His Holiness Nitai Chaitanya Goswami Maharaj, was one of the first sannyasis of Russia and one of senior most devotees from the times of USSR. It was in 1970 that while listening to the underground western radio station he was fortunate to hear the sounds of Hare Krishna Maha-mantra broadcasted and a few years later he became convinced in the tradition of bhakti. In the year 2000 he received re-initiation from HH Radhanath Maharaj and it was then when he was given the name Nitai Chaitanya Dasa. In 2010 he was initiated as an ISKCON sannyasi and continues to preach fearlessly just as he did in the Soviet times when he was under surveillance and a constant danger of arrest from the KGB; it was then when he (known as Evgeniy Jarov) was initiated with the spiritual name Yagna Priya dasa. Since then he served as ISKCON temple president in Ukraine and later and to this day as a Regional Secretary of Central Russia region. Dedicated to preaching in the Central Russia that he supervises, he opened first purpose-build temple of the area in 2012. His Holiness Nitai Chaitanya Goswami Maharaj left this world on 14th October 2020.


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