“When will the devotees who are residents of Madhyadvipa be merciful and show me, ‘Oh look! Here is our Lord, Gauranga Sri Hari!’… He is dancing and chanting with His associates in a grand kirtana. When will I see that astounding form of Gaura with a beautiful complexion like pure gold, wearing a garland of forest flowers, with two long arms, and booming in a loud voice, ‘O brothers! All of you please chant the holy name in unison!’ At that moment, all the devotees headed by Srivasa will shout ‘Hari! Hari!’ and begin performing sankirtana. Someone will exclaim, ‘Chant the name of Gaurahari, dear brother! Without Gaura we cannot attain the service of Radha and Krishna!’”
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Navadvipa-bhava-taranga
“Because the Lord appeared during midday (madhyahna), just like the midday sun, this place is called Madhyadvipa. Just by taking darsana of this place all inauspiciousness is destroyed. By living here one will achieve pure devotion. This is a most wonderful pastime place of Lord Gauranga who made everyone mad by giving them the rarest love of Godhead.”
“By residing here one will attain Gaurahari even without practicing the yamas and niyamas (rules and regulations)”
Navadvipa Parikrama book, pg. 130,131,135
Main Places to visit:
2. Hamsa-vahana Temple
3. Brahmana Puskara
Towards the south of Madhyadvipa there is a river called the Gomati. Naimaisaranya is situated on the bank of this river. During ancient times when Kali became powerful, all the rishis headed by Saunaka Rishi gathered here to hear the Gaura-bhagavata from the lotus mouth of Suta Gosvami.
At Hamsa-vahana there is a small Temple dedicated to Lord Siva. The deity used to be kept in the Gomati River for most of the year and only came to the Temple three days a year, around the purnima (full moon) day in the month of Caitra (March-April). The rest of the time Lord Siva was kept underwater in the Gomati River to keep him from getting too hot. But recently a group of local Muslim people who wanted to make money stole this deity. The deity was rescued in a very miraculous way and since that time he has been worshiped in the Hamsa-vahana temple, because is too dangerous to leave him in the river. The name of Hamsa-vahana refers to Lord Siva who traveled with Lord Brahma´s swan carrier. Hamsa means ‘swan’’ and vahana means ‘one who is carried by’.
Once Lord Siva desired to come to hear the Gaura-katha. But he understood that he was not travelling fast enough to arrive on time. He therefore requested the use of Lord Brahma’s swan carrier so that he could travel faster. Riding on the swan very swiftly, he managed to reach Naimisaranya in time to hear the most wonderful Gaura-katha.
It is a large lake surrounded by a beautiful forest. This area is the same as the holy place named Sri Puskara-tirtha (situated in West India). Worshiping the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga at that place, Vipra Divadasa was consoled upon beholding a vision of the Lord’s beautiful golden form.
“…Puskara replied, ‘Listen, fortunate brahmana. I am not coming from far off, for I am present here. This Navadvipa is the embodiment of all tirthas, which reside in and render service to Navadvipa. I have exhibited one form in the west, but I myself always reside here. The results that one attains by bathing one hundred times there, are achieved by one bath here.’”
Sri Navadvipa-dhama Mahatmya
Pancaveni is the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Mandakini, Alakanada, and Sarasvati, in her hidden form. On the western side is the Yamuna and Bhagavati and Manasi Ganga. This place is the glorious Maha Prayag. Anyone who dies in this place on the land, in the water, or even in the sky, immediately, without any effort, attains Sri Goloka Dhama. To serve Lord Gaurasundara all the holy rivers converge here. This has been accepted by such great sages as Vedavyasa and Sukadeva Goswami. Those fortunate souls who remember Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu while sipping acaman or taking bath here can become firmly established in devotional service and easily attain pure devotion to the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika and Krishna. Everyone should bathe here while keeping the golden form of the most merciful Lord Gauranga in their hearts.
Gaura Premanandi! Hari, Haribol!