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May 11, 1977 : Rishikesh

Tamala Krishna: Today, everyone thought much about the departure of Jayananda Prabhu. Srila Prabhupada received further word about his last hours. Jayananda had been in great pain for months, but he never ceased serving Lord Jagannatha, making arrangements for His Ratha-yatra celebration.

On his last day, the pain increased to the point that he could no longer even chant the holy name. Moaning in great pain, he expressed the uselessness of maintaining his diseased body any longer. At the very end, he hugged his tape recorder tightly, listening to his spiritual master's chanting of Hare Krishna, and left his body.

In his letter to Ramesvara Dasa on May 11, 1977, Srila Prabhupada wrote:

Jayananda's death is glorious. It is very good that he had stated, "What is the use of such a useless body? Better to give it up." He has left his body very wonderfully, and he has been transferred to Vaikuntha. I have already sent a condolence letter for publication in Back to Godhead. Everyone should follow the example of Jayananda. I am very proud that I had such a nice disciple. If possible, Jayananda's picture should be hung in the ratha of Lord Jagannatha, and in all of our temples a day may be set aside for holding a festival in his honor, just as we do on the disappearance day of the other great Vaishnavas.

Reference: Room Conversation, May 11, 1977