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 first day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, His Divine Grace takes the devotees from Sri Nrisingha Palli to Sri Yogapith and many other places in Sri Antardwip, as well as Sri Simantadwip and Sri Rudradwip situated nearby.
During the morning mangal-arati of Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Sri Laksmi-Nrsinghadev and Sri Prahlad Maharaj
Devotees preparing for the parikrama outside the temple entrance.
First, all devotees come to pay obeisance to Lord Nrisinghadev at Devapalli Temple...
...after that, everybody fills several buses hired to transport everyone to Svarup Ganj ghat.
Getting off the buses and walking to the ghat.
Crossing the holy Ganges.
Sri Surabhi Kunja Math on the bank of the Ganges.
His Divine Grace waits for everyone to cross the Ganges at Sri Ganga Nagar and then starts the parikrama of Sri Antardwip.
Approaching Sri Chaitanya Math, established by Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj.
At Sri Chaitanya Math.
Proceeding to the next stop—Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan.
The powerful altar at Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan—the famous place where Sriman
Nityananda Prabhu first met with Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Seated in the nat mandir, His Divine Grace chants kirtans and glories of this inconceivably holy place.
His Divine Grace is reading from Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya.
After the short class, devotees honour maha-prasadam in the courtyard, veranda and other spots of the temple premises at Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan.
Proceeding on to the puspa samadhi mandir of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad (ISKCON)
The grand puspa samadhi mandir of Jagad Guru Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad (the Founder Acharya of ISKCON)
Returning to the parikrama marg.
The next stop is Sri Yogapith, the very birthplace of Sriman Mahaprabhu
The exalted altar at Sri Yogapith Temple.
Upon arrival, His Divine Grace loudly and joyfully dances and chants in the nat mandir of Sri Yogapith.
The flourishing neem tree under which Nimai, Sri Gaura Sundar, appeared.
Sri Sachi Mata, Sri Jagannath Misra and baby Nimai in a small temple by the neem tree.
After Sri Yogapith, His Divine Grace takes devotees to the house of Sri Srivas Pandit known as Srivas Angan.
Sri Pancha Tattava Deities at the temple.
Devotees honour special maha-prasadam...
...and His Divine Grace spends some time in the nat mandir speaking about the glories of Srivas Pandit.
Very close to Sri Srivas Angan are two small temples marking the houses of Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu and Sri Gadadhar Pandit. (Pictured is the temple-house of Sri Gadadhar Pandit.)
Proceeding to Akar Math Sri Chaitanya Math established by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur.
The samadhi mandir of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad.
Resplendid Sri Chaitanya Math.
A little behind is the samadhi mandir of Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj. His Divine Grace is coming out from the courtyard of Sri Chaitanya Math and proceeds to Sri Simantadwip.
The tree marking the holy samadhi of Chand Kazi on the outskirts of Sri
Antardwip who was famously converted by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
On the way to Sri Simantadwip.
The gate of Sri Jagannath Mandir situated in Sri Simantadwip.
This year the parikrama has turned out to be much quicker than usual and the devotees arrive at the temple of Lord Jagannath at about noon instead of mid afternoon.
His Divine Grace speaks about the glories of Sri Parvati Devi who famously put the dust from the holy lotus feet of Gauranga Mahaprabhu on the parting of her hair granting thus this place its name 'Simantadwip': "Chaste Parvati Devi desperately rubbed Gaura's foot-dust into the parting in her hair (simanta). Since then, this place has been known as Simantadwip."
Sripad Niriha Maharaj arriving with the trucks full of maha-prasadam for the devotees.
A massive maha-prasad-seva in the courtyard of Sri Jagannath Mandir.
After prasadam, the Parikrama Party proceeds to Sri Sridhar Angan situated within a short walking distance from Sri Jagannath Temple.
A small temple marking the house of Sri Sridhar Prabhu.
His Divine Grace reads about the sweet and riveting loving pastimes of Sriman Mahaprabhu and Sri Sridhar Prabhu.
After Sridhar Angan, devotees again get on the buses and set off to Sri Gaudiya Math established by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad in Sri Rudradwip. Our Math has not visited Sri Rudradwip Temple for many, many years, and this year His Divine Grace made sure it is included in the parikrama programme.
The Lordships at the temple in Sri Rudradwip Gaudiya Math.
After that, the Parikrama Party returns to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Sri Nrisingha Palli by buses to take rest and prepare for the evening programme.
In the meantime, the temple is a continuous beehive of services. Devotees
cook, clean, prepare vegetables and do a ton of background services that make
this festival so glorious and successful.
During the evening class.
His Divine Grace speaks to the assembled devotees summarising the places visited during today's parikrama and reiterating the glories of this supreme holy abode of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu.
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