Nabadwip - Mayapur

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LOCATION:Mayapur is 130 KM north of Kolkata, is situated at the confluence of Bhagirathi and Jalangi river and located at the bank of River Bhagirathi which is the down stream of the River Ganges. Nabadwip Mayapur is across the river. The large town of Nabadwip is on the eastern side of the River Bhagirathi. Earlier it is believed to be on the eastern bank of the river with Nadia district but now it is on the west bank of the river as it shifted it 's course. It is 19 km. from Krishnanagar and 120 km. from Kolkata. Furthe down stream of the River Bhagirathi is called River Hoogly which flows through Kolkata & Howrah to wards the Bay of Bengal

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Mayapur is the birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is regarded as a special incarnation of Lord Radha and Krishna. It is considered as one of the important holy places of Hinduis specially to the followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. According to them Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is no different from Lord Krishna and it is the place of his childhood past times, so it is non different from the importance of Vrindavana. Over million of pilgrims comes to visit this place every year. The headquarter of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness(ISKCON) is located here. The main attraction of Mayapur is now centered to the visiting of the Temple site of Chandraodaya Mandir erected by ISKCON over a period of 14 years at the cost of Rs. 10 crore.

Nabadwip is a holy place for the Vaishnavites as well as for the people of all religions. It was the ancient capital of Bengal, during the reign of Lakshmansena of Sena dynasty, in the late twelfth century. Later in 1202, Nabadwip was captured by Md.Bakhtiyar Khilji and led to the establishment of Muslim rule in Bengal. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born in1486 AD on the day of dol purnima (Fullmoon night of Holi festival) and spent many years in Nabadwip. He was not only a religious preacher of Vaishnab ideas and Bhakti cult but also a social reformer in the 16th century. His Bhakti movement revived Hinduism in Muslim ruled Bengal in the Indian history.

Safety: Safe; Roads: Motorable road. Road traffic:Normal; Medical support: Available; Fuel Pumps: Available; Car repairing: No; Market & Shopping Center: No; Tourist Information Center: No; Railway & Air Ticket: No; Hotels & Restaurants: A few; Sports & Game Centers: No; Cellular service: BSNL & Airtel; Car rental: Available.

Places of interest: Mayapur covers about three and half miles and in diameter over a mile. The vast Chandrodaya temple is the main center of attraction. There are different Arati (worship) timings throughout the day and Bhagabat Path is carried out. Delicious prasadam are available here and the interested visitors may purchase it in the temple premises. Other than this, people will find Srila Prabhupada's Puspa Samadhi, the rooms where he lived, the hut he dwelt, a gurukula school, a goshala (dairy), and a beautiful garden inside the complex.

Nabadwip is a small town having large number of temples(186) of all sects like - Vaishnavas, Saktas, Shivites etc. One of the main attractions is the Sonar Gouranga Temple (the idol made of gold). The other attraction of Nabadwip is Ras Utsav or festivals observed in the month of Oct-Nov.

TRANSPORT: The nearest airport is at Dum Dum, Kolkata, 130 km. south of Mayapur. Mayapur is well connected by train and bus. The CSTC bus leaves at 6 AM, 7 AM and 2 PM from Shahid Minar, Kolkata to Mayapur and returns at 6 AM, 10-30 AM and 3 PM. ISKCON also has a bus service directly from ISKCON Kolkata temple (3C Albert Road) at 6 AM to Mayapur temple and on the way back it departs at 4 PM from Mayapur (@ Rs 100/= for one way & Rs. 150/= for both ways). To visit Navadwip go to ferry ghat at Mayapur and cross over the Bhagirathi river by boat to reach the place. There are direct buses from Krishnanagar for both Mayapur and Navadwip. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach Mayapur via Dhubulia and takes 1 hr. to Navadwip.

Rail: It is well connected by train from both Howrah and Sealdah stn. For Mayapur catch train from Howrah / Sealdah for Krishnanagar stn. and from there go by bus. For Navadwip - catch train from Howrah / Sealdah to Navadwip Stn. Take rickshaw for ferry ghat to cross over the river by boat and again rickshaw to ride for 2 KM to reach the temple site.

Accommodation facilities: ISKCON has its own guest house.





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