Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, Day Two

2 March 2015

 

The longest day of the Parikrama is followed by the shortest one—Sri Koladwip (the same district where our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math stands). Parikrama proceeds slowly and peacefully through the streets, chanting the Holy Names of the Lord and His associates, visiting four places on the way: the temples of Vriddha Siva, Yogamaya, Vishnu Priya Devi, and the samadhi mandir of Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj.

 


After the aratis, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj starts the Parikrama from the temple of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and having circumambulated the temples of the Math, leads the party out of the gate and on to the street.


As every day, the Parikrama party traditionally leaves from the main and original gate of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.





The first stop is the temple of Sri Vriddha Siva, the guardian and protector of the Dham.


After kirtans and lectures, the Parikrama party proceeds on to the ever crowded temple of
Sri Yogamaya (Prauddha Maya) at the center of Paramatala.


After paying obeisance to Sri Yogamaya Deity, the devotees proceed
to the temple of Sri Vishnu Priya Devi (above and below).


The original Deity that was worshipped by Sri Vishnu Priya Devi, that took several attempts to make, and upon seeing which Vishnu Priya Devi covered her head acknowledging thus the authenticity of the Deity. She worshipped this Deity to the end of her life, having locked herself in the house and taking heart-breaking austerity: she is known to take the Holy Name and put aside rice grains, one mantra per each grain, and at the end of the day whatever grains she could put aside comprised her meal.



Following the modern-day tradition of the temple, whoever gives some donation has an opportunity
to touch Nimai's shoes, kept in the metal protective cover.


After the temple of Sri Vishnu Priya Devi, the devotees are taken to a field where paran prasadam is taken.




The photographs can give some idea of the scope of the Parikrama party.






Srila B.K. Ashram Maharaj is seen in the background serving prasadam to the devotees.





Visakha Devi Dasi joined the Parikrama very briefly, being busy with many services,
but even during this short time she affectionately served prasadam to all the devotees.


After everybody was fed and finished taking prasadam, the servitors' group honoured prasadam, and then the party continued to the last place for the day: the samadhi mandir of Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj.





Sripad Rama Krishna Prabhu of Uluberia led the second cart and kirtan through out the Parikrama.





Bhajan kutir of Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, the place where he stayed.



The samadhi mandir.


Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj was siksa Guru of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur, who actually gave this title 'Bhakti Vinod' to Kedarnath Dutt (as Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur was known for most of his life before that). There are many stories that we hear to this day about the nature and practices of Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj. One them is about his exemplary attitude to money. When somebody donated a rupee to Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, he reluctantly accepted it and continued his way in the basket, carried by his servant Bihari, but some short time later he had to order Bihari to turn back to that man to return the coin. The man was astonished to hear from Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, "This one rupee is too much of burden to me. I cannot imagine how you tolerate the burden of all your money."


The Deities of Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj—Sri Sri Gour Gopal and
Sri Sri Giridhari (in the centre, foreground)—are worshipped and taken care of to the day.


After the Parikrama comes back to the Math, the party spends some time, praying and
chanting, in front of the samadhi mandirs, thus finishing the Parikrama for the day.

 

Whatever capacity we have—with body, mind, and speech—we must serve
his appearance day.

"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"