All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Vrindavan Parikrama

November 2-16, 2005

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Pictures by Kamal Krishna Prabhu and Varsana Devi Dasi
Text compiled by Kamal Krishna Prabhu
Checked by Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj
Sringar Ghat, Vrindavan, Srimati Radharani's dressing place. Lord Nityananda Prabhu also stayed here.

Sripad Tirtha Maharaj speaks in the temple at Imli Tala.

Later in Sri Krishna Das Kaviraj's description of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's tour of Vrindavan he mentions the Lord's Pastimes at Imli Tala. Imli Tala is located within 5 minutes walk of our Vrindavan Temple and was visited numerous times by our parikrama party this year.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu used to sit beneath the old tamarind tree and chant the Holy Name of the Lord. At noon He would return to Akrura-tirtha to take lunch. All the people who lived near Akrura-tirtha came to see Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and due to the large crowds, the Lord could not peacefully chant the Holy Name. Therefore Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would go to Vrndavana and sit in a solitary place. It was there that He chanted the Noly Name until noon.

Chaitanya Charitamrta, Madhya, 18.78-80

Srila Sridhar Maharaj has glorified Imli Tala (Tamarind Tree) in his Sri Sri Prema Dhama Deva Stotram (verse 42):

tintidi talastha yamunormmi bhavanaplutam
nirjanaika radhikatma bhava vaibhavavrtam
syama radhikapta gaura tattva bhittikakaram
prema dhama devam eva naumi gaura sundaram

As the Lord was visiting various places in Vrindavan where Lord Krishna performed His Pastimes, He visited that famous tamarind tree that existed during the Dvapara era. Sitting beneath the tamarind tree, the Lord's memory of His confidential water-sporting Pastimes with the cowherd maidens was aroused when He saw the dancing gestures of the Yamuna's waves. The Lord's entire being was captured by tasting the sweetness of Sri Radha within the depths of His heart. Identifying with that selfsame sweetness and emotion that possessed His entire self, the Lord's entire esxistence was stolen away. This place is indicated to be the place of origin of Gauratattva, for it was here that Lord Syamasundar became greatly absorbed in the divine mood of Srimati Radharani. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is Himself the origin of all, eternally resides in this place. I offer my obeisances to that beautiful Golden Lord, Gauranga Sundar, the divine form of Krishna Prema.

The tree at Imli Tala.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, worshipped at Imli Tala.

Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, worshipped at Imli Tala.
Sri Seva Kunja.

The Deities of His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad, Their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balaram, and His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, presiding over the Iskcon Krishna Balaram Mandir in Vrindavan.

Our parikrama party visited the Mandir to offer respects to Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad on his holy Disappearance Day.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad's vyasasan at the Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir.

Sripad Tirtha Maharaj speaks to the assembled devotees in Kadamba Khandi, the bhajan kutir of Srila Rupa Goswami.

A sloka written by Srila Sridhar Maharaj in glorification of Srila Rupa Goswami, painted on one of the walls in Kadamba Khandi.

When asked by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur what is his favourite place, Srila Sridhar Maharaj replied, Kadamba Khandi.

Approaching Varsana.
Climbing the steps of Srimati Radharani's temple in Varsana.
The devotees offer respects at Ucha Gaon, Lalita Devi's place.
Along the parikrama path.

The sun rises brightly on another morning of parikrama.

Mahaprabhu's resting place..

Sripad Giri Maharaj speaks about the Pastimes associated with Mahaprabhu's resting place.

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