All Glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga
Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha
M. Kolerdanga Road (near the Ganga Bridge)
Navadvipa, West Bengal
Phone: +91-9153125442 / 9734825362 (Madhusudan das)
Our beloved Gurudeva Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, awaits your presence at holy dhama of Sri Navadvipa. Before entering his eternal pastimes, he instructed all his sons and daughters to approach him at Navadvipa for loving rendezvous. His presence in Samadhi form is for nurturing our bhajan in separation, thus blessing us at all times for assured success in our bhajan.
Srila Gurudeva chose to have his Samadhi at Sri Navadvipa-dhama to help us to cross the ocean of material existence. Sri Navadvipa-dhama is non-different from Sri Nityananda prabhu who is akhanda-guru-tattva (Supreme spiritual master) and the abode of nitya-ananda (etenal bliss). Without the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu one cannot attain the service of Radha and Krishna. Hence, as we visit Srila Gurudeva's Samadhi, then automatically we are approaching entire Guru-Parampara up to Akhanda-guru-tattva Sri Nityananda prabhu.
This is special mercy of Srila Gurudeva to us by taking Samadhi at Navadvipa dhama. Also Navadvipa dhama is full of magnanimous mercy and eradicates our offences. Thus we get an opportunity to elevate our bhajan by getting our offences exempted at Navadvipa-dhama.
Following his commands and instructions, we invite all his beloved sons and daughters to Sri Navadvipa-dhama Parikrama 2015, on his behalf. We will also relish the sweet enchanting memories of days spent during his manifest pastime, in his divine presence.
Sri Navadvipa-dhama Parikrama
In Vraja, Sri Krishna relishes the mellows of transcendental love which he receives from Vrajavasis , and in Sri Navadvipa-dhama he relishes the love of Srimati Radharani by adopting her mood and luster. In the ecstasy of such relishment he distributes vraja-prema freely and joyfully to everyone without considering the eligibility. Thus Sri Krishna in the mood of Srimati Radharani is more glories and magnanimous similarly his abode Sri Navadvipa-dhama though non-different from Sri Vrindavana-dhama is more potent and merciful. That devotee who performs his devotional practices aspiring for the transcendental mellows of Vraja can easily attain this vraja prema by taking exclusive shelter of Sri Gaurasundara and His dear associates in Sri Navadvipa-dhama, where offences are not considered. Devarshi Narada, Sri Uddhava and other exalted saints possess a high caliber of prema, but still they aspire to acquire this rarely attained vraja prema. Sri Gaurasundara's abode easily bestows this prema.
In conclusion, Sri Navadvipa-dhama is as supremely magnanimous as Sri Gaurasundara Himself. Navadvipa-dhama consists of nine islands [nava means "nine" and dvipa means "island"], namely, Antardvipa, Semantadvipa, Godrumadvip, Madhyadvipa, Koladvipa, Ritudvipa, Jahnudvipa, Modadruma dvipa and Rudradvipa. Furthermore, Sri Navadvipa-dhama is the abode of the nine types of devotional service as follows: Antardvipa – self-surrender; Simantadvipa – hearing; Godrumadvipa – chanting; Madhyadvipa – remembering; Koladvipa – serving the Lord's lotus feet; ritudvipa – worshiping (archan); Jahnudvipa – offering prayers; Modadruma dvipa – engaging as a servant; and Rudradvipa – serving as a friend.
Our Sampradaya Acharya, Nitya-lila-pravista om visnypada astottara-sata Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura inaugurated the Navadvipa-dhama Parikrama and Vraja Mandal Parikrama for the ultimate benefit of all the sincere devotees of the lord. And our beloved Gurudeva, Nitya-lila-pravista ashtottara-sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja has been carrying forward the same tradition. In fact Srila Gurudeva is still continuing this parikrama at Sri Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Matha, Navadvipa-dhama and thus inviting all for the annual Navadvipa-dhama Parikrama in 2015.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, one of the most important Acharyas of our sampradaya, writes in his Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya : -
The result of staying only one day in Navadvipa –
sarva-tirthe vasa kari' jei phala päi navadvipe labhi tähä ekadine bhäi
O brother, the result one obtains by residing at any of the other holy places for many days will be received by residing for only one day in Sri Navadvipa. Therefore, all the sincere devotees of the Lord who desire pure love of godhead are cordially invited to take part in the parikrama of Sri Navadvipa-dhama.
To register for this festival, submit a completed participation form and give your contribution (in rupees, dollars, euros or any other foreign currency) to the devotee in charge in the registration office at the entrance of the temple gate. There you will find other devotees responsible for accommodating you inside or outside the temple complex.
A minimum contribution of Indian Rs. 4500, US$ 75, or EU 60 per person is requested in order to cover the most basic expenses of the festival. Your contribution will help to cover delicious prasadam, electricity and water, the rental of the pandal and sound system, payment for various workers, cleaning costs, and facilitation of the many poor pilgrims from India.
All dedicated disciples of Srila Gurudeva.
Sriman Radesh das - in charge of prasadam
Friday, 27 Februrary 2015
Arrival in Sri Navadvipa-dhama and Sankalpa (taking of vows) at the Ganges.
Saturday, 28 February 2015
Sri Antardvipa : Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Sri Gaura Janmasthan (Birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) in Sridhama Mayapura, Srivasa Angan, Sri Advaita Bhavan, Sri Gadadhara Angana, Sri Caitanya Matha (Sri Candrasekhar Bhavan), Samadhi Mandir of Jagad-guru Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada, Srila Gaur Kishora Das Babaji Maharaja Samadhi Mandir, and Chand Kazi's Samadhi.
Sunday, 1 March 2015
Fasting for Amalaki Ekadashi. Sri Devananda Gaudiya Math, Sri Simantadvip : Simulia, Sri Rudradvipa : Praudhamaya, Sri Jagannath Das baba ji Maharaja's Bhajan kutir and samadhi mandir, Nidaya Ghat.
Monday, 2 March 2015
Fast break time: Sunrise to 9:42am.
Sri Godrumadvipa : Swarupaganja, Surabhi-kunja, Svananda-sukhada-kunja, Suvarna-vihara, Harihara-ksetra,Sri Narasimha Palli. Sri Madhyadvipa: Vamanpada and Hamshavahan
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Sri Koladvipa : Samudragadha, Campahati. Sri Ritudvipa : Vidhyanagar (Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya's Birthplace), Ratupura (Radha Kunda), Kowala
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Sri Jahnudvipa : Jannagara (Jahnu muni's place) Sri Modrumadvipa : Mamagachi (Sri Vrindavana dasa Thakura Birthplace), Matapura (Panca-Pandav-agyatvasa).
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Fasting for SRI GAURA-PURNIMA. Celebration of the appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Maha-abhishek in evening and kirtan festival.
Friday, 6 March 2015
Fast break time : Sunrise to 9:50am. Departure.
(article submitted by Puja dasi)