October 30, 2016: The City of Victory
Jaipur translates as the “City of Victory.” The planned city was built for the protection of Sri Sri Radha Govinda, the beloved deities of Srila Rupa Goswami. Each day thousands upon thousands of people take darsan of Radha Govinda. It is an overwhelming experience to see their devotion for the deities. Our parikrama party visited Radha Govinda twice a day during our stay in Jaipur. We also visited the temples of Radha Damodar, Radha Vinode and Radha Gopinath. For us Jaipur was a like a hidden Vrindavan.
October 29, 2016: King Of The Mountains
Parikrama around Govardhan Hill during the month of Kartika in Vrindavan, India is a favorite devotional activity for devotees of Lord Krsna. Chanting softly on our prayer beads our group of 400 devotees relished every step of the 24 kilometer walk. Ananta Vrindavan dasa’s outstanding footage captured the bliss of the pilgrimage.
October 28, 2016: The Glories of Radha Govinda
Dear disciples: A new Kartika parikrama class is up on www.narottam.com:“From Vrindavan to Jaipur – The Glories Of Radha Govinda” Hear the amazing pastime how Govindaji left Vrindavan for Jaipur – and never returned!
October 26, 2016: Fulfilling The Mission Of The Six Goswamis
Dear disciples: Please listen to a new lecture from our Kartika Parikrama 2016 entitled: “Fulfilling The Mission Of The Six Goswamis” on www.narottam.com.Valuable instructions for carrying on the samkirtan movement of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
October 26, 2016: Vrinda Kunda
Vrinda devi helps Purnamasi plan and orchestrate Radha and Krsna’s daily pastimes in Vrindavan. Our parikrama party had the good fortune to visit her kunda ( pond ) and discuss her glories and chant her holy names in that beautiful and sanctified place.
October 25, 2016: Badrinath in Vrindavan
It is said that all holy places in India exist in their original forms in Sri Vrindavan Dhama. The other day we visited Badrinath (Badrikasrama) a two-hour drive from Vrindavan town through the countryside. As we approached Badrinath we were surprised to see a small mountain range. Upon arriving we discussed a number of Krsna’s pastimes that took place there, as well as the glories of Gangotri, Yamunortri, Kedarnath and other sacred places that can be found in Vrindavan’s Badrinath. The beauty of the surrounding area was stunning.
October 23, 2016: Govardhan Hill!
October 22, 2016: Historic Madan Mohan Temple
The Madan Mohan Temple, established by Sanatan Goswami, was the first temple to be erected in Vrindavan on the order of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu 500 years ago. Near the temple is the sacred samadhi of Sanatan Goswami. Our parikrama party of 375 devotees enjoyed many hours discussing the glories of Lord Caitanya and His associates. We also relished chanting the holy names as we viewed the sacred waters of the Yamuna river a short distance away.
October 21, 2016: Badrinath In Vrindavan
It is said that all holy places in India exist in their original forms in Sri Vrindavan Dhama! Yesterday, we visited Badrinath (Badrikasrama) a two-hour drive from Vrindavan town through the countryside. As we approached Badrinath we were surprised to see a small mountain range. Upon arriving we discussed a number of Krsna’s pastimes that took place there, as well as the glories of Gangotri, Yamunortri, Kedarnath and other sacred places that can be found in Vrindavan’s Badrinath. The beauty of the surrounding area was stunning. The local people were simply amazing. Please visit the original Badrinath next time you are in Vrindavan!
October 20, 2016: The Talavan Forest
Talavan is one of the 12 sacred forests of Sri Vrindavan Dham in India. Even today, it retains much of the beauty it had 5,000 years ago during the appearance of Lord Sri Krsna. Our parikrama party sat and discussed Krsna and Balarama’s pastimes in that transcendental abode and relished the sweet chanting of Krsna’s holy names for many hours.
October 19, 2016: Beautiful Madan Mohan Temple
On the 3rd day of our Kartika parikrama in Vrindavan we visited the famous Madan Mohan Temple, established by Srila Sanatana Goswami on the bank of the sacred Yamuna river. Madhava and Bada Haridas’ rousing kirtans and Chaturatma prabhu’s enlightening discussions satisfied the hearts of all present!
October 18, 2016: The Talavan Forest
On our 2nd day of Kartika parikrama we visited the Talavan forest in Vrindavan. The land in Talavan is described in sastra as very even, smooth and expansive. The earth is black and densely covered with darbha grass and devoid of stones and pebbles. Talavan is especially known for it’s beautiful clear lakes filled with blue lotuses. The water of those lakes fulfills all desires and assures complete success in all undertakings. We were graced with a visit by Deena Bandhu prabhu who enlightened us all about Lord Balarama’s killing of the Dhenakasura demon.
October 17, 2016: Lalita Sakhi’s Village
Lalita Sakhi is one of Srimati Radharani’s 8 principle girlfriends. Her home in Unchagaon is close to Radharani’s residence in Varsana. Our parikrama party visited Unchagaon on the 1st day of Kartika and enjoyed many wonderful hours of Krsna katha, kirtan and association with the villagers who live in that sacred abode.
October 17, 2016: Lalita Sakhi’s Village
Yesterday on the 1st day of Kartika, our parikrama group visted Unchagaon, the home of Lalita Sakhi. We discussed her glories, had kirtan and walked around the Vrindavan countryside. We also took darsan of the samadhi of Narayana Bhatta Goswami, a great devotee of the Lord accredited with finding many of the holy places of Krsna’s pastimes in Vrindavan.
October 17, 2016: Live Broadcast
Dear Devotees: At this very moment ( 8:00 am ) we are broadcasting live from our Vrindavan prarikrama at the sacred Talavan forest. Please join us by visiting the https://www.facebook.com/KartikParikrama. To get updates in your news feed about the schedule and broadcast for every day, just “Like” that page.
October 14, 2016: Just Around The Corner
The auspicious month of Kartika here in Vrindavan is just around the corner – only two days away. To get ready, I took a small group of devotees on the parikrama road around the town this afternoon. Our 3-hour walk introduced us once again to the sights and sounds of this amazing transcendental abode.
October 13, 2016: Srimad Bhagavatam Class
Dear disciples: Tomorrow morning ( Friday ) at 8 am local time, I will be giving Srimad Bhagavatam class in our Krsna Balaram Mandir here in Vrindavan. The class will be shown live on VRINDAVAN.TV.
October 11, 2016: 22 years ago
Temple kirtan in Christchurch, New Zealand 22 years ago. All glories to the holy names! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
October 7, 2016: Most Wonderful Dream
My health is improving with the warm weather and the spiritual atmosphere of Sri Vrindavan Dhama. But yesterday evening I was feeling a little despondent not being with Bada Haridas prabhu and team on the preaching tour in Mongolia. However, when I fell asleep I had a most wonderful dream. I dreamt I was with a group of devotees sitting before Srila Prabhupada as he prepared to give darshan in a temple somewhere. As Srila Prabhupada slowly surveyed the audience he saw me said:
“O Indradyumna Swami. I understand you are worshipping Lord Nrsimhadeva and several salagram silas. How is the puja going?”
Surprised he had noticed me I took a moment to collect myself and replied, “Very well, Srila Prabhupada. Thank you.”
“And your japa?” he continued with interest.
“Excellent Srila Prabhupada, by your mercy.” I replied.
“And service?” he asked.
“I’m taking a short break” I said shyly.
“I know. I understand.” he said.
“Srila Prabhupada,” I said, “how do you know these things?”
Pausing for a moment he smiled and then said affectionately, “I’m keeping an eye on you.”
October 4, 2016: Returned to Vrindavan
After our trek to Mount Kailash in Tibet we journeyed to Mongolia for a preaching tour. It was very cold in Mongolia and as a result I fell ill. Our team recommended I return to Vrindavan to rest up and get better before Kartika starts in two weeks. I arrived in Vrindavan yesterday and am feeling much better in the unusually warm weather for Vrindavan at this time of year. As I recover I will begin preparing my lectures for our Kartika parikrama. 300 devotees are expected. I am also working on a diary chapter of our Kailash trip. Ananta Vrindavan das ( in Moscow now ) is preparing several videos of the Kailash journey. They should be ready shortly. Many thanks to my dear friend Bada Hari prabhu who has taken the lead and is continuing very successfully with the preaching tour around Mongolia. That’s all the news for now. Jaya Sri Radhe!