Parikrama of Sri Dvaraka (Day Two):
Bhalka Tirtha

Saturday, 3 November 2018, Dvaraka-Somnath, Gujarat

 

 

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."

tirtha-phala sadhu-sanga,sadhu-sange antaranga,
sri-krsna-bhajana manohara
yatha sadhu, tatha tirtha,sthira kari’ nija-chitta,
sadhu-sanga kara nirantara
The result of visiting a place of pilgrimage is sadhu-sanga (pure devotees’ association) and being drawn to the exclusive service of Sri Krishna. A place of pilgrimage is where a sadhu (pure devotee) is. Always keep the association of pure devotees and firmly fix your mind by such association.

vaisnavera pada-dhulitahe mora snana-keli
tarpana mora vaisnavera nama
vaisnavera uchchhistatahe mora mano-nistha
vaisnavera namete ullasa
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs' name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated at the name of Vaishnavs."

gangara-parasa ha-ile paschate pavana
darsane pavitra kara—ei tomara guna

"If the Ganges touches someone, they are purified some time later; but one becomes purified just by seeing you, O Vaishnava Thakur. Such is your power."

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Arriving at Mul Dvaraka temple, the first stop on the way to Somnath.

 


 


 


 


The first stop of a small temple of Lord Ranchhodrai. Lord Krishna's Name Ranchhodrai means "He who left the battlefield": having waged multiple wars against Jarasandha and to save the inhabitants of Mathura from further devastation caused by war, Lord Krishna left the battlefield and Mathura and came to live in Dvaraka. There is also a great and famous temple of Lord Ranchhodrai in a Gujarati city called Dakor.

 


Here, at this temple of Lord Ranchhodrai devotees honour maha-prasadam.

 


After that, the parikrama party proceeds directly to Bhalka Tirtha in Somnath.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


At Bhalka Tirtha

 


Bhalka Tirtha marks a place of sad pastimes: it is the place where Lord Krishna is considered to have been wounded by a hunter named Jara and decided to leave the Earth finishing thus His manifest pastimes.

 


Here, His Divine Grace chants kirtans and read from Sri Garga-samhita.

 


A pond next to the temple.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

 

 

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