South Indian Tour:
Saturday, 6 July 2019,
Photographs courtesy of Sripad B.N. Sadhu Maharaj
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."
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."
gaura amara ye-saba sthane
karala bhramana range
se-saba sthana heriba ami
"In the company of loving devotees, I behold all the places my Gaurasundar
roamed during His ecstatic Pastimes."
A week-long bus tour includes Kurmaksetra (Srikakulam), Simhachalam, Kovvur (Godavari), Vijayawada (Pana Nrisinghadev and Laksmi Nrisinghadev temples), Srisailam, Ahobilam (Temple of Nava-Nrisingha), and Tirupati.
His Divine Grace spends some time with the devotees from Bokaro. Below is a
group photo with them:
Arati Devi Dasi is attending to the book table service.
Setting for the South India tour.
Devotees travel comfortably and peacefully in the buses.
At Sri Kurmaksetra. Here, Lord Vishnu appears in His tortoise form to save
the earth from and aid the churning of the ocean, "O Hari! O Kesava! O Lord
of the universe! You have assumed the form of a tortoise! All glory to You!
You upheld Mount Mandara upon Your giant back and thereafter became
beautified by the circular scar it left." (Sri Dasavatara Stotram)
Sri Sveta Puskarini, near Sri Kurmadev's temple: formed by the Sudarshan
chakra of Lord Vishnu, it is believed that every year Ganga Devi comes from
Kashi to bathe in this pond to cleanse herself from all the sins of people
bathing in her waters in Kashi.
A small temple marking the place that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited. It is
at this place that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu cures the famous brahman
Vasudev. His Divine Grace says, "When Mahaprabhu went to South India, he met
there one Vasudev Vipra who had leprosy—his whole body was rotten and insects
were eating it, falling out of the sores on his hands, legs, etc. one by one.
Vasudev Vipra thought, 'My body is nothing. One day it will be burnt and
destroyed, what am I to do with it? If these insects are happy to eat it,
what is my problem?' So, he would take the insects fallen from the sores and
put them back into his body. You must realise how much tolerance he has."
In the meantime, devotees prepare sumptuous bhog and get the prasadam ready for all the devotees to honour.
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