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."
Holy mangal arati.
As on each day of the parikrama, His Divine Grace first comes to the old temple of Sri Nrisinghadev and taking His darshan and blessings, starts Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama.
Arriving at the ghat by buses—because our Nrisingha Palli temple is situated a little further away from main destonations of the parikrama, His Divine Grace arranged three-four buses each day to transport devotees to the beginning of the parikrama marg.
First boat crossing the Ganges.
Srila Ashram Maharaj is happily leading kirtan waiting for everyone to cross over to Antardwip.
When everyone arrives and gathers, His Divine Grace starts the parikama.
The pujari at the temple of Srila B.D. Madhav Maharaj (first stop of the day) garlanding His Divine Grace.
The courtyard inside Srila B.D. Madhav Maharaj's temple.
There is a construction works going on now—the temple is renovating and building a beautiful and more spacial samadhi-mandir of Srila B.D. Madhav Maharaj.
Moving on to the next stop.
Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan—the holy place where Sriman Mahaprabhu met Sriman
Nityananda Prabhu for the first time. Sripad B.K. Tyagi Maharaj mentions that when Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj was first going to build the temple, he planned to make it small, but the larger size of the Deities, temple and the temple compound was suggested by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and Srila Goswami Maharaj followed the desire of his sannyas-guru.
The Lordships presiding over the temple.
Samadhi-mandir of Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj. Famously, he invited Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj to his every vyasa puja declaring that Srila Sridhar Maharaj's coming extends his lifetime by one more year, but the year when Srila Sridhar Maharaj could not come, Srila Goswami Maharaj said it was his last year—indeed, he passed away that same very year.
A servitor of the temple affectionately offers garlands to all the sannyasi.
The samadhi-mandir of Srila Bhakti Kiran Giri Maharaj who joined our Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama and many other programmes and tours throughout many years. Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj had much love and affection for His Holiness.
A small mandir to the side of the main temple in Nandan Acharya Bhavan, dedicated to the meeting place of Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu.
Breakfast and paran is also here, at Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan.
After honouring breakfast prasadam, the parikrama party proceeds on to the pushpa samadhi mandir of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj. This year, His Divine Grace commented that we used to previously go to the Chandradaya mandir as well, but because the temple security checks started impeding the parikrama party and kirtan, our Math only visits the pushpa samadhi mandir of Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.
On to the next stop.
In the foreground: Ramananda Prabhu (USA, Mexico)
This year, to everyone's surprise and joy, the parikrama included a new and very special place.
Sri Rudradwip far on the horizon.
The new stop is a temple at the place of Madhai Ghat, the place where Jagai and Madhai were famously rescued by Sriman Nityananda Prabhu.
Because the course of the Ganges changes during the time, this place is now surrounded by fields, but before the Ganges was flowing at this sight and when Jagai and Madhai were rescued they build a ghat for the public welfare and used to sweep and clean it every day as service to the devotees.
The main Temple here is already functioning.
The servitor sannyasi here at this temple.
After that, the parikrama party arrives at Sri Yopapith, the birthplace of Sriman Mahaprabhu.
Sri Jagannath Misra and Sri Sachi Devi holding little Nimai.
The venerable neem tree under which Nimai was born.
The temple courtyard.
His Divine Grace is showing the drawing of the nine islands and pointing out that Sri Yagapith is located at the very heart of the eight-petalled lotus flower.
The parikrama party reached Sri Yogapith in the afternoon, so the main altar was closed.
The next stop is Srivas Angan. Mahaprabhu Himself say that He is always present in the kitchen of Sri Sachi Devi, at the house of Srivas Pandit and wherever Sri Nityananda Prabhu is dancing. So, this place is very special and important for all Gaudiya Vaishnavs.
Walking further to Sri Advaita Acharya bhavan (house) and the house of Sri Gadadhar Pandit. We owe the discovery of all these places to Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur who meticulously consulted various historical records, as well as the local elders to spot the exact places of these pastimes.
Sri Advaita Acharya bhavan.
Pranam mantra and verses in glorification of Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu
Verses glorifying Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu's worship of Sri Gaura.
Right next to Sri Advaita Acharya bhavan is a small temple marking the house of Sri Gadadhar Pandit.
The next stop is Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, the main headquarters established by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur in Sri Mayapur Dham.
The samadhi mandir of Srila Swaraswati Thakur
Devotees sit in the courtyard of the temple compound and listen to the glorification of
Bhagavan Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad.
At the samadhi mandir of Chand Kazi, the place where he broke Mahaprabhu's mridanga but received liberation.
Prasad-seva in the grove near the temple of Sri Jagannath.
The temple of Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladev and Lady Subhadra
First time in many years (because the parikrama party arrived here later than usually) the devotees could actually get the darshan of Lord Jagannath. This place is non-different from Sri Jagannath Puri Dham.
The next, and last for the day, stop is this small place where devotees remember the glories of Sri Simantadwip.
Quite tired, but happy, devotees then take the buses rented by the Math and return to Sri Nrisingha Palli Temple.
Sripad Bhakti Vaibhav Parivrajak Maharaj at the bookstore.
Heavy kitchen service.
Yuga Vardhan Prabhu with his elder son, Jay Krishna.
Sri Gaura Purnima Festival 2019:
DAY 1 |
DAY 2 |
DAY 3 |
Sri Gaura Purnima, morning |
Sri Gaura Purnima, evening |
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