Online Bhakti Vaibhav (Module-1)

By Sankarshan Nitai Das

Certificate Course

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Course Duration

288 hours


2 hours

No. Of Sessions


Sessions per week




Bhakti Sastri Qualified

Schedule of Classes


Starts on


8:00 to 10:00 P.M. IST

Regular classes on

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

About the Teacher


Sankarshan Nitai Das

Sankarshan Nitai Das was born on 4th April 1973 at Berhampore town, Murshidabad district of West Bengal, India. He completed his graduation in Commerce from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata in the year 1993. He did his Chartered Accountancy (C.A.) and Cost Accountancy (I.C.W.A.) from Kolkata to start a professional career. In the meantime, his elder brother HG Bhaktajana Priya Das introduced him to ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada in the year 1994. He visited ISKCON Mayapur in the year 1995 and got deeply inspired by Sri Mayapur Dham.

Srila Prabhupada touched him very deeply through his books and he decided to join the Hare Krishna movement. He joined the ISKCON movement at Sridham Mayapur in the year 1996. His Holiness Jayapataka Swami awarded Harinam Diksha to him on Radhastami day of 1997 and Brahmana Diksha on Gaura Purnima day of 1999 at Sridham Mayapur.

He served ISKCON Mayapur in different managerial positions for more than two decades. Along with his managerial services, he was involved in developing different types of preaching activities for ISKCON Mayapur such as College Preaching, Bhakti Vriksha Preaching, and other outreach activities. Since 2006 He has been serving as a traveling preacher of ISKCON Mayapur spreading the message of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in different parts of the world. In the year 2018, he came out from Mayapur management to give more focus and attention in the field of preaching and education.

At present, he is actively involved in the training and development of Youth and Bhakti Vriksha groups for ISKCON Mayapur and other centers of ISKCON. Apart from these preaching services he is also serving as the Regional Secretary of ISKCON and Chairman of ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya at Sri Govardhan Dham.

Course Overview

Course description: A detailed study of the cantos one to six of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Module 1 covers Canto 1, 2 & 3. Module 2 covers Canto 4, 5 & 6. The students who will qualify all the assessments of Modules 1 & 2 will be awarded a Bhakti Vaibhav degree from ISKCON Board of Exams.

Eligibility: Those who have done Bhakti Sastri can only pursue this course. You need to submit your Bhakti Sastri certificate issued from ISKCON Board of Examination.

Course materials: Students’ Handbook

Course duration (No. of hours):

Canto 1

• 5 units, total hours-96

Canto 2

• 3 units, total hours-48

Canto 3

• 9 units, total hours-144
Total hours for cantos 1, 2 and 3—288 hours.

Teachers: H.G. Sankarshan Nitai Das, H.G. Brajsundar Das, H.G. Premasindhu Gauranga Das, H.G. Dhira Prashant Das

Target audience: All devotees who have a Bhakti-shastri certification and are enthusiastic to continue their scriptural studies with Srimad-Bhagvatam. Srila Prabhupada desired that all ISKCON devotees must take the Bhakti-Vaibhava certification.

Assessment plan:

• Open book questions

• Closed book exams for each unit

• Sloka recitation

• Two presentations for the first 3 cantos

Course requirement (any pre-qualification)

  1.  You must be 16 years or above in age.
  2.  As per the guidelines of ISKCON Board of Examination to pursue Bhakti Vaibhav course, the students must chant minimum 16 rounds of Hare Krishna maha-mantra daily & follow the four regulative principles.
  3.  You must have done Bhakti Sastri from any of the authorised centre of ISKCON and having a Bhakti Sastri certificate from ISKCON Board of Examinations.
  4.  For better understanding we humbly request you to read all the six cantos before you begin the deep study of these books with us and be fully benefited from the course.
  5.  As the course would be in English so proficiency in English language is mandatory.
  6. As per the rules & regulations of ISKCON Board of Examination, for getting the Bhakti Vaibhav degree, you must have 75% of attendance in the live sessions.
  7. You need to submit a recommendation letter by an ISKCON authority (your Spiritual Master/GBC member/Temple President/Co-President) who knows you well, certifying your character, sadhana, Brahminical tendencies and being favourably engaged in the preaching mission of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu for at least the previous 12 months. Please download the Recommendation letter format from the link below:- 

    You need to submit the recommendation letter along with your Bhakti Sastri certificate in this google form with other details:-


               Please note that your admission will not be confirmed unless we have received this recommendation letter & your Bhakti Sastri certificate.

            7. The regulations to be followed during the closed books exams. All students should agree for the following requirements regarding the online exam before taking admission to this course:-

                * All closed book exams will be conducted online (in cloud meetings).

                * Answers should be hand written, no electronic devices are allowed for typing.

                * Student should be having two devices live on cloud meetings. One will cover the student writing the exam as well as the screen of the front device. The second/front device will be used by the student to see the question paper provided in cloud meeting screen.

                * Immediately after the exam, the student has to scan the answer sheet in front of the front device camera & upload it in the assessment section.

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