6th February, Varaha Dvadasi, will be 17 years since the opening of our Vrinda Kunda Temple! To celebrate, we will do special parikramas to the Holy Places of Braja with buses leaving every morning from Krishna Balarama Mandir and returning for lunch. The program will culminate on Sunday 16 February with our famous Kalash Yatra, an ecstatic Sankirtan Procession with the ladies carrying waterpots with coconuts on their heads.
Plan your trip to Mayapur Gaura Purnima Festival by coming to Vrindavan first and then on to Mayapur Festival and leave after Gaura Purnima when it starts to get hot! February is the best weather of the year in Vrindavan and there are no crowds. Everyone who has come before told me they never knew such nice weather existed in the Dhama! And our festival ends with plenty of time to reach for Kirtan Mela in Mayapur, Navadvipa Mandal Parikrama, and Mayapur Festival after that!
The main day of the Festival, Sunday 16, Feb, we will be having the super ecstatic Kalash Yatra and sankirtan procession around Nandagrama. Kalash means water pot. All the ladies will carry waterpots with water from the sacred Pavana Sarovara with colorful cloth and coconuts on top. We’ll have 108 pots and the Brijbasi ladies will train our foreign lady devotees how to carry them. Even some of our own ladies who go every year will train them! The Brijbasinis even dance with no hands with their pots on their heads! All the ladies who have participated told me it was the highlight of their Vrindavan experience.
After reaching at Vrinda Kunda, there will be Krishna Katha, butter churning festival, artika and then feast for one and all. Then everyone can help feed all the Nandagram Brijbasis. That day all transportation and prasad will be free for all who come.
So start planning now to come to relish wonderful Vaisnava association in the Holy Dhama. Most of our parikramas will take place after Nityananda Trayodasi. We will publish the schedule soon at www.vrajakatha.com/parikrama.html
For those who want to make arrangements to go from Vrindavan to Mayapur, these days you can book your train reservations on line at http://www.irctc.co.in/
Otherwise you can contact our Welcome Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or +91 7830077389 / +91 6396193332 for your travel needs as well as assistance for booking accommodation in outside guesthouses. They can also arrange a taxi to pick you up from the airport or train station.
For booking in the Krishna Balaram Guesthouse, you can contact email@example.com or +91 565 2540021. For MVT MVT@pamho.net or +91 565 3207578. On Facebook, you can find a list of accommodations with prices and contact nos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/209612779226878/305385672982921/
For pictures of last year’s festival on Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/KalashYatra2019
In service of Srimati Vrinda Devi,
Deena Bandhu dasa