Current President Acarya

Swami B.B. Bodhayan is the current president and acarya of the Gopinath Gaudiya Math, where he succeeded his own spiritual master, Swami B.P. Puri.  He was given the birth name Asim Das on August 21, 1964 in the village of Kanpur, West Bengal.  His grandfather, Madan Mohan Das Adhikary, was a direct disciple of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thankur, who led his entire family to the path of Gaudiya Vaishnavism.

In his childhood, Swami Bodhayan was accustomed to seeing holy men from the Gaudiya Math come regularly to his home to visit his grandfather.  One of these saintly guests was his eventual spiritual master, Swami B.P. Puri.  Every year Swami Bodhayan accompanied his entire family to Sri Mayapur for the annual festivals honoring Srila Prabhupada and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.  These visits to Mayapur instilled in him a deep desire to lead a holy life, though his parents insisted that he first complete his education.

While writing his final high school exams, Swami Bodhayan received the Nrisingha mantra from his guru and began chanting it regularly.  He received Harinam initiation in 1986, and was given the brahmachari name Achyutananda Das.

Swami Bodhayan joined Swami B.P. Puri’s new institution (the Gopinath gaudiya Math) in 1990, where he took on much of the responsibily for managing its affairs.  Over the years he helped open branch maths at Chakra Tirtha in Jagannath Puri and in Vrindavan, as well as publish the organization’s monthly journal Bhagavata-dharma, to which he also contributed regularly.

Please with the services of his student, Swami B.P. Puri asked him to take sannyas in 1993, on Gaura Purnim.  He gave him the new name Tridandi Bhikshu Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan.

Swami Bodhayan continued to serve his spiritual master, taking on increased responsibility with his new status.  Then, on Gaura Purnim, 1997, Puri Maharaj, who was 98 years old, suddenly announced that he was officially making Swami Bodhayan his successor at the helm of the Gipinath Gaudiya Math, designating him president and acharya after his departure.  Two years later, when Swami B.P. Puri departed from this world, Swami Bodhayan took over those functions.  Since then he has applied himself energetically to teaching the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, following in the footsteps of his spiritual master and Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur.  His speaking engagements have taken him around the world.


5 thoughts on “Current President Acarya

  1. Will love to visit west bengal next month and will love to visit your math.I live in the dominican republic and the embassy is asking me for an invitation.can you send me one or what´s the procedure?

  2. All Glories to Srila Gurudeva!

    Everyone is invited and welcome to experience the Math. But especially for festival occasions. I have sent you a invitation to your email Prabhuji.

    Sincerely yours in service to Sri Hari Guru and Vaisnavas,
    Madan Mohan das

  3. I have just spent the last week listening to Srila Bhodhayan Maharaja on the Big Island of Hawaii. Are you keeping the blog updated? I see his tour schedule on the blog for 2009 but not for 2010. It would be nice to know where he will be at any given time so devotees in those areas can be advised.

  4. Hare Krishna Prabhu!
    Please accept my humble obeisances!

    We are planing to visit Sri Dham sometime during March – April. It will be a blessing if we can get some accommodation in the Mutt. I will be waiting to hear from you. You can write me or contact 8050930569.

    yr servant,

    • Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
      Please accept my humble obeisances,
      All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

      As March-April is Gaura Purnima time in Sri Dham Mayapura comfortable accommodation will be challenging at the Math during this time.That being said if you contact the current managing president Sriman Pradyumna das Brahmachari directly and he will certainly try to somehow or other accommodate your request.

      Alternately you can request directly from Srila Bodhayan Maharaj @ bodhayanswami at

      Aspiring for service at the lotus feet of Sri Guru and Vaisnavas,
      Madan Mohan das

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