Shortly after his initiation, Sriman Ramananda Ray Dasa moved to Gorakhpur, India and opened an ISKCON center. Unfortunately he left this world in 1976.

Maharaja is eternally grateful to Sriman Ramananda Ray Prabhu for his spiritual friendship and for having introduced him to Srila Prabhupada.

Above: Srila Prabhupada at the New Dwarka temple, 1970

Opposite: The initiation ceremony of Sriman Ramananda Ray Dasa

Both of these photographs were taken by Maharaja on the first day he met Srila Prabhupada