Departure of Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami
Posted October 5, 2006
It is with great regret and lamentation that we announce the sudden departure of Sripad Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami at approximately 12:15 AM Kolkata time, October 2nd, 2006, in Kolkata India. Sripad Maharaja, as he was affectionately known by his followers, was sixty-nine years old.
Sripad Maharaja was staying in the Bhaktivedanta Institute flat in Kolkata with four assistants, Brajendra Kumar, Brajapati, Brihaspati and Gunam Canda Singh. He had been receiving treatment for the injury he sustained in the grenade attack at Janmastami in ISKCON's Manipur temple.
Just before midnight Maharaja called for Brajendra Kumar prabhu complaining of severe pain in his shoulder. Over the next few minutes he became breathless, and before a doctor could be called, he departed this mortal world for the transcendental realm. Because of the time, a doctor could only be called later this morning. He confirmed the cause of death as ventricular fibulation leading to cardiac arrest.
At the time of writing, 9 AM October 2 2006, the intention is to take the body of Sripada Maharaja first to Imphal, Manipur on an 11 AM flight, and thence to New Delhi this evening, and then on to Radha-kunda. It was Maharaja's wish that he be put into samadhi in Radha-kunda. However because of the necessary preparations that have to be made for transporting his body, clearance of airline regulations etc. it may not be possible to go to Imphal. In this case his body will be flown directly to New Delhi most likely this afternoon.
The devotees of ISKCON Mayapur wish to express their shock and grief at the departure of Sripad Maharaja, and offer their most heartfelt condolences and prayers to the disciples and associates of Sripad Maharaja whose hearts must surely be burning in the fire of separation at the loss of their beloved spiritual master.
We will keep the devotee community advised via the internet as further information becomes available. Anyone wishing to ring may contact the Kolkata Vice President, Sriman Varada Krishna prabhu on +09331260760.
On behalf of ISKCON Mayapur
Your humble servant,