The Pilgrim Care Department consists of ministers and volunteers that receive guests from all over the world and see to their needs, ensuring that they have a favorable experience, taking care of them spiritually and encouraging them in their Krishna consciousness. Read on for details about members of this department.
Chitranga Chaitanya Das – Department Head
Chitranga Chaitanya Das joined ISKCON in 1988 after completing a degree in engineering in 1987 from College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET). He was initiated by H.H.Jayapataka Swami in 1989 and thereafter served as a teacher in the Mayapur Bhaktivedanta Academy Gurukula for three years. In subsequent years, he served ISKCON Coimbatore ISKCON for three years, ISKCON Bangalore (as part of ISKCON India) for four years, and continued service in ISKCON Bangalore group of temples for another 17 years (after the formal separation). Since 2014 he has been involved in various ISKCON projects and has now made his home in New Vrindaban as Director of Temple Services.
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+1 (304) 238-8545
Lakshmanesvara Das – Minister of Religion
Lakshmanesvara has served the New Vrindaban community for many years in various capacities as a prasadam and clothing business innovator, gift shop manager, temple pujari, and in many other fields. He is known for decorating and creating cake masterpieces, which are enjoyed by devotees and pilgrims. He is also known for his incredible social media posts and experience, sharing pictures and videos of festivals. Fluent in Bengali, Hindi, and English, he has travelled widely and is known in devotee communities all over the world.
As head of the pilgrims’ department, he often stays up till late, receiving temple and festival guests, seeing to their needs, ensuring that they have a favorable experience, and taking care of them spiritually so that they return.
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+1 304 312 4540
Amita Das – Minister of Religion
Amita Das completed his bachelor’s degree in business studies and joined ISKCON in 2008 in Nepal. As a disciple of His Holiness Mahavishnu Swami (England), he served in ISKCON Kathmandu as head pujari and harinama sankirtan leader. Since 2017 he has been serving as Minister of Religion in the Pilgrim’s department in New Vrindaban, visiting families in the community and encouraging them in their Krishna consciousness. He speaks Nepali, Hindi, and English.
Nikunja Ras Das – Minister of Religion
Nikunja Ras Das, a disciple of His Holiness Radhanath Swami, has a bachelor’s degree in computer applications with a double diploma in business management and electronic engineering. He also has IT certifications at Microsoft and CISCO, IT-audit certifications at ITIL V3, and has had many head IT management roles and responsibilities.
He joined ISKCON in 2009 and was actively involved in the Bloomington Illinois Bhakti- vriksha congregation program. Thereafter, he served in Washington DC and Baltimore temples, and from 2011 to 2015 profusely distributed Srila Prabhupada’s books to motels
with his wife, Shyama Rasika Devi Dasi, which was recognized by ISKCON worldwide.
In 2015, Nikunja Rasa retired to ISKCON New Vrindaban where he is well known for expanding the congregation base by creating new members and effectively maintaining old relations. He has travelled widely and receives and takes care of guests and pilgrims from all over the world.
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+1 304 312 1416
Shubananda Das – Minister of Religion
After completing a diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Shubananda joined ISKCON Ujjain in 2004 and then studied a youth preaching course in ISKCON Pune in 2007. There he served in various capacities for 13 years under the guidance of his spiritual master, His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami. He served as temple commander and guesthouse manager, receiving his first training and experience in guest care. He was also the gift shop manager and manager of Govinda’s Restaurant. Thereafter he became a temple counsellor and a member of the Temple Executive Committee.
In 2017, Subhananda moved to ISKCON New Vrindaban and has been serving as Minister in the Pilgrim Care Department, taking care of visitors’ needs and cultivating interested candidates in bhakti-yoga.
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+1 304 312 6549
Shyama Rasika Devi Dasi – Minister of Religion
Shyama Rasika Devi Dasi, a disciple of His Holiness Radhanath Swami, serves as a Minister of Religion with her husband, Nikunja Ras Das. She is well known for her successful book distribution by installing over 2500 Bhagavad-gitas in motels all over the US. In addition, her excellent preaching efforts maintain positive relations with donors while she introduces new donors to the community. As part of introducing new donors, Shyama Rasika conducts home programs, cultivates new devotees, and trains women to practice bhakti-yoga at home. She is also recognized for hosting “Everyday Chant,” a japa conference call for the past 10 years with 800 members worldwide.
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+1 304 312 6339
Sri Rupa Das – Minister of Religion
Sri Rupa Das joined ISKCON Juhu in Mumbai in 1989 and served as a manager for the kitchen, prasadam distribution, and purchases. Before joining the temple, he worked as an assistant manager in the Cooperative Bank.
In 2015 he joined ISKCON New Vrindaban, serving as Minister of Religion. He is well known for cultivating new families that visit New Vrindaban. He is a disciple of His Holiness Bhakti Swarup Damodar Goswami.
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+1 304 312 7110
Venkatachalapati Das – Minister of Religion
Venkatachalapati Das has a bachelor’s degree in industrial instrumentation and joined ISKCON Tirupati in 2000. As a disciple of His Holiness Lokanath Swami, he served there as a book distributor and a college/school preacher. In 2008, he achieved the sixth position in ISKCON worldwide for distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books.
He joined ISKCON New Vrindaban in 2013. He first served as a pujari (temple priest) and over the years has performed more than a hundred Nrsimha Sudarshan yajnas. He is well known for developing and encouraging families and pilgrims that visit New Vrindaban.
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+1 304 312 7666