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Bhakti Sastri Course

Welcome to the VIHE Bhakti Sastri page! We would like to warmly invite you to come to Vrindavan and get the mercy of the Dham, the unequalled place for learning the science of Bhakti, the place where "parrots sing Vedic mantras," and which constantly resounds with the holy names! We encourage you to come for the entire course. If you however, do not have sufficient time to dedicate to your study this year, you may attend part of the course, and take the rest by correspondence or some other year (or in some other place).

Study of Bhagavad-gita, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction, Sri Isopanisad, Basic Deity Worship

Duration: 4 months
(June 21 – Oct 27, 2019) 
2019 registration status: open

Please register here for VIHE Bhakti Sastri course 2019 by filling Bhakti Shastri Course Application Form

Requirements: Good sadhana, brahminical tendencies, voluntary service, proficiency in English and a recommendation/character sketch from a senior devotee who knows you well and guru. Assessment criteria include attendance and personal conduct. According to the standards of ISKCON Board of Examination students should chant a minimum of 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and follow the 4 regulative principles in order to qualify for obtaining a Bhakti-sastri degree. A full recommendation (attesting the student's character and service attitude) by a senior devotee in good standing is a must.
Assessment: Essays, closed book exams. Contribution to running costs: Rs. 12,500. Listener only: Rs. 6,500. Lunch prasadam is served in the VIHE, sponsored by the alumni students and other well-wishers.


  • Bhagavad-gita (all 18 chapters) – 17 weeks
    Teachers: H.H. Jayadvaita Swami, H.H. Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami, H.G. Adi Purusa dasa, H.G. Sundara Lala dasa, H.G. Nagapatni devi dasi, H. G. Prasanta devi dasi.
  • Nectar of Devotion (first 19 chapters) – 6 weeks
    Teacher: H.G. Anuradha devi dasi
  • Isopanishad – 3 weeks
    Teacher: H.G. Prasanta devi dasi
  • Nectar of Instruction – 3 weeks
    Teachers: H.G. Sundara Lala dasa
  • An introduction to Deity Worship - 10 hours
    Teacher: H.G. Mukunda Datta dasa
  • Sanskrit pronunciation and meter - 6 hours
    Teacher: H.G. Prasanta devi dasi

Registration Procedures and Deadlines

Fees are preferably paid in advance and will only be accepted once you have submitted your recommendation letter and have been approved for the course. Write to:

Audio Ministry

Located in Vrindavan as you walk to the right from the back gate of ISKCON Temple to the VIHE, 100m after the MVT gate on your left. You can also find all the audio recordings of VIHE courses on different subjects on the Audio Lectures page on this site.


There are many rooms and apartments available near the temple.
It is compulsory to fill a ‘C-form’ within 24 hours of your arrival in Vrindavan. You should do it at the ashram you are staying or at the ISKCON Guesthouse reception if you are staying in the temple complex. It is also required that you register with immigration within 14 days of your arrival in India if you will be staying in India for more than 6 months.

Contact information

ISKCON Krishna Balaram Mandir Goshala Land, Raman Reti, Vrindavan, Mathura Dist., U.P. India 281121.
Phone: +91 70 60 690 226 (Damodarashtaka das)
Phone: +91 99 45 707 477 (Vrajendra Nandana das)
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