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South Indian Tour:
Simhachalam—Kovvur (Godavari)

Sunday, 7 July 2019,
Andhra Pradesh
Photographs courtesy of Sripad B.N. Sadhu Maharaj



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."

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.





Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: "After visiting Kurmaksetra, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited the South Indian temple of Jiyada Nrsingha [Simhachalam] and offered His prayers to Lord Nrisinghadev. On His way, He introduced the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra in every village."






The picturesque scenery around the temple



In the evening, the jubilant devotees arrive at Sri Ramananda Gaudiya Math on the bank of Sri Godavari.

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj remembers in his Autobiographic Talk:

"When I was called from Uttar Pradesh to join the Madras party, before that my name was Sri Ramendra Sundar Bhattacharya. But now he converted my name into Sri Ramananda Das, and with this name he sent me with a group to find out the place of the conversation between Sriman Mahaprabhu and Sri Ramananda Ray, and to install the Pada-pitha there.

"At that time I delivered a short lecture in Rajmahendry about that conversation of Sriman Mahaprabhu and Sri Ramananda Ray at Kobhur, and I heard from Sripad Krishnadas Babaji Maharaj that Sripad Bon Maharaj was of the opinion that this speech was extremely appreciable, and that it contained the most precious Teachings. Hare Krishna.

Question: Does that Temple where you installed the Pada-pithis still exist today?

"Srila Sridhar Maharaj: Yes. During our time the Deities were installed by Prabhupad, but there was only that Pada-pith mandir. A separate mandir was established after Prabhupad, perhaps by Sripad Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj."


Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha-Nayanabhirama jiu.


The very place where Sriman Mahaprabhu met and spoke with Sri Ramananda Ray:

"Mahaprabhu could recognise Ramananda Ray as the proper person to hear Krishna-katha from. Before that, Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya sent Mahaprabhu, 'Prabhu, would You like to hear some Krishna-katha? Would You like to meet somebody? You are going to South India, and there is a devotee there just like You. You can meet him on the bank of the Godavari River...'"
~ Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj


"The famous talks between Ramananda Raya and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took place on the banks of the Godavari river. The name Godavari is significant, for it indicates that place where the highest fulfillment of our spiritual senses was given. The fullest engagement of all our senses was announced there on the banks of the Godavari: 'Your senses are not to be rejected. If you can give up the spirit of exploitation and renunciation, then your senses will have their fulfillment with Krishna. Those tendencies bar your approach to Krishna. To properly approach Krishna, you will have to utilize your senses to the fullest extent.' That was dealt with on the banks of the Godavari."

(From Search for Sri Krishna)




Pictured on the wall: Mahaprabhu revealing His sad-bhuja rupa to Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya in Sri Jagannath Puri.



His Divine Grace reads from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita and speaks about the pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Ramananda Ray that take place here at the Godavari. Lectures from the Godavari given earlier this year can be read here in six parts:
Hari-Katha at Sri Kovvur Part 1
Hari-Katha at Sri Kovvur Part 2
Hari-Katha at Sri Kovvur Part 3
Sri Ramananda Sambad
Sri Ramananda Ray's Answers
Sri Ramananda Ray's Expertise







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