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Sri Navadvipa Dhama and Other Prominent Holy Places of the Gaudiya Vaisnavas in Sri Gauda - Mandala

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Item Code: NAL050
Author: Srila Narayana Maharaja
Publisher: Gaudiya Vedanta Publications
Language: English
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 9781935428022
Pages: 346 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.0 inch x 6.0 inch
Weight 660 gm
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Book Description

Syamasundara 'SrI Krsna, the son of the king of Vraja, is the ultimate limit of the Absolute Truth. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the cause of all causes and the origin of everything, though He Himself is without origin. He is the personification of eternity, knowledge and bliss. He possesses all potencies and is the most merciful. He fully embodies and relishes all transcendental mellows. This same Sri Krsna, who performs pastimes filled with sweetness, displays the highest degree of magnanimity as SrI Gaurasundara, He who freely bestows transcendental love. Thus Sri Krsna and SrI Gaurasundara comprise an identical spiritual principle Ctattva). SrI Krsna's abode, SrI Vrndavana-dhama, is similarly identical in all respects to Sri Gaurasundara's abode, SrI Navadvipa-dhama.The perimeter of both is approximately thirty-two miles (sixteen kosas).' The Vedic scriptures reveal that Sri Gaurasundara's pastimes are the sequel to Krsna's pastimes.

In Vraja, SrI Krsna relishes the mellows of transcendental love, and in SrI Navadvipa-dhama He distributes them. 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. Hence, the glories of both Navadvipa-dhama and vrndavana-dhama defy description. Devarsi Narada, Sri Uddhava and other exalted saints possess a high calibre of prema, but still they aspire to acquire this rarely attained uraja- prema. Sri Gaurasundara's abode easily bestows this prema to Sadhakas who take its shelter. 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, Simantadvipa, Godrumadvipa, Madhyadvipa, Koladvipa, Rtudvipa, jahnudvipa, Modadrumadvipa and Rudradvipa. Furthermore, SrI Navadvlpa- dhama is the abode of the nine types of devotional service as follows: Antardvipa - self-surrender; Simantadvlpa - hearing; GodrumadvIpa - chanting; MadhyadvIpa - remembering; KoladvIpa - serving the Lord's lotus feet; Rtudvipa - worship-ping; JahnudvIpa - offering prayers; ModadrumadvIpa - engaging as a servant; and Rudradvipa - serving as a friend.

SrI Gaurasundara and His intimate associates enacted their pastimes throughout Navadvipa-dhama. Gaurasundara also performed pastimes in SrI Gauda-mandala, the area surrounding and including Navadvipa-dhama, where many of His associates appeared, performed their pastimes and practised their bhajana. To this day the places mentioned in this book serve to generate memories of the Lord's pastimes.

Even today Sri Gaurasundara performs pastimes here with His associates, but only an exceedingly fortunate living entity can behold them.

The jiva's life becomes successful by circumambulating SrI Navadvipa-dhama, where the Lord's most munificent pastimes are enacted. Moreover, if he does so while chanting the holy name and hearing hari- katha, he receives unlimited benefit.

Srila jiva Gosvami was still a youth when Mahaprabhu (Sri Gaurasundara) entered His unmanifest pastimes. Soon after, he renounced material life and came to Sridhama Mayapura. In the house of Mahaprabhu, Sri JIva Gosvami received the priceless mercy of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, who later guided him on Navadvipa-dhama's thirty-two mile parikrama, elaborating on Sriman Mahaprabhu's pastimes in each and every place. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's deeply moving descriptions of this parikrama are recorded in Sri Navadvipa-dhama- mahatmya (see Parikrama-khanda).

Years later, ' Sri Isana Thakura, an associate of Sriman Mahaprabhu, took Srinivasa Acarya, SrI Narottama Thakura and Sri Ramacandra Kaviraja on parikrama of SrI Navadvipa-dhama. Srlla Narahari Cakravarti Thakura gives a captivating description of this parikrama in his Bhakti-ratnakara, and a concise yet heart- rending description is found in Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Sri Nauvadvipa-bhava-taranga.

In recent times our grand-spiritual master, om Visnupada astottara-sata Sri Srlmad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Thakura Prabhupada, inaugurated Sri Navadvipa-dhama parikrama and executed it according to the section on parikrama in Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's book Sri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya. He performed the parikrama with thousands of pilgrims to bestow this auspicious opportunity upon the wider community. Following in his footsteps, our spiritual master, jagad-guru nitya-lila pravista om visnupada astottara-sata SrI Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, per-formed this parikrama annually, as do those devotees who have taken shelter of him.



In this book our eternally merciful Gurudeva, SrI Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja, describes the numerous sacred places of SrI Navadvipa-dhama and introduces many of the holy places in the surrounding area of SrI Gauda-mandala (which includes Bangladesh).

The enclosed map of SrI Gauda-mandala offers another dimension of involvement to the reader of this and other books about Sriman Mahaprabhu and His followers. The locations of many places were verifiable, but over time, some places have been forgotten or obscured by changes in landscape, and therefore were not easily located or available for darsana.

Sripad Bodhayan Maharaja kindly connected us with Sriman Mukunda Prabhu (Mr. Mukulpada Mitra) from Dhaka, who ensured a successful pilgrimage to Bangladesh to take photos. Both ISKCO temples and Gaudiya Mathas showed their non- sectarian spirit by giving assistance in this regard.

We are ever indebted to Srlla A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada, who revealed to the Western world the glories, pastimes and abodes of SrI Gauranga Mahaprabhu and His associates. We pray to one day genuinely desire the mercy of our Gurudeva and the followers of Mahaprabhu, by which we will all find ourselves submerged in the same ocean of love for SrI Gauranga in which they are blissfully immersed.




  Introduction i
  Part 1  
  The appearance and size of the dhama 7
  Part 2 -The Nine Islands  
  Atopura-grama 14
  Saci-devi's delivery room 20
  Ksetrapala Siva, or Gopisvara Mahadeva 21
  Sri Nrsirnhadeva Temple 22
  SrI Gaura-kunda 23
  Vrddha-Siva, or Siva-dova 24
  Mahaprabhu-ghata 24
  jagal-Madhai-ghata, or Madhai-ghata 24
  Barakona-ghata 26
  Nagariya-ghata 29
  Ganga-nagara 30
  Srivasa-angana, or Khola-bhangara-danga 31
  Srivasa Pandita 32
  SrI Advaita-bhavana, the house of SrI Advaita Acarya 34
  SrI Gadadhara-angana 35
  SrI SvarOpa Damodara 37
  SrI jagadananda Pandita 39
  SrI Candrasekhara-bhavana 43
  Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura's samadhi-mandira 44
  Srila Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji Maharaja's samadhi 47
  SrI Radha-kunda and SrI Syama-kunda 50
  Prthu-kunda, or Ballala-dirghi 52
  SrI Murari Gupta's residence 54
  SrI Isodyana, or SrI Nandana Acarya's residence 57
  Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada 58
  SrI Yogapitha-Mayapura 61
  SrI Gaura-Gadadhara Asrama 62
  SrI Gaudiya Asrarna 62
  SrI Caitanya-Candrodaya Mandira 63
  Sri Gaura-Nityananda Mandira (SrI Nandana Acarya-bhavana) 64
  SrI Caitanya Gaudiya Matha 66
  SrI Caitanya-Bhagavat Matha 67
  SrI Krsna-Caitanya Matha 68
  SrI Gopinatha Gaudiya Matha 69
  SrI Gauranga Gaudiya Matha 71
  SrI Paramahamsa Gaudiya Matha 71
  Caitanya Mahaprabhu's True Birth Place (map) 72
  The Geographical Location of Old NavadvIpa 73
  Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and AntardvIpa Mayapura 79
  Chand Kazi's samadhi 87
  Sridhara-angana 90
  Svananda-sukhada-kunja 98
  Suvarna-vihara 102
  Harihara-ksetra 105
  Devapalli ( Nrsimhapalli) 108
  Saptarsi-bhajana-sthala 118
  Naimisaranya 119
  Brahmana-puskara (Puskara-tirtha) 120
  Pancaveni 121
  Praudhamaya 130
  Sri Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja's bhajana-kuti and samadhi 134
  Kuliya-dharmasala (and Srila Gaura-Kisora dasa BabajI Maharaja) 137
  Srila Vamsi dasa BabajI Maharaja 141
  SrI Devananda Gaudiya Matha 143
  SrI SrI Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha 151
  SrI Caitanya Sarasvata Gaudiya Matha 153
  SrI Sarasvata Gaudiya Asana and Mission 154
  Samudragadha 155
  Campaka-hatta 156
  Vidyanagara 164
  Bhisma-tila 174
  Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura's place of residence 180
  Sri Malini-devi's father's house and SrI Vasudeva Datta's residence 181
  SrI Sarangadeva Murari's residence 182
  Vaikunthapura 185
  Mahatpura 187
  Bilvapaksa 193
  Bharadvaja-tila, or Bharui-danga 195
  Nidaya-ghata 195
  Part 3 - Sri Gauda-mandala  
  Ambika-kalana 202
  SrI Gauridasa Pandita 203
  Balasagrama (Radhanagara) 206
  SrI Minaketana Ramadasa 206
  Bena pola 206
  SrI Haridasa Thakura 207
  Budhana 209
  Budhui-pada 210
  Budhuri 210
  Cakadaha 210
  Cakundi 211
  Srinivasa Acarya 212
  Candapada 212
  Candapura 213
  Catigrarna 213
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