Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, Day Four

4 March 2015

 

The last day of the Parikrama covers the remaining three islands of Sri Nabadwip Mandal: Ritudwip, Jahnudwip, and Modadrumadwip.

 


As on all previous days, the Parikrama is started at the samadhi mandir
of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.












The Parikrama party stops here to offer dandavat pranams at the resting place of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu.
The local devotees distributed sweets to the passing-by procession.


The first stop is Sri Samudragad, where King Samudra Sen had the vision of Krishna and Gauranga
at the time of the imminent battle against Bhimasen.




When the devotees came to the place, it began to rain and everyone had to scatter in search for shelter.
Fortunately, the rain did not last long. After the glories of the place were recited, sung, and told,
the Parikrama continued even more joyfully and briskly, perked up by the chill of the rainy morning.



The next stop is the temple of Gaura Gadadhar of Dvija Vaninath in Sri Champa Hatta,
where Srila Jayadev Goswami would also write his books.






It continued drizzling for a while and all the devotees crowded inside the pandal and the temple.





After the class and kirtans, the morning prasadam was served here and by the time everyone had finished
honouring it, the sky cleared up and everybody happily continued their way.



On the way, the Party stops at Sri Radha Kunda where His Divine Grace sings a few kirtans
and chants from Sri Nabadwip-dham-mahatmya.



The next stop is Vidya Nagar, the place where the Lord holds all the Vedas in His form as Matsya (fish incarnation). Many great personalities came here to receive knowledge. At the time of Kali-yuga, Brihaspati, the heavenly Guru, descended as Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya and started his school at this place, waiting for Mahaprabhu to come. Nimai would often come to this place to play tricks and challenge the pupils of Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya.


The Deities worshipped there.






Madhavendra Puri Prabhu, his sister Krishna Mohini Devi Dasi of Colombia, and Ananya Bhakti Devi Dasi of Russia.



The next place is Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya's house.



Sri Vidya Nagar Sarvabhauma Gaudiya Math established by Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur.




The temple of Sri Saranga Murari where Sri Sri Gaura Gadadhar are worshipped.


Next stop—a grove where prasadam is served to all.


Tilak Krishna Prabhu is summoning the Western devotees to gather for prasad seva.



A brief stop at Jahnudwip. Sripad Tyagi Maharaj spoke of the glories of the place.



The final stop is the birthplace of Sri Vrindavan Das Thakur, the Vedavyas of Chaitanya-lila.





His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj concluded the Parikrama here with two songs written by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur and included in the Bengali Gaudiya Gitanjali.



After this, the devotees return home, by some transport or with the Parikrama party.

Thus finishes the four-day Parikrama of Sri Nabadwip Dham, 2015.

 

Why did we take initiation? Why did we join the mission, take shelter in Gurudev?
It is all useless if we have come with material desires and do not try to progress.

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