Guruji Shri Mangaldas Maharaj, Kalimpong
(1896 - 1985 A.D.)
Three centuries after the advent of Mahamati Prannthji, Guruji Shri Mangaldasji, disciple of Acharya Shri 108 Pitambardasji, commenced preaching of Krishna Pranami Dharma at Kalimpong. Guruji Mangaldasji was born on Ashwin Shukla Dwadshi Bikram Samvat 1953 (18th October, 1896) in Melbote village of Illam district of Nepal. His father was Shri Kalyandas and mother's name was Narbada Bai.
Guru Mangaldasji lost his father in early childhood when he was just 4 years old. Mother Narbada Bai took Mangaldasji and his younger brother Jagannathji from Assam Bihali to Panna Dham. At the tender age of twelve, Guruji Mangaldasji was initiated into renunciation. He studied religion and paid visits to holy places.
Afterwards he served at Nagour and Merta centers of Krishna Pranami temples. After he had completed his holy journey on foot of all the four Dhams of Dwarka, Badrinath, Jagannath, and Rameshwaram, he reached the divine inspiration here to go and preach the Dharma in Noth Eastern region.
At the age of forty, Guruji came to Kalimpong. After taking care for 3 years of Iche Pranami temple, he purchsed some land in Kalimpong bazar and in a few years he established a grand temple. Thereafter a High School, Ashram, etc. were built. Revered Guruji was a great preacher of Dharma. He preached to his followers of living a purely vegetarian and simple life. Due to his preachings, thousands of people in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri, Assam, Sikkim, and Bhutan became Guruji's followers. Thus Shri Krishna Pranami Dharma spread far and wide. On 1 May 1985, Guruji attained the Lotus feet of Lord Krishna.
References: Priyacharya, M. Pranami Dharma - An Introduction.
Guruji Shri 108 Mangaldasji Smarak Smriti, Mangaldham, Kalimpong, India.