Journey to Ganga Sagar
Saturday, 11 January 2020,
Howrah District, West Bengal—Gangasagar, South 24 Parganas
Photographs courtesy of Sri Kamalendu 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."
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."
His Divine Grace making last preparations for the festival: purchasing some bhog for the festival.
The Math car goes to Ganga Sagar separately, loaded with bhog and paraphernalia for the festival.
His Divine Grace takes all the devotees to Ganga Sagar by boat. The boat
service to Ganga Sagar became available a few years ago and it has since then been the wish of His Divine Grace to the devotees on this journey.
Although the journey is quite long (about six hours), it passes happily in
Harinam sankirtan and Hari-katha.
Sripad Paramarthik Maharaj and Sripad Sajjan Maharaj
A happy arrival in Ganga Sagar.
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