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His Holiness Sivarama Swami is the ISKCON GBC representative for Hungary, Turkey, co-GBC for Romania and an initiating spiritual master in ISKCON.
Maharaja was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1949. His family emigrated to Canada during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution.
In 1970 he came in contact with Srila Prabhupada via his transcendental books. He became an initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupada in 1973 and accepted the renounced order of life in 1979. After serving ISKCON in both Canada and the USA – where he opened and managed temples – Sivarama Swami moved to the UK, where he served as the temple president at Caitanya College and the UK national sankirtana leader.
He was requested to accept the responsibility of GBC member in 1986 while serving in the UK. He later became GBC for Hungary, having spent time preaching there since 1987.