Nandarani was born in Mumbai, India on April 6,1988.

Owing to Vrndavanesvari’s transfer to New Delhi in 1990 and her association there with ISKCON in 1991, Nandarani would travel at the tender age of three in the severe cold of New Delhi to attend satsangas and festivals at the ISKCON temple. On one such occasion she was fortunate to receive the blessings of His Holiness Gopala Krishna Gosvami.

Nandarani would begin her day by being woken up to the sound of Radhe Radhe, which she would repeat with sleepy eyes. She would water the tulasi plant, apply tilaka, and then go to school with Hare Krishna wishes from both of us. She was quite good at her studies.

Nandarani grew up in the environment of the Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari temple in Juhu. She was the charm of the devotees. She loved them and enjoyed serving them.

She developed a deep taste for spiritual life. She had a sharp memory and we don’t recollect teaching her any slokas. She would hear them and memorise them. At an early age she knew the Damodarashtaka, Gurv-ashtaka, Vaishnava songs, Tulasi-arati, Nrsimha prayers, Guru-vandana, Gaura arati and many slokas from the Bhagavad-gita. She was always eager to perform devotional service. Nandarani would write articles, and would prepare children's quiz for the Juhu temple’s newsletters and Janmashtami souvenir. She was a creative child. She would read “Srila Prabhupada Nectar” and prepare for the competition on “Srila Prabhupada Appreciation.” She was a perfectionist. Nandarani used to put leaf-like tilaka all by herself from the tender age of four.

Nandarani was also a very good cook. We especially miss her association when we pack prasadam for the holy trips, as she was an expert in rolling out chapatis. Her enthusiasm for performing devotional services was commendable.

She would always cook for Srila Prabhupada's disappearance day at Vrindavana. She used to enthusiastically distribute Srila Prabhupada's books during the Gita distribution marathon in December each year.


How Nandarani left her body


On September 15, 2001 Nandarani left this material world in an unusual way. She was throttled by the security guard of our residential complex.

Nandarani lived an entirely pure and blissful spiritual life in Krishna consciousness till she left the body.


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