A Rainy Morning at Sri Nabadwip Dham

Sri Nabadwip Dham, India
10 July 2015

 

 

For Sri Nabadwip Dham, midsummer is the time of not so much heat as rains—slow and continuous rains that keep tapping on the roofs, rustling the tree leaves, and disappear into the ubiquitous water circles on the ground. The rains bring coolness and tranquility into the surroundings, as well as some inevitable adjustment in the daily service of the devotees.

Once, when travelling by train in the rainy season, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj felt inspired by the scenery outside and composed a verse proclaiming the glories of his Divine Master (this verse is now engraved on the rare side of the Temple of Love and Affection):

varsayam vai sajala-jalado vadayan mandra-bherim
yadvad visve bhramati bahudha varidharan cha varsan
tadvad bhumau bhramasi saganair ghosayan gaura-gatha
nityam divyamrta-sukarunam tvam hi deva! pravarsan

Just as in the rainy season the water-bearing clouds wander about the earth pouring torrents of rain and creating a deep-sounding drumming all around, you too wander about this earth with your associates, marching and proclaiming the glories of Gaura. O my lord! Indeed, you always pour the divine nectar of your supreme mercy without any reservation.

 


The entrance gate of the Math.

 


The Centenary Museum (and the veranda of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj).

 


Bhajan-kutir of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

 


Paschatya-sevak Bhavan

 


His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's murti at the samadhi-mandir.

 


His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's murti.

 


Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govindasundar Jiu at Sri Gupta Govardhan mandir.

 


The entrance stairs of Srila Govinda Maharaj's veranda and bhajan-kutir.

 


Rama Dham: the Ladies' Ashram.

 


The prasadam hall.

 


Sri Govinda Kunda.

 


Sri Sada Siva Gangadhar...

 


...and Nandi, the divine carrier of Lord Siva.

 


The Temple of Mahaprabhu's Divine Waterplay and its Deities: Sri Giriraj and Sriman Mahaprabhu.

 


A blanket of lush self-sufficient greenery has temporarily replaced the marigolds.

 


Another area of happily growing grass.

 


The recently planted yellowish bushes and jasmine trees (a little to the background).

 


Also recently planted.

 


The deer lying outside the shelter when the rain stopped.

 


 


Cluster fig tree growing at the corner of the deer's residence.

 


The four geese of the Math.

 


 


The recently planted trees are growing nicely in the abundance of rainfall.

 


The marbling works are temporarily on the hold because of the rains.

 


One side of the steps of is almost finished.

 

 

You have to think that Krishna exists within every jiva soul, and you have to
give respect to everybody, to every jiva soul just as when driving a car you
try to avoid running over some street animals.

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