is with great sadness that we have to announce the departure of His
Grace Suhotra Prabhu from this world.
Since joining the gurukula full time in 2004 he worked
continuously on the study guide of the Srimad Bhagavatam,
almost to the exclusion of anything else.
On Tuesday 3rd April, he announced to his class that he would be
starting a one month marathon of study and writing and wouldn't be free
to give class anymore.
It was not uncommon for Suhotraji to work 36 hours straight at times in
the privacy of his room, even taking prasadam in there. On
Saturday 7th April he mentioned that his mind had become very peaceful
now that he could immerse himself completely in his study and writing
of the Bhagavatam guide. He preferred to be left to
himself when writing and would call for anything he needed.
On Monday 9th April, Vagisa Prabhu went to call Suhotra Prabhu to take
an international telephone call. The door to Suhotraji's room was
latched from the inside and the lights off. Since Vagisa Prabhu could
not get any reply he forced the door open and found Suhotra Prabhu
lying on his bed, his back against the wall and his feet stretched out
in front of him, crossed at the ankles. His right hand was in his bead
bag and his left at his side. A light chaddar lay across his
body and legs. Although it appeared that Suhotra Prabhu has left his
body some time before, Vagisa Prabhu called Madhava Gauranga Prabhu who
confirmed that he had gone.
The government doctor stated off the record that the visible signs were
consistent with a heart attack. Suhotra Prabhu's body was subsequently
taken to Krishnanagar by officials of the government, accompanied by
Rama Vijaya Prabhu, and Jagannatha Misra Prabhu and other devotees from
the temple for the official post mortem. The results of the post mortem
confirm the initial report. Suhotraji left this world from massive
In accordance with Vaishnava rituals his body will be cremated as soon
as the government officials release it.
We at the Bhaktivedanta Academy feel the loss of Suhotra Prabhu deeply,
along with all other devotees who are his friends and well wishers.
The devotees of the Bhaktivedanta Academy.