Parikrama and Evening Programme at Sri Govardhan
Tuesday, 6 November 2018, Govardhan, Uttar Pradesh
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."
The first stop is the temple of Sri Haridev—one of the three temples established by Lord Krishna's great-grandson Vajranabha. His Divine Grace also tells that this place is very special because when Mahaprabhu came to Govardhan, He stayed at this very temple for one night (He slept in the nat mandir).
His Lordship Sri Haridev.
Next stop is at Sri Brahma Kunda.
Brahma Kunda marks the place where Lord Brahma performed abhisek ceremony for Lord Sri Krishna.
Sri Manasi Ganga.
Sri Chakleshwar Mahadev, the protector of Sri Govardhan Dham.
Next to the temple of Sri Chakleshwar Mahadev is the bhajan kutir of Srila Sanatan Goswami.
The main temple at Sri Manasa Ganga.
Returning to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in time for the evening arati
His Divine Grace Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Evening arati at the temple of Sri Sri Anu Giriraj.
Sripad Bhakti Amrita Paramarthik Maharaj, always humbly in the background.
Sri Pushpa samadhi of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Devotees are offering lamps at the temple in honour of Sri Dipavali.
Devotees from South Africa.
Parikrama of the temple and Sri Tulasi Devi.
On the right: Sripad B.V. Muni Maharaj, Amalendu Prabhu (Russia).
In the meantime, devotees are busy with the kitchen services.
Sripad Tarok Prabhu from Sri Hapaniya Dham.
Vanamali Devi Dasi from Sri Hapaniya Dham.
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