I hope you all doing well. Have you ever been to Kolkata? Do You know, Kolkata itself boasts a history of about 400 years old city?
Today, I would like to share our experience visiting Mayapur which is around 130 kilometers from Kolkata. So come with me to see the beautiful place and enjoy the moment.
Mayapur in Brief
Mayapur is Standing at the junction of river Ganga and Jalangi. It is a laidback city with lovely views and plenty of temples, making it ideal for relaxation and & rejuvenation of our mind & soul.
This is one of the main of the nine islands of the Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Dham Nabadwip. It is well connected by metallic roads and rail networks from Kolkata
Mayapur’s Temple of ISKCON
The International Society of Krishna Consciousnesses (ISKCON) is the main attraction at Mayapur. Devotees from all over the world come to this sacred land for the refreshing and & rejuvenation of their minds & soul.
I also got an opportunity to visit this magnificent place last month. We planned a trip to Mayapur with my family. The climate was beautiful and we started our journey early morning by car. After the journey of three hours, We landed at that place.
We had a nice feeling as if this is a place flowing with devotion like no other place on earth.
Yes, Mayapur is the best place for spiritual tourism, a place for relaxation & Spiritual feelings. The ISKCON Mayapur campus houses several architectural feats including the largest temple – the Temple of Vedic Planetarium..
This is the first time, we visited there for seeking the blessing and darshan of Lord Krishna.
We felt more coexistence of the temple, surrounding beautiful view, and bhajan, as well as enjoyed ample greenery nearby and the main temple visit.
Srila Prabhupada’s Bhajan Kutir
When we walk in through the “main gate”, on the immediate left, we found a straw hut where kirtan was going on.
We had seen many foreigners, men, women, and children taking part in Kirtan.
The Hare Krishna Mantra
This is a sixteen-word mantra. When the “mantra” is heard, meditated upon, or sung out loud in the public, it is believed by the preachers to bring about a higher state of consciousness.
This is said that The Chanting of Krishna’s name publicly and the Krishna mantra was popularized by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1533), a prominent Vaishnava saint and founder of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition.
Vaishnavism means worship of Lord Vishnu and Goudiya refers to the place where this tradition began. Those days Bengal and Orissa provinces were known as “Goud”
They began his mission to spread this Hare Krishna mantra publicly to ‘every town and village’ in the world, traveling throughout India, but he could not spread it beyond Bengal and Orissa.
After 433 years, in 1966, Srila Prabhupada founded his movement in New York, known as “The International Society for Krishna Consciousness “(ISKCON) to spread Chaitanya’s teachings throughout the world. This movement was also known as the “Hare Krishna” movement in those days. The incomplete dream of Mahaprabhu has been fulfilled by Srila Prabhupada through his ISKCON.
This is a place where non-stop Harinama Kirtana is going on. In this service 16 devotees take part. There are 8 shifts of 3 hrs each. 4 groups of 3 devotees each take part in each shift, once during the day and once at night.
The management is determined to continue this 24-hour “Harinam Kirtana” eternally to please Lord Krishna.
We also visited a specially designed Goshala which is situated at some distance. There were thousands of Cows and their calves in that Goshala. I love to feed Cows, so I personally fed the cows, and caress them. I came to know that one can even adopt these cows and sponsor for their food and healthcare.
I have a special status for cows in my heart. Caring for Cows gives us so many benefits as mentioned in our scriptures.
It is said that all the demigods reside in the body of the cow and the cow is considered divine due to the presence of these divinities in her body.
According to Mythology, cows are very dear to Lord Krishna. He is known as Govinda- Gopala. Govinda as it gives pleasure to the cows, and Gopala as it protects the cows. . He lives in Gokul (the place of cows) as part of a family of cowherds.
Lord Krishna said, “I can be worshipped within the Cows by offerings of grass and other suitable grains and paraphernalia for the pleasure & health of the Cows”.
Mayapur Goshala provides everyone around the world a chance to serve cows. Some of these cows are really special as the milk of these cows is used for the service of Sri Radha Madhava, Sri Pancha-tattva, Sri Nrsimhadev, and Srila Prabhupada Samadhi. Not only that, you earn 1000 times more spiritual benefit for your devotional service at holy dharma Sri Mayapur.
In the evening, we visited at a big hall where idols of Radha- Krishna were installed.
The followers were gathered in the aarti and we had seen the unique devotional Arati. The followers were dancing and chanting devotional songs all around the hall. We were feeling divine and in a holy environment. It was really memorable Sandhya arati.
Friends, with the help of sincerely cultivating true spiritual science, we can be free from anxiety and enjoy a state of pure, blissful consciousness in this lifetime.
For this, we have the easiest method to chant the Hare Krishna mantra which must be followed.
Really, Mayapur is my favorite place now, as we enjoyed the moment with transcendental bliss, the disciplined life, the very refreshing Kirtan, chanting, and delicious food there.
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