chanting of the Holy Name
“The Lord reached Godrumadvipa, which is worshiped by Surabhi, and there He danced in front of Markandeya Rishi in great ecstasy.”
Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Pramana-khanda 4.39
Main places to visit
1. Surabhi Kunja
2. Svananda Sukhada Kunja (Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s house)
3. Suvarna Vihara
5. Sri Nrsimha Palli
6. Hari – Hara Ksetra
7. River Alakananda
8. Gaura – Daha
When Indra was overcome by Krishna’s illusory energy, he proudly flooded Gokula with rain. But Krishna, however, carefully protected Gokula and at the same time broke Indra’s pride by lifting Govardhan mountain. Indra finally understood Krishna’s identity and came to pay obeisances and offer prayers to the Supreme Lord, begging forgiveness. Krishna, the most merciful Lord, best friend of all, excused Him for his offence. But Indra was nevertheless very frightened. He was afraid that he could commit offence again toward Gauranga in Kali-yuga so he asked for help the Surabhi cow… They came here and worshiped Lord Gauranga by chanting His Holy Names, which itself is very blissful. After short time they attained Gauranga’s darshana. How extraordinary was His charming form! Gauranga was gently smiling and His voice was choked with love, for He was a reservoir of nectar. The Lord said, ‘I know your wish. I will soon appear in Nadia town. At that time you will serve Me, and the net of Maya will no longer catch you.’ After saying this the Lord vanished. Surabhi cow remained here beside a banyan tree, constantly serving Gauranga’s lotus feet.”
THE NAME GODRUMADVIPA comes from GO – cow, DRUMA – tree (Banyan tree)
SRI SVANANDA SUKHADA KUNJA
The house of Bhaktivinoda Thakura
On the left, just inside the front gate are the Deities of Ksetra-pala Siva and his bull-carrier, Nandi. The main altar has a murti of Bhaktivinoda Thakura and (around the corner) his personal Deities, Sri Sri Gaur-Gadadhara. On the left side of the main altar is a small place honoring Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s dedicated servant, Krishna dasa. Bhajan-kutir of Gaura kisora dasa Babaji is on the right side of the main altar. He spent many hours chanting here while visiting Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
Now we can see the house. Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s room is the first room at the top of the stairs. It has some of his personal belongings. This is where he wrote many of his newsletters and books. You can also take a look of a very small attached room where Bhaktivinoda Thakura used to worship his beloved Deities Sri Sri Gaur-Gadadhara. The veranda outside this room is where Bhaktivinoda Thakura saw the visions of Lord Caitanya in Kirtana and the golden city of Mahaprabhu. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s room is next to his father’s.
At this place you will have darshana of beautiful life-sized Lord Caitanya and Srimati Radharani and Krishna.
Just behind the Temple you can see the original ruins of King Suvarna Sena’s palace. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura established this Temple. It is said that when his disciples found those carved stones there was also a huge cobra protecting the ruins.
NRSIMHA PALLI and DEVAPALLI
This Temple is famous since Satya-yuga when Lord Nrsimhadeva came here to take rest and wash the blood from His hands after bestowing His mercy on Prahlada by killing his demoniac father Hiranyakasipu.
Knowing that Lord Narasimha had come to take rest here, all the demigods including Brahma built their houses here and thus created a village on the bank of river Mandakini and all engaged in the service of the Lord. Since that time this place has been known as Narasimha-ksetra in Navadvipa Dhama.
Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates used to come here regularly to discuss Lord Nrsimha-katha and perform harinam sankirtan.
This Temple is situated on the eastern bank of the Alakananda river. At present this river in not flowing but small lake is still visible there. You can have darshana of impressive Deity Sri Hari-Hara, who is half Lord Siva(the white half on the right) and half Lord Visnu(the black half on the left), with their eternal consorts Srimati Parvati Devi on the right and Srimati Laksmi Devi on the left. There is also a Deity of Burho Siva or Vriddha Siva (Old Siva) with mustache and beard. You can see a Deity of Gopála and the footprint of Lord Gadadhara, the eternal associate of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu. There is also a Deity of Sitala devi riding on a horse.
The western side of Alakananda river is considered non different from Kasi (Varanasi) It is said that Lord Siva delivers anyone who dies here by personally chanting the name of Lord Gauranga into the ear of such fortunate soul. Any living being here does not have fear from death.