Visit to Kamyavan
Kamyavan signifies the forest that fulfils all spiritual desires. Our parikrama party took full advantage of our visit there by chanting from our hearts, hearing with rapt attention about the pastimes that took place in the forest there and by visiting a number of sacred temples and other sites. Kamyavan is rich with the history of Vedic culture. In particular is the deity of Vrindadevi, worshipped by Srila Rupa Goswami. Her presence in Kamyavan attracts many thousands of devotees each year. We all were mesmerised by her beauty and her and transcendental aura.
This weekend our parikrama party is visiting Jaipur, in Rajasthan. Here we find beautiful Sri Sri Radha Govinda, the worshipable Deities of Srila Rupa Goswami. Each morning thouands of citizens literally run to Their mangala arotika and sing Their praises for hours. Many return to the temple in the evening as well. These Deities are literally the center of people’s lives here. And the devotion of the citizens is contagious! We look forward to our 4 days here in the “City Of Victory!”
Today in Jaipur our Kartika parikrama party visited the temple of Radha Gopinath. The deity of Gopinath was carved over 5,000 years ago and remains a source of great inspiration for all Gaudiya Vaisnavas. Gopinath means, Lord of the Gopis. The temple is famous for it’s groups of women who sit for hours each day in front of the deities singing devotional songs. Our parikrama party also visited the famous Amber Fort, high on a hill on the outskirts of the city. While there we had an enthusiastic kirtan for all to see.
During our Kartika parikrama in Jaipur we visited Kanak Vrindavan where Radha Madhava, the original deities of Jayadeva Goswami, are worshipped. We relished hearing from Mukunda Datta prabhu about the history of Kanak Vrindavan, as well as his comments on the Gita Govinda written by Jayadeva Goswami. We also appreciated the beautiful gardens and old architecture that make Kanak Vrindavan so famous.
Char Dham Parikrama Final Cut – Full movie
Yesterday our parikrama group visited the pastime place ( Lilasthan) of Brahma Vimohana Lila. In that pastime Lord Balarama steals all of Krsna’s cowherd boys and cows. The sacred ground was deep in the Vrindavan countryside providing a wonderful atmosphere for Krsna katha and kirtan. It was a blessed day for all 350 devotees!
This photo album shows the extraordinary beauty of Kishori-kunda where Srimati Radharani would take Her bath each morning while living at Yavat with Her ‘husband’ Abhimanyu. Many wonderful pastimes have taken place there, including King Kamsa turning into a Vraja-gopi upon touching the sacred waterof the lake one day! There are also photos of our visit to Ter Kadamaba, where Krsna herded the cows 5,000 years ago and where Rupa Goswami wrote Upadesamrita 500 years ago.
Deep In The Desert of Rajasthan
During Kartika our parikrama party visited Jaipur, deep in the desert of Rajasthan, where we took darshan of Radha Govinda, the worshipable deities of Srila Rupa Goswami. Each morning thousands of citizens run to the temple for arotika and sing praises of the deities for hours. Many return to the temple in the evening as well. Radha Govinda are literally the center of people’s lives in Jaipur. The devotion of the citizens towards the deities is contagious! We also visited the historic deities of Radha Gopinath, Radha Damodar and Radha Vinode. On our final day, we went to Amer Fort on the outskirts of the city. There we had an enthusiastic kirtan for all to see! We look forward to one day again visiting the famous, ‘City Of Victory!’
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Yesterday we visited the forest of Tapovan where the young gopi girls of Vrindavan performed austerities to get Krsna as their husband. In that small, but idyllic set of woods, we heard how the girls ate simply for one month, bathed daily in the cold waters of the Yamuna river and prayed continuously to the goddess Katyayani. At the end of the month they went to Chir Ghat, some distance down the river, where Krsna fulfilled their deep spiritual desires. We relished our time at Tapovan!
The Most Sacred Place
A few days ago our parikrtama party visited Radha Kunda, the most sacred place in the universe. We approached Srimati Radharani’s kunda with all the humility we could muster and bathed in the sacred waters. We also listened to a discourse on Radha Kunda’s glories and relished kirtan and prasadam afterwards.