Parikrama of Sri Dvaraka (Day Two):
Saturday, 3 November 2018, Dvaraka-Somnath, Gujarat
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,
|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-dhuli||tahe mora snana-keli
|tarpana mora vaisnavera nama|
|vaisnavera uchchhista||tahe 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
After that, the parikrama party proceeds directly to Bhalka Tirtha in
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
A pond next to the temple.
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