Grand Festival at Sri Ekachakra Dham
(Day Three | Appearance Day of Lord Nityananda Prabhu)

Friday, 7 February 2020
Birbhum, West Bengal



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."

nitai gunamani amara nitai gunamani
aniya premera vanya bhasala avani

Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, my Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, brought a flood of divine love and inundated the earth.

yo 'nanto 'nanta-vaktrair niravadhi hari-samkirttanam samvidhatte
yo va dhatte dharitrim sirasi niravadhi ksudra-dhuli kaneva
yah sesas-chatra-sayyasana-vasana-vidhaih sevate te yad-arthah
sri-nityananda-chandram bhaja bhaja satatam gaura-krsna-pradam tam

O my heart! Please eternally serve the lotus feet of that beautiful Sri Nityanandachandra who gives us Gaura-Krishna. It is He—Nityananda Prabhu—who in the form of Anantadev perpetually performs Harinam-kirttana with infinite mouths; He perpetually holds on His head the Earth planet like an insignificant speck of dust; and He performs the divine service of His all-in-all, Krishna, as Sesadev Ananta, taking the forms of the Lord's paraphernalia such as umbrella, bed, seat and clothing.




During the morning class.






At about 9 a.m. the parikrama party gathers in the courtyard of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda and set off for Sri Ekachakra Dham parikrama.









The first stop is Janu Kunda: Nitai's childhood playground. There is a temple deep in the pond, with only the top of the dome currently visible. This is also a place where all holy rivers are combined, so His Divine Grace offers worship and mantras in glorification of the holy rivers, sprinkles some water on his head and then proceeds to the next stop.




At the Naripota tree under which the umbilical cord of Nityananda Prabhu is buried.






Pancha Pandav Tala—the five Pandavas stayed here during their exile. His Divine Grace speaks of Bhima's pastime of killing Bakasura (when he had eaten the offering meant for the demon).





The view of the Pancha Pandav Tala from the roof of our Temple's nat mandir.


Walking back to the main road to continue the parikrama.




The holy appearance place of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu.



The Deity of Doyal Nitai inside the mandir marking the Lord's appearance place.


Devotees dance and chant at the site—there are no words to describe the joy of the kirtan.



Taking the dust of Nityananda Prabhu's janma-sthan on their heads, the parikrama party continues to Kadam Khandi.


Sri Kadam Khandi, the place where Vasudha Devi and Jahnavi Devi found Deities of Krishna and Balaram. There is the Yamuna river behind the temple.












The central gate of Sri Virachandrapur (contemporary name of Sri Ekachakra Dham)







Turning from the central street to take darshan of Sri Ekachakreswar Lord Siva.


This Siva-linga was worshipped by Hadai Pandit himself.


The next stop is Sri Jagannathdev Temple. Hadai Pandit was very eager to travel to Puri to receive darshan of Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladev and Lady Subhadra, but instead, the Lord has personally come to Sri Ekachakra manifesting Himself in the form of Jagannath.



Bimala Devi, just by the side of the temple of Lord Jagannath.







The final stop is at the temple of Sri Sri Bankimdev (Bankaray). The Deity here is the Deity discovered by Jahnavi and Vasuddha in the Yamuna (Kadam Khandi).





















After the parikrama, His Divine Grace speaks for some time about the divine glories of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu.



Starting the bhoga arati and then the noon arati of Their Lordships.












Enormous number of pilgrims and fortunate souls have filled the entire courtyard of the temple premise.



A hard-working teams of distributors is ready and waiting for the arati to finish to start serving prasadam to the devotees and visitors.







His Divine Grace walks over to the kitchen to see if everything is ready and gives brief instruction to Sripad Niriha Maharaj and other devotees.














Western devotees and some special guests are served prasadam upstairs, on the second floor to give them some relief from the crowd.



During sri prasad seva.




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