Parikrama of Sri Vrindavan Dham

Friday, 1 November 2019
Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
Photographs courtesy of Sripad B.N. Sadhu Maharaj

 

 

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."

pramada-madana-lilah kandare kandare te
rachayati nava-yunor dvandvam asminn amandam
iti kila kalanartham lagnakas tad-dvayor me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

"O Govardhan, the Divine Couple liberally enact Pastimes of mad love in your caves. Please grant me a dwelling beside you so I can see Their Pastimes."


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."

 

 


Taking the darshan and blessings of the Lordships, His Divine Grace starts the second day of Sri Vrindavan Parikrama.

 


 


Entrance to Sri Seva Kunja

 


 


 


 


A well created by Lord Krishna for Sri Lalita Devi when she felt thirsty one day.

 


In the courtyard of Sri Radha Damodar temple.

 


Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu's samadhi mandir.

 


Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami's samadhi mandir.

 


 


 


 


Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's samadhi mandir.

 


 


Entrance to Sri Nidhuvan.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


At Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu's samdhi mandir and temple.

When Gopal Bhatta Goswami lived in Vrindavan, he every day worshipped twelve pieces of Govardhan sila. One day, a very rich man came to him and said, "Baba, please take this dress and jewellery for the Deity." Gopal Bhatta Goswami took it, but later thought, "I have taken this dress, but I worship Salagram sila and they have no hands or legs, what am I to do with the dress now? How will my Deities wear it?" He kept thinking about it.

In the evening that day, he offered the bhog as usual and went to lie down. In the morning, he opened the altar door and saw there was a vigraha (Deity-form of the Lord)! He thought, "What is this? In the evening I offer bhog to Salagram sila and in the morning I see a vigraha!" Then he saw behind the Deity there were the Salagram silas, but there were only eleven silas. What happened to the twelfth one? It turned into the Deity of Radha-Ramanjiu (Bhagavan Krishna). So, now Gopal Bhatta Goswami could put that dress and the ornaments on the Deity.

When a devotee wishes for something, the Lord fulfils their desire. You see that Gopal Bhatta Goswami got a dress for the Lord, and he wanted to give it to the Lord so much, he cried, "My Lord has no hands, no legs, what do I do?" He had this strong desire (arthi), and the Lord took the form of a Deity.

(Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami's Miracle)

 


 


 


 


Srila Lokanath Das Goswami Prabhu's samadhi mandir.

 


Srila Narottam Das Thakur's samadhi mandir.

 


The samadhi-mandir of Srila Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur.

 


 


In the courtyard of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda Temple.

 

 


Sri Sri Radha Raman manifest from the salagram sila of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu.

 


 


 


 


 


At Sri Madan Mohan temple of Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhu.

 


 


 


 


 

 


 


At Sri Vamsivat: "Following Parvati Devi's instruction, praying and praying to gopis, Lord Siva entered the place of rasa-lila. At first, the gopis could not recognise him, but then they noticed that, seeing that a new gopi had come, Krishna started talking and joking with her, and some of the sharper gopis—Lalita, Visakha, Radhika and others—wondered, "What is going on? Who is this new gopi? We have never seen her before! Who has come here at Vamsivat? This pastime happened at Vamsivat (vat means 'a banyan tree')—Krishna would play His flute sitting on the banyan tree there and all the gopis, hearing the flute's call, would come there in the dead of night leaving behind their husbands, children, everything. They would leave everything to fulfil Krishna's desire, and this is not kama, lust—this is prema, divine love. This is what I am telling in this chapter also—people write so much about gopis and Radharani and they enjoy with that, but what they write about Radharani and who Radharani is, is worlds apart."

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


Temple of Lala Babu

 


 


Sri Brahma Kunda

 


Sri Ranganath Temple

 


 


 


 


Sri Govindaji Temple of Srila Rupa Goswami (the Deity from this temple is now in Jaipur)

 


 


 

 


 


 


Returning back to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math

 


During the evening class.

 


Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Rasa Bihari jiu

 


 

 

 

 

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