Bhakti Shastri (Hybrid)

Please note: This is a Hybrid model and the fees for prasadam and accommodation in Deland for 3 weeks will be $315 in addition to the tuition fee that you will pay to register for the course. Please fill out this google form to request for accommodation :

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Course Duration

3 weeks (Onsite)

3 months (Online)


No. Of Sessions

Sessions per week

25-30hrs/week (Onsite)

8hrs/week (Online)


  • You must be 16 years or above in age.
  • As per the guidelines of ISKCON Board of Examination to be qualified to obtain the Bhakti sastri degree, the students must chant minimum 16 rounds of Hare Krishna maha-mantra daily & follow the four regulative principles.
  • For better understanding we humbly request you to read all the four books, Bhagavad Gita, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction and Sri Ishopanishad before you begin the deep study of these books with us and be fully benefited from the course.
  • As the course would be in English so proficiency in English language is mandatory.
  • As per the rules & regulations of ISKCON Board of Examination, for getting the Bhakti Shastri degree, you must have 75% of attendance in the live sessions.

Schedule of Classes


Starts on

N/ARegular classes on

Mon-Sat (Onsite)

Mon-Thurs (Online)

About the Teacher


Multiple Teachers

Course Overview

Course description:

"In this way you have to understand, by studying carefully the philosophy. We have got so many books now and I want all of my disciples to read them carefully. Soon we shall be instituting Bhakti-sastri examinations and all brahmanas will have to pass. So utilize whatever time you find to make a thorough study of my books."

(Letter from Srila Prabhupada to Upendra, 7th July 1976)

This course will not only enhance your sastric knowledge & understanding and thereby make you more determined in practicing Krishna consciousness but to make you potent to convey Gaudiya Vaishnav principals to the society.

Bhakti Sastri degree will be provided to the qualified students from the ISKCON Board of Examination.

Onsite Schedule: In this hybrid Model, we will cover Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction and Sri Isopanisad with exams in 3 weeks - onsite (Venue: DeLand, Florida, USA).

 Classes will be held for 6 hrs/day, 6 days a week (36hrs/wk) for 3 weeks (July 29th, 2024 to August 18th, 2024)

Please fill out this google form to request for accommodation :

Online Schedule: Classes will be held for 2 hrs/day, 4 days a week (8hrs/wk) for 9 weeks until Oct 26th, 2024. Bhagwad Gita will be completed online in 9 weeks. 

A detailed schedule will be shared with all the registered students.

Course Contents: In-depth study of Bhagwad Gītā, Śrī Īśopanisad, Nectar of Devotion and Nectar of Instruction

Course fees : $60 + $315 Prasadam & accommodation for 3 weeks in DeLand

Course materials : Bhakti Shastri Students Handbook

Assessment plan : 6 Closed Book Exams, 6 Sloka Recitation tests, 12 open book Exams & Classroom Attendance