By Nila Kamal das
Bhakti Ananda Hari das Goswami was born on the 6th of March 1956 in a village named Chandamleikai, Asaam (North East India). Born in a traditional Manipur Vaisnava family, he was a devotee of Lord Krishna from his very childhood and always listened to Krishna katha whenever it was spoken. He showed special interest in the Manipur rasa lila performance. He graduated with BA honours from Guwhati University and thereafter worked for a private firm as secretary for 22 years, from 1976 till 1998. Maharaj came in contact with ISKCON in the year 1988 after reading Caitanya Caritamrta. From then on, although married he started to preach in his local area with much determination. He took first initiation in the year 1997 and second in the year 2002 from HH Bhakti Swarup Damodar Swami.