Hansadutta Prabhu

Hansadutta das
In Gedenken an unseren lieben Freund, Gottbruder und Devotee Hansadutta Prabhu, der uns immer eine Inspiration war im hingebungsvollen Dienst zu Krishna.

Srila Prabhupada: "I so hope at the time of your death you were remembering Krishna and as such, you have been promoted to the eternal association of Krishna. If not, if you had any tinge of material desire, you have gone to the celestial kingdom to live with the demigods for many thousands of years and enjoy the most opulent life of material existence. From there you can promote yourself to the spiritual world. But even if one fails to promote himself to the spiritual world, at that time he comes down again on the surface of this globe and takes birth in a big family like a yogis' or a brahmanas' or an aristocratic family, where there is again chance of reviving Krishna Consciousness. But as you were hearing Krishna-kirtana, I am sure that you were directly promoted to Krishna-loka. ... Krishna has done a great favour to you, not to continue your diseased body, and has given you a suitable place for your service. Thank you very much." Your ever well-wisher, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Obituary of the devotees for Hansadutta Prabhu

From Das Dasanudas devi dasi (Diane Marie Chan):
I am sad to tell you that Hansadutta has passed. He left his body earlier today -- well it was about 6:30 pm in California, on 25 April 2020. He had not been well for some time, and in late March was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He knew almost a year ago that he had one year left … I don’t know how he knew. When he mentioned it I dismissed it. Anyway, his family brought him back to their place and looked after him, stayed by his side day and night till the end. In his last days he alternated between wakefulness and semi-sleeping condition, but was always conscious, and even when it seemed that he was sleeping, he was murmuring the holy name or trying to sing. His family played recordings of Srila Prabhupada’s lectures or bhajans right through. Hansadutta couldn’t eat at all, but he wasn’t in pain, so he refused all pain medication. Gradually … rather quickly, he became extremely weak, and his voice became a barely audible whisper. Now he is silent.


Hansadutta Dasa, born as Hans Kary; May 27, 1941, Braunschweig,
Germany - Left this world on April 25, 2020, in California


Hansadutta Prabhu was singing for Srila Prabhupada when he left his body. Now Srila Prabhupada is singing for Hansadutta (in form of audio tape-recordings) while he is leaving his body. His three children are with him and doing kirtan along with Srila Prabhupada audio tapes.

Now he has passed and leaves behind his sister Heidi Marie, his former wife Lakshmi Kary-Rana and their three children. Hansadutta was one of the earliest and leading disciples of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami (Srila Prabhupada), Founder-Acharya of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). »More here«

Hansadutta was famous for his Kirtans and Bhajans and also for his:
which was much appreciated by Srila Prabhupada.


Srila Prabhupada wrote a series of letters to Hansadutta in the late 60’s detailing
his vision for the “World Sankirtan Party”, a kirtan group consisting of two harmoniums,
two mrdangas and six cartals, that would travel the world performing kirtan concerts in halls.

Hansadutta will always be remembered by all those who love him.

Handadutta Photos from the 70s    ---    Handadutta Songs from the 70s

Hansadutta Kirtan   Hansadutta Kirtan

Hansadutta Das   Hansadutta Das

Hansadutta Das

Srila Prabhupada with Hansadutta and His German disciples

Hansadutta Das

Srila Prabhupada bids farewell to the devotees with
Hansadutta das at the Frankfurt airport before departure, 1974

In Memory of Hansadutta das (1941-2020)
Hansadutta das (Hans Kary) [May 1941 – April 2020] has passed and leaves behind his sister Heidi Marie, his former wife Lakshmi Kary-Rana and their three children. Hansadutta was one of the earliest and leading disciples of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami (Srila Prabhupada), Founder-Acharya of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). »More here«

Hansadutta Das with Gauridas Pandita

From Gauridasa Pandita: We will miss HH Hansadutta Prabhu who left his body today. Today is Akshay Tritiya a most auspicious day to pass. He was the one that I associated with most at the Berkeley Temple. He came regularly and always talked about Srila Prabhupada. His singing was celestial and Srila Prabhupada liked it a lot. He was a great preacher and always gave interesting classes. Hansadutta Prabhu is now with Srila Prabhupada and is finally free from this miserable world.

Radhakunda - Hansadutta, Lokasaranya, Urdhvaga

Radhakunda - in the 80s (left to right)
Hansadutta, Lokasaranya, Urdhvaga

Hansadutta and Urdhvaga

Hansadutta and Urdhvaga

Hansadutta ans Urdhvaga

From Mahakarta Prabhu in Sri Lanka
I got the sad news that Hansadutta Prabhu has passed away from this material world on the 25th April 2020. He was an inspiration for me to join the Hare Krishna Movement in Hamburg in Germany. He was a passionate and dynamic devotee who had the vision and conviction that the Hare Krishna Movement will be established all over the world as Srila Prabhupada envisioned. He gave me the initial idea that I should go to Sri Lanka and start a movement, and similarly I got the instruction from Srila Prabhupada to come to Sri Lanka. 

In 1976, I was part of the travelling sankirtan party and I travelled from Germany to Sridham Vrindavan organized by Hansadutta Prabhu. The journey from Germany to India were in the World Sankirtan buses and we took the routes starting from Germany, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and finally India. From India, I, along with some devotees including Rohini Kumar Prabhu came to Sri Lanka and found a place and established a Centre. Hansadutta prabhu visited Sri Lanka shortly after that and he brought one of the buses from the World Sankirtan party to Sri Lanka which we used for preaching. 

While he was in Sri Lanka, he defeated Dr. Abraham T. Kovoor a well known atheist who was the President of the Sri Lanka branch of the Rationalist Association, an organization especially dedicated to disproving the existence of God and the soul. Because of this event, there was huge publicity in the media and ISKCON became recognized in Sri Lanka as an authoritative religious movement based on sound philosophy and scriptures. Now, at the same centre that Hansadutta originally visited in 1977, Temple construction project is going on now for Sri Sri Radha Rajagopal and is reaching completion. I was planning of inviting Hansadutta Prabhu for the consecration/Kumbabishekam of the Temple once it is completed. 

Hansadutta prabhu, while he was in Sri Lanka, he has met the President J.R. Jayawardena in 1977 and gifted Srila Prabhupada’s books to him. He also has met many important people in Sri Lanka and his entrepreneurial nature and innovative ideas have originally planted the seeds in Sri Lanka when ISKCON was setting root. I am eternally grateful for his association when I first joined and giving me inspiration to take Krishna Consciousness as my life mission. I also learnt that during his last days also he was preaching and he always carried an statue of Srila Prabhupada wherever he went. I pray to Lord Krishna that he would attain the abode of Lord Krishna. 

Mahakarta Das
Temple President
ISKCON Sri Lanka


Ipoh - Malaysia - Preaching Center

Hansadutta Das | May 1941 – April 2020

In Memory of Hansadutta das (1941-2020)

In memory of Hansadutta das (1941-2020)

Atmavidya Prabhu's obituary

Hansadutta's apology letter to devotees


Hansadutta and German Devotees on Harinam Sankirtan in Sweden

Srila Prabhupada in the German Castle "Schloß Rettershof" 1974

Srila Prabhupada initiating his German Disciples

160 Photos of German devotees initiation


Memories of Srila Prabhupada by Hansadutta



Hansadutta's apology letter to devotees

Srila Prabhupada His Movement And You


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