A VERY SPECIAL INVITATION TO YOU FOR:
Sri Gaura-mandala Parikrama 2007
February 25 March 3,
Address of our
new Matha in Navadvipa:
Gaudiya Matha, M. Kolerdanga Road (near the Ganga Bridge), Navadvipa,
+91-3472.244.090. (Temple) +91-9333.222.775 (Harijana Maharaja)
This year Sri
Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja is personally
inviting and arranging for all the devotees to observe Sri
Navadvipa-mandala Parikrama in the holy land of Sri Mayapura-dhama.
From the 26th
of February to the 3rd of March, after taking vows at
Panchaveni on the 25th of February, we will go by foot
and visit the nine islands of Sri Navadvipa-mandala. There will be
darsana of many places, kirtanas and delicious maha-prasadam, and
this grand festival will conclude on the holy appearance day of Sri
Gaurasundara (3rd of March) on our new land in Navadvipa
(see address above).
desire to build a beautiful Mandira at the lake with a big prasadam
hall, kirtana hall, beautiful gardens and a guesthouse to facilitate
many visitors is gradually manifesting and all will be amazed to see
how beautiful it already is.
construction is still going on, a traditional Bengali-style tent
camp will be set up made of bamboo, canvas, straw mats and a strong
foundation, including outdoor toilets and showers. This will give us
a unique opportunity to experience how Navadvipa Parikrama was
performed in earlier times, and this beautiful simplicity will
remind us all the more of 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 also hotel rooms and
rooms available in the houses of some of the local residents.
invite everyone to come and join this wonderful festival. A minimum
contribution of Indian Rs. 1,500 or US $30 is requested in order to
cover the most basic expenses of the festival.
Because of the
construction and the preparations for the parikrama, the facilities
on our grounds will be available from 25th February
onwards only and we kindly request your cooperation. However, if you
decide to arrive in Navadvipa dham before this date, we kindly ask
you to make your own arrangements for accommodation and prasadam.
information please contact Brajanath dasa or Vrinda-devi dasi at
Please visit the
Gour Purnima 2007 Festival web page for more details about
travel to the dham and what to bring.
From Calcutta airport you can take a taxi to Navadvipa for about Rs.
From the Howrah train station in Calcutta (platforms 1 through 5),
you can catch a train to Navadvipa for about Rs. 60. Our Sri Matha
is about 10 minutes away from the Navadvipa train station, which
should cost you no more than Rs. 10 by rickshaw.
Sri Gaura-dhama Parikrama and Janmotsava
Arrival in Navadvipa-dhama and Adhivasa Festival of Sri
Navadvipa-dhama Parikrama (Beginning of annual seven-day festival).
Taking our sankalpa vow at the Ganga.
Antardvipa (atmanivedanakhya) Sri Gaura Janmabhita in Sridhama
Mayapura, Srivasa Angan, Sri Advaita Bhavan, Sri Caitanya Matha (Sri
Candrasekhar Bhavan), Samadhi Mardha of Jagad-guru Srila Prabhupada,
Sridhara Angan, Sri Murari Gupta pata and Chand Kazis samadhi.
Rudradvipa (sakhyakhya) Rudrapada, Sankapura, Idrakapura and
Simantadvipa (sravanakhya) Simuliya, Saradanga, Meghara Cada,
Belapukura, Samadhi darsana of Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja
in the town of Navadvipa, Paudamatala (Praudha-maya-sthana).
Break fast for Ekadasi after sunrise until
Godrumadvipa (kirtanakhya) Savarupaganja, Gadigacha,
Surabhi-kunja, Svananda-sukhada-kunja (samadhi and bhajan kutir of
saptan Gosvami Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Suvarna-vihara,
Harihara-ksetra and Narasimha Palli. Prasadam and rest.
(5) On the way
back: Sri Madhyadvipa (smaranakhya), Majida, Hatdanga, Anandavasa,
Vamanapura and Hansvahana.
Koladvipa (padasevanakhya) Gadakhalir Kola, Tegharira Kola,
Koleramada, Kolera Ganga, Kolera Daha, Samudra Gadha and Campahati.
Ritudvipa (arcanakhya) Ratupura.
Jahnudvipa (vandanakhya) Jannagara (Jahnumimisthan) and
Vidyanagara (Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya pata).
Modrumadvipa (dasyakhya) Mamagachi (Sri Vrindavana dasa Thakura
pata). Noon prasadam and rest. On the way back Arkatila and Ekadala
and Matapura (Panca-pandavera-ajnatvasa).
Fasting for SRI GAURA-PURNIMA. Sri Gaura-jayanti and
Sankirtana festival. Fasting till moonrise, then Ekadasi
preparations only. Holi.
Break fast with grains for Sri Sri Gaura-jayanti after
9:00 am. Festival of Sri Jagannatha Misra. Prasadam distribution
and Vaisnava-homa yajna (Fire sacrifice and honoring the Vaisnavas).
From Sunday 4 March onward a parikram to Sri Jagannath Puri dham
will be organized under the supervision of Swami B.V. Vana Maharaja.
For more information you can contact him at lmvana@yahoo. com