Nabadwip Dham [Mayapur] Krishnanagar All You Need To Know
All You Need To Know About Nabadwip Dham
Nabadwip Dham & Mayapur Iskcon tour is one of the holy pilgrimage site in west Bengal. People come from worldwide. Both can be covered in a single day but I suggest please stay one nigh in Mayapur and be present in the Arati time. A heavenly feeling touch you on the moment.
In the past, the island had just begun to emerge from the Ganga and dwelling place was being built up. An ascetic every day used to practice austere asceticism by lighting Na diyas or nine lamps.
In time this Na diyas come to be known as Nadia, which the district headquarters in Krishnanagar. There are direct buses from Krishnanagar crossing the “Gauranga Setu” over Bhagirathi coming to Nabadwip or Nadia. It is a journey of approx one hour.Frequently bus service are also there from Krishnanagar to Nabadwip .
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Nabadwip is situated on the banks of the river Bhagirathi. Its 120 km from Kolkata and 19 km from Krishna Nagar. The daily train is available from Howrah and Sealdah. Sri Chaitanya was born here in 1486. He developed the Vaishnava religion. This place is one of the main Hindu pilgrims in west bengal. There are 186 temples in Nabadwip. It is situated at the confluence of river Bhagirathi and Janalgi.
The “rash” is a very popular festival in Nabadwip . This is mainly a festival of Vaishnavas but deities like Durga, Kali and others are also worshipped. Thousands of people take part in this festival. “Dol festival” is also celebrated with the great gesture. Almost at every house in navadwip, there is a temple dedicated to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
The main Nabadwip temple holds the golden statue of Sri Chaitanya, This is the most important shrine here.
Nabadwip dham tourist attractions
Keshobji gourio math, Ghopinath gouriya math, Sri Debananda Gouria math, Mahaprovu Mandir, Samajbari Ashram, Sri binodbihari jue, Sri Barahodev, nabadwip Poramatala mandir, Sonar Gouranga Mandir etc.
Our Holiday Story
We took the train from Sealdah station at the early morning. It will take 2 hours to reach Nabadwip station. After we take Riksha (Toto’s are available also) from the station to visit all the spot and the riksha dropped us to the ferighat. The riskha take 500 rs for two hours. at the ferighat, there are so many hotels to stay and eat. We finished our lunch and take a small feri to cross the river for Mayapur. It charges 6 rupees per person in 2019. The river has two colour (green and black). We are very excited when we see it.
Mayapur Iskcon tour
Mayapur is one of the nine islands on river Hoogly. Connected by bus services from Krisnanagar and Kolkata and a ferry ride across the Bhagirathi River from Nabadwip . This place is the root of Vaishnavism.
Mayapur is the headquarters of ISKON, this society took first place to spread Vaishnism into the whole world. Iskon stands for “International Society for Krishna Consciousness”. Iskcon chandrodaya temple mayapur is the main attraction in the whole iskon tours. Arati is the special attraction in Mayapur.
After reaching Sri Mayapur there are lots of hotels near Mayapur and if you need you can get Iskcon accommodation with vegetarian food. Its better contact them earlier for staying in mayapur.
Mayapur accommodation booking
The Iskcon has also numerous arrangements to stay over in four houses: Sankha, Chakra, Gada, and Padma. Sankha is for VIP’s, Padmais for the life member, Chadra- ordinary and Gada- with Dormitory system. They also have Dharmashala’s. The Janata Prasad is also available to the right of the gate in the afternoon.
As its a Hindu religious place. Please note shoe and camera are not allowed in the inner place. There is a gosala with lots of cows and the area is very big.
Mayapur official website for tour and hotel booking
Hare krishna aarti timinig
04:30 am – Mangal arati , 7:30 am- Darshan arati , 8:00 am- Bhagabat Gita Path, 12 noon -Bhog arati, 4:00 pm- Dhoop arati, 18:30 pm- Sandha Arati, 7:30 pm – Bhagabat Gita Path again, 8:30 pm- shandhya arati continued..
Mayapur prabhupada iskcon kirtan
In Sri Mayapur, there are lots of foreigner doing prabhupada hare khishna kirtan in the name of Krishna. They also stay there and it is happened 24 hour non stop. The hare krishna aarti will happen in eight times in a day.
Mayapur iskcon prasadam
There are various categories of Prasadam (food offered to the God and then distributed among the devotees) which can be bought in the temple premises. A little distance away is the Vishwa Pradarshani. The special effect of the magic mirror one can see distorted images of oneself. At night the colourful display of light is another sight word seeing.
Mayapur Tourist Place
Iskcon chandrodaya temple mayapur, Iskon mandir is also known as mayapur krishna mandir, Gouria math, Sri Chaitanya temple, Bhakti Saran math, Gosala etc, mayapur new mandir is just created.
End of our Holiday Story
For return there are lots of buses from Mayapur to Krishnanagar, and from there trains are available for Sealdah. The other option is cross the river again and catch the express train from nabadwip but the train frequency is very low (check internet please). If you decided to go back the nabadwip dham then the shandhya arati will miss.
At the late evening, we reach Kolkata. Its a one-day round tour from Kolkata. Our Nabadwip Dham Mayapur iskcon tour ends here.
All the mentioned places cover in one day is a very hard job. So my advice is to stay at least one day in Mayapur or Nabadwip to enjoy the whole trip.
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In the ancient time, Krishnanagar was known as Reui. Maharaj Rudra renamed it Krishnanagar. Nadia has developed in the reign of Maharaja Krishnachandra.
Krishna Chandra was titled Raja Rajendra Bahadur as an award of fighting against Sirajuddowla in the battlefield of Palasi. Mayapur and Nabadwip , can reach by krishnanagar easily. Krishnanagar can reach by Sealdah within 1.5 by Krishnanagar local train (frequent trains are available).
Krishnanagar Places of interest
- The Krishanagar Rajbari is one of the main attractions in Krishna Nagar. The Durga Mandir in its premises has its own value. The Nut Mandir last work of Krishna Chandra’s in Pankha is very rare and almost not seen anywhere now. The four-towered Singha Duar of the royal palace which was built in Muslim style of architecture.
- Roman Catholic Church is an exclusive example of an architectural and sculptural example. In the wall of the church, there are 27 paintings which describe the tale of Jesus.
- Beside all these, there is the ancestral house of author Pramatha Chowdhury’s Rani Kuthi which has an association with Sri Rabindranath Tagore. Others are Krishnanagar Academy in Rantanu Lahiri’s house and the Protestant church has his own value.
- Other attraction is Sadhakzafar Khan Dargah where Hindus and Muslims equally offering Sinni and light lamps in his memory.
If you want to visit Mayapur first then get down to Bishnupriya railway station and cross the river. It is the shorter distance.
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