedic Seers delved deep into the glory of the unpercievable world. They returned with the immortal verses of the Veda. Yet, due to the passage of time, most of the philosophical parts have dissappeared, leaving only the ritualistic portion. The philosophical conclusions to the Veda are found in the Upanishads. The teachings therein are referred to as the teachings of Vedanta. Due to the highly incomprehendable nature of the subject matter (God!), an incarnation known as Sri Veda Vyasa descended upon the earth at the beginning of Kali Yuga and composed the Vedanta Sutras:- the Aphorisms on the Supreme.

In this day and age, assailed with useless knowledge and an incapacity of focusing on one topic for any useful length of time, the five main Sampradaya Pravartaka Acharyas (the Founding Acharyas of the Five main Vedantic traditions or Sampradayas) provided the main interpretations upon which even a dullard like myself may be able to comprehend the timeless teachings of the ancient Seers regarding the one unifying principle – Parabrahman – God Almighty.

Four of the main Sampradaya Pravartaka Acharyas are Vaishnava: Sri Nimbarkacharya (6th Century BCE), Ramanuja (11th Century CE), Madhva (13th Century CE) and Vallabha (16th Century). Sri Shankaracharya (6th Century BCE) is Smarta (a monist philosophy focused on approaching the Lord through initially pantheism and then monism).

All the Vedantic Sampradayas were established by the Lord Himself, representing the many valid views that He has allowed us to view Him. The strength of Vedic Dharma is that it is a synthesis of completely different philosophies which work (mostly) in harmony to preserve the scripturally endorsed science of the Lord against the superstitious multitude which have sprung up for their own fame and profit.

Shankha, Chakra and Tilaka of the Nimbarka Sampradaya


Shri Golok Dham Ashram is the name for the Monastery and Mandir complex founded by His Divine Grace ‘Dharmaratna’ Swami Shri Gopal Sharan Devacharya Ji Maharaj at Vrindavana and recently at the new headquarters at Brijwasan, New Delhi.

Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj founded the Ashram with the view of disseminating the teachings of Vaishnavism throughout the world, with the Ashram serving as the locus for all activities. With the grace of his own Gurudev, Param Gurudev Swami Shri Lalita Sharan Devacharya of the Sri Radha Gopal Mandir, Bihari Ji Ki Bageechi, Vrindavan, and the Grace of Thakur Shri Radha Golokavihari Ji Bhagavan, the Ashram provides for the spiritual needs of all visitors.

Shri Golok Dham Ashram, New Delhi

Brijwasan, New Delhi

(Mandir – Shri Radhagolokavihari Bhagavan, Shri Golok Dham Ashram, New Delhi, India)

His Divine Grace, ‘Dharmaratna’ Swami Shri Gopal Sharan Devacharya Ji Maharaj recieved the inspiration for this wonderful complex from the Lord with a view to blessing the devotees with an earthly manifestation of the eternal Nitya Dham Shri Goloka-Vrindavana of Thakur Shri Shri Radha Krsna (known at this Ashram as Sri Sri Radha Golokavihari Ji).

The various facilities at the Ashram include the following:-

Shri Shri Radhagolokavihari Ji Bhagavan, Lalita and Vishakha

Mandir Shri Radha Golokavihari Ji Bhagavan

(Thakur Shri Shri Radha Golokavihari Ji Bhagavan with Lalita and Vishakha Sakhis)

Here in the Sanctum Sanctorum, the Lord is manifest in His eternal glory, accompanied by the Asta Sakhis – Lalita, Vishakha, Rangadevi, Sudevi, Indulekha, Chitralekha, Tungavidya and Champaklata – the epitome of devotion. This is the eternal form of the Lord which Bhagavan Nimbarka revealed as the Scripturally endorsed form of God. Sri Sri Radha Krsna jointly is the original, purest and ultimate Supreme Personality of God. Nimbarkas teachings were given to him by his own Guru, Sri Sri Narada Muni, the foremost propagator of Devotion. True to the teachings of the Sampradaya, Sri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj has enthroned the Lord, seated together, served by the 8 Main Sakhis who each represent the pinnacle of devotion. In this recent picture, a closeup of the Lord has included only Lalita and Vishakha Sakhis…. rest assured the remaining Sakhis are there!

Vaishnavi Mata Shri Sharaneshvari Durga Ma

 Auxillary Mandir of Shri Sharaneshvari Mata (Shri Durga Mata/ Yogamaya Devi)

Shri Sharaneshwari Vaishnavi Durga Devi

As per the teachings of  the 17th Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya, Swami Shri Keshava Kashmiri Bhattacharya Maharaj (13th Century CE), the outer energy of the Lord is Durga Devi, who appeared in the Leela of Shri Radha Krsna as his older sister Shri Yogamaya Devi. She represents the Mula Prakriti or material nature in which we are all immersed. She is also the energy behind the Sacred Mula Mantra of this Sampradaya. While normal Smarta Hindus worship her for the sake of material benefits, Nimbarka Sampradaya teaches that we must offer her and the other exalted Vaisnava Deities worship using the Prasadam of Shri Radha Krsna, so that she may bless us with increased devotion to the feet of Shri Shri Radha Krsna.

   Auxiliary Mandir – Shri Hanuman Ji and Shri Nimbarkacharya Bhagavan
Sri Nimbarka
Sri Amaranidhi Hanuman Ji

Shri Nimbarka Bhagavan and Shri Amaranidhi Hanuman Ji Maharaj

Shri Nimbarka Bhagavan is the 8th Century incarnation of the Sudarshana Chakra of Bhagavan Shri Krsna. He is the propagator of Svabhavika Dvaitadvaita Siddhanta Philosophy – the principle of natural unity in diversity. The Sudarshana Chakra is none other than a manifestation of Aniruddha Vyuha, which is none other than an emanation of Shri Krsna Himself, which further exemplifies the unity in diversity principle. He is also the incarnation of Rangadevi Sakhi, who is an emanation of Shrimati Radha Rani. The two are present in the body of Sri Nimbarka. When he taught the philosophy of the scriptures as it is, he proved to all that the only worshippable Lord is Sri Sri Radha Krsna – the first time the Lord was worshipped as this unified dual principle. Centuries before Sri Ramanujacarya, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Vallabhacharya, Bhagavan Shri Nimbarkacharya taught that the root of salvation lies in the perfect devotion to the Lotus feet of the Lord Sri Sri Radha Krsna. Being the founding personality of our Sampradaya, Sri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj has installed Sri Nimbarkacharya in order that our intelligence is awakened by the light of the Sudarshana Chakra to the devotion of the Lord as the highest path (as elucidated by the Lord Himself in the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita).

Shri Hanuman Ji Maharaj is the leader of Vaisnava devotees, being the partial incarnation of Lord Shiva. He exemplifies devotion in Daasya Bhaava – the feelings of servitude as shown in the Ramayana by his service to Lord Sri Ramacandra. He is also the patron protector of the Vaisnavas – riding on the chariot of Sri Arjuna and Bhagavan Sri Krsna during the battle of the Mahabharata to protect the vehicle from the neuclear missiles, and also scaring off the Islamic fundamentalists led by Mahmud Ghazni as they attacked Shridham Vrindavana in the middle ages. As per the instructions of the Sampradaya, Sri Hanuman Ji is offered remnants of the offerings to the Lord Almighty, as he is the representative of all the Vaisnavas – and a benediction is saught: May he bless us with unflinching devotion to the Lotus feet of the Supreme.


Sri Saranesvara Mahadeva
Shivalaya – Mandir of Shri Sharaneshvara Mahadeva

Shri Sharaneshvara Mahadeva – the King of all Vaisnava Deities

Shri Shiva Shankara Bhagavan is non-different to the Lord. He represents the emanation controlling the regulation of living entities, and also represents the principle of the Spritual Master – as it is from Lord Shiva’s lotus mouth that we hear the Ramayana and the Pancharatra scriptures for the first time. He is also the protector of Vrindavana and the only deity to gain entry into the eternal Rasa Lila as Gopishvara Mahadeva. By His grace, one can understand the more subtle principles of Vedanta and Devotional Philosophy. By His grace, a simpleton can become a great devotee – so we worship Lord Shiva in order that he bless us to become true devotees of the Lord. Sri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj has installed the Lord as Sharaneshvara – the Lord of all those who are called ”Sharana” (those who are initiated into Nimbarka Sampradaya are given a spiritual name with the appelation Sharana – one who seeks the shelter of the Lord). Sharaneshwara is therefore the Lord of all the Nimbarka Sampradaya’s disciples – and with His grace, we gain the correct knowledge which allows the proper execution of the devotional principles.

  • Yajnashala – Sacrificial Pavillion

The Yajnashala is constructed according to the dimensions laid out in the Yajurveda, and the Yajnashala’s Havan Kund is more than 6ft deep. Daily Homa’s are conducted with the Sacred Mula Gopala Mantra for the pleasure of the Divine Couple Shri Radha Krsna, who pervades the Vedas, and is thus pleased with Vedic Sacrifices. Only the best grains and ghee (made from the milk of the Ashrams own cows) are offered here to the accompaniment of Vedic Mantras by our Brahmacharis. On special occasions, the Yajnashala transforms into a scene from by-gone Vedic eras, with expert Vedic Vaisnava Brahmanas performing great Mahayajnas on a yearly basis. So far, the Ashram has held Sri Sudarsana Mahayajna, Sri Gopala Mahayajna, Sri Rudra Yajna, Sri Saraneshvari Mahayanja, Sri Shatachandi Mahayajna and Sri Krsna Mahayajna.

Sri Hari Gaushala
Shri Hari Gaushala – Home of the Lord’s Cows

Sri Sadgurudeva’s love for the respected Gau Mata is manifested in the Shri Hari Gaushala, in which more than 20 Cows and their offspring are cared for. Milk is only taken from the cows once their calfs have had their fill of their mothers milk, the rest is used by the Ashram for offering to Sri Sri Radhagolokavihari Ji Bhagavan. Buttermilk, Ghee, Yoghurt and hot Milk are all offered to the Lord daily – whether through Havan or through the sumptuous bhoga offerings. Sri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj comes daily to the Gaushala at 4am in order to have darshana of Gau Mata, and feed her ‘Gur’ – or jaggery (her favorite!). His personal observation is that just by caring for the cow; by feeding her, petting her, arranging for her care, we can all feel a little bit closer to the divine. At the very least, he assures us that our stresses can be forgotten in her presence – very, very true!

Brahmachari Ashram

Swami Sri Govinda Dev Giri Ji (Sri Kishora Vyasa) with Brahmacharis and Devotees, March 18th 2008

Through the boundless grace of Sri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj, the provision for the education, boarding and lodging of over 20 Brahmacharis has been arranged, and the Brahmacharis are devoted to serving the Lord and his Ashram. On many occasions, great Saints of India bless the Brahmacharis through their lectures and books. Devotees who visit the Ashram are always warmly welcomed and attended to by the Brahmacharis (all of whom are Vaisnava Brahmanas) – even though their social status is very esteemed. This is because in the eyes of the Lord, we are all equal, and more importantly, we are all one family. Sri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj is most benevolent, as most Brahmacharis were in unfortunate circumstances before their admission into Sri Golok Dham. Sri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj ki Jay!

4th Patotsavam 9th-18th March 2008

Shri Sant Nivas, Gurudeva’s Kutir and Bhakta Nivasa

Sri Sadgurudev Ji’s influence is not only present in India, but worldwide. Whenever devotees from out of Delhi and overseas visit the Ashram they are given a clean, comfortable room in the Bhakta Nivasa, comprising of three floors and more than 20 rooms. The Ashram is a monestary, and devotees are always willing to make sure that the rooms are left in the tidy manner they were found. The rooms have been kindly sponsored by many families, and the hope is that eventually, devotees will take up residence for parts of the year at the Ashram to facilitate their spiritual progress. Sri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj resides in the Kutir, where the office, audience hall and a rasoi are housed. Also, the Santa Nivas is found on the top floor, providing residence for visiting Swamis. Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj’s Bhajan Goopha is located in the basement where his personal deities are privately worshipped, and his own Sadhanas can be practised in tranquility. He finishes his Puja at around 10am, after which he recieves all visiting devotees in the audience hall.

This year, as a part of the 4th Patotsavam (anniversary festival), Sri Sadgurudeva Ji Maharaja had invited His Holiness Acharya Swami Shri Govindadeva Giri Ji, of Dharma Shree, Puna ( to bless us all with a 9 day recounting of the Shrimad Devi Bhagavatam which was broadcast live on Aastha TV worldwide.

Sri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj with Swami Shri Govindadev Giri Ji

(Shri Sadgurudeva Ji Maharaja with Swami Shri Govindadeva Giri Ji Maharaja on 9th March 2008)

Swami Govindadeva Giri Ji Maharaja is an exceptional Saint who truly is devoted to the Guru, Shastra and Bhagavan. His eloquence, intelligence, style devotion and dedication to Vaidika Sanatana Dharma is exceptional amongst Saints in India. It was truly God and Guru’s choicest blessings that we were afforded the chance to wallow in the river of purifying bliss that is the discourses of Swami Ji on the Shrimad Devi Bhagavatam.

The festival began with Phulera Dooja – the anniversary of the appearance day of Sri Sri Radha Golokavihari Ji Maharaj in New Delhi. The day commenced with Abhishekam of the deities in the sanctum sanctorum, followed by Aarati and Prarthana. Then the Lord was taken joyously out on Procession throughout the grounds of the Ashram.

Ratha Yatra 9th March

Shri Shri Radha Golokavihari Ji Maharaja begins His sojourn through the Ashram’s extensive grounds

The Ratha headed around the perimeter of the Ashram in a Parikrama fashion until it reached the Gaushalla, where the Lord enjoyed watching the Gau Puja performed on a few new-born calves. All the devotees enjoyed being blessed by Gau Mata!

Shri Shri Radha Golokavihari Ji Maharaja begins His sojourn through the Ashram’s extensive grounds

The Ratha headed around the perimeter of the Ashram in a Parikrama fashion until it reached the Gaushalla, where the Lord enjoyed watching the Gau Puja performed on a few new-born calves. All the devotees enjoyed being blessed by Gau Mata!

Gau Puja 9th March

Gau Pujanam – offering our respects to the origin of our Sustenance – the Cow.

After the Ratha Yatra left the Gaushala back towards the Mandir, the fervour and joy of the devotees increased with lovely kirtan and dancing along the route. Once the Lord had been escorted back inside the Mandir, the great occasion of the Anniversary Mahapuja began.

Thakur Jis Puja 9th March

What a divine sight! Sri Sri Radha Golokavihari Bhagavan Ki Jay! Sadgurudev Ji Maharaja Ki Jay! Swami Ji Maharaja Ki Jay!

Shri Sadgurudeva Ji Maharaja and Swami Shri Govindadeva Giri Ji Maharaja offered 1008 Tulasi Manjaris and 1008 Lotus Flowers to the Lotus feet of Thakur Shri Shri Radha Golokavihari Ji Maharaja for their pleasure. The 1000 names of the Lord from the Shri Gopala Sahasranamam were read out by the accompanying Pandits of Swamiji, from his Ashram in Pune.

After that, the special Raj Bhoga aarati was performed by Shri Sadgurudeva Ji Maharaja and Swami Ji Maharaja, much to the delight of the devout followers present.


Shrita-kamala-kucha-mandala Dhrita-kundala e!Kalita-lalita-vana-mala Jaya Jayadeva Hare!! –

Aarati Sung daily for the Lord; written by the 12th Century Nimbarki from Orissa, the famous, Sri Jayadeva Kavi.

The evening programme started with the beginning of the Katha which would continue the following day and every day after that in the morning from 10AM to 1PM, broadcast live from the Ashram around the world on Astha TV.


Shri Swami Ji Maharaja on the final day of the Katha handing out Prasadam to all the devotees.

Everyday we were treated to the wondrous pastimes of the illusory potency of the Lord. Yogamaya, Durga Devi, Vaishnavi Mata – all names for the Bahiranga Shakti we know as Maya. In this Purana, which accepts Shri Krsna as the Supreme God Almighty, the accounts are given about the Devi and her activities in a former Kalpa; previous to the age described by the Shrimad Bhagavatam. It was nice to see what went on in the former ages, and how the most beneavolent Devi saved those who saught her shelter, and also how she served the Lord. Shri Krsna Janma also was celebrated as the topic came up in the Shrimad Devi Bhagavatam. Shiva Paarvati Vivaha – the wedding of Shri Uma Maheshvara was also celebrated, as was Shri Durga Puja. The Katha was and remains an unforgettable experience, and we are deeply grateful to Swami Ji Maharaja.

Please click on the following thumbnails to get the ‘bigger picture’!