Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Four

Saturday, 27 March 2021
Nabadwip, Nadia, West Bengal
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."


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."

 

 


On the fourth day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, His Divine Grace takes the devotees from Sri Nrisingha Palli to the southern part of Sri Koladwip, as well as Sri Ritudwip, Sri Jahnudwip, and Sri Modadrumadwip.

 


During the holy mangal-arati shortly before dawn.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The holy Parikrama Party is coming out of the temple—proceeding to the temple of Lord Nrisinghadev, paying obeisance there, and then getting on the buses for a quick ride until after Gauranga Setu Bridge.

 


An unexpected addition to the bhoga for the temple—His Divine Grace happily takes the vegetable.

 


 


 


The Parikrama Party is starting their walk towards Sri Samudra ghat.

 


 


 


 


 


Sri Samudragad (Samudra Ghat) is famous for the pastimes of the Lord and King Samudra Sen as well as the following conversation:
"The ocean came to the shelter of the Ganga here and, with the mood of a devotee, served the feet of the Lord. The Ganga said, 'O Ocean, very soon my Lord will stay in a forest on your bank.' The ocean said, 'O goddess, listen to my words! The son of Sachi never leaves Nabadwip. Although He will stay on my bank for some time, He will remain invisibly in Nadia. The Vedas sing of the manifest and unmanifest Pastimes of the Lord here in His eternal abode of Nabadwip. O beautiful goddess! I will stay here under your shelter and serve Sri Gauranga in Nabadwip.' Saying this, the ocean stayed in Nabadwip, meditating on the eternal Pastimes of Gauranga."

 


 


 


 


 


Entering the next stop—Sri Champa Hatti, the holy temple of Sri Dvijavaninath's Sri Sri Gaura Gadadhar Deities.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


A small hidden place marking Sri Radha Kunda. Devotees pass it on the way offering their obeisances and prayers.

 


 


 


After a rather long walk, devotees come to the place where they honour maha-prasadam every year.

 


Taking prasadam and some rest in the shade. His Divine Grace lovingly observes everyone take prasadam.

 


 


 

 


 


Once prasadam is served to all the devotees, the truck then heads back to the temple with all the pots, tubs, and paraphernalia.

 


Arriving at the next stop—Vidya Nagar Sarvabhauma Gaudiya Math. This is the place where Sri Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya used to teach prior to his departure to Sri Puri Dham; this is the also the place where many great souls received treasured knowledge.

 


 


 


 


Not far from Vidya Nagar Sarvabhauma Gaudiya Math is the birthplace of Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya.

 


His Divine Grace speaks extensively about the pastimes of Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya and Sriman Mahaprabhu.

 


 


 


On to the last two stops for the day...

 


Sri Saranga Murari's temple...

 


...and the birthplace of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur Mahasay.

 


 


 


 


Devotees listen to His Divine Grace with heavy hearts realising that Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama has suddenly come to an end here.

 


 


After the class and kirtans, everyone sits down to honour maha-prasadam before returning to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Temple in Sri Nrisingha Palli (by buses).

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Later on, during the evening arati.

 


 


Sripad Ashok Prabhu and Sripad Sunil Prabhu take down the names of those who are going to take initiation tomorrow.

 


 


 

 


 


 


 


 


 


After devotees finish the evening arati, His Divine Grace comes down to preside over the evening programme in honour of the holy adhivas of Sri Gaura Purnima.

 


 


 


 


 

 


 


Everyone joyfully takes maha-prasadam preparing for a full-day fast tomorrow.

 


Sripad Sanjeev Prabhu (from Delhi) partaking of the prasadam distribution service.

 

 

 

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