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Mayapur
Mayapur
Location of Mayapur
in West Bengal and India
Coordinates 23°26′18″N 88°23′34″E / 23.4382755°N 88.3928686°E / 23.4382755; 88.3928686
Country  India
State West Bengal
District(s) Nadia
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Mayapur (Bengali: মায়াপুর) is located on the banks of the Ganges river, at the point of its confluence with the Jalangi, near Navadvip, West Bengal, India, 130 km north of Kolkata (Calcutta). It is The Head Quarters of ISKCON and is considered a holy place by a number of other traditions within Hinduism, but is of special significance to followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism as the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, regarded as a special incarnation of Krishna in the mood of Radha. It is visited by over a million pilgrims annually.

The Ganges river at Mayapur

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It can be reached by boat ride and, more commonly, by train or a bus. During the visit one can see "the huge headquarters of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness" and "a long stream of saffron-robed devotees chanting" Hare Krishna mantra there.[1]

Memorials

Along with traditional samadhis, International Society of Krishna Consciousness is planning to construct a garden in memory of George Harrison.[2]

Gaudiya Vaishnava temples

Headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) are located there since 1970s and there is as well as a number of other Gaudiya Vaishnava organisations such as the Gaudiya Math. The town is heavily centred around this particular Vaishnava religious tradition, with temples devoted to Radha and Krishna or Gaura-Nitai throughout, however there is a sizable Muslim population in the historical centre, previously called Miyapur.

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Mayapur [1] is a city in Rarh in India.

Understand

Sri Mayapur is a sublimely beautiful village on the sacred bank of river Ganga, lovingly known as mother Ganga. Geographically, it's situated around 130km north of Calcutta (Kolkata) in West Bengal state of India. ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) or the Hare Krishna movement has its headquarters here. It is the birthplace of Sri Krishna Chaitanya, who appeared in 14th century, 1486, incarnation of Krishna. He is the one who started the Hare Krishna movement- he was the first to teach widespread mass chanting and singing of the Hare Krishna mantra. Mayapur is 130 km north of Calcutta and across the Ganges from the city of Navadvipa. Mayapur is one of the most sacred and peaceful areas in all of India. Sri Chaitanya is non different than Lord Sri Krishna. Lord Sri Krishna appeared as a devotee of the Lord in the form of Lord Chaitanya. He showed us all by example how to please the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna.

Get in

Taxi ISKCON Mayapur runs a taxi service, Prabhupada Travels. For your safety and security, book your transportation in advance with Prabhupada Travels. The rates are fixed and economical Varies from 1200 to 1500 Bus ISKCON Kolkata operates buses thrice a week, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The bus takes passengers from the Kolkata temple straight to Sri Mayapur.

ISKCON Kolkata also has a guest house facility. To book a room at the ISKCON Kolkata guest house or a seat in the bus, call up +91-3330-289258 or +91-9830-955124.

Or, you can catch a bus from Kolkata’s bus terminal at Dharmatala to mayapur which starts from Sahid Minar at around 1:30PM and Reaches around 6:30PM

Train From Howrah station If you are catching a train at Howrah, a clean and less-crowded train to catch is Intercity express, which leaves Howrah at about 3PM (the train does not operate on Sundays.) It reaches Nabadwip Dham by about 5:45PM.

There are trains leaving Howrah and which pass through Nabadwip Dham, practically every hour and a half, but they are sometimes quite crowded. It takes about 3 - 4 hours to reach Nabadwip Dham from Howrah.

Once you reach Nabadwip Dham station, you have to take a rikshaw to Mayapur Ghat and then get on a boat to cross over the Ganga to reach Hular Ghat at Mayapur. Take a rikshaw to come to ISKCON’s Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir.

From Sealdah station Sealdah is a train station located within Kolkata. There are trains leaving Sealdah and which pass through Krishnanagar. Usually these trains are crowded. It takes about two hours to reach Krishnanagar from Sealdah.

From Krishnanagar, you can catch a rikshaw to go to the bus terminal (“bus stand”) and catch a bus to ISKCON Mayapur. Or, you can get into a three-wheeler to go to Mayapur Ghat in Swarup Ganj (where Bhaktivinoda Thakura used to live), get on a boat to cross over the Jalangi river to reach Hular Ghat at Mayapur. Then take a rikshaw to come to ISKCON Mayapur.

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ISCKON Temple: Sri Sri Radha Madhava temple complex.

On the left side of the main temple room is a murti of ISKCON’s Founder-Acharya, Srila Prabhupada in his Vyasasana. On the right side, on the main altar are the presiding deities: the beautiful larger than life size Sri Sri Radha Madhava, surrounded by Their Ashta-sakhis (eight principal gopi friends) — Sri Lalita, Sri Champakalata, Sri Chitra, Sri Tungavidya, Sri Vishaka, Sri Indulekha, Sri Rangadevi and Sri Sudevi, along with Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Giri-Govardhana. The small Radha Madhava Deities in the altar goes out in procession during Ratha-yatra and other festivals like Jhulana-yatra (swing festival) or boat festival. These Deities also come out in procession on a chariot every Saturday after Sandhya-arati during winter from the beginning of the Kartika (Damodara) month till Gaura-purnima. In the center of the temple is the merciful deity of Lord Nrisimhadeva. This rare form of Nrisimhadeva is known as “Sthanu-Nrisimha” and this is the only place where this particular form of Nrisimhadeva is known to be worshipped. With bent knees and in great anger with reddish eyes, He is ready to spring out of the pillar to attack the demons and protect His devotees. The Deity was installed here in 1986 after the temple was attacked by dacoits.

The third altar (past Lord Nrisimhadeva), adjacent to the main temple hall is the Sri Sri Pancha-tattva temple. The most attractive and magnificient larger than life dieties of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with His associates Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Sri Advaita Acharya, Sri Gadhadhara Pandita and Sri Srivasa Thakura were installed in 2004, which was a remarkable event in the history of ISKCON. The small Pancha-tattva deities were installed earlier, in 1996.

Timings of some of the prominent daily events here are:

Mangala-arati: 4:15AM (closes at 5:00AM) Darsana-arati: 7:00AM Srila Prabhupada Guru-puja: 7:30AM Class on Srimad-Bhagavatam (English and Bengali separately): 8:15AM Bhoga-arati: 12 noon (temple closes at 1:00PM and reopens at 4:00PM) Sandhya-arati: 6:30PM Class on Bhagavad-gita (Bengali): 7:45PM (temple closes at 8:30PM)

Srila Prabhupada’s Pushpa Samadhi Mandir The magnificient memorial shrine of Srila Prabhupada is the largest of its kind in India. The tall majestic marble dome dominates the skyline and shines beautifully in the golden rays of the sun at sunrise and sunset. The garland which adorned His Divine Grace while placing him in Samadhi has been brought and laid down in the Pushpa Samadhi Mandir. A larger than life size brass murti of Srila Prabhupada has been installed and worshipped here. The Samadhi Mandir’s gardens are very beautiful and extensive. They never fail to attract the attention of all guests. Upstairs, inside the Samadhi, a large diorama display depicts Srila Prabhupada’s life and struggles to establish ISKCON and its preaching mission. Outside, the walls are decorated with terra-cotta displays of Krishna’s pastimes from the Srimad-Bhagavatam. A large auditorium is in the basement with facility for stage lighting. It is equipped with a sound system and seminars, festivals, ISKCON film shows and cultural programs take place here.

The Samadhi Mandir is open for general guests from 7:30AM to 1 p.m. and 3:30PM to 8:30AM

Timings of some of the prominent aratis are:

Srila Prabhupada arati: 4:00AM Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja : 7:30AM Bhoga-arati : 12:15PM Sandhya-arati : 6:00PM Srila Prabhupada’s Bhajan Kutir When you walk in through the “main gate”, on the immediate left is the straw hut where Srila Prabhupada stayed from 1972 to 1976 while the first main building (the Lotus Building) was built. A 24 hour kirtana takes place here following Srila Prabhupada’s instruction that there be continous chanting of the holy name in the dhama. On the left side are Sri Sri Nitai Gaurasundara, large neemwood Deities who traveled throughout India on Pada-yatra. These Deities also come out in procession on a chariot every Saturday after Sandhya-arati during winter from the beginning of the Kartika (Damodara) month till Gaura-purnima.

Deity darsana and arati timings are similar to the timings of Sri Sri Radha Madhava. Additional explanation of the Bhajan Kutir is posted here.

Chaitanya Lila exhibition This is in the main temple. It is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. You will find more information on this here.

Srila Prabhupada’s personal quarters: On the second floor of the Lotus building are two rooms (currently Room 18) that were used by Srila Prabhupada as his personal quarters in 1976-77. These rooms have been maintained as when His Divine Grace was present. The first room was Srila Prabhupada’s darsana room and in the next room, Srila Prabhupada’s personal Deity of Sri Mayapur-chandra and the imprint of Srila Prabhupada’s lotus feet are there. In the darsana room, a larger than than life size murti of Srila Prabhupada is present and behind this murti is a display of his personal belongings and books. On his right is a display of his books that have been translated into many languages.

Goshala ISKCON Mayapur’s Gosala takes care of more than 200 cows and bulls who are looked after with care. A veterinary doctor performs timely health checks. As our cows grow old and unable to give milk, they are not abandoned rather they are retired within the Gosala. The Mayapur Gosala also sells health products derived from the cow such as Ghee, Yogurt, Go-ark (distiled cow urine) and others.

Get around

Bethuadouri Forest: This reserve forest is situated 15 KM away from this Place. Maintained by West Bengal Forest department you will find lots of Deer in this 5SQ KM forest. There is a Bunglow inside the Forest too. To stay there you need to contact West Bengal Forest Department.

Krishna Nagar City : 15 KM away from here. This city is an old city having historical value. One can see a beautiful Cathedral charch,An Old Palace of Maharaja Krishnachadra and house of Famus Gopal Bhar. One must visit the Ghurni Putulpatti which is an arcade for selling Mud Sculpture. and this place is known for Making one of the best Mud Sculpture in the Country.

Nabadwip City: This is an old city with hav

  • Prasadam!. They have one restaurant here but don't worry! ISKCON is famous all over the world for Prasadam or it's food which is offered to Krishna, and they have LOTS of it here in Mayapur. Just ask around! You will get everything! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and so on!  edit
  • Guesthouse. ISKCON have a guesthouse. Contact www.mayapur.com for reservation and more details!  edit
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