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Sri Ananta Vasudev's Temple

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Puri Dham, Sri Bhuvaneshwar
Translated from Sri Puri Dham Mahatmya-mukta-mala
Recorded on 4 July 2016


There is a story about this ancient place.

Once, a very long time ago, Parvati Devi heard from her husband that there was a place in this world that was more charming than Kailash. Having heard about that, she became eager to take the darshan of that place. When Parvati Devi reached the place and saw that it was indeed more captivating than Kailash, she stayed there for fifteen years as a cowherd girl.

One day, two demons came to the forest. They were taken aback to see Parvati Devi there, "What a beautiful girl!" "What are you doing here," they asked her. When Parvati Devi saw them, she became scared and prayed to her husband. Mahadev Sivji Maharaj immediately appeared there in the form of a cowherd, and Parvati Devi told him that the two demons were harassing her. Sivji Maharaj replied, "They have got such a boon from the demigods that they cannot be killed by any weapon. By the wish of the Lord, you will have to defeat them yourself. Do not worry, I will tell you how you can do it."

Then, Parvati Devi came to the demons and said, "I will fulfil your desire, but I have one condition. He who can carry me on his shoulder will become my husband." The two demons began fighting who of them would carry Parvati Devi, so Parvati Devi put one foot on one demon's shoulder and the other foot on the other demon's shoulder and started pressing them down so much that they died.

Having defeated the demons, Parvati Devi felt very tired and lay down to rest. Suddenly, she became very thirsty. Sivji Maharaj came and made a pond for her, but Parvati Devi said, "I will drink only from an eternally established place!" So, Sivji Maharaj collected a drop of water from every holy place and kept all the collected water within that pond. This is how this sarovar got its name—"Bindu Sarovar." Sivji Maharaj built this pond himself.

Then, all the demigods beginning with Brahma bathed in that pond, and Sivji Maharaj prayed to the Lord, "O Lord, O Supreme Person! Please allow me to reside with Ananta Vasudev on the bank of this sarovar." Then, Lord Ananta Vasudev heard Sivji Maharaj's prayer and, to fulfil the desire of His dear devotee, He came to stay here on the bank of Bindu Sarovar as the protector of this holy place.

Sivji Maharaj also left Kasi and started living here with the Lord. From that time also all bhoga is first offered to Sri Ananta Vasudev and then to Sivji Maharaj. That ancient temple of Sri Ananta Vasudev stands to this day. Anyone who takes bath in Bindu Sarovar attains liberation because bathing in it equals to bathing at all holy places, and the result of getting the darshan of Sri Ananta Vasudev is unlimited.

When Mahaprabhu came to this pond that is so dear to Lord Siva, He bathed in it and then proceeded to the temple of Sri Ananta Vasudev where He danced and chanted kirtan.

Jay Sri Ananta Vasudev ki jay


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Read in original Bengali:

মহাপ্রভুর পুরীতে যাত্রা : ভুবনেশ্বর (শ্রীপুরীধাম মাহাত্ম্য-মুক্তা-মালা থেকে)



Odds and Ends
'If you want to get super things, you must reject small matter.'


Namo namah tulasi maharani
'Siva, Sukadev, Narad, Brahma, the other demigods, and the great learned sages all circumambulate you, O Tulasi.'
নমো নমঃ তুলসী মহারাণি

When we do some service and increase our own enjoyment, it is not good.
Through that enjoyment ego can come.