Shantidoot Shradhay Shri Devkinandan Thakur Ji Maharaj :
Shri Devkinandan Thakur Maharaj Ji is a melodious Sankirtanist, a Humble humanitarian, Awakened Nimbaraki, follower of Truth, blessed by Intelligence, Devotee of Shree Radha Sarveshwar, Optimistic and spell binder Orator of Bagwat Katha, is popularly known and called as Thakurji by the loved one’s.
Birth Of The Messenger Of Peace (Shantidoot) :
Thakurji was born on 12th September 1978 in a pious family, in Ohawa village chir ghat of Shri Krishna Janambhumi - Mathura in state of Uttar Pradesh, country of sages -India. His father, a humble Brahmin Shri Rajveer Sharma and his mother, a believer of Shreemad Bhagwat Mahapuran, were filled with god’s grace, mercy and happiness on his birth as a 3rd child in a family of four sons and two daughters.
Childhood – Opening Of The Petals Of His Life :
From his very childhood days, he showed signs of his future greatness. At the very young age of 6, he leaved his home came to land of bliss and love – Shree Dham Vrindavan and participated in Brij’s famous Rasalila Sansthan (organization) and performed as Lord Krishna and Lord Ram. Since, he played the role of Thakurji (Lord Krishna); his guruji, mother, father and the loved ones called him as “THAKURJI”.
Spiritual Life – Beginning Of His Holy Journey :
At Shree Dham Vrindavan he was blessed by Priya – Priyatam (Lord Radha – Krishna) and was reached at the door of his spiritual preceptor – his Pratah Smarniya Pujay SADGURU, ANANT SHRI VIBHUSHIT BHAGWAT ACHARYA PURSHOTTAM SHARAN SHASTRIJI, got dikshit (spiritual initiation) under the GURU-SHISHYA PARAMPARA (Guru-disciple lineage system) as the follower of the NIMBARAK SAMPRADAYA.
At the age of 13 under the shelter and by the blessings of his Sadguru, he studied and got by heart the entire Shreemad Bhagwat Mahapuran when he was still a boy. He had a simple way of doing it, that of not taking his morning breakfast or even lunch unless he memorized a prescribed number of verses, every day.
Thus, within months he memorized the entire Shreemad Bhagwat Mahapuran and recited it, in full, everyday. Such was his eagerness to study scriptures. His Sadguru recognized the great holy determination in the young man and within few year of his joining the ashram, gave the monastic name of ‘‘Shri Devkinandan Thakur Maharaj Ji’’.
His Sadguru found that he is a good orator and entrusted him with the sewa (service) of conducting discourse and recitation of Shreemad Bhagwat Mahapuran. He also held regular discourses, very frequently during the evening satsangs in the very presence of his Sadguru.
At the very young age of 18 by the blessings of his Sadguru and Ishta dev, he recited and propagated the teachings of Shreemad Bhagwat Mahapuran at the Shree Ram Temple of Shahdara in Delhi. His simple and unique way of recitation and delivery of discourses made him loved by everyone even by the small children.
Lord Shri Krishna and Lord Ram katha; and bhajan sandhya are his specialties. His exemplary life, great command of spiritual knowledge, love towards all beings and his very impressive and the dynamic exposition of Shreemad Bhagwat Mahapuran philosophy is attracting enormous interest all over the India, and in different countries of the world.
In the year 2001, devotees who were attached to him due to the teachings, they got through him, got interested in him to such an extend that they invited him to the countries outside, which invitation he accepted with the permission of his Sadguru Anant Shri Vibhushit Bhagwat Acharya Purshottam Sharan Shastri Ji and went to Hong Kong first time out of India.
People of Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Holland, got the fortune to be blessed by his discourses. His service to his Sadguru has earned him the special blessings of the master, which has made him what he is today.