Govinda Madhava Prabhu left this world on June 9th at his London residence where he had been living since 2005 with his wife Uma Dutt. The news saddens us all the more as he has always been a very devoted Vaishnava to the mission of Srila Prabhupada.
Born in Brazil 44 years ago, Anderson Malta met the devotees in 1990 and participated in cultural programs organized by the Goura Vrindavan community in the Vale da Graúna region there, he met Param Gati Swami who gave him initiation.
He first served intensely on the project of Goura Vrindavana, Vrajabhumi, and the Temple of Rio de Janeiro. In the early years of his long life as a brahmachari, Govinda Madhava devoted himself to distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books throughout Brazil in the two annual marathons. In the early 2000s, his spiritual master asked him to come and assist him in France and very quickly Govinda Madhava took on the responsibility of adoring Sri Sri Radha-Parisisvara, a service he performed while always seeking to perfect it and with great dedication and skill.
It was during regular trips she made to Paris to offer sumptuous clothes to the Murtis that Uma met Govinda Madhava her future husband. Born into a Gujarati family, Uma was keen to offer Seva to the Murtis of London and Paris. After their marriage, Govinda Madhava moved to London and found a stable job in the banking sector. Very serious in their practice, they continued their dedicated and unwavering service to the Supreme Couple in London and Paris together.
Govinda Madhava died due to covid-19 and we are awaiting details from the medical community.
We are certain of the everlasting relationship that Govinda Madhava has nurtured with our Founder Acarya, who installed Sri Sri Radha-Parisiavara in 1973, and pray to Srila Prabhupada that he considers this devoted soul and lead him to the lotus feet of the Supreme Couple.
With the prayers of all Vaisnavas who knew him, we bid farewell to Govinda Madhava Prabhu, with the hope that he continues his legacy and devotion to ISKCON.
Jun 25, 2022
Radhapriya Chawla, ISKCON Toronto Communications