For two weeks Kadamba Kanana Maharaja took a group of 25 men around the holy places of Bangladesh. On the bottom of this article you will find a slide show depicting this wonderful tour. In the brackets behind each title you can find the numbers of the photos depicting that very place.
– ISKCON Narsindi (1-11)
The first real meeting of the whole Bangladesh group was in Narasindi, since all of us came on different flights into the country. We all met in a big Harinama proceeding through the streets of Narasinghi to the local ISKCON temple.
– Saci Mata Janmastan (12-27)
From there, after accepting Prasadam, we made our way to Saci Mata’s birthplace, a beautiful area in the wilderness of Bengal. Maharaja gave a talk about the glories of Saci Mata, elaborating on the story of how in her dream Gauranga and Nityananda were fighting over the Bhoga offering with Krsna Balarama. In that story it came to a huge fight, especially between Lord Balarama and Lord Nityananda, of whom eventually Nitai came out succesfully.
– Sivananda Sena Janmastan (28-39)
Not so far from Saci Devi’s place, we found the original tree under which Sivananda Sena, a close associate of Lord Caitanya was born. After Maharaja started the kirtana, lots of villagers were attracted to come over. Maharaja shortly addressed them in Bengali, and then continued with glorifying Sivananda in English. After the lecture, we were picked up by a Harinama party and were led to the nearby temple dedicated to Sivananda Sena.
– ISKCON Sylhet (40-51)
On the same night we arrived in our hotel in Sylhet. Maharaja was received in a big way by the local devotees. A row of a thousand of people lined up on either side and tried to get the dust of his feet. They got it! He survived though and gave an amazing evening program with a fired up Kirtana and a Bengali lecture.
– Advaita Acarya Janmastan (52-84)
The next day we took up the mission to go to Advaita Acarya’s place, travelling with plane, car, riksha and eventually boat to reach there. His birthplace is on the very end of Bangladesh – just on the Indian border. You can actually see the mountains that draw the line between these two countries. The birthplace itself is beautifully situated in Bengal’s nature, on the bank of the Sunam river. There is a ISKCON temple with wonderful deities, and since we stayed the night there, Maharaja led the devotees through a bhajana evening, ending with a talk abouth Advaiata Acarya.
– Jagannatha Misra Janmastan (85-116)
After a short night, we then continued our pilgrimage to Jagannatha Misra’s birthplace. On the way, we had a nice Harinama party, leading through the city of -?-. At Jagannatha Misra’s place we found a temple with nice deities of Jagannatha Misra and Saci Mata and also of the Pancha Tattva. Again Maharaja gave a nice lecture, talking about Jagannatha Misra’s astonishing relationship with his eternal son Nimai.
– Srivasa Takhura Janmastan (117-124)
From Jagannatha Misra’s place we went to Srivasa Thakura’s birthplace. It was a calm stay. Due to all the travelling, we spent the time there relaxing and accepting Maha Prasadam. Meanwhile Maharaja gave some unofficial talk about pastimes with Srivasa.
– Pundarik Dham – Govardhan Puja festival (125-153)
A really special place on our journey then was Pundarika Dhama, Pundarik Vidyanidhi’s birthplace. His samadhi is found in the area of a beautiful ISKCON temple, which has it’s own Radha Kunda and Shyama Kunda as well as a Govardhana hill. This was perfect of course to celebrate the Govardhana Puja, which took place during our two days stay there. It was a big festival with Maharaja leading amazing kirtanas and telling the whole Govardhana lila.
– Vasudeva Datta and Mukunda Datta Janmastan (154-177)
Just nearby of Pundarik Dhama, a five minute walk away, we found the birthplaces of Vasudeva Datta and Mukunda Datta, whose glories Maharaja fully explained during our visit.
– Dhaka – Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance day (178-202)
Our next destination was Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city, were we celebrated Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance day in the local ISKCON temple. Kadamba Kanana Maharaja offered the Puja to Srila Prabhupada and started off the bathing ceremony. The program on that evening, consisted of two hours of fired up kirtana and loads of glorification of His Divine Grace.
– Prema Tali and Kheturi (202-227)
From Dhaka, we headed to Kethuri Dhama, visiting the glorious Padma River, in which Caitanya Mahaprabhu displayed His Krsna Prema to give it to Narottama Dasa Thakura. Later, we all took our bath there, and we went to see Narottama’s actual birthplace, which is just nearby the Padma river. There we found lots of temples, with different presiding deities, and there Maharaja also spoke about the glories of Narottama.
– Talakhandi (228-231)
The next day we went to see the birthplace of Lokanatha Goswami. The visit was short since there is no temple built there, but Maharaja still gave a talk about the significance of Lokanatha Goswami for our sampradaya.
– Rupa Santana Smrti Sthana (232-255)
Our journey came to an end when we reached the ISKCON temple, near the birthplace of Rupa and Sanatana Goswamis, since we reached there at night we went to the actual birthplace the next morning. After a car ride and a short boat tour, we reached the beautiful area of the birthplace. The actual birth tree can be seen there, which is situated just next to a beautiful temple, where deities of both, Rupa and Sanatana Goswamis are installed.
– Benapole (256-end)
After our visit to this auspicious place, we went to our last stop in Bangladesh. That was the place, where a prostitute tried to disturb Haridasa Thakura’s chanting. She came and offered him to enjoy with her, and Haridasa replied that he will surely do, but that he would first have to finish his rounds. Of course Haridasa never finishes chanting and so the prostitute couldn’t disturb him, but instead turned into a devotee herself. That very pastime took place at this holy place, and Maharaja told it during our stay. Deities of both, Haridasa Thakura and the prostitute can be found in this temple. We spent the rest of our time there chanting and taking prasad. Shortly after, we reached the Indian border and headed towards Mayapur. Enjoy this slide show of wonderful Bangladesh!
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