His Holiness Gopal Krishna Maharaj appeared on the auspicious day of Annada Ekadashi, on August 14, 1944 in New Delhi, India. After graduating from the Delhi University, His Holiness studied Business Management at the University of Paris in Sorbonne and later obtained His Master’s degree in Business Administration from the McGill University of Montreal, Canada. His Holiness Gopal Krishna Maharaja’s life changed dramatically after He met His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on June 1, 1968. In two weeks He knew that He would accept Srila Prabhupada as His spiritual master. After taking formal initiation from Prabhupada on May 22, 1969, He got fully involved in serving Him. Srila Prabhupada sent Him to India after He had served Him as His personal secretary in 1975. His Holiness was appointed the Governing Body Commissioner (GBC) of ISKCON, India, where He utilized His talents for promoting Srila Prabhupada’s books all over the world.
In 1982, His Holiness took sannyasa, the Vedic order of renunciation. He is now GBC of over 30 temples around the world. He successfully opened a multi-crore Sri Sri Radha Parthsarthi temple in New Delhi, India. The temple complex includes a Vedic Culture Centre, GLORY OF INDIA with a Vedic Museum, theater, and multimedia visual display. At present, His Holiness is involved in preaching Krishna Consciousness through out the world.