Prime Minister Modi said that Jagattarini Dasi, who joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) in 1970, spent more than 13 years in Vrindavan before returning to his country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on Sunday of an Australian woman, who runs an art gallery in the town of Swan Valley in Perth, as he addressed the nation in the 83rd edition of his monthly radio show Mann Ki Baat.
Prime Minister Modi said Jagattarini Dasi, who joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) in 1970, spent more than 13 years in Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh before returning to his country.
âShe said that although she returned to Australia, she couldn’t forget Vrindavan. And that is why she kept in touch with Vrindavan and his spiritual joy. She made a Vrindavan in Australia by making art her medium, âsaid PM Modi.
Visitors to his sacred art gallery in Perth can view his art and glimpse the traditions and cultures of the famous Indian pilgrimage towns of Vrindavan, Nabadweep and Puri, he said.
Jagattarini Dasi was a prominent actress in Australia before joining Iskcon founded by Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami or Srila Prabhupada in 1970, according to the movement’s website.
âIn 1983, she moved with her family to Sri Vrindavan Dhama, and they spent the next 13 years teaching at Bhaktivedanta Gurukula. In her free time, she regularly traveled by local transport to important holy places in the outlying district of Braja, âthe website said.
Jagattarini Dasi, her husband Bhurijana and her family have been based in Perth since 1996.
“Jagattarini Mataji continues to draw her artistic inspiration from Vraja Dhama, and since 1998 she has worked with a variety of mediums producing miniature three-dimensional diorama exhibits, illustrating Krishna’s nectarean Vrindavan hobbies,”
“She is establishing these dioramas as part of a project known as Gopinatha Dharma, which aims to attract souls to the glories of Sri Vrindavan Dhama.”
Prime Minister Modi said that Jagattarini’s incredible effort “indeed shows us the power of Krishna Bhakti”. “I wish him all the best in this job,” he added.