Preaching in Mangalagiri (Day Two)

Friday, 4 January 2019
Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh
Photographs courtesy of
Sri Vasudev Krishna Prabhu and
Sri Purna Prajna Prabhu



pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
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.

jaya nrsimha, sri nrsimha, jaya jaya nrsimha
prahladesa jaya padma-mukha-padma-bhrnga

"All glories to Nrisinghadev! All glories to Nrisinghadev, who is the Lord of Prahlad Maharaj and, like a honeybee, is always engaged in beholding the lotus face of the goddess of fortune."

ito nrsimha parato nrsimho
yato yato yami tato nrsimhah
bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimho
nrsimham adim saranam prapadye

"Nrsimha is here, Nrsimha is there—Nrsimha is wherever I go. Nrsimha is outside, Nrsimha is within my heart. I am surrendered unto that primeval Lord Nrsimha."







The parikrama party climbs up the hill to the temple of Sri Panakala Nrisinghadev.


The entrance to the temple.






One of the glories of the temple is the sweet jaggery water (panaka) traditionally and famously offered to Lord Nrisinghadev here: the priests offer it by pouring the panaka into Lord Nrisinghadev's mouth and only half of the offered water returns as His prasadam which is then distributed to the pilgrims.


Sri Hanuman Deity a little further up the hill.


In one of the caves also higher up the hill.


Reclining Lord Vishnu, also higher up the hill.




View of Mangalagiri city from Sri Panakala Nrisinghadev's Temple.


In the time of Prabhupad Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, many preachers, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj being prominent among them, would travel throughout India on the order of Srila Prabhupad tracing the places visited by Sriman Mahaprabhu during His tours. This temple here, at the foothill of Mangalagiri Hill, is one of such temples.









The footprints asan is visible in the background.


rama-rama-gana-ramya-divya chanda-nartanam
prema-dhama-devam eva naumi gaura-sundaram

"Later, the Supreme Lord travelled to the holy places of pilgrimage in South India with the clever intention of delivering the fallen souls. Appearing as a beautiful young renunciate, He distributed the sweet Names of the Lord, singing: "Krishna Krishna Krishna Krishna Krishna Krishna Krishna he," as He strolled down the different pathways, entered temples, and visited homesteads during the sacred pilgrimage. Infused with an inconceivable type of divine inspiration, the Lord freely chanted "Rama Rama" and joyfully danced with the most charming gestures. Irrespective of time or personal qualification, the assembled bystanders were delivered by the Lord, who inspired them to chant Krishna's Holy Names. I offer my obeisances to that beautiful Golden Lord, Gaurangasundar, the divine form of Krishna prema."


Sri Laksmi Nrisinghadev Mandir
















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