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By Madhava Smullen

The first annual UP Devotional Arts & Film Festival, which took place on March 8th at Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi Auditorium in Mayapur, focused on screening music videos by devotee artists from around the world. 

UP stands for “unpublished.” “Just as we don’t eat food we are about to offer to the Deities, we wanted to present a collective untouched offering to Srila Prabhupada, Pancha Tattva and Sri Sri Radha Madhava,” says organizer Gour Govinda Das, a Croatian devotee wi

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Advisory on Government restrictions on public places:
In line with the restrictions imposed by the government regarding West Bengal lock down, Sri Sri Radha Madhav temple, Srila Prabhupada samadhi, Bhajan Kutir and Lord Jagannath Temple in Rajapur will remain closed for devotees and pilgrims starting today 4pm till 27th March 2020 .
Deity services will continue in all these places and ONLY DEVOTEES essential for deity services will be allowed inside these places.
Srimad Bhagavatam class will c

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Online Puja Offerings are Limited


Dear Beloved Devotees of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava,

This is to inform that following the government advisory rules on COVID-19, ISKCON Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir is closed for both devotees and pilgrims till 27th March as of now. The deity services will go on as usual and the same can be watched online at Mayapur.TV.

The following online pujas are NOT available during this time:

  • Tulasi Archana
  • Bhoga Plate
  • Special Pujas

You may still offer One Day Pujas to Sri Narasimhadeva, Sri Radha Madhava,

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Mayapur Spiritual Safari 2020


4103850502?profile=RESIZE_710xSpiritual Safari 2020 which was planned to visit Bangladesh for 20 days got cancelled and safari is being organised at Mayapur with various activities planned for the guests.

Devotees from more than 25 countries including China are chanting dancing, serving, remembering, absorbed in Krishna consciousness and sheltered by the Holy dham.

On first day, safari team did Harinam at  Goshala and spent the day there to hear about cow and land protection, and to live in simplicity and gratefulness.


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The temple at Yoga-pitha, established by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur

Here is an article with details about the birthplace of Lord Sri Chaitanya who appeared at Sridham Mayapur over 500 years ago.

Lord Chaitanya is the teacher of the religion of transcendental love of Sri Krishna. He was born at Sridham Mayapur in the year 1486. For a long time it was believed that the real site of birth of the Lord were washed away by the river Bhagirathi. However these places were later discovered with painstaki

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“Oh when, will divine attraction for hearing the pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates awaken within my heart?”

Today parikrama will reach the last camp, the last full day of this transcendental walk.

Soon after leaving Belpukur, the parikrama entered Simantadvipa- the island of Sravanam, hearing. The speakers were plenty and they filled all sincere ears with nectar like Krishna Katha.

This island is named after Parvati whose eagerness to take darshan of Mahaprabhu induced Him

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In the middle of the sweet morning bhajans between 6am and 7am, dark clouds started to appear first scattered and then tight together covering the sky.

Lightning could be seen here and there like Lord Krishna’s moving dazzling dhoti. At that time the Parikrama was walking into an area of large plain fields.

They were going to get a boat to cross the Ganga. Just then, the drops slowly but surely poured increasingly from that dark morning sky.

Both the kirtan parties, prabhus and matajis, contin

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“Buy, Beg, borrow or steal. Somehow or other get a copy Sri Navadvipa Dham Mahatmya

HG Rajendranandana Prabhu

In a haste of enthusiasm, leaving their tents, throwing buckets of water on their heads and packing their bags within 5 minutes, the devotees hit the road.

“It seems that we are more than half way through, to complete Navadvipa Mandala. Have 5 days passed ? It feels like it started yesterday. Just when, we began to get used to it all, and even a little attached it , it is coming to and

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“ We shouldn’t leave Parikrama the same person we were when we started it.”

-HH Bhakti Dhira Damodara Maharaj

Are you with us? The nectar is starting to overflow!

The mystical transformations which happen within the consciousness of a pilgrim of Navadvipa are indeed extraordinary and worthy of mention. As these few days pass which in ordinary life would most probably make no difference in one’s life, have brought about deep cleansing to all of us.

The story of today was something like this…



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The temple Hari Hara, was the first place to receive the devotees. HH Maha vishnu swami led the devotees into the adequate mood by singing the song : “ mahadeva panca mukhe rama rama hare hare”.

There the first katha was held. We had the special presence of HG Pankajanghri Prabhu. Several speakers flooded the devotees with nectar. Pankajanghri Prabhu told the story of how the devotees would come here and do two simultaneous kirtans one side was chanting prayers to Lord Shiva and the other was r

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3973439420?profile=RESIZE_710xIt has come! It has come! After a whole year Sri Navadvipa Parikrama has come once again inviting all devotees to enter its prema filled islands.

Around 6 am, in the hazy morning of the 26th , vaishnavas and vaishnavis from all walks of life and of multifarious cultural and ethnical backgrounds gather at the Sri Yogapith.

The first of many kirtans to come began startling the hearts of all with vibrant earnestness, humility and courage. “Jiv jago Jiv Jago”

The procession of Gaura bhaktas headed

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Elephant On the Loose by Bhaktimarga Swami

Every Saturday night in Mayapura, there is what's called the Hati Fest which is when the two elephants, Vishnupriya and Laksmipriya, have their procession through the crowds.  Saturday night is a busy night, drawing pilgrims from all over Bengal and the world.

It was during these last two days, at the ILS event, when I felt like an elephant in a crowd of multitudes.  There is this massive banquet hall, constructed like they do for a
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Gaura Purnima Festival begins!



With the raising of Garuda and Hanuman flags, 48th Gaura Purnima festival is inaugurated in a colorful flag hoisting ceremony, held at Srila Prabhupada Park, in front of Lotus building. HH Gopal Krishna Goswami , HH Loknath Goswami, HH Jayapataka Swami , who were participating in the festival since its inception, spoke on the importance of Gaura Purnima festival and how it is so dear to Srila Prabhupada. Devotees from all parts of the world have started arriving at Mayapur, to recharge their s

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The Iskcon Leadership Sanga is held in Mayapur every two years and is arranged by a sub-committee of the GBC called the Strategic Planning Team.
This year about eight hundred devotees from around the world attended. The sanga went for seven days and each day devotees came for a morning presentation and then went to one of seventy-five seminars that were presented.


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Speaker: HG Vaisesika Das

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.3.14

ity uktvadri-dari-kusja-
gahvaresv atma-vatsakan
vicinvan bhagavan krsnah
sapani-kavalo yayau

“Let Me go and search for the calves,” Krsna said. “Don’t disturb your enjoyment.” Then, carrying His yogurt and rice in His hand, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, immediately went out to search for the calves of His friends. To please His friends, He began searching in all the mountains, mountain caves, bushes and narrow passages.”

This is

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Festive Mood in Mayapur!


Mayapur is getting painted with a festive mood everywhere. Attractive pandals, tents, variety prasadam outlets, exhibits, and most importantly, the feast of seeing all the wonderful moons of our movement together in Mayapur, Gaura Purnima festival is the highlight of the year in Mayapur. ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) setting is so creative, artistic and innovative and added with the various seminars on leadership skills nurture a bright future for ISKCON.3865991129?profile=RESIZE_710x


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 By Madhava Smullen

With the famous annual Gaura Purnima festival at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal running from February 17th to March 11th, and thousands of devotees and pilgrims pouring into the spiritual city, there’s now an alternative, more peaceful way to get there from Kolkata airport.

Avoiding the bumpy, risky roads and pollution, travelers can instead book the Jaladuta boat service organized by the Mayapur Tourism department and enjoy a relaxing cruise down the river

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On February 13, 2020, the observance of the 146th Appearance Day of His Divine Grace Astottarasata Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada, the entire completed Pujari Floor of the TOVP was opened in great pomp and grandeur. In preparation for the relocation of ISKCON’s beloved world Deities into Their long-awaited new home in 2022, and to instill confidence in ISKCON’s leadership and devotees that the construction is solidly moving in that direction, the opening was officially underta

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The Iskcon will throw open on Thursday the world’s largest pujari seva on a single-floor facility spread over 2.5 acres at the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium at Mayapur in Nadia.

Devotees from over 77 countries are expected to attend the inaugural ceremony that will also mark the countdown to the opening of the Vedic planetarium, the Iskcon’s flagship Rs 700-crore project slated to be completed in March 2022.

“This is going to be the largest floor for worship and other seva facilities in the

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TOVP Pujari Floor Grand Inauguration

A moment of happiness, bliss, gratitude, appreciation, wonder – no words to describe the emotions and sentiments that everyone experienced, walking through the most grand, largest in the world, Pujari floor at the Temple of Vedic Planetarium. Graced by several stalwarts who are the pillars of ISKCON movement, whose life & soul is to live to fulfill the desire of their spiritual master, our Founder Acharya Srila Prabhupada, opened each of the 64 rooms of worship for Sri Sri Radha-Madhava, Sri Pa

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