November 2, 2015
Yesterday our parikrama party visited the temple of Madan Mohan. The beautiful and ornate structure was the first temple to be constructed in Vrindavan. The temple is situated on a small hill overlooking the Yamuna river and surrounding plains. It was the perfect atmosphere for Krsna katha and the sweet singing of the Lord’s holy names. We also visited the sacred samadhi of Srila Sanatan Goswami, where we dove deeper into the mysteries of this transcendental land of Sri Vrindavan dhama.
November 3, 2015
Photo gems of our visit to Madan Mohan temple in Vrindavan and the samadhi of Srila Sanatan Goswami. A day we will never forget.
Going on Govardhan Parikrama is always a highlight for every pilgrim who visits Sri Vrindavan Dhama. This was certainly true for our group of 350 devotees, who assembled at Radha Kunda at 5 AM in the morning to begin circumambulating the sacred mountain, so dear to all Vaisnavas. Softly chanting on our japa beads we walked the 23 kilometer path praying to Giriraja to bless us with service to the Divine Couple, Sri Sri Radha Syamasundara and eternal residence in Their holy dhama. By the time we finished we were literally running down the sacred path in great joy and happiness
November 5, 2015
The city of Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II to protect Sri Sri Radha Govinda, the beloved Deities of Srila Rupa Goswami, from foreign invaders. From that time on, down to the present day, Radha Govinda have been worshipped with great love and devotion by the citizens of Jaipur. The Pink City, as it is also known, is home to other Vrindavan Deities as well, namely; Radha Gopinath, Radha Damodar and Radha Vinode. Each day, from early morning until sunset, we spent our time going from one temple to another begging for mercy. It was a rare opportunity to seek blessings, as well as to delve into the history and culture of our Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition.
Our parikrama party traveled south to Jaipur for darsan of Radha Govinda, the beloved deities of Srila Rupa Goswami. We also visited Radha Gopinath, Radha Damodar and Radha Vinode. We were deeply touched by the love the citizens of Jaipur display towards these historic Vrindavan Deities. After 3 days we left the famous Pink City with a deeper understanding and appreciation of our Vaisnava heritage and a strong desire to return again and again.
Ananata Vrindavan’s much appreciated photography of sacred Govardhana Hill. Our parikramas around Giriraja this Kartika are life changing.
Kurukshetra has been a holy place since Satya Yuga. Thus, many transcendental pastimes have taken place there. Most important is that Lord Krsna spoke Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna at Kurukshetra during a great war there 5,000 years ago. He also met with the residents of Vrindavan in Kurukshetra after a long absence from their lives. We discussed these deep spiritual matters at various holy sites in and around Kurukshetra and had a wonderful harinama as well.
A walk around Vrindavan during Kartika reveals the beauty and sanctity of it’s ancient culture
Our parikrama party visited Kurukshetra, where we took darshan of the exact place where Lord Krsna spoke the Bhagavad Gita. We also had an ecstatic harinam around the sacred lakes that grace the town of Kuruksertra.
Talavan is one of the12 major forests of Vrindavan. Nestled in the paddy fields of Talavan is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Balarama, who killed the ass-demon Denakasura there. We enjoyed a wonderful day at Talavan having long kirtans and recounting the numerous pastimes that took place in that transcendental abode.
Our parikrama party spent a wonderful day in Talavan – one of Vrindavan’s 12 major forests. The scenic beauty of the forest stole our hearts, as did the kirtans led by Bada Haidas prabhu and the katha we spoke about Krsna and Balarama’s pastimes.Talavan is a ‘must-see’ for all devotees who visit Vrindavan!
Varsana, where Srimati Radharani displayed Her childhood pastimes, is a favorite place for all Vrajavasis. We began our parikrama at Vilas-ghar, one of the 4 hills where the Divine Couple have Their lilas. We then proceeded to beautiful Krsna-kund, for kirtan and katha, and then walked thesacred path to the famous Sriji temple. At every step we prayed to Srimati Radharani for Her mercy.
Prema-sarovara is a lake formed from the tears of Radha and Krsna when They felt intense separation from each other. Our parikrama party enjoyed a wonderful morning hearing about Their many pastimes at Prema-sarovara. Sri Prahlada and Bada Haridas also purified our hearts with their deep bhajans and kirtans. Who can estimate our good fortune?
The other day our parikrama party visited Varsana, the home of Srimati Radharani. This beautiful photo album by Ananta Vrindavan dasa perfectly captures the mood of the people and places of this most revered village. Such photography helps to increase one’s desire to one day reside in the eternal realm Goloka Vrindavan.
There are devotees of the Lord who circumambulate Govardhana hill two, or even three times, a day. Busy with visiting other holy places in Vrajamandala our group of 350 devotees only managed to do parikrama around Giriraja twice during our stay in Vrindavan. But what a wonderful parikrama the second one was! At the southern tip of Govardhana Hill we performed abhiseka for Giriraja at an ancient temple of Lord Nrsimhadeva. Devotees enjoyed bathing two silas and singing and dancing along with Sri Prahlada prabhu’s kirtan. Jaya Giri-Govardhana! Jaya Srila Prabhupada!
Our second and final parikrama around Govardhan Hill this Kartika yielded some wonderful photos showing the beauty and sanctity of one of Vrindavan’s most sacred places.
Our parikrama party spent almost an entire day at the famous lake of Vrinda Devi, who helps Purnamasi plan Radha and Krsna’s pastimes in Vrindavan each day. ISKCON has developed the area in a very tasteful way, keeping the rural setting and spiritual ambience intact. Hearing and chanting the glories of Vrinda Devi helped us to all become spiritually enriched.
Dear disciples: Most lectures from our Kartika parikrama in Vrindavan this past month, including those of Bada Haridas, Sri Prahlada and Sitala dasi, are available on www.narottam.com. Enter the dhama through transcendental sound!