Advice for Visitors
You will find the following practical advice quite useful while staying at our main Math in Nabadwip - especially if this is your first visit.
By Srila Govinda Maharaj's divine will he has asked for a daily schedule to be made available to the devotees, and has amended and approved the schedule given on the Notice Board [outside the Reception Book Room].
In his own words, "The very minimum is that each devotee will daily attend at least the morning and evening aratis [services] and engage in some Temple service."
All devotees are especially requested by Srila Govinda Maharaj to "attend these aratis for Srila Guru Maharaj's satisfaction."
|Simple Living High Thinking|
|During our major festivals there is often a shortage of beds and other amenities at the Math. However, it is the holy wish of our dear Srila Govinda Maharaj that the devotees and guests live the "simple ashram life" and be satisfied with the basics. Let us all help each other to adjust to the "simple living and high thinking" that characterises Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.|
|Please try to be as self-sufficient as possible in regard to your health and personal necessities - bring your own sleeping bag, mosquito net, toiletries, first aid items, etc.|
|Volunteer for Service|
|Please volunteer for service duties, especially during the busy times of our major festivals. The Notice Board outside the Reception Book Room lists many of the service opportunities that are available, as well as other useful information.|
|Please do not use high-wattage electrical appliances such as water heaters, etc., between 5:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., or when the generator is running.|
|The regular water supply is not always constant; it is therefore prudent to keep your bathing bucket filled with water. There are also wells around the Temple compound for your convenience. We now have a Municipal water supply, it is located to the right of Srila Guru Maharaj's Centenary Memorial Building. The water is clear, and comes on for an hour or so at approximately 6:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.|
|Public Bathing Restrictions|
|Bathing in public places needs discretion. Men should at least wear a "gumpcha" at all times, and never just a bathing suit. Ladies should be fully clad, preferably in a sari.|
|Confirm Rickshaw Fares|
|Always settle the rickshaw fare before starting your journey. It is a good idea to confirm the agreed fare by showing the number of fingers corresponding to the amount of rupees.|
|General Health Tips|
take care of your health. India is a tropical country, and even Indians
are cautious to adjust to changes in water, climate, and environment
when travelling from place to place within their own country. Therefore
for your good health:
Contrary to popular belief, Nabadwip is not too hot for most of the year. The months after Gaura Purnima [April to June] are the hottest and driest. Once the rains come in June, it is again quite pleasant until the refreshingly chilly months of November through February.
In Vrindavan and Govardhan the extremes are more pronounced, while in Puri the weather is more constant.
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip