Sri Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha
M. Kolerdanga Road (near the Ganga Bridge)
Navadvipa, West Bengal
12 – 18 March 2022
All Glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga
Srila Gurudeva’s Centennial celebration and
Sri Navadvipa-dhama Parikrama
We cordially invite you for our 7-day inspirational pilgrimage to the nine islands of Sri Navadvipa dham, West Bengal, in the company of blissful devotees from all over the world.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vrajendra-nandana Sri Kṛṣṇa, descends as Sri Gaurasundara to benefit the living entities by propagating the chanting of the holy name and by distributing prema. Beyond even that, He descends to personally relish the sentiments of Sri Radha. At that time, His most cherished abode, Sri Vṛindavana, which until that time was covered, manifests as Sri Navadvipa-dhama, and powerfully bestows prema-bhakti. If a person takes shelter of Sri Gaurasundara in His abode, he will easily attain this prema- bhakti that dear devotees like Sri Narada and others rarely achieve. Sri Gaura and Sri Nityananda do not seriously consider the living entities’ offences; neither does Their abode. Prema- bhakti in the unnatojjvala-rasa of Vraja is attained simply by meditating or residing in the land of Navadvipa or circumambulating it with faith.
In Sri Navadvipa-dhama Mahatmya Chapter 1, verses 53-71 it is described:
navadvipe gauracandra haila udaya
navadvipa sarva-tirtha-avataṁsa haya (53)
Sri Navadvipa-dhama is the crown jewel of all holy places because SriGauracandra appeared there.
anya tirthe aparadhi daṇḍera bhajana
navadvipe aparadha sadai marjana (54)
In other holy places an offensive person has to suffer the reactions of his aparadhas, but in SriNavadvipa offences always remain far away.
ta’ra sakṣi jagai-madhai dui bhai
aparadha kari’ paila caitanya nitai (55)
The evidence of this are the two brothers, Jagai and Madhai. They obtained the mercy of both SriCaitanyaMahaprabhu and SriNityanandaPrabhu even though they were committing offences.
anyanya tirthera katha rakha bhai
dure aparadhi daitya daṇḍa paya brajapure (56)
What to speak of other holy places, even in Vrajadhama the offensive demons are punished.
navadvipe sata-sata aparadha kari’
anayase nitai-kṛpaya jaya tari’ (57)
However, even if one [unknowingly] commits hundreds of offences in Sri Navadvipa, he can easily be delivered by the mercy of Sri Nityananda Prabhu.
hena navadvipa-dhama je gauḍa-maṇḍale
dhanya dhanya sei desa ṛṣi-gaṇa bale (58)
All sages consider Gaura-maṇḍala to be glorious because such a holy abode as Sri Navadvipa-dhama is situated within this area.
hena navadvipe bhai jahara vasati
baḍa bhagyavan sei labhe kṛṣṇa-rati (59)
One who resides in this Sri Navadvipa dhama is extremely fortunate. He attains loving attachment for Sri Kṛṣṇa (kṛṣṇa-rati).
navadvipe jeba kabhu karaya gamana
sarva aparadha-mukta haya sei jana (60)
Any person who goes to Sri Navadvipa-dhama will be freed from all kinds of offences.
sarva tirtha bhramiya tairthika jaha paya
navadvipa-smaraṇe sei labha sastre gaya (61)
All the scriptures proclaim that a person who simply remembers Sri Navadvipa will attain the same result as a pilgrim who visits all holy places.
navadvipa darasana kare jei jana janme-
janme labhe sei kṛṣṇa-prema-dhana (62)
One who visits Sri Navadvipa-dhama attains the treasure of kṛṣṇa-prema life after life.
karma-buddhi-yogeo je navadvipe jaya
nara-janma ara sei-jana nahi paya (63)
Those who go to Navadvipa to engage in fruitive actions, in an intellectual search for the supreme or for any work, will not have to experience repeated birth and death in this perishable world.
navadvipa bhramite se pade-pade paya
koṭi asvamedha-phala sarva-sastre gaya (64)
The result of each step taken in Sri Navadvipa is equivalent to performing millions of asvamedha sacrifices. This is also confirmed in all scriptures.
navadvipe basi’ jei mantra japa kare
sri-mantra caitanya haya, anayase tare (65)
A person who chants his mantra in Sri Navadvipa will experience the deity of the mantra appearing personally in front of him and will easily cross the ocean of material existence.
anya tirthe yogi dasa-varṣe labhe jaha
navadvipe tina ratre sadhi’ paya taha (66)
The results a yogi obtains after ten years in any other holy place are obtained by staying in Navadvipa for just three nights.
anya tirthe brahma-jnane jei mukti haya
navadvipe bhagirathi-snane ta ghaṭaya (67)
That liberation acquired in other holy places through arduous practice of brahma-jnana (meditating upon the impersonal absolute) is obtained in Sri Navadvipa by simply bathing in Bhagirathi Ganga.
salokya, sarupya, sarṣṭi, samipya nirvaṇa
navadvipe mumukṣu labhaye bina jnana (68)
In Navadvipa, people desiring release from rebirth in this world (mumukṣus) obtain the different kinds of liberation – salokya (residing on the same planet as the Lord), sarupya (obtaining a spiritual form similar to the Lord’s), sarṣṭi (obtaining opulence similar to the Lord), samipya (becoming His personal associate), and jiva-brahmarupa aikya (sayuja, or merging into the Lord’s effulgence) – without any kind of speculative knowledge (jnana).
navadvipe suddha-bhakta caraṇe-paḍiya
bhukti-mukti sada rahe dasi-rupa haiya (69)
In Navadvipa, material enjoyment and liberation always remain as maidservants at the pure devotees’ divine feet.
bhakta-gaṇa lathi mari’ se duye taḍaya
bhakta-pada chaḍi’ dasi tabu na palaya (70)
Devotees try to kick bhukti and mukti far away, but still bhukti and mukti do not leave the feet of the devotees.
sata-varṣa sapta-tirthe mile jaha bhai
navadvipe eka ratra vase taha pai (71)
O brother, the result one attains from residing for one hundred years in the seven holy places – Ayodhya, Mathura, Mayapuri (Haridvara), Kasi, Kanci, Avantika (Ujjain) and Dvaravati (Dvaraka) – can be obtained by residing only one night in Sri Navadvipa.
hena navadvipa-dhama sarva-dhama-sara
kalite asraya kari’ jiva haya para (72)
This Sri Navadvipa-dhama is the essence of all holy places. In Kali-yuga, the living entity can easily cross the ocean of material existence by taking shelter of this holy abode.
In conclusion, Sri Navadvipa-dhama is as supremely magnanimous as Sri Gaurasundara Himself.
Our Sampradaya Acarya, nitya-lila pravista Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura inaugurated Sri Navadvipa-dhama parikrama and Sri Vraja Mandal parikrama for the ultimate benefit of all the sincere devotees of the Lord. And our beloved Srila Gurudeva, nitya-lila pravista ashtottara-sata Srila 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 2022.
Although many of us might not be able to physically present, still our most magnamious Sri Guru-rupanuga varga, Sri Nitai-Gauracandra and Their eternal associates will bestow Their causeless mercy on us even if we remember, pray or mentally meditate on Their supreme enchanting, eternal pastimes places and lila’s.
Details about Parikrama (Registration, Rooms, Taxi etc.)
Accommodation is available in and outside our temple property. If you would like to rent a room in one of our guest houses and don’t mind to share with other devotees, or if you prefer a room at the local houses near our Math, you can write:
- Vrinda-devi dasi (for pilgrims living abroad)
- Sundar gopal dasa (for devotees from Russia and in India)
- Damayanti dasi (for devotees in Russia)
To register for this festival, submit a completed participation form and give your contribution (in rupees, dollars, or euros) to the devotees who are responsible for this service in the registration office at the right after the main temple entrance. There you will find other devotees who will help you with your accommodation either inside or outside the temple complex. For more information contact: Sundar Gopal das at (+91) 74.5783.9654.
A minimum contribution of Indian rupees 6000, US$ 85, or EUR 70 per person is requested in order to arrange delicious maha-prasadam and to cover the most basic expenses of the festival: the rental of the pandal and sound system, electricity and water, paying various workers, cleaning costs etc.
For renting a taxi to pick you up from the airport, you may contact our taxi services:
Please visit www.purebhakti.com on purebhakti.com for more details about traveling to the dhama, how to maintain good health during your visit, and other practicalities.
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Sri Navadvipa dham Parikrama Schedule 2022
Saturday, 12 March 2022
Sankalpa (taking of vows) at the Ganges.
Sunday, 13 March 2022
Sri Antardvipa: Sri Caitanya Gaudiya Math, Sri Gaura Janmasthan (birth place of Sri Caitanya 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, Chand Kazi's Samadhi.
Monday, 14 March 2022
Fasting for Amalaki Ekadasi.
Visiting: Sri Devananda Gaudiya Math. Sri Simantadvip: Simulia. Sri Rudradvipa: Praudhamaya, Sri Jagannath Das babaji Maharaja's bhajan kutir and samadhi mandir, Nidaya Ghat.
Tuesday, 15 March 2022
Fast Break time: after sunrise 5:50 am to 09:46 am
Sri Godrumadvipa: Swarupaganja, Surabhi-Kunja, Svananda- Sukhada-Kunja, Suvarna-Vihara, Harihara-Ksetra, Sri Narasimha Palli. On the way back: Sri Madhyadvipa: Vamanpada and Hamshavahan
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
Sri Koladvipa: Samudragadha, Campahatti, Sri Ritudvip, Ratupura (Radha Kunda), Kowala, Vidhyanagar (Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya's Birthplace)
Thursday, 17 March 2022
Sri Jahnudvipa: Sri Jannagara (Jahnu muni's place), Sri Modrumadvipa: Mamagachi (Sri Vrindavana dasa Thakura Birthplace), Arkatila, Matapura (Panca-Pandav-agyatvasa).
Friday, 18 March 2022
Fasting for SRI GAURA-PURNIMA. Appearance day of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, 5:30 pm - Maha-abhishek in the evening and kirtan festival.
Saturday, 19 March 2022
Festival of Sri Jagannath Mishra and Sacimata
Fast break time: 05:45 - 09:44
End of Sri Navadvipa dham parikrama 2022.