This year, Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja is personally
inviting and arranging for all devotees to observe Sri Navadvipa-mandala
Parikrama in the holy land of Sri Navadvipa-dhama.
The festival will start on March 8th and end on March 15th. From March
9th – 13th we will go on a walking pilgrimage to the incomparably
beautiful nine islands of Sri Navadvipa-mandala. There will be darsanas
of the holy places of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s pastimes, ecstatic
kirtanas, delicious maha-prasadam, and sweet Hari-katha that will
melt your heart. On March 14th we will celebrate the divine appearance
of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and on March 15th we will end the festival
with a delicious prasadam feast arranged by Sri Jagannatha Misra and
mother Sacidevi. The festival will be held on our new land in Navadvipa
(see address above).
In pursuance of Srila Narayana Maharaja's desire, a beautiful Mandira
is being built on the banks of the lake of our new property. The temple
will include a large prasadam hall and kirtan hall, and there will
be beautiful gardens and a guesthouse to facilitate many visitors.
The construction has already been started and it is hoped that the
basement and kirtana hall will be completed before the parikrama begins.
Like last year, we again will have the opportunity to follow in the
footsteps of our guru-parampara in the mood of "simple living, high
thinking." A traditional Bengali-style tent camp will be set up, made
of indigenous materials with an extra-strong foundation. It will include
outdoor (private) toilets and showers. This will give us a unique
opportunity to experience Navadvipa Parikrama as it was performed
in the early days, and we will thereby surely receive the special
mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You are most welcome to bring your
own tent and mosquito net. If you prefer more facilities, there are
hotel rooms in town or rooms for rent in the nearby homes of some
of the local residents.
We cordially invite everyone to come and join this wonderful festival.
A minimum contribution of Indian Rs.1.500 or US $35 or EU 30 is required.
Because of the festival preparation and construction, the facilities
on our grounds will not be available until March 8th. Therefore, we
kindly request that you not arrive earlier. If you decide come before
this date, please make your own arrangements for accommodation and
For more information please contact Brajanath dasa or Vrinda-devi
Please visit the Gour Purnima 2006 Festival web page for more details
about travel to the dham and what to bring.
From the Calcutta airport, taxis to Navadvipa range from Rs.1,200
to Rs. 1,400.
From the Howrah train station in Calcutta (platform 1 to 5), trains
run to Navadvipa for about Rs. 60. Our Matha is 10 minutes, and Rs.10,
away from the Navadvipa train station by rickshaw.
expanded and revised guide.
Sri Gaura-dhama Parikrama and Janmotsava
Wednesday, 8 March 2006
Arrival in Navadvipa-dhama and Adhivasa Festival of Sri Navadvipa-dhama
Parikrama (Festival that marks the beginning of the annual seven-day
parikrama). Sankalpa (taking of vows) at the Ganga.
Thursday, 9 March 2006
(1) Sri Antardvipa (Atmanivedana) - Sri Gaura Janmabhita in Sridhama
Mayapura, Srivasa Angan, Sri Advaita Bhavan, Sri Caitanya Matha (Sri
Candrasekhar Bhavan), Samadhi Mardha of Jagad-guru Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
Saraswati Prabhupada, Sridhara Angan, Sri Murari Gupta pata, and Chand
Kazi's Samadhi. Noon prasadam at Sri Yogapitha.
Friday, 10 March 2006
Fasting for Sri Ekadasi
(2) Sri Rudradvipa (Sakhya) - Rudrapada, Sankapura, Idrakapura and
(3) Sri Simantadvipa (Sravana) - Simuliya, Saradanga, Meghara Cada,
Belapukura, Samadhi darsana of Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja
in the town of Navadvipa, Paudamatala (Praudha-maya-sthana).
Saturday, 11 March 2006
Break fast for Ekadasi after sunrise before 9.48 am.
(4) Sri Godrumadvipa (Kirtana) - After touching the Ganga and offering
obeisances to Sri Gaura-Yogapitha in Sridhama Mayapura, there will
be a procession to Swarupaganja, Gadigacha, Surabhi-kunja, Svananda-sukhada-kunja,
Suvarna-vihara, Harihara-ksetra and Narasimha Palli. Prasadam and
(5) On the way back: Sri Madhyadvipa (Smarana), Majida, Hatdanga,
Anandavasa, Vamanapura and Hansvahana.
Sunday, 12 March 2006
(6) Sri Koladvipa (Padasevana) - Gadakhalir Kola, Tegharira Kola,
Koleramada, Kolera Ganga, Kolera Daha, Samudra Gadha and Campahati.
(7) Sri Ritudvipa (Arcana) - Ratupura.
Monday, 13 March 2006
(8) Sri Jahnudvipa (Vandana) - Jannagara (Jahnumimisthan) and Vidyanagara
(Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya pata).
(9) Sri Modrumadvipa (Dasya) - Mamagachi (Sri Vrindavana dasa Thakura
pata). Noon prasadam and rest. On the way back - Arkatila and Ekadala
and Matapura (Panca-pandavera-ajnatvasa).
Tuesday, 14 March 2006
Fasting for SRI GAURA-PURNIMA. Sri Gaura-jayanti and sankirtana festival.
Fasting till moonrise, then Ekadasi preparations only. Holi.
Wednesday 15 March 2006
Break fast for Sri Sri Gaura-jayanti after sunrise till 9:00 am. Prasadam
distribution. Festival of Sri Jagannatha Misra.
Saturday, 17 March 2006
Opening of Sri Vaman Gosvami Gaudiya Matha, Kolkata
Address: 39, R.N. Chatterjee St. Maniktala, Kolkata - 9
Phone: 033-2351.0369 / 94.3320.3718 (Govinda Maharaja)