Gopal Champu

By Pran Govinda Das

Certificate Course

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Course Duration

82 hours


02 hours each

No. Of Sessions


Sessions per week




None - Open for all

Schedule of Classes


Starts on


08:00 pm to 10:00 pm IST

Regular classes on

Mon to Fri

About the Teacher


Pran Govinda Das

Pran Govinda prabhu, was born in Comilla/Ampinagara in East Pakistan in the year 1962. 

In 1971, he went with his father to visit his aunt’s family in Jadavpur Calcutta, where Srila Prabhupada was giving a lecture and where he saw for the first time “western devotees” in Deshapriya Park. Being just a small boy, he only saw Srila Prabhupada from afar and felt a strong desire to become a devotee.

In 1978 he went to Vrindavan, and lived there for many months with the BABAJIS in the Cakaleswar Temple at Govardhan. Later he met H H Bhakticaru Swami at the end of 1979 in the Krishna Balarama Temple in Vrindavan he went back to Calcutta with him and, a year later, he took initiation from Bhavananda Maharaja.

From 1981-1986, he was working in Mayapur as a guest house manager. In 1986, during the 500th anniversary of Lord Chaitanya, the new management allowed him to serve as the first general manager in Mayapur–managing the Gaura Purnima festival.

From 1980-1989, he served as a facilitator of prasadam and accommodations for GBC, sannyasis, devotees, and life members. He also served as a life membership director and fundraiser for the Mayapur temple. During monsoon, when Mayapur would become flooded; he would distribute kitchori prasadam to all the neighboring villages.

For many years he has been serving the devotees in the Alachua Temple every day from 4 am until 9 am. He serve the devotees 5 days a week in the evening with Krishna Katha in a study group, under his present siksa-guru, HH Radhanatha Swami. Almost every day he is counseling devotees to overcome their challenges on the spiritual path. He is always enthusiastic about looking to make new devotees and bringing them to the platform of becoming sincere, serious followers of Srila Prabhupada.

Now that both his sons are grown up and can be on their own, both spiritually and materially, He feel he can do more service by dedicating his full time as a sannyasi while encouraging other devotees to cooperate with the GBC in pushing on the Krishna Consciousness movement and pleasing Srila Prabhupada.

Course Overview

Course Description: A campū is a literary composition mixing poetry and prose, displaying literary ornaments and various verse forms, often using words with double meaning. Śrila Jīva Gosvāmī has written Gopāla-campū describing the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa from his appearance until his return to Vraja. Though Kavikarṇapura has written Ananda-vṛndāvana Campū on the same topic, the unique feature of this campū is that the whole story has been arranged to lead to Kṛṣṇa's final union in marriage to the gopīs. The Gopala-campū narrates the pastimes as found in the Srimad Bhagavatham with the addition of rasa. Jīva Gosvāmī writes that it is a "work composed of the bliss of Radha and Krishna" and "those who desire to see Vraja and to attain Goloka will achieve that destination by this work.

Target audience: Ages 18 and above.

Assessment Plan: Tests with multiple-choice questions

Course Requirement: Students should have read Krishna book.

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