5. Koladvipa

PADA SEVANAM

serving the Lotus feet 

“…Those living entities who see Koladvipa are blessed. This is the most blissful dhama and location of the Bahulavana forest. Here Saci Kumara Gaurahari has danced in kirtana for many hours. Oh! Koladvipa! Kindly bless this most insignificant person and allow me to reside in Navadvipa in the association of the devotees. Allow me to enter into the pastimes of  Sri Gauranga, Who is my Lord life after life..”

Navadvipa Bhava taranga

 

Main Places to Visit

 

1. Dhamesvara Mahaprabhu temple

2. Porama Tala

3. Sri Jagannatha das Babaji Maharaj’s Samadhi and Bhajana kutir

4. Sri Sri Gaura Gadhadar temple at Campahatti

 

Dhamesvara Mahaprabhu temple (Mahaprabhura Bari)

 

 

“The deity of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in this temple is said to have been worshiped by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s wife, Srimati Vishnupriya devi, after the Lord took sannyasa. This deity of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has His arms extended out, lovingly towards His devotees. Visnupriya was sixteen years old when Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took sannyasa and she disappeared from this material world at the age of ninety-six, so she worshiped this deity for eighty years. Wooden shoes are kept in this temple which are said to have been worn by Lord Caitanya.”

Sri Navadvipa Parikrama page 150

 

Parama Tala

 

“Vrddha Siva and his consort Praudha Maya are the eternal protectors of the holy dhama. Prauddha Maya was originally worshiped on the eastern bank of the Ganga. When a good part of Mayapur was covered by the Ganga, some people crossed the Ganga and came to Kuliya (on the western side) and began to worship Prauddha Maya at this place. Therefore it became known as Praudhama tala (Parama Tala). Prauddha Maya is Yoga maya. She covers the holy dhama and does not allow non-devotees to enter. Even though certain people’s body are allowed to arrive in the dhama, they are unable to understand the glories of the dhama. When Lord Krishna appeared in Vraja, Yoga Maya also appeared with Him. In Vraja she is known as Paurnamasi and in Navadvipa she is Prauddha Maya. She also resides in Simantadvipa in another form, as Parvati. Previously Prauddha Maya and Vrddha Siva were worshiped in Mayapur between the ISKCON temple and the Yoga-Pitha. But because of the shifting of the Ganga, the residents of Kuliya (present day Navadvipa town) moved them to the other side of the Ganga.”

Sri Navadvipa Parikrama page 151

 

Sri Jagannatha das Babaji Maharaj’s Samadhi and Bhajan kutir

 

 

“Before coming to Navadvipa, Jagannatha das Babaji performed his bhajana at Surya Kunda in Vraja. In the later part of his life he came to Navadvipa dhama. At this time he was considered by the Vaishnavas, including Bhaktivinoda Thakur, to be the most advanced rasika Vaishnava in Vraja-Mandala, Gaura-Mandala and Jagannatha Puri. He was therefore known as Vaishnava-sarvabhauma, or the chief of the vaishnavas…”

Sri Navadvipa Parikrama 153

 

Sri Sri Gaura Gadhadara temple at Campahatti

 

 

“.. Towards the north of Koladvipa there is place called Campahatti. In all of Navadvipa dhama this place is the most beautiful. This Campahatti village is a great tirtha and the most attractive location of the poet Jayadeva’s worship of Gaura Sasadhara. There, at the house of DvijaVaninatha, Sri Sacinananda among with His associates performs nama-sankirtana. There was a great festival of the house of Vaninatha, where Sri Gouranga showed His opulence of love. In Campahatti village there was a forest of campaka flowers, which the gopi Campakalata comes here to pick. This forest in Navadvipa is non-different from Khadiravan in Vraja where Balaram and Krishna take rest…”

Navadvipa bhava taranga

 

 

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