Visiting Sri Tarakeswar Temple

Saturday-Sunday, 10-11 February 2018

 

pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
paurvaparya-parampara-prachalita-prajya-pramurtakrteh
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam

"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas, Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."

prerakam prachya-paschatya-sisyanam bhakti-vartmani
bhakti-nirmalam-acharya-svaminam pranamamy aham

"I offer my respectful obeisances to Swami Bhakti Nirmal Acharya, who is energetically inspiring all of Eastern and Western disciples on the path of pure devotion."

 


This branch of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is located on the outskirts of Tarakeswar, surrounded mostly by fileds and only a few adjacent houses. It is a peaceful and quiet area with a friendly community of devotees who come to the temple every morning and evening, some also coming to actively serve at the temple.

 


 


 


Every morning and afternoon His Divine Grace goes out for bhoga collection and in two days over 170 devotees' houses have been visited. In total, His Divine Grace is collecting in this area over 500 sacks of potato.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Evening arati offered to Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan Mohan jiu.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


On the second day, the news of His Divine Grace's arrival has spread among the devotees and the attendance increases. Devotees listen with "pin-drop" silence as His Divine Grace speaks about importance of selfless and unalloyed service mood, as well as the glories of Ekadasi:

"Madhava tithi means Krishna's tithi (day). Bhakati-janani means the mother of devotion. When you can get devotion from your mother, you love your mother very much—we must have this kind of love and affection for Ekadasi, then we can get devotion."

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Krishnapad Prabhu at the entrance of the Temple.

 


 


The garden of the Their Lordships taken care of by Abhay Charan Prabhu, the pujari at the Temple.

 


 


A pawpaw tree.

 


Flourishing Srimati Tulasi Devi's garden.

 

 

 

 

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