Preaching in Mangalagiri (Day Two)
Friday, 4 January 2019
Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh
Photographs courtesy of
Sri Vasudev Krishna Prabhu and
Sri Purna Prajna Prabhu
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.
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
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.
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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