Nandarani was born in Mumbai, India on April 6,1988.
Owing to Vrndavanesvari’s transfer to New Delhi in 1990
and her association there with ISKCON in 1991, Nandarani would
travel at the tender age of three in the severe cold of New Delhi
to attend satsangas and festivals at the ISKCON temple. On one
such occasion she was fortunate to receive the blessings of His
Holiness Gopala Krishna Gosvami.
Nandarani would begin her day by being woken up to the sound
of Radhe Radhe, which she would repeat with sleepy eyes. She would
water the tulasi plant, apply tilaka, and then go to school with
Hare Krishna wishes from both of us. She was quite good at her
Nandarani grew up in the environment of the Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari
temple in Juhu. She was the charm of the devotees. She loved them
and enjoyed serving them.
She developed a deep taste for spiritual life. She had a sharp
memory and we don’t recollect teaching her any slokas. She
would hear them and memorise them. At an early age she knew the
Damodarashtaka, Gurv-ashtaka, Vaishnava songs, Tulasi-arati, Nrsimha
prayers, Guru-vandana, Gaura arati and many slokas from the Bhagavad-gita.
She was always eager to perform devotional service. Nandarani
would write articles, and would prepare children's quiz for the
Juhu temple’s newsletters and Janmashtami souvenir. She
was a creative child. She would read “Srila Prabhupada Nectar”
and prepare for the competition on “Srila Prabhupada Appreciation.”
She was a perfectionist. Nandarani used to put leaf-like tilaka
all by herself from the tender age of four.
Nandarani was also a very good cook. We especially miss her
association when we pack prasadam for the holy trips, as she was
an expert in rolling out chapatis. Her enthusiasm for performing
devotional services was commendable.
She would always cook for Srila Prabhupada's disappearance day
at Vrindavana. She used to enthusiastically distribute Srila Prabhupada's
books during the Gita distribution marathon in December each year.