Gaudiya Math

Doctrines See Gaudiya Vaishnavas.

History In the late nineteenth century the prestige of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas was declining under British influence in Bengal.
Kedarnath Datta, whose religious name was Bhaktivinode Thakur, was born in 1838 of the kayastha caste. He worked as a government official and was a follower of Krishna-Caitanya. Seeing the decline in the Gaudiya Vaishnavas he launched a vigorous revitalisation movement and promoted this until his death in 1914. His son, Bimalprasad Datta, was born in 1874. He took a religious name, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, and continued with the renaissance started by his father. He organised the Gaudiya Math. This was a network of maths, monastic houses, and temples which were centred in Calcutta and Mayapur (Nadia). The Gaudiya Math was dedicated to preaching and publishing.
It was a disciple of Bhaktisiddhanta named A.C.Bhaktivedanta who was to start the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

Symbols See Gaudiya Vaishnavas.

Adherents These number many thousands and are mainly in Bengal, especially in Calcutta and Mayapur.

Main Centre
 Calcutta and Mayapur (Nadia), Bengal, India.