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Dear Vaishnava community, Please except the obeisances from the Langsford family. All Glories to Srila Prabhupad.
We are sad to share the departure of our dear Godbrother Vamanajana prabhu, initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupad. Vamanajana prabhu left his body on October 18, 2018 @ 11:16 A.M. He leaves his beautiful family, wife Navina devi dasi, daughters, Kalindi, Citralekha, Lilamrta and Sarasvati, and sons, Kama and Janardhana. He also leaves behind 8 dear grandchildren.
Vamanajana Dasa join ISKCON in 1972 and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada on December 10, 1973 at New Dwarka Temple in Los Angeles. He worked for Spiritual Sky Incense in the early 1970's, he was Srila Prabhupada's body guard during his visits to Los Angeles, and he was also very involved in the Fate Museum and was a master molder. Vamanajana and Navina started the first devotional market, The Surabhi Store, servicing the devotees in Los Angeles and giving them their first taste of Vamanajana and Navina's famous prasadam.
Later Vamanajana, Navina and family became very involved at the Laguna Beach Temple, sponsoring and cooking the Sunday Feast for many many years, before opening their own restaurant, Gopala's Restaurant, in Santa Cruz, California.
After retiring Gopala's Restaurant Vamanajana and Navina moved back to their original starting place, New Dwarka Dhama, in Los Angeles, where he became the head chef of Govinda's Restaurant from 1998 to 2006 and Navina was very involved in the diety worship and services.
Vamanajana suffered a massive stroke on December 27, 2007, which incapacitated him and prevented him from furthering his devotional services and cooking for the devotees, which was where he was the most happy.
Vamanajana and Navina were also very involved in the annual Prabhupada Festival in Los Angeles, and every Ratha Yatra he and his son Janardana could always be found steering Lady Subhadra's cart down the Venice boardwalk.
Services will be held in Palm Desert, California, near the family residences. A feast in his honor will be held at New Dwarka Temple in Los Angeles, California. Details to follow.
If you would like to send condolences or contributions towards the services you may do so here on Go Fund Me or you may send them directly to his wife, Navina Dasi (Emily Nelson) at 43403 Callaway Court, Unit B, Palm Desert, CA 92260.