Preparation to Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama

Friday, 15 March 2019,
Godrumdwip, Nadia, West Bengal
Photographs courtesy of Sri Mathuranath 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."

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."

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-srngam
kesava dhrta-narahari-rupa jaya jagadisa hare

O Hari! O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! You have assumed a half-man, half-lion form! All glory to You! You ripped apart the bee-like body of Hiranyakasipu with the amazingly sharp nails of Your beautiful lotus hands.

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."



Setting the bookroom—two small rooms purchased by His Divine Grace for the temple service.




Unloading bhoga collected early in the morning.










Sripad Bhakti Tilak Niriha Maharaj, assisting the registration service, among many other duties.


Nanda Priya Devi Dasi, Devaki Devi Dasi.


Sripad Bhakti Nandan Sadhu Maharaj.



His Divine Grace gives instruction to Krishnapad Prabhu, a permanent servant at Sri Nrisingha Palli.


Gauranga Prabhu (Brazil).




Sripad Parikvrajik Maharaj setting the book room, assisted by Nanda Priya Didi and Devaki Didi.



A beautiful gate pointing at the entrance to the temple and giving the parikrama announcement.



Noon arati







Ashok Prabhu arrives with a group of devotees from Hooghly district.



Noon prasad-seva.



A large group from our Singapore family is joining this year, to the joy of His Divine Grace and all the devotees.



Second on the left, in the foreground: Sripad Adhoksaja Prabhu,
the leader of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math mission in Mauritius.


Evening arati.







Subrata Prabhu, Sripad Niriha Maharaj at the registration and enquiries table.










Srila Gurupadpadma happily shows the devotees a new publication that has arrived today:
Sri Puri Dham Mahatmya-mukta-mala compiled from His Divine Grace's Bengali discourses
during Sri Puri Dham tours of various years.


Sri Puri Dham Mahatmya-mukta-mala


His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj speaking to the assembled devotees.









Sripad Parivrajak Maharaj carrying on the service at the book table till the very end of the day's programme.





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