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1999MALASAIA SRILA BHAKTI PRAJNANA KESHAVA MAHARAJA APP DAY AM.wmv
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20061015VRINDAVAN SBRSM APP DAY PM.wmv
20061015VRINDAVAN SBRSM APP DAY.wmv
SBRSM How I meet Srila BSST.mp3
20071104VRINDAVAN The place of the Yanja patnis.mp3
20001021_Vrindavan Akrura Ghat Bengali T 1712.mp3
20071104VRINDAVAN Akrura ghata.mp3
19971025_26_27_Vrindavan Talavana Bahulavan AM Class Bhandirvan Bhadravana Matvan Man Sarovara Yoga Maya App AM Class Lohavana Raval P1 Tape7.wmv...
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19991029 MADHUVAN TALVAN BAHULAVAN.wmv
19971029_30_Gov Paitha Candrasarovara Class AM Parikrama P1 Tape 9.wmv
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20071108GOVARDHAN Govinda-kunda WITH TRIDANDI MAHARAJA P1.mp3
20071108GOVARDHAN Govinda-kunda WITH TRIDANDI MAHARAJA P2.mp3
19970207_Govardhan Srila Trivikrama Maharaja Sri Rupa Manjari Pada Class and Govardhana Festival Part 1.wmv...
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19961112_Govardhana Radha Kund Vraj Mandal Parikrama P1.wmv
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19971031_Govardhana Manasi Ganga Caklesvara Mahadeva Sanatan Goswami Bhajan Kutir Gaura Nitai Temple Manasi Ganga Haridev Anukut Class Radha Kunda Uddhava Kund Janava Thakurani Sanatan Goswami Samadhi...
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Sri Vraja-mandala Parikrama 2011
Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha, Mathura, Tel: 0565-2502334 / Sri Gopinatha Bhavan, Tel: 9634563739
Sri Rupa Sanatana Gaudiya Matha, Vrindavana, Tel: 0565-2443270 / Sri Giridhari Gaudiya Matha, Govardhana, Tel: 0565-2815668
- Oct. 9, Sunday Darsana of Sri Durvasa Rsi Gaudiya Asrama.
- Oct. 10, Monday Hari-katha and prasadam in Vrindavana at Gopinatha Bhavana till morning of Oct 24.
- Oct. 11, Tuesday (Vrindavana) Sri Sarad Purnima. Kartika-vrata begins. Sankalpa (vow) for the parikrama at Kesi-ghata in Vrindavana. Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajjnna Keshava Gosvamé Maharaja disappearance festival.
- Oct. 12, Wednesday Kaliya-daha, Srila Prabhodananda Sarasvati’s bhajana-kutira and samadhi, Srila Sanatana Gosvami’s bhajana-kutira and samadhi, Sri Madana-mohana Temple, Dana-gali.
- Oct. 13, Thursday Seva-kunja, Sri Radha-Damodara Temple, Imlitala, Sringara-vata, etc.
- Oct. 14, Friday Baelvana.
- Oct. 15, Saturday Nidhuvana, temples of Sri Radha-Ramana, Sri Radha-Gokulananda, Sri Radha-Gopinatha and Sri Radha-Syamasundara.
- Oct. 16, Sunday Hari-katha and rest in Vrindavana at Gopinatha Bhavana.
- Oct. 17, Monday BY BUS (from Vrindavana) to Madhuvana, Talavan, Kumudvana, Mana-sarovara, Mathavana, Bhadravana, Bhandiravana ((prasadam). Return to Vrindavana.
- Oct. 18, Tuesday Dhira-samira, Vamsi-vata, Gopesvara Mahadeva, Sri Govindadeva Temple.
- Oct. 19, Wednesday BY BUS (from Vrindavana) to Dauji, prasadam at Sri Dauji Gaudiya Matha. Brahmanda- ghata, Mahavana-Gokula, Raval, Lauhavana (Return to Vrindavana).
- Oct. 20, Thursday Bhatrol, Akrura-ghata, prasadam at the place of the Yanja-patnis.
- Oct. 21, Friday Pujyapada Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Maharaja’s appearance festival. Hari-katha and rest.
- Oct. 22, Saturday BY BUS (from Vrindavana) to Khelanvana, Rama-ghata, Viharavana, Cira-ghata (prasadam), Vatsavana, Garuda-Govinda. (Return to Vrindavana).
- Oct. 23, Sunday Ekadasi. Sri Vrindavana parikrama.
- Oct. 24, Monday Departure from Vrindavana. BY BUS to Govardhana via Bahulavana, Paitha and Candra-sarovara. Hari-katha and prasadam in Govardhana at Sri Giridhari Gaudiya Matha till afternoon of Nov. 10.
- Oct. 25, Tuesday Govardhana parikrama – Dana-ghati, Anyora, Govinda-kunda, Punchari, Surabhi-kunda (prasadam), Jatipura. Offering ghee lamps in the evening.
- Oct. 26, Wednesday Radha-kunda parikrama, Uddhava-kunda, Kusuma-sarovara etc. Prasadam at Sri Giridhari Gaudiya Matha. Dipavali - festival of lights in the evening.
- Oct. 27, Thursday Govardhana Puja, annakuta festival, worship of Govardhan Hill. Go Puja and Go Krida - worship and decorating cows.
- Oct. 28, Friday Bhaijaduja (Yamaraja’s blessings on brothers and sisters). Sri Hari-deva Temple, Brahma-kunda, Cakalesvara Mahadeva, Mukharavinda, Sri Sanatana Gosvami’s bhajana-kutira, etc.
- Oct. 29, Saturday Srila Bhaktivedanta Vamana Maharaja’s and Srila Bhaktivedanta Trivikrama Maharaja’s disappearance festival. Hari-katha and rest.
- Oct. 30, Sunday Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja’s disappearance festival. Hari-katha.
- Oct. 31, Monday Killola-kunda, Gvala-pokharä (prasadam), Syama-talaiya, Ratna-vedi, Carana-cihna, Narada-kunda. Srila Bhakti Srirupa Siddhanti Gosvami Maharaja’s appearance festival.
- Nov. 1, Tuesday BY BUS to Kamyavana via Ghantholi, Gulal-kunda, Dig, Bhojana-thali (breakfast prasadam), Pichala-pahadi (slide-hill), Vyomasura’s cave, temples of Govindaja, Vrinda-devi and Kamesvara Mahadeva, Vimala-kunda (lunch prasadam), Carana-pahadi. (Return to Govardhana.)
- Nov. 2, Wednesday Syam Darha, Dohni kunda. Hari-katha and rest at Giridhari Gaudiya Matha, Govardhana.
- Nov. 3, Thursday Gopastami. BY BUS to Nandagrama via Prema-sarovara, Sanket, Nandakhirak (Nanda-baba’s gosala), Uddhava-kyari, Lalita-kunda, Nanda-bhavana, Ter-kadamba, Asisesvar Mahadeva (prasadam), Pavana-sarovara, Chori Carana-pahadi. (Return to Govardhana.)
- Nov. 4, Friday Hari-katha and rest at Giridhari Gaudiya Matha, Govardhana.
- Nov. 5, Saturday BY BUS to Varsana. Sankiri Khora, Cikasauli, Gahvaravana parikrama, Vilasa-gharha, Mana-garha, Dana-garha, Mor-kuti (breakfast prasadam), Sriji Temple, Varsana. Pili-pokhara, Uchagaon (prasadam), Sakhigiri-parvata, Suryakunda. (Return to Govardhana.)
- Nov. 6, Sunday Ekadasi. Srila Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji Maharaja’s disappearance. Bhisma-pancaka. Hari- katha and rest at Giridhari Gaudiya Matha, Govardhana.
- Nov. 7, Monday BY BUS to Vrindavana. Yearly festival at Ananda-dhama with prasadam and nagara-sankirtana in the evening.
- Nov. 8, Tuesday BY BUS to Khadiravana, Kokilavana, Javata, Baithana, Carana-pahadi (prasadam). (Return to Govardhana.)
- Nov. 9, Wednesday Srila Bhakti Pramoda Puri Gosvami Maharaja’s disappearance festival. Hari-katha and rest at Giridhari Gaudiya Matha, Govardhana.
- Nov. 10, Thursday Vaisnava homa (honoring Vaisnavas). End of Kartika-vrata and Urja-vrata.
23 October 2009. Today our parikrama resumed after the 2-day festival break to observe the disappearance days of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, Srila Bhaktivedanta Vamana Goswami Maharaj and Srila Trivikrama Goswami Maharaj. In this episode, our parikrama party visited Killol Kund which is one of the lovely pastime places of Sri Sri Radha Krsna in Govardhan. Pastimes like various watersports, hide and seek and picnic lilas, etc are eternally taking place here. Then we proceeded just nearby to Gvala Pokhara which is a favorite resting place of Krsna and His cowherd friends during cowherding.
After Gwala Pokhara (previous episode) our parikrama party proceeded to Ratna Vedi and Syam Kuti which are quite nearby. Here Giriraj Govardhan provides jewelled throne (ratna singhasan) for Sri Radha and Krsna. Syam kuti is the kunja where Krsna beautifully disguised Himself as Syam Sakhi. Also here you can take darshan of Charan-china, a stone that has melted and preserved an imprint of Krsna's footprint and eating bowl. From here, we proceeded to Narada Kund where Sri Narad Muni performed bhajan and austerities for many yugas to become a gopi servant of Sri Radhika
20 October 2009. Today one local brijabasi family invited all devotees to their home to partake breakfast prasadam after they offered puja to Srila Guru Maharaj. After which all the devotees performed parikrama of Manasi Ganga and took darshan of Sri Haridev, Manasi devi, Brahma Kund, Chakleshwar Mahadev, Sanatan Goswami's Bhajan Kutir, Paranga ghat, and Mukharavinda
Sri Govardhan Parikrama: Smaller half (Radha Kund side)
19 October 2009. Today we did the 2nd half of Sri Govardhan Parikrama which is the Radha Kund side. In this coverage, we had darshan of Sri Uddhav Kund upto Sri Radha Kund and Syama Kund. Before touching the water of Sri Radha Kund, first we took the mercy of our Guru varga performing bhajan in this holiest of all holy places. So here we took darshan of Sri Jahnavi Thakurani's sitting place, Sri Raghunath das Goswami's samadhi and bhajan kutir, Samadhi of Raghunath Bhatta Goswami and Krsnadas Kaviraj Goswami, and bhajan kutir of Sri Viswanath Chakravarty and Krsnadas Kaviraj Goswami and also Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami. Also, we took darshan of Lalita Kund and Mahaprabhu's sitting place on the bank of Syama Kund.
Sri Govardhan Parikrama: Smaller half (Radha Kund side) Part 2
Continuing Radha Kund parikrama, this coverage starts from the Sangam, the middle point where Radha Kund and Shyam Kund meets. From there we proceed to Kusum Sarovar and back to Giridhari Gaudiya Math where Srila Guru Maharaja is giving his darshan. Our thanks to Sripad BV Akinchan Maharaj and Syamarani didi for their very deep and inspiring words on what to pray when we are in Sri Radha Kund.
17 October 2009. Today our parikrama party circumambulated the big half of Sri Giriraj Govardhana starting from and ending at Dan Ghati. This video covers darshan of the eastern side of this big half which includes Dan Ghati (where Krsna collected tax from the gopis resulting in a love quarrel), Dan Nivartan Kund (where the gopis took revenge of Krsna and reclaimed the tax He collected), Sri Nathji's appearance place and bhajan kuti of Sri Madhavendra Puri, Govinda Kund, the inner parikrama path upto Punchari (the southern border of Giriraj where the eastern side ends and the western side of the parikrama begins).
This is the second half of the big side parikrama of Giriraj today. Darshan includes Naval and Apsara Kunds, Rasa Sthali, Raghava Pandit's cave, Surabhi Kund where we met up with Srila Gurudev and prasadam was served, Annukuta Sthali near Jatipur, and more.
17 October 2009. 6:30 pm. After evening class. Devotees gathered at Manasi Ganga to offer lamps to Giriraja Govardhan in celebration of Dipavali.
Govardhan Darshan: Santanu Kund, Paitha Gaon & Chandra Sarovar
16 October 2009. From today upto the next 2 weeks our Parikrama party will be staying in Govardhan. Early this morning, everyone with all their luggage left Gopinath Bhavan and went to our Giridhari Gaudiya Math in Govardhan. On the way we took darshan of Santanu Kund which is actually part of Kumudvan and was the place of austerity of Santanu Maharaj and by which he begot the famous son Bhishmadev. Here we got darshan of Santanu Maharaj's ancient deities and like Santanu Maharaj who prayed here to beget a son, we also prayed that bhakti (devotion to Sri Sri Radha and Krishna) will take birth in our hearts (like a son). Then after breakfast there, we proceeded to Paitha Gaon, the place where (during Vasanta Rasa lila / Spring time rasa lila) Krsna hid and took the form of 4-armed Narayan but when the gopis saw Him, they offered obe isances to Him and continued to look for Krishna. When Srimati Radhika came nearby, just by smelling her fragrance in the breeze Krishna cannot maintain His disguise and 2 of his 4 arms went back to His belly. Then we went to Chandra Sarovar where during rasa lila the moon was ecstatic to witness the event and decided not to move from there for one night of Brahma. Here also in this area we got darshan of the bhajan kuti of Sri Vallabhacarya and the great poet musician Surdas who was blind but always has vision of the Lord. Then just before lunch time everyone arrived in Sri Giridhari Gaudiya Math.
Mahavan Darshan: Akrura Ghat and Bhatrola Gaon
15 October 2009. Today's parikrama brought us to Akrura Ghat, the boundary between Mathura and Vrindavan. When Akrura brought Krsna and Balaram by his chariot to Mathura, it was upto this point where Yasodanandan Sri Krishna and Rohininandan Baladev traveled and from there on it was the Vasudev Krsna and Sankarshan Balaram who traveled with Him to Mathura. Also nearby is Bathrol Gaon where the wives of the Brahmins (Yajna patnis) fed Krsna, Baladev and Their cowherd friends with the foodstuffs they have prepared for their husbands' sacrificial offerings. Thanks to Uma didi for sharing to us what she has heard from Srila Gurudev about these places.
14 October 2009. Today is ekadasi and so under guidance of Srila Gurudev, all our devotees headed by our tridandi sannyasis and the sankirtan party circumambulated Sri Vrindavan. Here in this episode, you can take darshan of some of the key places along the parikrama marg of Sri Vrindavan. We started from our program site in Gopinath Bhavan to Keshi ghat, the place Krishna killed the Keshi demon. Then we passed by Pani ghat from where the gopis crossed Yamuna to visit Durvasa Rishi. Then passing by Mahaprabhu's baithak (sitting place), Baladev Temple, Ananda dham, Iskcon Krsna-Balaram Mandir and Samadhi Mandir of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, Kaliya Daha, Sri Madanmohan Temple, Imli Tala and other places, we reached Gopinath Bhavan and completed our Sri Vrindavan parikrama.
13 October 2009. Today was another long bus day. Our parikrama party in 20 buses went first to Ram Ghat then to Biharvan. Then we proceeded to Chir Ghat, Vatsavan and finally Garuda-Govinda.
This episode covers our darshan of Ram Ghat, the place where Baladev Prabhu performed rasa lila and Biharvan which is one of Krsna's cowherding places with His sakhas and love playing pastime places with His sakhis. Here in Biharvan, our parikrama party were welcomed by the hundreds of cows who were grazing in this still remaining forest of Vraja.
This episode covers our darshan of Chir-ghat where Krsna stole the clothes of the gopis performing Katyayani vrat. Before this place we passed by Tapovan, the place where the gopis (who were sages in their previous life during Ramachandra's time) performed aradhana to Krishna praying to become His wives. Nearby here is the famous Akshay vat under which many cowherding and wrestling pastimes of Krsna and His friends took place. A temple of Sita Rama Laksman is situated here. It is also the same place where Baladev killed the demon pralambasura. In Chir-ghat, after darshan of Yogamaya and quick dip in the Yamuna, our parikrama party proceeded to Vatsavan, where Lord Brahma stole Krishna's calves and cowherd boy friends. And finally on the way back we had darshan of Garuda-Govinda which actually is located in what used to be a forest c alled Kumudvan. Here Garuda had darshan of Govinda and also the same place where Krsna used to play with His friends and one time Sridam Sakha took the role of Garuda and Krsna as Narayan riding on Sridam's back.
Lohavan and Nearby Tirtha Darshan: Dauji Temple to Krisna Kund
11 October 2009. Today is another bus day. With more buses than last time, our parikrama party first went to the village of Dauji where an ancient Black Diety of Baladev Prabhu is being worshipped. It is said that this is one of the few Deities that never left Vraja even during the Muslim invasion. He was kept hidden until He was discovered again later lying upside down in Sankarshan Kund (Kshirsagar) and so this beautiful Dauji Temple was built. Also in the temple, Baladev's consort Revati is present but hidden behind the door because of the secret reason that Dauji was married to her in Dwarka and not while He was living in Vraja. Just a short walking distance to Dauji Mandir is the Dauji Gaudiya Math established by our most worshipful Guru Maharaj Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaj. It is where our party took break fast and from there proceeded to the next destinations (next episode). Today's parikrama ended with a darshan of Lohavan which is nearby. There one can have darshan of Krishna Kund where special boating pastimes of Radha Krsna took place and a Gopinath temple which was not open at the time of our arrival. Since this Lohavan darshan is very short, I have added it to this episode.
After breakfast in Dauji Gaudiya Math, our parikrama party proceeded to Mahavan Gokul. First we stopped at the bank of Yamuna called Brahmanda Ghat which used to be a playground of Krsna and His childhood friends. The pastime of Krsna eating dirt and showing to Mother Yasoda countless brahmandas (universes) in His tiny mouth happened here. Our local Vrijvasi guide welcomed our parikrama party here with an inspiration to fill up the whole brahmanda with our blissful laughter.
From Brahmanda Ghat, our parikrama party proceeded to Nanda Bhavan, the birthplace of Sri Krishna and His twin sister, Ekanamsa (Yogamaya). Here you can have darshan of the relics of what used to be a palace of Nanda Maharaj. The 84 pillars of the palace still stand in memory of the Lord's sweet and lovely childhood pastimes from butter stealing to demon killings. Before reaching Nanda Bhavan, we first visited the place where Nalakuvera and Manigriva were delivered by the grinding mortar where Damodar Krsna was bound. The remains of the grinding mortar is still present in this place.
From Nanda Bhavan in Gokul, our parikrama party proceeded to Raval, the appearance place of Srimati Radhika. Srila Guru Maharaja has mentioned that in different kalpas (eras) Srimati Radhika's appearance pastime varies. Sometimes she appears in Vrsabhanu kund in Varsana. In some kalpas, She appears in a thousand lotus flower floating on Yamuna here in Raval.
Here, after darshan and Harikatha, the devotees took lunch prasadam and then went back to Vrndavan via Lohavan (the video coverage of which I already posted in previous episode on Dauji).
10 October 2009. Today the parikrama party went to Dhira-samir where we had darshan of Sri Gauridas Pandit's samadhi and bhajan kutir and his worshipful Deity Sri Shyam Raya. Then we proceeded to Gopishwar Mahadev Temple, After which, we went to Vamsivat, which is the famous tree under which Sri Krishna played His flute to call the gopis and therefore it has always been a place of rasa lila. Next we had darshan of Brahma Kund where Mahadev dipped and got transformed into a very beautiful gopi known as Gopishwar Mahadev. Finally we had darshan of Srila Rupa Goswami's famous Deity - Sri Govindadev. Unfortunately photography is not allowed in the temple but Govindadev was so merciful and He arranged to give a very quick darshan in this video. Just make use of the pause button if you want to extend His darshan. Or better just come here to Vrndavan and have His darshan to your heart's content.
9 October 2009. Today is the first bus day. The parikrama party in 19 buses went to 4 of the main forests of Vraja -- Madhuvan, Talavan, Matavan and Bhandirvan. This episode covers our darshan of the ancient forest Madhuvan.
After the blissful gathering on the bank of Krishna Kund in Madhuvan, the devotees walked a little distance in what used to be the Madhuvan forest and took darshan of Dhruva and Lakshmi Narayan at Dhruva Tila (Hill) where Dhruva performed austerities and got the darshan of Lord Narayan. From here the parikrama party went by bus to the next forest - Talavan where Baladev killed the donkey demon Dhenukasura. In Talavan, you can get darshan of Dauji (Baladev) in his beautiful temple on the bank of Balabhadra Kund.
After visiting Talavan (in previous episode), our parikrama party by bus proceeded to Mana Sarovar which is located in the forest Matavan. This sarovar was manifested from Srimati Radhika's tears. Then from Mana Sarovar we proceeded to the forest Bhandirvan which is now a village called Bhandir Gaon. In here, you can have darshan of the ancient tree Bhandirvat, under which one marriage pastime of Radha and Krsna by Lord Brahma took place. Also. here is Venu Kupa, a well that Krsna manifested through His flute. This forest is a site of many wonderful pastimes of Krsna and his sakhas and sakhis from cow grazing to wrestling matches to lunch picnics and not to mention his eating the forest fire. Just a little distance from Bhandirvata is another ancient tree Vamsivata under which Krsna used to perform Rasa lila with the gopis and where Hi s best friend Sridam stayed in separation from Him when He left Vraja. All details of these pastimes in the beautiful book Sri Vraja mandal Parikrama by our worshipful Guru Maharaj Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaj.
Vrindavan darshan: Nidhuvan Parikrama
8 October 2009. Today the parikrama party went to Nidhuvan then to the temples of Sri Radharaman, Sri Gokulananda, Sri Radha-Gopinath, and Sri Shyamasundar. This episode covers our parikrama In Nidhuvana where Sri Sri Radha and Krishna's many wonderful amorous pastimes are eternally taking place. Here you can take darshan of Srimati Radhika's kunjas, Visakha kunda, the appearance place of Sri Bankebihari and the samadhi mandir of Swami Haridasji.
After circumambulating Nidhuvan, our parikrama party proceeded to Sri Radharaman Temple. Before taking the darshan of Sri Radharamanji, we take the shelter of Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, His dear devotee to whom He manifested Himself. Therefore, in this episode we first went to the samadhi temple of Gopal Bhatta Goswami then took a lovely darshan of the Supremely Beautiful Sri Radharamanjiu.
After taking darshan of Sri Radharamanjiu, we proceeded to the temples of Sri Radha-Gokulananda where you can take darshan of Sri Radhavinodji the worshipful Deities of Sri Lokanath Goswami and Sri Radha Gokulanandaji, the worshipful Deities of Srila Viswanath Chakravarty Thakur. Within the temple area, you can do parikrama of the samadhi mandirs of Srila Lokanath Goswami, Srila Visvanath Chakravarty Thakur and Srila Narottam das Thakur. Then just nearby is the temple of Sri Sri Radha-Gopinath. You are lucky that Thakurji is giving His darshan in this video. Then finally we took the beautiful darshan of Sri Radha Shyamasundar after first taking shelter of the mercy of Srila Shyamananda Prabhu in his bhajan cave within the temple area. Photography is prohibited in the temple so I wasn't allowed to capture the very interesting and wo nderful sringar (outfit and decoration) of Sri Shyamasundar today. But if you know where to pause the video you may have a glimpse of how Sri Shyamasundar is today dressed as a lady gardener in order to meet with His beloved Radhika. Jaya Jaya Sri Radhe! Gaur Premanande!
6 October, 2009. Today the parikrama party first went to Imli Tala, the site of the ancient Tamarind tree where Sri Krishna sat down and because of intense absorption in the mood of separation from Srimati Radhika, His blackish complexion became golden like Radhika's. And when Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came to Vraja and resided in Akrura ghat for several days, this place is where Mahaprabhu used to visit daily and sit under the same tree absorbed in deep moods of loving devotion.
From Imli Tala we proceeded to Seva Kunja also known as Nikunjavan which is one of the highest places in Vrindavan being the special place where many intimate loving pastimes of the Divine Couple is eternally taking place.
From Seva Kunja the parikrama party went to Sri Radha Damodar Temple. and took darshan of Sri Sri Radha Damodar and circumambulated Their temple as well as the samadhis of great personalities there like Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Jiva Goswami, Srila Krsnadas Kaviraj, Srila Bugarbha Goswami, Srila Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur and more. From Sri Radha Damodar Temple, on the way back to Gopinath Bhavan we took darshan of Sringar Vat, the holy tree under which Krishna met Srimati Radhika after she left the Rasa dance and attempting to break Her mana (jealous anger), He decorated Her with flowers. This place is also where Nityananda Prabhu resided when He visited Vraja. Tthus it is also called Nityananda Vata.
For more detailed description of the pastimes in these wonderful places, read Sri Vraja mandal Parikrama book by Sri Srimad Bhaktiventa Narayan Goswami available for download at http://www.purebhakti.com/resources/ebooks-a-magazines-mainmenu-63/doc_download/71-sri-vrajmandala-parikrama-2nd-edition.html
Baelvan Darshan: Journey to Lakshmi's place of austerity
7 October 2009. Today the parikrama party crossed the Yamuna by boat to go to one of Vraja's main forest called Baelvan. It is a place known to be the bestower of perfection to austerities. And showing how glorious Vraja mandal and the Vrajavasis (especially the Vraja gopis) are, Lakshmi, the Goddess of Fortune Herself left all her fortune to come and perform austerities in this sacred forest. Why? Because she too wants to enter into the Rasa lila of Sri Krishna. Unfortunately, she does not want to accept the position of being a cowherd girl and make cow dung patties and especially to be married to some other gopa so she can be a secret paramour lover of Krishna. Therefore upto now it is said that she is still performing austerities there. And so today we had darshan of her temple, and the remaining trees in what used to be a fores t so abundant of Bael trees. It was a bit of a walk from the Yamuna with lots of happy and friendly honeybees buzzing around to welcome us. (Hey, those who came with us, you know what I mean. :)
5 October 2009. Today the parikrama party went to the famous spot where Krishna subdued the serpent Kaliya and to the bhajan kuti and samadhi of Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati just nearby. Then the parikrama party proceeded to Sri Madanmohan temple to get the darshan of Srila Sanatan Goswami's worshipful Deity Sri Madanmohanji. In this coverage, you can have video darshan of Sri Sanatan Goswami's samadhi and bhajan kuti and the place of the original Sri Madanmohan temple (which was desecrated by the tyrannical Mughol emperor Aurangzeb).before taking darshan of Sri Madanmohanji in His new temple. In this way we are taking the shelter of Sri Sanatan Goswami by whose mercy only we can have sambandha (relationship) with Sri Madanmohan.
After dashan of Sri Madanmohanji, you can get the darshan of the other holy places just nearby like Advaita Vat which was the tree under which Advaita Acharya lived and worshipped Sri Madan-gopal when he first came to Vraja before the advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Later on when Advaita Acharya left Vrindavan, He entrusted secretly Sri Madan-gopal to one Brahmin family in Mathura. When Sanatan Goswami came to Vraja, the same Deity made His way to Sanatan Goswami who established Him in a big temple at the place we just visited in the previous episode. From then on Sri Madan-gopal became known as Sri Madanmohan, Also just nearby is the beautiful Ashta-Sakhi Mandir or the Temple of the Eight Sakhis where you can have darshan of the Divine Couple Sri Sri Radha and Krishna in the middle of Their Eight girlfriends. And on the way ba ck from here to our program site in Gopinath Bhavan you can pass by and take darshan of the famous Sri Banke-bahari Temple where Swami Haridasji established the worship of Sri Banke-bihari Krishna, the Deity he manifested in Nidhuvan. Unfortunately cameras are strictly prohibited here so our coverage ends only at the temple entrance...Kartik Vrata begins: Sankalpa in Vrndavan (Part 1)
4 October 2009. Today is Sarad Purnima and beginning of Kartik Vrata. After the morning class, our most worshipful Srila Gurudev Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaj performed Gurupuja and pushpanjali ceremony to Paramgurudev Sri Srimad Bhakti Pragyan Keshav Goswami Maharaj (Srila Gurudev's Guru Maharaj and the sanyas-guru of His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj) whose disappearance day we are also celebrating today. Then we all went to the bank of the Yamuna for the sankalpa ceremony (or the taking of vow to perform Kartik vrata this month).
This episode is a brief coverage of the devotees' assembly at the bank of Yamuna and the lovely harikatha by our Srila Guru Maharaj about the real purpose of our sankalpa before the Sankalpa and Yamuna puja started. (Sripad BV Madhav Maharaj gave the english translation in the video.)
In previous episode Srila Guru Maharaj made it clear that we shall follow Kartik vrata only for the sole aim and purpose to become the maidservant of Srimati Radhika. This video episode covers briefly the actual sankalpa ceremony and Srila Guru Maharaj's return to Gopinath Bhavan ending with a blissful sankirtan rock-out with Sripad Rasananda Prabhu and Sripad BV Ashram Maharaj.
2 October 2009. Today the parikrama party crossed the Yamuna to go to Durvasa Ashram which is situated in Lohavan. Before reaching Durvasa Ashram, first the parikrama party took breakfast prepared by the local Vrijvasis in the village of Ishapur. That time, I went ahead to visit our Durvasa Ashram Goshala and had darshan of our cows then proceeded to our Durvasa Ashram Temple and welcomed the parikrama party. Below is an excerpt about Durvasa Ashram from the Lohavan chapter in Sri Vraja mandal Parikrama book by Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaja:
"This place lies across the Yamuna one mile north of Vishram Ghat in Mathura. It is Maharishi Durvasas place of austerities. It was from here that Durvasa crossed the Yamuna on Dvadasi and went to the palace of Ambarish Maharaja in Mathurä just when the king was due to break his Ekadasi fast (parana). This pastime has been narrated in detail in Srimad-Bhagavatam (Ninth Canto, Fourth Chapter). Just near Durvasa Ashrama is the ashrama of Maharishi Parasara. Sri Vyasa and other rishis and munis would visit Maharishi Parasara there. Close by, on the bank of Yamunä, was the ashrama of Dattatreyaji. Satyavati, also known as Matsyagandha, the mother of Sri Vyasadeva, stayed here with her father, the boatman who had raised her. The island on which Krishna-dvaipayana Sri Vedavyasa took birth is in the Yamuna nearby. At Durväsa Ashrama, the gopis satisfied Maharishi Durväsa by offering him variou s kinds of delicious foodstuffs."Mathura Darshan: Dwarkadish to Adi & Sweta Varaha
1 October 2009. The parikrama party today went first to Dwarkadish Temple. With the sankirtan party led by Rasananda Prabhu, the devotees were loudly chanting "Radhe! Radhe!" as a way of telling the Lord of Dwarka, "Hey where's your peacock feather and your flute? Why you left Vrndavan? Are you really happy away from our Swamini? Radhe! Radhe!"
Among the new temples of Mathura, the Dwarkadish Temple is prominent. It was established about 150 years ago by a devotee in the line of Sri Vallabacharya. This temple is situated close to Vishram ghat.
After darshan of Dwarkadish the parikrama party proceeded to the temples of Adi Varaha or Krishna Varaha (black Varaha Deity) and Sweta Varäha (white Varaha Deity) which are just nearby. Below is an excerpt about the Deity of Varahadev from Sri Vraja Mandal Parikrama book by Sri Srimad Bhakttivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaja:
"At the beginning of Satya-yuga, there was a brahmin rishi named Kapila. He was a worshipper of Bhagaväan Adi Varaha. Indra, the king of the demigods was pleased with that brahmin and brought that deity of Varaha to Svarga (heaven), where he installed Him for worship. Having defeated Indra, the mighty Ravana seized that Varaha deity from Svarga and established Him in Lanka. After killing the nirvisheshavadi Ravana, Bhagavan Sri Ramachandra brought that same deity to Ayodhya and installed Him in His palace. While leaving Ayodhya to kill Lavanasura, Maharaja Shatrughna asked his elder brother Sri Ramachandraji for this Varaha deity. Maharaja Shatrughna carried the deity with him and, after killing Lavanasura, established Him in the city of Mathura, where one can take darshana of Him today."
30 September 2009. Today is ekadasi and today our parikrama party had darshan of Bhuteshwar Mahadev, Sri Krishna Janmasthan, Adi Keshav, Mahavidya devi and more. The eternal kshetra-pala (area protector) on Mathura's western side is Bhuteshwar Mahadeva. Nearby is Patala devi, whom Kamsa worshipped, and a little further on are Potra Kunda, Adi Keshav and Sri Krishna Janma-sthana which will be covered in my next video episode.
After Bhuteshwar Mahadev our parikrama party proceeded to Krishna's Appearance place where cameras are not allowed so I couldn't have footage inside. Then nearby is Potra Kunda where Vasudev and Devaki used to take bath and wash their clothes. Then outside the backgate of Janmasthana is the ancient temple of Adi Keshav, a very ancient Deity of Krishna established by Krishna's great grandson Vajranabha. This unque Deity has all the marks of Sri Krishna's 24 avatars. Also nearby is the temple of Mahavidya devi or Yogamaya and Saraswati Kund where Sri Krishna liberated one big python who tried to swallow Nanda Baba (whole story in Srimad Bhagavatam 10th canto chapter 34). For more info about these places and all other places in Vraja mandal, read the Sri Vraja Mandal Parikrama book available for download here (just click the link) http://www.purebhakti.com/resources/ebooks-a-magazines-mainmenu-63/doc_download/71-sri-vrajmandala-parikrama-2nd-edition.html
After darshan of Janmasthan and Sri Mahavidya temple, our brothers Shyam and Giri accompanied me to follow the Mathura parikrama marg (path) so as to complete our Mathura parikrama this ekadasi day. This video covers the key places we passed by along the path. It includes Gokarneshwar Mahadev (kshetra pala of the northern side of Mathura), Chakra Tirtha (where Chakra Sudarshan saved Ambarish Maharaja from Durvasa Muni), Srila Vyasadev's birthplace, Kamsa Kila (Kamsa's fort overseeing the Yamuna and Mathura), Swami ghat (or Samyamana Tirtha where Maharaj Vasudev crossed the Yamuna carrying baby Krishna to go to Gokul), and reaching Vishram ghat where we took a quick bath and from where we continued the parikrama path (the places of which we have already covered in previous episodes) to go back to our temple Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Math.
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