It is winter time again. Time to spend months in the serene atmosphere of Mayapur Dham, diving deep into Srila Prabhupad’s purports. Time to come together to be guided by expert devotees who are eager to open for you the treasure house of Srila Prabhupada. Yes, it is time to sit down at the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha Madhava and Pancatattva to seriously engage in sastric st udies with Mayapur Institute.

Our offerings for the upcoming semester:

  • Bhakti-pravesa: “Vaishnavis’ special” pre-cursor course to Bhakti-sastri
  • Bhakti-sastri: an updated student-friendly course (gender-separate)
  • Bhakti-vaibhava: Drinking the nectarian Srimad-Bhagavatam –  Module 1: Cantos 1 to 3 & Module 2: Cantos 4 to 6
  • Gaura-purnima Courses

Our Founder-acarya’s padma-vakya:

“I am stressing at this point that all of my students shall be very much conversant with the philosophy of Krishna consciousness, and that they should read our books very diligently at least one or two hours daily and try to understand the subject matter from varieties of angles.”

-(June 16, 1972) -His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Mayapur Institute understands the importance of the above statement and is providing a perfect facility to fulfill this essential requirement of devotees all round the world.

The immense benefits devotees have reaped by taking to systematic study of our courses conducted consistently over years stand as tall testimony to our humble services in ful filling the orders of our Founder-acarya Srila Prabhupada.

2Bhakti-sastri for Men

In our penchant for providing a consistent value added learning experience to our students, our Education Board has further refined this flagship course. With broadened aims and restructured units Mayapur Institute Bhakti-sastri course is now one of the finest opportunities provided for discerning students to systematically access and explore.

You will find this sweet nectarean experience even more relish able and enriched in culture of devotion, being expertly and lovingly taught by sanguine devotees like Kadamba Kanana Swami, Devamrita Swami, Bhakti Brihat Bhagavat Swami, BVV Narasimha Swami and Hanumat Prasaka Swami.

This dynamic course will help you to:

  • Appreciate and fully assimilate Srila Prabhupada’s mood and mission in your own personal life and for ISKCON’s future.
  • Become even more focused in your personal sadhana by living Srila Prabhupada’s teachings.
  • Deepen your understanding of Mahaprabhu’s unfathomable mercy for this Kali-yuga afflicted masses.
  • Arm you for your battle in the preaching field with an unrivalled weaponry of slokas and quotes, thereby.
  • Make you an even more worthy soldier in Srila Prabhupada’s army.

The learning experience entwined with energetic exercises such as group works, drawings, discussions, roles plays adds a different and enjoyable dimension to your scriptural understanding.

Women’s Sastric Courses

3It has been the specialty of the Mayapur Institute to provide tailor made sastric courses for women both at introductory and advanced levels. They are also taught by a exclusive women faculty ranging from very experienced Prabhupada disciples to expert teachers of the next generation.

Year after year Vaishnavis from all over the world converge at Mayapur Institute to take advantage of this uniquely rich sastric training courses so expertly guided by an endearing faculty consisting of Laximoni devi dasi, Su-gita Vani Devi Dasi, Shyamala Sakhi Devi Dasi and others. Their offerings for the benefit of ISKCON’s Vaishnavi community include:

  • Bhakti-pravesa Course – Starts November 5th
  • Bhakti-sastri Course – Oct 28 2013 – Feb 7th 2014

Bhakti-pravesa course

The course aims at carefully leading aspiring vaishavis to enter the temple of devotion, allowing Bhakti- devi to fill your heart with the practices and principles of devotional service. The course helps devotees to apply these principles in their everyday dealings and experiences and thereby reinvent themselves as practicing Vaishnavis leaving behind a materialistic life driven by passion and ignorance.

The course content covers:

  • Vaishnava etiquette
  • Basic deity worship
  • Overview study of Srila Prabhupada’s books
    • Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta
    • Bhagavad Gita as it is
    • Nectar of instruction
  • Effective preaching skills and strategies
  • An insight into Srila Prabhupada’s mood and mission

The course is designed to make the Vaishnavis understand and practice:

  1. Taking shelter of senior devotees, building a relationship of love and trust with newcomers, thereby nurturing loving relationships with ISKCON
  2. The art of leading a stable and responsible Krishna conscious grihastha life as per the teach ings of Srila Prabhupada
  3. Radiating Krishna conscious values thereby positively influencing self, families and the community at large

The Vaishnavis will also be benefited with a better understanding of the science of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, enriching the experience of their japa and kirtan.

While retaining all the essential ingredients of the Bhakti-sastri course, this Vaishnavis’ special from the Mayapur Institute has carved its own niche in the hearts of so many students all over the world.

The course has become known for providing in-depth understanding of the women’s role in ISKCON as envisioned by the greatest spiritual revolutionary of the modern times—our Founder-acarya Srila Prabhupada.

The secure environs of the course encourage confidential discussions on a range of topics relevant to Vaishnavi community of ISKCON under the stewardship of experienced faculty of vaishnavis.

Bhakti-vaibhava Course (Modules 1 and 2)

4Bhakti-vaibhava courses (Modules 1 and 2) from the Mayapur Institute are now scaling new heights every year from its modest beginnings. With successful Bhakti-sastri students returning again and again to experience the profound influence of sastric study in Mayapur Dham, it is natural that this advanced course involving a scrutinising study of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, the core Gaudiya Vaishnava scripture, should gradually take the centre stage of sastric studies.

Every aspect of this learning, including the unique all-round assessments, the aims-driven Bhagavatam classes and the dissertation, prepares the students for effectively applying and preaching the Srimad-Bhagavatam in every condition of life.

Facilities and services

Devotee student care is the hallmark of the Mayapur Institute. We extend ourselves to great lengths to help make your Mayapur experience a memorable and favorable one. Our administration team is always willing to attend to your needs, be it arranging for your accommodation or organizing your pickup from the airport or answering questions you may have about your stay in Mayapur. We are always ready to serve you with a smile.

Our Gaura-purnima Courses

Keeping with a long tradition of serving a large number of devotees visiting Mayapur Dham for Gaura – purnima, the Mayapur Institute will offer short term courses covering many important educational topics:

Teacher training course—Level 1

Learn to teach. Get introduced to the techniques of experiential learning and the art of facilitation. Find the teacher in you with TTC 1.

Teacher training course—Level 2

Done your teaching skills, master the facilitation techniques, practice the presentation skills, write lesson plans, learn to select appropriate learning experiences, go live with an exhilarating peer to peer assessment and a thorough analysis of your strengths and areas to improve from our immensely experienced faculty of facil itators lead by Atul Krsna dasa – all the action awaits you in this widely acclaimed course.

ISKCON Discipleship Course

5Within a short time after its introduction the course has become a huge success owing to the thorough presentation of this all important topic developed by the Mayapur Institute. The fact that many initiating gurus have started recommending this course to their aspiring and initiated disciples itself speaks volumes about the practical importance of this course. Drawing materials and references from Bhaktivedanta purports, ISKCON laws and the broader Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, the course promises to explore and address every aspect of guru-disciple relationship.

After its launch in Mayapur, the course has been successfully conducted by the Mayapur Institute in many parts of the world. It has now become one of the most important offerings provided by the Mayapur Institute for Gaura Purnima.

Sanskrit Level One: A practical introduction to Sanskrit

A one month certified course from December to January conducted by the Mayapur Institute. This course introduces the students to elements of Sanskrit:

  • The Devanagari script
  • Pronunciation including training to pronounce a selection of verses from Bhagavad-gita
  • Fundamental Sanskrit grammar: sandhi operations, nouns, adjectives, verbs, compounds
  • Training on how to use a Sanskrit-English dictionary
  • Application of this knowledge to understand a selection of verses from Bhagavad-gita

ISKCON devotees who complete this course will be able to identify the basic components of simple Sanskrit verses using a dictionary. This will be useful for those who are studying the Bhagavad -gita.

Sanskrit Level Two: Basic Sanskrit

A two month certified course from January to March conducted by the Mayapur Institute.

This course teaches students the following:

  • Parts of speech in Sanskrit
  • Vibhaktis (cases) in declension
  • Common declensions of nouns, adjectives and pronouns
  • Avyayas (adverbs)

Exercises will consist of stories from the Ramayana. Students who complete this course will be able to read and understand simple Sanskrit prose sentences, and will be able to enlarge their vocabulary of nouns and adjectives. This course will be useful to deepen the students’ understanding of the Sanskrit text of Bhagavad-gita.

These two courses will be taught by Krsna-svarupa dasa, a Sanskrit scholar and teacher, who have studied Sanskrit since his childhood. He has been teaching Sanskrit to ISKCON devotees and others since 1991.


Enrolments are already on this year with a good number of devotees registering with us for various courses. You can visit our website www.mayapurinstitute.org for further details. Register online at the earliest to ensure admittance this year. Feel free to email us at info@mayapurinstitute.org for any further clarification.

Ph: +91 8370849636, 0 3472 245784(Landline)

Overall, this winter semester Mayapur Institute holds a lot to enrich your spiritual life and deepen you connection with ISKCON and Our Founder-acarya Srila Prabhupada.

Come and experience Mahaprabhu’s mercy fill your heart. When you go back, you will leave a part of yourself here and carry the Dham in your heart, only to return back yet another year drawn by your desire to study Srila Prabhupada’s books with the Mayapur Institute. Hare Krishna!


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