Sri Mathura Parikrama

Saturday, 10 November 2018
Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh

 

 

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."

 


One of the three buses that transport the devotees on the parikrama today.

 


One of the three buses that transport the devotees on the parikrama today.

 


 


Arriving at Uchagaon (Uchagram)

 


 


 


 


 


 


The holy appearance place of Sri Lalita Devi.

 


 


 


 


 


The temple atop the hill marking the birthplace of Sri Lalita Devi.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Sri Deha Kunda nearby.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Next stop is in Varsana where the parental house of Srimati Radharani is.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


On the way to the next stop at Sri Nandagaon (Sri Nandagram)—the Vrindavan house of Sri Nanda Maharaj and Yasoda Mayi before they moved to Gokula.

 


 


 


At Sri Varsana.

 


 


 


 


 


 


Sri Pavan Sarovar, the place of Srila Sanatan Goswami's samadhi mandir. When His Divine Grace Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami came to stay in Vrindavan, he lived at this place. This is also the place of Srila Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj's bhajan-kutir and samadhi mandir.

 


 


 


 


 


 


Srila Sanatan Goswamipad's holy samadhi mandir.

 


 


 


At the samadhi mandir of Srila Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The next stop is Sri Kadam Khandi near the house of Nanda Maharaj (Nanda Bhavan) in Nandagaon: "You know that after Prabhupad left his body, some problems came—Srila Sridhar Maharaj became sad and left Chaitanya Math... He went to Vrindavan to do bhajan. There, he stayed in Nanda-gram and Kadam-khandi. Kadam-khandi was the place where Srimati Radharani Herself came and cooked sweet rice for Rupa Goswami and Sanatan Goswami. Sometimes Srila Sridhar Maharaj stayed there."

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The last stop is the temple of Sri Asesvar Mahadev.

 


 


 


Heading back to the buses and then off to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Sri Vrindavan Dham.

 


 

 

 

 

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