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Each year more than 70 lakh people from different parts of the world visit Mayapur, the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and headquarter of ISKCON. Over the years Mayapur has evolved as a significant tourist destination of not only West Bengal but the entire world. However this year the global pandemic cast a spell of gloom on the devotees, pilgrims and visitors all over the world who come in search of spiritual enlightenment and submerge in the blissful ocean of Harinam Sankirtan.

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Mayapur Management would like to express heart felt thanks and gratitude to HH Bhakti Charu Swami, who has inspired his followers, disciples, well wishers and devotee community worldwide through Youtube video appeal requesting donations for Mayapur, during this difficult situation. Following Maharaja’s appeal, we are receiving donations and many devotees have recorded their emotional sentiments and affection to HH Bhakti Charu Swami in their offering note. This shows how Maharaj holds Sri Mayapu

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Panihati: The Festival of Punishment

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Panihati is the name of a village located in the state of West Bengal, on the banks of River Ganges (10 miles north of Kolkata). It was one of the leading trade centres in earlier days when the river route was the main means of communication. A special rice variety called Peneti was imported at this place from Jessore in Bangladesh. Probably the name Panihati might have been derived from this trade connection. Once upon a time, this place was the centre of worship of the Buddhist Tantrics and

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By Madhava Smullen 

With architects working virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, new 3D renderings of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur have been released.

The images of the temple – which is still expected to see its grand opening in 2022 – show Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasasana, the Grand Deity altar and temple room, and various walkways and halls on the main temple floor. 

Read more: https://iskconnews.org/tovp-launches-new-talk-show-grand-opening-still-set-for-2022,7374/

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By Madhava Smullen 

At least 72 people have been killed and thousands left homeless in West Bengal, India, after Cyclone Amphan ripped through the state on Wednesday May 20th. Amphan, which was the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal before it weakened, destroyed homes, trees and bridges, and left rural areas without power or communications. 

Fortunately, although ISKCON’s Mayapur campus was affected, the damage was minimal. 

The cyclone reached Sridham Mayapur on Wedn

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GBC Releases 2020 Resolutions

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ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) has released the minutes from its February 11th to 22nd Annual General Meeting in Mayapur, West Bengal (which took place before the  Coronavirus pandemic).

Among them are several important resolutions.

1. The GBC resolves to provide a group called the SABHA with the resolutions they have passed, as well as tabled and rejected proposals. Formed in August 2017, the SABHA provides checks and balances on the authority of the GBC, and course correction for i

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The devotees wanted to worship a Deity of the Lord in his fiercest form, but at first no sculptor was willing to carve Him.

ON MARCH 24, 1984, at 12:20 A.M., thirty-five men armed with weapons and bombs attacked Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir, ISKCON’s center in Mayapur, West Bengal. When the dacoits tried to steal the deities of Srila Prabhupada and Srimati Radharani, the devotees fearlessly challenged the attackers. How could the devotees see Srila Prabhupada and Srimati Radharani carried awa

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Nrisimha Chaturdasi 2020

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Sri Nrisimha Caturdasi festival is one of the most magnificent festival celebrated in Sri Mayapur. Sri Sthanu Nrisimhadeva in Mayapur is the most worshipable and dear deity for many around the world ,as the supremely merciful Lord in Mayapur continues to manifest His wonderful pastimes protecting devotees worldwide. 

At no other time in modern history has the protection of the Supreme Personality of Godhead for His devotees been needed as now. Due to the worldwide Corona virus pandemic temples

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Today it was raining heavily at noon but our enthusiastic team of devotees were eager to reach hot kichuri to villagers, a welcome delicacy in rainy days. Today we went to Dandipanitala Gangarghat, Srivas began samaj bari, Poraghat road, Barolghat road, Fasitola Ganga ghat area. Till now, around 80,000 plates of prasad have been distributed. A big thank  you to our donors and well wishers for their support!

Source: https://www.mayapur.com/2020/food-for-life-prasad-distribution-goes-on-despite-

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7 trucks of Prasada ready to go!

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What is the use of a temple if there is no prasadam distribution?” Prasadam distribution on a large scale must be resumed. Such a temple where there is no such distribution has no value, I agree.

Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Tamala Krsna — Los Angeles 11 January, 1974

Day by day, our FFL team is increasing their efforts to reach prasada to the local villagers who were eagerly looking forward to receive prasada. Many of them are daily wage earners , who are rendered helpless now, were grateful

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Sri Gadadhar Pandit Appearance!

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Today is the appearance day of Sri Gadadhara Pandit.

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto the internal potencies of the Lord, of whom Sri Gadadhara Prabhu is the foremost.” (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 1.41)

On this most auspicious appearance day of Sri Gadadhara Pandita, we had abhisheka, arthi & pushpanjali to Sri Gadadhara. HG Jananivas Prabhu spoke on the glories of Sri Gadadhara Pandita.

View our Daily darshan gallery here for pictures of today’s special darshan !

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Since March 22nd India has been under lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.

While this has affected the entire country, but millions of low-income families, daily wager laborers, migrant workers, in particular, have been hit hard due to the closure of business and industries.

You may be glad to know that, despite all the physical and logistical challenges, ISKCON India and its affiliate foundations (Annamrita and India Tribal Care Trust) have served over 6 million (60 lakh) plates of prasadam sinc

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On 4th April, disciples and well wishers of HH Jayapataka Swami will celebrate 71st Vyasapuja of HH Jayapataka Swami. This year , the Vyasapuja will be an Online Vyasapuja due to the current pandemic situation and lock down in India.Please follow the schedule and take part in the vyasapuja online!

Schedule
Adhivas : 3rd April
4 pm- 5pm: H.G Ekanath Gaura prabhu will speak about the glories of Jayapataka Maharaj
5pm- 6pm : H.G Mahavaraha Prabhu will speak about the glories of Gurumaharaj .
Adhiv

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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

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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

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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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