Madhu Pandit Dasa

Madhu Pandit Dasa is a visionary organisational leader, a spiritual leader, and a humanitarian. He has rendered more than four decades of selfless service to the society. He is a distinguished alumnus of the prestigious IIT-Bombay. He has been instrumental in conceiving and implementing various programmes that have positively impacted millions, giving them a better quality of life. His outstanding work of eminence has been a shining example of sacrifice, dedication and commitment. He has dedicated his life to serving the mission of Srila Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of the Worldwide Hare Krishna Movement.

Joining ISKCON

In 1981, he joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousnes (ISKCON) as a full-time missionary. He had humble beginnings in ISKCON. He was part of the 'Travelling Sankirtana party' in South India with other devotees, travelling to preach Vedic philosophy and distribute books.

Establishing the iconic ISKCON Bangalore

The then leaders of ISKCON observed his exceptional talents and leadership qualities and made him the President of ISKCON, Trivandrum. Gradually, in the year 1983, he became involved in overseeing the activities of ISKCON, Bangalore along with his responsibilities in Trivandrum temple. At that time ISKCON Bangalore was nestled in a rented apartment, a small cen tre in an inconspicuous neighbourhood of the city. From there, under his direction, they envisioned an iconic temple for Lord Krishna. They were allotted a 6.5-acre barren hillock by the Government of Karnataka for the construction of the temple. Over the next few years, they went door to door and raised donations of around 30 crores from the people of Bangalore. The barren hillock was soon transformed into a magnificent cultural complex and was named as the Hare Krishna Hill.

This iconic ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Rajajinagar, Bangalore was inaugurated by the then President of India, Sri Dayal Sharma, on May 21, 1997.

Genesis of The Akshaya Patra Foundation

In the year 2000, Madhu Pandit Dasa initiated The Akshaya Patra Foundation, which has impacted millions of people in India and given them a better quality of life. The organisation was established in pursuance of the desire of Srila Prabhupada that no one, especially children should go hungry. He conceptualised state-of-the-art centralised kitchens for cooking and serving freshly cooked, hygienic food to children. Akshaya Patra started on a small scale, feeding mid-day meals to about 1500 students of 5 government schools in Bangalore. Currently, the Foundation provides over 2 million children every day across 15 states and 2 union territories of India. Akshaya Patra has been recognised as the world's largest NGO-run school lunch programme.

A Spiritual Leader

Under Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa's direction, the ISKCON Bangalore group of temples all over the world have been providing spiritual knowledge and guidance to the society at large.

Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa's spiritual discourses on the Vedic scriptures like the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam are based on Srila Prabhupada's teachings and philosophy. They have greatly benefitted thousands of people by igniting their inclination towards spiritual life.

The Hare Krishna Movement group of Temples

Under Madhu Pandit Dasa's leadership, the ISKCON Bangalore group of temples have been established in India and abroad. These temples function based on the teachings of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of ISKCON.


Madhu Pandit Dasa has conceptualised magnificent temples and cultural complexes, which harmoniously blend the elements of traditional Indian architecture with modern themes and expressions. Over the years, these architectural marvels have become major tourist destinations and improved the quality of life of local communities. There are currently over 30 cultural centres across the world.

A Visionary Organisational Leader

He has demonstrated his ability to build organisations of excellence and is held in high esteem for his invaluable contributions to society in humanitarian, cultural, and spiritual spheres. Besides his achievements in the social sector like Akshaya Patra, he has evolved innovative ideas in presenting the ancient cultural ethos of India. His outstanding work of eminence has been a shining example of sacrifice, dedication and commitment.

His stellar contributions have been appreciated through prestigious awards and accolades like the Padma Shri Award. Under his leadership, Akshaya Patra has won numerous awards, including the Gandhi Peace Prize, Nikkei Asia Prize, BBC's Global Food Champion Award, ICAI Hall of Fame, and Special Jury Award at Outlook Poshan Innovation Awards.

Other Projects and Initiatives

Apart from Akshaya Patra and related feeding programmes, Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa has also led various other projects in many parts of India. Some of them are Cow protection programs, Sustainable organic farming, Giving Every Dream A Chance, Great India Talent School - a free school for tribal children, and many more.

Awards and Accolades

Gandhi Peace Prize Award

Nikkei Asia Prize

Honorary Doctorate Degrees

Padma Shri Award


Akshaya Patra's 4 Billion Meals Milestone at the United Nations

Vedanta Founder Anil Agarwal Ji heartily welcomes Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa to London