A report with photos
Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Math, Navadvipa, W. Bengal
March 9, 2006
Srila Narayana told his audience international pilgrims, "You
will not see this event taking place anywhere else in the world. In
order to maintain the activities, of the parikrama, such as prasadam
distribution and so on, please register your names.
"We will have three parties of singers the Western party,
the Bengali party, and the Hindi devotee party."
Srila Maharaja introduced the services of the parikrama by telling
the several thousand assembled devotees, "Whatever responsibilities
you are getting now, do them very carefully so that the parikrama
goes on smoothly."
After this he gave the microphone to Sripad Madhava Maharaja, who
called out various services, and the various devotees who could be
responsible for them such as registration, the pandal, paying
the boatman for going across the Ganges River from Koladvipa to Mayapura.
Madhava Maharaja called out the names of those who would be the lead
singers in each party and who would be responsible for the other functions
of that kirtan party for the mrdangas and cymbals, flags and
festoons, taking care of devotees, making sure the devotees have water,
making sure the electricity and electric equipment is working properly,
taking care of the Deities and making sure they are ornamented for
Srila Narayana Maharaja then concluded, "We will start tomorrow
morning at 6:30 am, and our parikrama schedule will be announced every
morning. Tomorrow, you will be going to Navadvipa town for nagara-sankirtana.
March 9, 2006
Under the direction of Srila Narayana Maharaja, the pilgrims departed
from Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha at 6:30 am to the Ganga, where they
crossed by boat to get to Antardvipa/Mayapura.
In Antardvipa they offered respects as they passed many temples and
Mathas, until they arrived at Sri Caitanya Matha. There, they had
darsana of Srila Bhaktivallabha Tirtha Maharaja, who gave a wonderful
lecture to all the devotees about how the island of Antardvipa represents
self-surrender. At the end of his speech Srila Tirtha Maharaja humbly
and whole-heartedly expressed how he felt unfortunate because of being
deprived of seeing Srila Narayana Maharaja due to both of their health.
He concluded that since Srila Narayana Maharaja could not come there,
he had sent all of his disciples there to give him their association.
The parikrama party then proceeded to Sri Yogapitha, the birthplace
of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
After hearing from various sannyasis on the stage at Yogapita about
the early pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the devotees proceeded
to the samadhi of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura and Srila
Gaura Kisora dasa babaji Maharaja, stopping along the way at the abodes
of Mahaprabhu's associates like Srivasa Thakura (Srivasa-angana),
Sri Advaita Acarya and Sri Gadadhara Pandita.
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