In this very auspicious place, in great distress Mayadevi approach Mahaprabhu for mercy, the Lord being very kind stated the following:
“..Supreme goddess, listen carefully to My words. You are My energy, you are not separate or different from Me. My one energy has two forms. Within the spiritual kingdom, My original energy has one form as Sri Radha, but for carrying out activities in the material world She has expanded Herself as you. Without you, My lila could not be accomplished, for in the form of Yogamaya, you are necessary in My pastimes. In Vraja, you are eternally present as Paurnamasi, and in Navadvipa you are present as Praudha Maya along with Ksetrapala Lord Siva, guardian of the dhama.”…”
Saying this, Gauranga disappeared, and Parvati became overwhelmed with love. Parvati stays in one form as the goddess of Simantadvipa, and in another form as Praudha Maya in Mayapur….”
Main Places to visit:
- Sri Jagannath Temple
- Simantini Mandir
- Chandi Kazi’s Samadhi
- Sabara Danga
- Nimbaditya (Nimbarka) Blessed by Lord Shiva
- Nimbarka blessed by Sri Gouranga Mahaprabhu
- Madana Gopal temple
- Rama-tirtha (Rukumpur)
- Meghera Chara
Sri Jagannatha Temple
Lord Jagannath, Sri Baladeva and Srimati Subhadra in Simantadvipa.
JAGANNATHA PURI DHAM IN SRI NAVADVIPA DHAM
This area was the capital of the Sura dynasty a very long time ago. In “Sri Navadvipa-dhama Mahatmya” Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura describes how Lord Jagannatha left Puri and came here. This area is non-different from Jagannatha Puri as Lord Jagannatha is eternally residing here. Thus the same benefits of going to Jagannatha Puri are gained by visiting this place. Read more here
Chandi Kazi’s Samadhi
Chand Kazi was the Chief Magistrate of Navadvipa. He was a devout & strict Muslim and he oppressed Hindus in their religious practices. Infuriated, that Hindus were not obeying his order forbidding Kirtana, Chand Kazi went with 2 boats of soldiers to Srivasa Pandita’s house to personally enforce his ordinance. He confiscated their instruments and broke the mrdanga. He then threatened imprisonment and conversion into a Muslim for anyone who disobeyed his order again.
Understanding the plight of the devotees, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu called everyone together and told them, “I shall perform sankirtana in every town and village. Therefore decorate all the streets and houses of the city and then gather in the evening carrying torchlights. Let us see what kind of Kazi comes to stop our Kirtana.”
The Champaka tree at Chand Kazi Samadhi witnessed this pastime with the Lord. Even though the truck of this tree is hallow, it is still in full bloom and gives champaka flowers all year round, even when it is not flowering season.
Kolavecha Sridhara’s Place
Kolavecha Sridhar was eternal playmate of Lord Caitanya and very dear to Him. Several wonderful pastimes happened here including “Banana love-fights” between Nimai and Kolavecha Sridhar. This place is at the opened fields behind Jagannatha temple. One can visit this place passing through vast and very beautiful mango tree groves behind the temple.
HH Radhanath Swami points out Kolavecha Sridhar’s devotion in this class:
anyabhilashita-sunyam jnana-karmady anavritam
anukulyena krishnanu silanam bhaktir-uttama
“….Real devotion is uncontaminated by any type of selfish desire- desire for material benefits or even desire for liberation. Kolavecha Sridhar was a poverty stricken person with torn clothes living in a thatched hut we were emaciated for not enough food. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu offered him the wealth of Indra the king of heaven, He offered him all the 8 mystic siddhis, He offered him liberation, He offered him elevation to the Vaikuntha but Sridhar refused all these things in the mood of Prahlad. “I am not come to do business with you my Lord”. Prabhupada paraphrases Kolavecha Sridhar the only benediction he wanted was to be the servant of the servant of the servant of his servant. I just want the benediction that I can always serve those whom you love. That is pure devotional service. It is only that unconditional state of consciousness that can bring the soul happiness everything else is a disturbance and it is attraction. Srila Prabhupada travelled around the world over a dozen times so much difficulty he underwent to give us by his words and by his example this principle of unconditional love. So it does not matter who we are or what we have what matters is our purpose, the quality of our service attitude that is the all in all that Krsna accepts…”
Madan Gopal Temple
There is a very beautiful deity of Sri Madana Gopal in Belpukur Which was worshipped by Nilambara Chakravarti Thakur, the father of Srimati Saci devi (Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s mother).
Simantini devi temple at ISKCON Rajapur
The day after our annual Nrisimha Chaturdasi festival, we had a special program in Rajapur Jagannath Temple.
Gauranga Mahaprabhu in Simantadvipa.
We are very happy to announce to the whole community of devotees, the completion of construction of a small but very important temple for Srimati Simantini Devi at Sri Jagannath Mandir compound in Rajapur, Sri Mayapur dham. The construction was under the guidance and supervision of His Grace Jananivas Prabhu, the head pujari of Sri Mayapur Candrodya Mandir. It is dedicated to that great Vaishnavi of the Lord, Srimati Simantini Devi, who is none other than Srimati Parvati Devi. She will perform the function of accepting prasada before distributing, as Vimala Devi in Puri Dham.
The installation ceremony was held a few months ago on the day after Nrisimha Chaturdasi. The festivities were grand in scale with full abhishek of Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Srimati Simantini Devi by all of the devotees. Following the abhishek of various auspicious items, including flower petals, the deities were taken to their new home, where sudarshan was installed upon the top of the temple with abhishek also. Many senior devotees Including HH jayaptaka Swami Maharaj and Jananivas Prabhu spoke a few words describing the significance of this project.
Srimati Simantini Devi meditating on Lord Gauranga
The murti depicts Parvati Devi chanting and meditating on Lord Gauranga, as described in Sri Navadvipa Dham Mahatmya and under the direction of H.G. Jananivas prabhu. The murti will be carved in marble at Jaipur.
About the temple:
Mahaprabhu – Simantini Temple at ISKCON Rajapur.
The temple is located between the Jagannath Mandir and the banyan tree of Lord Siva, where according to Vastu it will attract a lot of visitors and will become something of a landmark in the area. A unique feature of the temple is that it is fully clad in terra-cotta reliefs, inspired by the famous vaisnava temples of Vishnupur, after a visit there by H.G. Jananivas prabhu, H.G. Nitai Prasad prabhu, and Drdha Vrata prabhu.
The design and artistry of the Temple and the Deity are the result of the skills of the talented devotee Drdha Vrata prabhu.
About the history:
H.G. Jananivas prabhu narrated to us that, once during Navadvip Mandal Parikram, under the guidance of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, the devotees reached Simantadvip, near to Belpukur. At that place, where it is said to be the original place of Simantini Devi, there is a small temple, which has only temporary clay deities of Parvati for festivals and Shiva Linga as the permanent deity. A devotee suggested making and donating a marble Deity of Parvati to that temple. On the spot some funds were collected but then, H.H. Jayapataka Maharaja opposed the idea as non-Vaishnavas would come to that temple and offer tamasic food, which is against our standards and we would be unable to maintain a pujari out there.
Installation ceremony day.
Instead he suggested that we build a temple for Simantini within the Jagannath Mandir compound at Rajapur, which is also situated in Simantadvipa. His Holiness explained that the tradition which is followed at Puri Dham is that when the Prasad is removed from the altar of Lord Jagannath it is immediately offered first to Vimala devi (Parvati devi), and only then is it offered to the devotees and pilgrims. So, he suggested that we can also offer Lord Jagannath’s mahaprasad to Simantini devi.
Simantadvipa is a very historical place and many nectarian pastimes took place there. It is the second island of Sri Navadvipa Dham and embodies the devotional mellow of Sravanam, hearing about the pastimes of the Lord. This is where Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu delivered Chand Kazi, the Muslim Magistrate.