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Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Three

Friday, 26 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 third day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, His Divine Grace takes the devotees from Sri Nrisingha Palli to Sri Godrumdwip and Sri Madhyadwip.

 


During the morning arati of the Lordships.

 


 


 


 


As every day, the parikrama starts from one round around the temple and then out into the street.

 


...About to start.

 


 


This parikrama is a rather long and tiring walk, but devotees are overjoyed to walk the holy land of Godrumdwip chanting the Lord's glories.

 


A place where Sriman Mahaprabhu took rest. The Parikrama Party makes a brief stop to offer their obeisances and then proceed along the route.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Entering the ornate gates of Sri Subarna Bihar Gaudiya Math established by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Sri Subarna Bihar Gaudiya Math Temple.

 


Proceed on to Sri Surabhi Kunja.

 


 


 


 


Devotees flood the spacious temple and first come to offer obeisances to Their Lordships

 


 


Sripad Bhakti Vedanta Avadhut Maharaj, a dear friend of His Divine Grace Srila Acharya Maharaj and the sevaite of Sri Surabhi Kunja Temple, is giving out charanamrita.

 


His Divine Grace Srila Acharya Maharaj first tells everyone to take a little rest and honour maha-prasadam.

 


 


 


After sri-maha-prasadam seva, devotees sit in the nat-mandir to hear Sri Hari-katha.

 


 


 


 

 


A group of devotees rendering incredible service throughout the festival assisting with all kitchen services.

 


The next stop is within a short walk down the road.

 


Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's beloved holy bhajan kutir, Sri Svananda-Sukhada Kunja. The samadhi mandir of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur is situated here too.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's room, largely renovated over the course of time to preserve the place.

 

 


Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's room next to Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's room, also largely renovated.

 


The Parikrama Party then takes a rather long walk to the last stop for the day, Sri Hari-Hara Ksetra.

 


 


 


 


 


Arriving at the site.

 


The holy Deity of Sri Hari-Hara (Lord Krishna and Lord Siva's combined murti).

 


 


 

 


 


 


Heading back home to Sri Nrisingha Palli.

 


 


 


During the evening arati at the temple.

 


Despite the age and the strain of the parikrama, Sripad Sajjan Maharaj religiously attends to the book room service every day without fail.

 


Temple parikrama after the arati.

 


 


 

 


His Divine Grace speaks Sri Hari-katha to the assembled devotees in the evening, following which everyone honours maha-prasadam and retires to rest.

 


 

 

 

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