On 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. The program will culminate with our famous Kalash Yatra, an ecstatic Sankirtan procession with the ladies carrying water pots with coconuts on their heads on 16 Feb. Programs will be going on from 6 – 22 Feb-3.

We will depart almost every morning from Krishna Balaram Mandir by bus and go on parikrama to different pastime places of Braja, like Gokul, Barsana, etc. There will be lively narrations of the different pastimes that happened in each place. Then we will return in time for lunch prasadam in the temple. And on all bus parikramas, Sannyasis and Prabhupada Disciples will go free of charge.

Then on Sunday 16th Feb., we will be having the super ecstatic Kalash Yatra and sankirtan procession around Nandagram. Kalash means water pot. All the ladies will carry waterpots with water from the sacred Pavan Sarovar 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 please come relish wonderful Vaisnava association in the Holy Dhama! Especially for those coming for the Anniversary Festivals at Tirupati, Ujjain, Aravade, and Noida on Nityananda Trayodasi and are wondering what to do till Mayapur Festival starts, most of our parikramas will take place after Nityananda Trayodasi.

Parikrama Schedule

February 6th Feast at Vrinda Kunda

7th Nityananda Trayodasi, Festival in Krishna Balaram Mandir

8th Nagara Sankirtan and feast at Nityananda Vat

9th Narottama’s App. Feast at Radha Vraja Mohan Mandir

10th Vrindavan Temples

12th Radha Kunda

13th Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati’s Vyasa Puja

14th Raval Gokula

16th Vrinda Kunda Festival (Feast at Vrinda Kunda)

18th Barsana

20th Man Sarovar, Bhandirvan, Baelvan

22nd Sanket – Prem Sarovar

For more information see: http://www.vrajakatha.com/parikrama.html

For your travel needs as well as assistance for booking accommodation in outside guesthouses you can contact our Welcome Center at wc.vrindavan@gmail.com Phone no. is +91 98206 38618. The Welcome Center 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 ganapati.gkg@pamho.net or +91 565 2540021. For MVT MVT@pamho.net or +91 565 3207578.

Also these days you can book your train reservations on line at https://www.irctc.co.in/nget/train-search

For pictures of last year’s festival on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10158221544894838&type=1&l=77e772260c

In service of Srimati Vrinda Devi, Deena Bandhu dasa

Source: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=23730

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