Please Wait...

Sri Navadvipa Parikrama

Sri Navadvipa Parikrama
Usually ships in 15 days
Item Code: NAN440
Author: Gauranga Simha Dasa and Braja Sevaki Devi Dasi
Publisher: The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Language: English
Edition: 2010
Pages: 234 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 10.0 inch X 7.0 inch
weight of the book: 695 gms
About the Book

Resembling an eight-petalled lotus in shape, this abode is immaculately pure. It is so cooling that it defeats the illumination of millions of moons. It is so brilliant that it defeats that effulgence of millions of suns. Sometimes that dhama will appear before my eyes.


gauro bhraman yatra harih sva-bhaktaih
sankirtana-prema-bharena sarvam
nimajjayaty ujjvala-bhava-sindhau
tam sri-navadvipam aham smarami

"I meditate on Navadvipa-dhama, where Gauranga would wander along with His devotees. Filled with prema generated from their kirtana, they would drown everyone in the ocean of love of Krsna."

The glories of Navadvipa-dhama are hidden, even from the demigods. We know that Brahma is the creator of this universe, yet he is not the original creator. Initially every element was created by Visnu. Thus Visnu is the Primar: creator, but even Visnu cannot create without the desire and sanction of Lore Sri Krsna.

tumi sarvesvaresvara, brajendra-kumara
tomara icchaya visve srjana samhara
tava iccha-mato brahma korena srjana
tava iccha-mato visnu korena palana

"You, son of Nanda Maharaja, are the controller of all controllers. By Your desire only this cosmic manifestation comes to existence and also gets annihilated. By Your desire only this cosmic manifestation comes to existence and also gets annihilated. By Your desire only Brahma creates and Visnu maintains.”

Thus Lord Sri Krsna is behind the creation of everything, with only one exception. That is Navadvipa-dhama. Navadvipa-dhama was not created by the desire of Lord Sri Krsna. This dhama was created by the desire of Srimati Radharani, the story of which is described in "The Appearance of Navadvipa-dhama" in this book.

By the mercy of Lord Jagannatha, a book on Sri Ksetra-parikrama has been published. Devotees around the world inform me how much they have been enjoying reading the description of Sri Ksetra and thus how much they have benefited. By hearing this I felt very encouraged to share with the devotees the glories of Navadvipa-dhama as well. Included in the book are descriptions of the pastimes of Lord Gauranga in Navadvipa before His actual appearance. During these pre-appearance pastimes the Lord appeared to various demigods like Brahma and Indra and to different rsis and devotees. The descriptions of these pastimes are mentioned in Sri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Bhakti-ratnakara by Narahari Cakravarti I have tried my best to translate these descriptions into English in this book. There are also many pastimes Lord Gauranga performed in Navadvipa-dhama during His manifested period on this earth planet around 500 years ago. These pastimes are recorded in many books, among which Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, Sri Caitanya-caritamrta and Sri Caitanya-mangala are the most prominent and widely read by devotees. I have not mentioned these pastimes very much in this book fearing the size of the book would be too big. Moreover these pastimes are available in the respective books. If Lord Gauranga desires, we may publish a compilation of the descriptions of the pastimes of the Lord in Navadvipa from the various scriptures in the future.

In this particular book, the main subject matter has been taken from SrI Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Bhakti-ratnakara and NavadvIpa-bhava-taranga. The information on most of the temples and holy places as well as the directions on how to get there have come from "Gauradesa, A Devotional Guide to Navadvipa-Dhama" written by Manjari Devi Dast.

Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura has stated in Sri Caitanya-bhagavata:

adyapiha se lila kare gaura raya
kona kona bhagyavan dekhibare paya
prabhura sri dhama, bhakti, nitya-parikara
ithe anya mata yara, seita pamara

"Even now Sri Gaura Rava is performing His pastimes, which only the most fortunate can see. There is no difference between the Lord's sri-dhama, bhakti and His eternal associates. One who has a different opinion about this is most fallen."

Mahaprabhu's pastimes are taking place in Navadvipa eternally. Before His appearance, during His appearance and after His disappearance. Srila Narottama dasa Thakura has stated,

Sri-gauda mandala, yeba jane cintamani, tara haya vraja-bhuma vasa

"One who knows that Gauda-mandala-bhumi, the abode of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu, is transcendental, is qualified to live in Vraja-bhumi" Sri Narahari Dasa has stated:

navadvipa vrndavana dui eke haya
gaura-syama-rupe prabhu sada vilasaye

"Navadvipa and Vrndavana are one and the same. The Lord is eternally enjoying in both forms at both places as Gaura (golden) and Syama (black) respectively."

Some of the exact locations of the Lord's pastime places are not known to us. There are different opinions about which island they are situated on. Just as in the case of Samudragarh and Campahatti. Some say these two places are located in Koladvipa and others say they are located in Rtudvipa. In a similar way the exact location of Sridhara Angana and few other places is also not clear.

The locations of some place described in this book are not known at all. Due to the movement of the Ganga they have disappeared. Some places which were located on the western side of the Ganga have moved to the eastern side and vice versa.

This book is not a practical guide book with detailed information about how to find different places and which deities are in which temples etc. I have mainly described the various pre-appearance pastimes of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu. If a small book containing detailed guide information about Navadvipa-dhama can be published it will be very helpful to the visiting devotees. I have earnestly requested my god-brother, His Grace Vrajanatha Prabhu, to do this job. He is now serving in the Dhama Sevak Department in Mayapur, taking care of all the visiting devotees. He regularly takes devotees around Navadvipa-dhama to the many pilgrimage places and thus has much experience. I hope this book will manifest some day by the mercy of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu.

Finally I beg forgiveness from all the devotees, so they may excuse me for any mistakes I have made in this book. I am very apprehensive in publishing this offering. My fear is that I must have made some errors in presenting the words and views of the previous great acaryas from whose writings I have collected the subject matter of this book. I sincerely pray at the lotus feet of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakura to forgive me for any mistakes I might have made due to the deficit of my understanding or my inadequacy in expressing the subject matter.

Please bless me and forgive me for all my offenses.


  Preface 17
  Acknowledgement 21
  Appearance of Navadvipa dhama 23
  Swarupa of Navadvipa dhama 24
  Glorification of Navadvipa dhama in different Puranas 26
  Different types of parikrama 29
  Procedure for parikrama 30
  Sri Navadvipa mandala-General information 30
Chapter One Antardvipa 37-69
  Why is Island Named Antardvipa? 37
  Sri Mayapur 41
  Yoga-pitha 43
  Sri Srivasa Angana: the Home of Srivasa Pandita 49
  Sri Advaita Bhavan 51
  Sri Gadadhara Angana 52
  Sri Caitanya Matha 53
  Vrddha Siva (Siva Doba) 57
  Mahaprabhu-ghata 57
  Jagai and Madhai-ghata 57
  Barakona-ghata 60
  Nagariya-ghata 60
  Ganganagara 60
  Bharadvaja-tila 63
  Murari Gupta's House 64
  Prthu-Kunda 65
  Sridhara angana 67
  Sasthi-tirtha 69
  Sri Isodyana (Nandana Acarya's house) 69
Chapter Two Simantadvipa 77-100
  Why is this island named Simantadvipa? 77
  Simantini-mandira 83
  Chand Kazi's samadhi 83
  Sri Jagannatha temple 85
  Sabara-danga 91
  Mayamari 93
  Belpukur 93
  Nimbaditya (Nimbarka) blessed by Lord Siva 95
  Nimbarka blessed by Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu 97
  Madana Gopala Temple 99
  Rama-tirtha (Rukumpur) 100
  Meghera Chara 100
Chapter Three Godrumadvipa 103-125
  Why is this island called Godrumadvipa? 103
  The Story of Markandeya Rsi 104
  Surabhi-kunja 105
  Svananda-sukhada-kunja (srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's house) 107
  Suvarna-vihara 111
  King Suvarna Sena receive darsana of Lord Gauranga 112
  Amra-ghata (Amghat) 118
  Harihara-Ksetra and Maha-Varanasi 119
  Alakananda 121
  Devapalli or Narasimha Palli 122
  Gaura-daha 125
Chapter Four Madhyadvipa 131-143
  Why is this island named Madhyadvipa? 131
  Naimisaranya 135
  Hamsa-vahana Siva Temple 137
  Brahmana Psskara 139
  Uccahatta (Hattadanga) 141
  Pancaveni (Maha-Prayaga) 143
Chapter Five Koladvipa 145-165
  Lord Nityananda speaks about the sequence of parikrama 145
  The appearance of Lord Varahadeva in Navadvipa 147
  Dhamesvara (Mahaprabhu Bari) Temple 150
  Praudha Maya and Vrddha (Ksetra-pala) Siva 151
  Sri Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja's samadhi and bhajana-kutira 153
  Samudragarh 155
  Conversation between Samudra (the ocean) and Ganga-devi 157
  The ocean receives darsana of Lord Gauranga 159
  Campahatti 160
  Why is this place known as Campahatti? 160
  The poet Jayadeva in Campahatti 161
  Sri Jiva's ecstasy on hearing the pastimes of Jayadeva 164
  Isana Thakura's description of Campahatti 165
Chapter Six Rtudvipa 167-182
  Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu in Rtudvipa 167
  Why is this island called Rtudvipa? 169
  Lord Nityananda identifies Radha-Kunda and Syama-kunda in Rtudvipa 170
  Radha-Kunda 172
  Vidyanagara 173
  Why is this place named Vidyanagara? 174
  House of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya and Vidya-vacaspati 176
  Brhaspati appeared as Vasudeva Sarvabhauma 180
  The appearance of Sarasvati-devi 181
  Srutis blessed by Lord Gauranga 182
  Lord Nityananda dispels the doubts of Sri Jiva 182
Chapter Seven Jahnudvipa 185-190
  How the Ganga became known as Jahnavi 185
  Lord Gauranga manifested to Jahnu Muni 186
  Bhisma-tila 189
  Bhismadeva 190
Chapter Eight Modadrumadvipa 192-216
  Lord Ramacandra visited Modadrumadvipa 192
  Guhaka-raja appeared as Sadananda and saw Lord Gauranga, non-different from Sri Ramacandra 195
  Sita-devi sees the Gauranga form of Lord Ramacandra 196
  Lord Ramacandra appeared as Lord Gauranga 199
  Sri Vrndavana dasa Thakura's Sripata 200
  Birthplace of Malini-devi 201
  Vasudeva Datta's Sripata 201
  Sri Saranga Murari Sripata 201
  Gopinatha deity of Saranga Thakura 201
  Arkatila 203
  Vaikunthapura 203
  Narada Muni's Visit to Vaikunthapura 204
  Narada Muni saw Sri Krsna transform into Sri Gauranaga 206
  Lord Gauranga manifested to Narada Muni in Vaikunthapura 207
  Lord Gauranga revealed Himself to the old vipra, a great devotee Sri Laksmi-Narayana 208
  Ramanujacarya's Visit to Navadvipa 209
  Mahatpura 212
  Lord Gauranga manifests to the Panca-Pandavas at Mahatpura 214
  Lord Gauracandra manifesta to Madhvacarya 215
  Why this place was known as Mahatpura 216
Chapter Nine Rudradvipa 219-233
  Lord Rudra received darsana of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu 219
  Sankarapura 224
  Sri Visnusvami blessed by Sri Rudradeva and Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu 225
  Nidaya Ghata 226
  Sri Plina, Rasa-mandala, Dhira-samira 228
  Lord Nityananda dhows Sri Jiva the place of the Rasa-mandala 233


Sample Pages

Add a review

Your email address will not be published *

For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Post a Query

For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy


Related Items