Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Four

Thursday, 1 March 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."

 


 


 


 


 


 


Kirtans after the arati.

 


At about 7 a.m. the devotees honour maha-prasadam and get ready to go by bus to Sri Godrumadwip.

 


At Sri Samudra Ghat (at the time of the devotees' arrival, the place was occupied by another group, so His Divine Grace chants a little a far and then proceeds to the next stop—Sri Champahatti).

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


At Sri Champahatti, the place where Sri Jayadev Goswami wrote Gita Govinda that was relished much by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and where Sri Sri Gaura Gadadhar Deities reside, installed in Mahaprabhu's time.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The parikrama continues and the next brief stop is Sri Radha Kunda and Sri Shyama Kunda.

 


Hari-katha at Sri Vidya Nagar, the very core place of all knowledge obtainable in this world.

 


 


 


 



 


The Deities installed at Sri Vidya Nagar.

 


 


 


 


Hari-katha at Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya's house, the next stop of the parikrama.

 


 


 


 


 


 


On the way to Mamgachhi: devotees stop at this place renowned for the related pastime of Jahnu Muni and Sri Ganga Mayi. It is also a landmark of Jahnudwip.

 


 


Sri Saranga Murari's temple.

 


 


 


Entering the holy birthplace of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur, proclaimed to be the 'Vyasa' of Sri Chaitanya-lila.

 


 


 


 


 


A happy kirtan at the concluding destination of Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama.

 


 


 


 


The slokas inscribed on the temple (from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta):

narayani—chaitanyera ucchista-bhajana
tanra garbhe janmila sri-dasa-vrndavana
tanra ki adbhuta chaitanya-charita-varnana
yahara sravane suddha kaila tri-bhuvana

"Narayani eternally eats the remnants of the food of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur was born of her womb. What a wonderful description he has given of the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya! Anyone in the three worlds who hears it is purified."

krsna-lila bhagavate kahe veda-vyasa
chaitanya-lilara vyasa—vrndavana-dasa
vrndavana-dasa kaila 'chaitanya-mangala'
yanhara sravane nase sarva amangala

"As Vyasadev has compiled all the pastimes of Lord Krishna in Srimad-Bhagavatam, Thakur Vrndavan Das has depicted the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya. Thakur Vrndavan Das has composed Sri Chaitanya-mangal. Hearing this book annihilates all misfortune."

chaitanya-nitaira yate janiye mahima
yate jani krsna-bhakti-siddhantera sima
manusye rachite nare aichhe grantha dhanya
vrndavana-dasa-mukhe vakta sri-chaitanya

"By reading Sri Caitanya-mangala one can understand all the glories and truths of Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda and come to the ultimate conclusion of devotional service to Lord Krishna. The subject matter of this book is so sublime that it appears that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has personally spoken through the writings of Sri Vrndavan Das Thakur."

 


These Deities at Mamgachhi were installed by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad.

 


The very last service at the parikrama before heading home—honouring maha-prasad. His Divine Grace commented that those who got to honour it were very fortunate as this was Lord Nrisinghadev's maha-prasad.

 


 


 


The evening programme starts at 6 p.m. from the evening arati.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Sripad Paramarthik Maharaj and Sripad Ashok Krishna Prabhu are taking down the names of the devotees who are taking initiation on Sri Gaura Purnima day.

 


 


His Divine Grace made a separate arrangement for the Western devotees so devotees cook a little earlier in the temple kitchen (other than that, all offerings are cooked in the outside kitchen).

 

 

 

 

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