Alluvial deposits carried by the great flow of the Himalayas have gradually shifted the landscapes of West Bengal. As a result, the town of Nabadwip (translating to ‘nine island’) arose on the western bank of the River Hooghly, a tributary of the Ganges. This town, Located around 100km north of Kolkata was founded in 1063 AD. It served as the capital of the ancient Bengal Empire under the Sena Dynasty, which ruled across India to modern day Karnataka. This area was the centre of learning and philosophy in medieval India and is still noted for its traditional Sanskrit schools.

Today, Nabadwip is chiefly a trading centre its economy is largely dependent on jute (a durable vegetable fibre), handloomed and woven products. The broader region is also known for its desserts, crispy golden spirals of a hot jelepi and rossogollas made with date palm sugar.

Nabadwip is not only a significant pilgrimage site for Hare Krishna devotees but many other followers of Hindu traditions from around the world. Thousands gather in Nabadwip annually for “Gaura Purnima,” to celebrate "Holi" or the festival of colours. 

The town of Nabadwip will be the location of the new school for The Golden Avatar Trust.



The Golden Avatar Trust was founded on the belief that a community which values education can change its course for the better. 

However since its inception, the Education Initiative program has far outgrown its humble 4m x 6m rooftop where all classes and activities take place. Currently over 100 children are waiting to join the program on top of the 86 students already attending.

Through hard work and generous contributions, the Golden Avatar Trust has acquired the land they need to build the teaching facilities they need.