Centenary Celebrations at Agartala, Tripura
Baishnavacharya Sriman Mahanambratajis sacred
birth centenary was celebrated with great-fanfare by the devotees
from 12th to 15th February at Tripura’s capital ‘Agartala’.
As a precursory propaganda for this celebration the centenary celebration
committed of Agartala carried on a fort night long Bhagabad recital
at Durgabari under the generate ascetic Srimat Nababrata Brahmachari.
This was accompanied by padabali kirtan recitals by Srimati Rupa
Ghosh. Resides Durgabari, such programmes were intermittently arranged
at other places too. On the morning of 12th February, a huge procession
of Nagar kirtan commenced from ‘Astabal-Maidan’. Under
the sacred presence of Srimat Swami Kriplananda Giri and led by
Srimat Bhaktikamal Baishnav Maharaj the sankirtan- procession passed
through the various streets of the city and finally terminated at
the temple of Sri Sri Anandamoyee Kali. Such type of processions
were arranged earlier on more than one occasions at big celebrations
of Mahanambrataji. The religious convention started at 3.30pm Srimat
Swami Purnaatmananda, president of Ramakrishna Mission, Agartala,
inaugurated the conference. Srimat Swami Kripalananda Giri Maharaj
(President, Bholananda Sevashram, Agartala) presided over this religious
conclave. Srimat Brindaban Das Kathia Baba, Sri Satyabrata Chakravarty
(Print Media), Sree Maa Arunamoyee, Srimaa Gayatri Devi and Srimat
Sadananda Das Kathiababa- enriched the audience with their speeches.
In the morning of 13th February, at 9am, book- display was arranged
at Sri Sri Mahanam Angan. At 4pm in the afternoon, the religious
congregation was addressed by Srimat Kinkar Samananda, Dr. Braja
Gopal Ray (Ex-minister), Srimat Mani Maharaj, Srimat Premdata Das
(President, Iscon, Agartala), Tridandi Bhikhu Bhaktikamal Baishnav
Maharaj (President, Sri Sri Jagannath Bari, Agartala). At Mahanam
Angan, at 10am on 14th February, blankets were distributed among
poor people. Sri Shankar Das , the Chairman of Agartala Municipality
was the chief Guest. At 4pm in the evening the following luminaries
presented their talks in the religious conference – Srimat
Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari, Dr. Pravash Chandra Dhar, Srimat Dindayalananda
Maharaj, Sri Prasun Kumar Roy (Ex-President), Sri Dipak Sengupta
, Sri Jamatia Huda, Srimat Bandhusathi etc on 15th February, Sunday,
9am in the morning, the Nagar sankirtan procession by Nikhiltripura
Gouriya Vaishnav Mahamandali will be ever remembered as a memorable
event in history. Thousands of Vaishnavs walking while chanting
harinam kirtan, was finally terminated at Durgabari. There in their
annual religious convention glowing tributes were paid towards Srimat
Mahanambrataji. Later on food offering were arranged for all. At
4pm in the afternoon a discussion seminar was addressed by Srimat
Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari, Dr. Sitanath Dey, Prof. Dr. Rabindranath
Sastry (Ex-President) and Brahmakumari Kavita these wide spread
events at Agartala were nicely executed under the leadership of
everybody’s beloved Dr. Kusum Lal Roy here is an exhaustive
list of those institutes and Agencies that participated in the ‘Nagar-sankirtan’
on 12th February at Agartala:-
Nikhil Tripura Mahanam Sevak Sangha, Sri Sri Kathiababa
Ashram, Sri Sri Chaitanya Gouriya Math (Jagannath Math), Srimat
Bishnu Purijis establishment Sri Sri Maa Ananda Sadhak Sangha, Sri
Sri Bholananda Sevashram, Ajachak Ashram, Sri Sri Maa Anandamoyee
Ashram, Prangapita Brahmakumari Ishwaria Viswavidyalay, Sri Sri
Anandamoyee Kalibari (Choumohani Bazar), Agartala Hindu Milan Mandir
Ratanmani Seva Mission, Sri Sri Ramakrishna Sadhana Kutir, Buddhamandir,
Sri Sri Maa Karunamoyee Ashram, Sri Sri Maa Snehamoyee Ashram, Alekh
Sevak Sangha, Kalyan Ashram, Sri Sri Gopinath Jiu’s temple,
Kashipur, Sri Sri Gourbari, Mahabharat Sadhak Seva Sangha Ashram,
Sri Sri Upajati Vaishnav Sampradaya, Purba Bangla Saraswat math
(Dhawajnagar), Sri Chaitanya Sangha (Barojala), Sri Sri Paramahansa
Sohahang Muni Ashram (Brajanagar), Sri Sri Loknath Life Divine Mission,
Sri Sri Baba Loknath Ashram (Pratapgarh), Vedvani Chakra (Yogendranagar),
Sri Sri Ramthakur Sambeta Utsav Mandir (Pratapgarh, Sri Sri Ramkrishna
Sarada Ashram, Sri Sri Ramthakur Sevashram (Ranir Bazar), Sri Krishna
Mission (Iscon), Sri Sri Ramthakur Seva Mandir, Sri Sri Dindayalananda
Ashram, Sri Aurobindo Society, Sri Shankar math, Sri Gorakhnath
Mandir and Mahanirvana Math.
Centenary Celebrations at Barasat, West
Between 6th to 14th March 2004, the birth centenary
celebration of Sri Mahanambrata was organized at Prabhu Jagatbandhu
Ashram at Tuntepara Dakshin Para at Barasat. First seven days were
specially dedicated to Srimad Bhagavad recitation . On 12th March,
Mahabatari Prabhu Jagatbandhu’s divine-pastime was enacted
on 14th March at 10am a huger Nagar sankirtan accompanied by 108
drums was taken out under the auspices and cooperation of Bashirhat
Harinam Seva Samiti with the completion of the great celebration
at Midday- a religious conference was organized in the afternoon.
In this programme at the grounds of tuntepara special tributes to
Dr. Mahanambrataji was offered by Dr. Dhyanesh Narayan Chakravarty,
Srimat Devananda Brahmachari, Srimat Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari,
and Srimat Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari. This whole programme was conducted
and accomplished by almost solo efforts and sincere endeavour of
Young Brajabandhu Brahmachari a direct disciple of Mahanambrataji
and the worshipper of Tuntepara’s Jagatbandhu Ashram.
Centenary Celebrations at Old Malda
At the premises of Kalachand High School of Old
Maldah, three day long birth centenary celebration of Sri Mahanambrata
was observed from 18th to 20th March. At 2.30 pm on 18th March a
colourful procession of Bhuban Mangal Harinam Nagar sankirtan with
the accompaniment of 108 drums, was taken out from Mangalbari. It
ended at Kalachand High School. Thereafter, the centenary lit up
100 benign oil lamps. The religious discussion seminar was participated
in by Srimat Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari (welcome address). Dr. Ujjala
Kundu, Srimat Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari, president Sri Bibhutibhushan
Ghosh (Chairman, Old Maldah Municipality), Nabaranjan Singha Barma
(Vice Chairman) and Subhas Chowdhury (President, centenary committee)
opening song was presented by Srimati Sabita Kumar and a Rabindrasangeet
was presented by Nibedita Sarkar, famous singer Sri Kumar Chattopadhyay
charmed everybody by his rendition of devotional songs at the end
of religious discussion.
Second days religious conclave was presided over
by Sri Kalachand Mukhopadhyay, the headmaster of Kalachand High
School, Srimat Swami Divyananda Maharaj , president of Maldah Ramkrishna
Mission was the chief guest. Eminent social service personality
and phenomenal eye specialist Dr. Pinaki Ranjan Roy was the special
guest other honorable guest included A.B.A. Gani Khan Chowdhury
(MP), Sri Goutam Chakravarty (Chairman of Maldah District Council),
Sri Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury (Chairman English Bazar Municipal
Corporation) and Sri Nikhil Gupta (Chairman Maldah Bar Association).
After this panel discussion, a dance dram ‘alor dishari Mahanambrata’,
directed by Sri Binoy Roy was staged 3rd day was dedicated solely
to dawn to dusk Sri Sri Naam Yagna. In the evening padavali kirtan
was presented by Sri Madhusudan Nath. This complete programme was
neatly and successfully executed by the untiring efforts and proper
coordination of Srimati Sabita Agarwal (Sevadi), Srimati Shivani
Agarwal and Sribas Kundu and the likes.
Centenary Celebrations at Puri, Orrisa
Vaisnavacharya Sriman Mahanambrataji’s, auspicious
birth centenary was celebrated in Sri Khetra- Puridham from 25 to
29 March 2004. On 25th Srimad Bhagvad recitation was done by Srimat
Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari and it was followed by ‘Adhibas-kirtan’.
Continuous Mahanam kirtan from dawn to dusk was the main feature
on 26th’s programme. On 27th Mahaprasad of Jagannath Dham
was offered to pandas and Vaishnavites. Monks and ascetics were
entertained with food at Ashram on 28th on the same evening a religious
conference was arranged at town hall Swami Narayananda Saraswati
Maharaj (Divine life society, Puri), inaugurated the religious conference
by presenting floral wreaths to Sri Jagannath and Sriman Mahanambrataji.
Thereafter, guests were garlanded. Opening song was presented by
Sri Khetra Sangeet Vikas Parishad. Secretary Sri Gurucharan Das
presented the welcome address. Little girl Kumari Indulekha Guha,
captivated everybody by her fluent speeches in Oriya and Hindi.
The main stream speeches were delivered by Dr. Neelkanta Pati (Jagannath
University, Puri), Srimat Swami Prajnananda Saraswati (West Bengal.),
Srimat Adwaita Das Babaji (Mohanta, Haridas Samadhi Math), Srimat
Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari, Dr. Harihar Hota (Reader, Jagatnath University),
Sri Kishanlal Bharatiji (Cuttack), Srimat Subal Das Babaji (Mohanta,
Chatuh Sampraday, Puri), Dr. Umesh Chandra Chinhara (S.C.S. College,
Puri), etc. Another special programme of this day was felicitation
of persons of high social acclaims. About 25 renowned persons from
various levels of society were felicitated. After this religious
conference, Sri Anjan Upadhyay presented Leela Kirtan. The weather
being very hot and apprehending poor public participation at Town
hall, the venue of 29th programme was shifted to Ashram premises.
On the day also Anjan Upadhyay enchanted the audience by his superb
‘Leela kirtan’. About one hundred devotees from Kolkata
participated in this celebration.
Centenary Celebrations at Devagram, West
Dev-gram Darakata is a very unfamiliar village
at the remote area of Nadia near Ranaghat. The nice programme, which
was arranged there by the ardent urge of the local devotees, would
be remembered, by lovers of Sri Mahanam, forever. This area though
very undeveloped, yet it has its intrinsic treasures for holding
any celebration at any point of time. In the auspicious presence
of Srimat Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari, the birth centenary was celebrated
here from 2nd to 4th April 2004 on 2nd a huge Nagar kirtan procession
was taken off’ followed by a religious congregation. Those
participating in that religious meet offered their spontaneous tributes
to Mahanambrataji and their panel discussion on Mahanambrataji’s
life philosophy was simple unique. The speaks being of common status,
but their of common status, but their fountain of respect and devotion,
arising out of their core of hearts, practically quenched every
ones hearts, we praise for the villages of Devagram. Under the presidentship
of Srimat Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari, the following speakers threw
light on Sriman Mahanambrataji’s life philosophy: S/Sri Raghunath
Sarkar, Sunil Kumar Biswas, Radhikaranjan Khan, Bimal Mitra and
Nandadulal Biswas. They were all from teacher fraternity. It is
worth mentioning the efforts and pains taken by headmaster Sri Nandadulal
Biswas and Sri Biren Mitra to neatly manage this celebration. In
fact this three days long celebration was conducted in the temple
premises of Sri Mitra’s house.
Centenary Celebrations at Salt Lake City,
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Vidyut Bhavan, is the central point of east Kolkata’s
Salt Lake City or Bidhannagar Township, in the R.N. Chowdhury auditorium
of this Bhavan, the birth centenary celebration of Sri Mahanambrataji
was organized on 11th April afternoon . It created a special dimension
in the minds of the audience present there. The programme was primarily
meant for some specific speakers to discuss on a particular topic.
At 5 pm on this date, this well- decorated, air-conditioned hall,
accommodating 500 people, was almost full to its capacity by eminent
persons from the society. The conference started with the chanting
of benign invocations by Srimat Bandhu Gourav Brahmachariji. Sri
Bikas Kumar Rudra, Vice president of the centenary committee presented
his welcome address by according felicitation to the guests. Introductory
speech was presented by Srimat Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari –
the secretary of the celebration committee. In this introductory
speech, Upasak Bandhuji, elaborated nicely and lucidly on the divine-life
of Mahanambrataji. There after it was the turn of Srimat Soumendranath
Brahmachari most adored by Mahanambrataji, (Acharya of Dev Sangha
of Deoghar). Though he started delivering his lecture on the scientific
consciousness of Dr. Brahmachari, yet the mostly expressed his personal
relationship and memoirs of his close association with Mahanambrataji.
His lecture was full of humorous anecdotes. Instead of delving deep
into serious topics, his evaluation of lovable Mahanambrataji was
by itself, contained deep personal application and great regards
for him. Next orator, Sri Amalesh Bhattacharya, dealt lucidly upon
the deep theosophical and heart touching aspect of Ved-purush Mahanambrataji
Sri Bhattacharya, brought out various events lively while he wrote
Ved-Vedanta Dr. Amalendu Dey, president of Asiatic Society, being
indisposed, his written lecture was read out by Sri Jyotirmoy Guha.
Srimat Kinkar Samananda was the last speaker. Srimat Samanandaji
is the direct disciple of Sri Thakur Sitaram Das Omkarnath Dev and
he is blessed with immense compassion. Knowledgeable Samanandaji,
the right resource, evaluated Mahanambrataji’s spiritual contribution
from the philosophical angle of vision. But due to paucity of time,
his lecture had to be curtailed and caused some lack of satisfaction
to all. Sri Basudev Sarkar, presented vote of thanks in the valedictory
session. Child prodigy and little speaker Indulekha Guha simply
charmed the audience by her small crisp presentation on Mahanamji.
The whole programme was conducted by Srimati Krishna Chattopadhya
(Kolkata T.V.) and Srimat Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari.
It is pertinent to mention the untiring efforts
and pains taken by the devotees of Salt Lake, especially Jyotirmoy
Guha (Goutam) and Ashok Kundu. The opening and concluding songs
were presented by the choir of Salt Lake devotees. This programme
was partly telecast in door darshan’s news channel.
Besides, this in memoriam of the birth centenary
‘Mahanam Gate’ was erected in Kolkata’s book fair
and a seminar was organized there on 7th February 2004.
Centenary Celebrations at Vrindavan
The train was to start from Howrah at 9 A.M.; main
objective was to reach Vrindavan. On Monday, 21st November 2004
reached Vrindavan Dham early morning after alighting at Tundla Station
at late night. Arrived at the city of love, straight from the city
of darkness. Offering were paid to the temples in the afternoon
and prayers for Prabhu Sundar were sung in the evening. With flower
decorated portraits of Sri Sri Radhakrishna, Sri Sri Nitai Gour
Sundar, Sri Sri Prabhu Jagatbandhu Sundar and Mahanambrataji; accompanied
by 108 drums; a procession was taken off, on the morning of 22nd
November in the city of Braja-Dham, bustling with love & devotion.
In the evening ‘Krishna-Kali’ ‘Leela-Kirtan’
was presented by Krishna Pal. The citizens were enchanted by ‘Kirtans.’
On 23rd November, 2004, right from the morning there were religious
– preaching by Mohantas and about 150 Mohantas were entertained
by feeding – later on, the much awaited religious conclave
was organized in the afternoon.
The stage of the religious conclave was flooded with a galaxy of
monks and noble souls, cultured persons and learned erudites. It
was presided over by Dr. S. N. Pandeyji. Sri Ompal Singh, Organizing
Secretary of R.S.S. of Northern India and U.P., was the Chief Guest.
As a most respectable guest, Swami Vidyanandaji Maharaj, The President
of Vrindavan’s Katyayani Peeth, graced the occasion. Among
the guests, the Dias was decorated by :- Srimad Govindananda Teertha,
Prof. Govnda Sharma, Dr. Naresh Bansal, Prof. Dibakar Dwibedi, Sri
Sri Phanilal Goswami, Surendra Sharma, Ramgopal Goswami, Chindananda
Goswami, Kunjaballav Goswami, Birendralal Rai Banik, Km. Indulekha
Guha etc. The stage was conducted by one of the leading stalwarts
of this celebration, Dr. Vinod Bandopadhyay. At the conclusion of
this meet, Odisi Dance was performed by Guru Pratapnarayan Tahara
and his troupe.
On 24th November, Mother’s conference was presided over by
Dr. Archana Sharma of Birla Institute of Technology (Pillani). Chief
Guest’s Chair was accepted by the Ex-President of R.C.A. College
of Mathura and Most-Loved person of Anandamoyee Maa, Mother Premananda
Giri. Srimad Fuldolji Maharaj, of ‘Chatuh Sampradaya’,
was a special guest. The conference began after the opening song
of praises by Gira Bhowmick and her Group. Among the Guest speakers
were Smt. Manju Sharma, Prativa Sharma, Nilima Sharma, Bani Bandopadhya,
Prabha Sharma, Sushmita Guha etc.
Km. Soma Bandhopadhya conducted the whole programme. At the end
of this conference, Krishna Pal’s ‘Padavali Kirtan’
enchanted the devoted audience.
On 25th November, morning 15 mile cross-country journey started
with the accompaniment of ‘Kirtan.’ It was a wonderful
sight of love & devotion.
Along the streets of Braja Dham, on the terraces & windows and
here & there, inpatient devotees were eagerly waiting. The journey
originated from ‘Keshi Ghat’ and finished there via
Bandhukunj. Evening was earmarked for the felicitation of eminent
Ramaprasad Kamal, Ex-Minister of U.P. Presided over this event.
Sri Pradip Mathur, M.L.A. of Mathura-Vrindavan constituency and
Assam’s Ex-MLA Prof. Sukhendu Sekhar Dutta were Chief Guest
and Special Guest respectively.
Eminent persons from the diverse spheres of social-services, administration,
education, music, culture and mass-media; were felicitated. Srimad
Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari, the Chief Advisor of these programmes
of Braja-Celebration and Secretary, Mahanam Sevak Sangha, was accorded
a warm felicitation. Besides, 40 renowned persons like Sri Sri Mahesh
Khandelwal, Radhakrishna Pathak, Mohanta Dolbehar Das, Mohanta Premdas
Sastry, Ramesh Goutam, Sohan Singh Shisoda, Kapil Upadhyay, Sri
Rup Raghunath, Abhoy Vasisth, Dr. Upendra Ratna, Krishna Sarada,
Shailendra Pandey, Prof. Govinda Sharma, Naresh Bansal, Dr. S. D.
Sharma, Maj. Brijendra Singh, Sishupal Singh, Arun Yadav, Vivekananda
Ghosh, Srimati Prava Sharma and the like. The whole programme was
conducted by Dr. Vinod Bandopadhya. He was ably assisted by Srimad
Bandhu Gaurav Brahmachari, Sri Hari Om Sharma, and Sri Jagannath
At 7 PM in the night, the auspicious inauguration of Mahanam Yajna
commenced. This 24 hours wide ‘Naam-Yajna’ continued
all throughout the day and night of 26th November. The night of
this autumn month (kartik) was flooded with the moonlight on this
full-moon night of ‘Raas.’ A spectacular & wonderful
query, inquisitiveness, urge, passion, and love-infusing inspiration
floated on the mental canvas of religious-cultural scenario.
At 11 A.M., under great enthusiasm and fanfare, the auspicious ceremony
of laying the foundation stone of ‘Mahanambrata Gate-way Arch’
on Mathura Road was completed. The viewers were not only seeing
this by their eyes, but also savoured this unique event by their
heart-mind & soul. The sacred memorial edifice of Bengal’s
supreme Honorable Sriman Mahanambrataji’s was inaugurated
in this land of Uttar Pradesh.
The inaugural plaque was unveiled by the Honorable President of
Vrindavan’s Municipality Committee, Sri Jagadish Prasad Sharma.
The following was inscribed on the plaque:-
“In Honour Of The Auspicious Birth Centenary Celebration Of
The World Famous Philosopher, Bhagabad-Gangotri, Vaishnavacharya;
Dr. Mahanambrata Brahmachariji; The Foundation Stone Of This Huge
Mahanam-Gateway-Arch’ ‘Katyani Peeth’; In The
Precients Of Vrindavan.”
The plaque contained the names of Sri Arun Kumar Gupta, Resident
Officer, City Municipality Committee, Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari,
Secretary, Central Committee, Mahanam Sevak Sangha, Mohanta Premdas
Sastry, President, Sri mOhanambrata Centenary Celebration Committee
and Dr. Vinod Banerji, The Principal Secretary, Committee, Vrindavan.
The programme was presided by Sri Vidyananda Swami, ‘Katyani-Peeth’
– Vrindavan. Sri Jagadish Prasad Sharma, President, Vrindavan
Municipality, was the Chief Guest. Among the specal invitees, there
were, Srimad Upasak Banbhu Brahmachar, Srimad Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari,
Prof. Chidananda Goswami, Vinod Banerjee, Mohanta Premdas Sastry,
Hari Om Sharma, Jagannath Adhikari etc. All the worshipping etc.
in the Foundation-Laying Celebration was carried out by Pandit Gopal
In his letter to Chidananda Goswami, Joint Secretary of The News-letter
‘ Mahanam-Angan’; Hon. Sri Jagadish Prasad Sharma sent
a written comment as follows:-
“By the construction of this Gate-way in remembrance of Sri
Maharaj Mahanambrataji, the possibilities of Rapid-Progress of this
Sacred-Land of Vrindavan has increased manifold.”
:- Jagadish Sharma, 26/11/2004.
On 27th November, morning, a special function was arranged at the
temple complex of Bandhu Kunja for reading out from sacred books.
Recitation was carried out from Srimad Bhagabad, Gour Katha, Bandhu
Leela Tarangini etc. as composed by Mahanambrataji. Evening was
dedicated for cultural programmes. Most of the artists were from
Kolkata. Devotional songs presented by Ms. Kabita Mazumdar, Chanda
Saha, Jagannath Adhikari, Gita Saha, Gita Bhowmik, Susmita Guha,
Keya Mazumdar, Sumita Pal, & Anjana Pal. Thereafter, Krishna
Pal charmed every body by her presentation of ‘Leela-Kirtan.’
28th November, Sunday, was earmarked with the Journey around the
city with the accompaniment of ‘Kritan.’ The whole of
this abode of Vrindavan was enchanted by this mobile ‘Kirtan’
singing – ‘Nagar Bhraman korey bandhu elo gharey’
and culminated with the curd & turmeric festival. It is worth
mentioning that in this exquisite celebration, the complete galaxy
of monks and sages and mohantas accepted ‘Offerings’
of the devotees. The whole temple complex was agog with ecstasy,
with this event of ‘Prasad-Taking’ Ceremony by almost
four thousand monks & saints.
29th November, 2004, was special allocated for visiting around the
‘Braja Dham’ and have the blessed vision of various
important historical, ancient places of ‘Divine-pastime.’
30th November was fully engaged in a totally different variety of
activities. Boat ride on Yamuna and a picnic by the riverside of
Yamuna was the main attraction. This event was exquisite, unthinkable,
unparallel and heart-touching one; and it evoked a feeling of emotional
vibration in body-mind & consciousness no one could forget this
at all. Hence it will remain as ever green in every body’s
memories. Each and every stages of this ten-daylong grand celebration
at Vrindavan was enriched by the instructions, suggestions and directions
of Srimad Upasak Bandhu Brahmachariji. The role played by stalwarts
like Dr. Vinod Bandopadhya and Hari Om Sharma was worthy of special
mentioning. We also recollect the untiring cooperation of Srimad
Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari from Kolkata.
“Jayatu Mahanambrata, Jayatu Bandhu Sundar, Jai Radha Rani.”
Boat-Ride on Yamuna – a picnic on the river bank.
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It was the historic Keshi Ghat where almost 200 devotees lined-up
along the bank of Yamuna. 15 boats were anchored on the shore, n
waiting a huge enthusiasm and a new surprise was in store. Many
people had the typical or so-called experience of picnic at Kolkata
or any place around. This was totally of different fervour. Against
the back-drop scenario, there lied a strange feeling of shivering
sensation of lust-for-love, consciousness on devotion, sacred –historical-query,
and inquisitiveness, boating on Yamuna and touching the auspicious
soil on the bank of Yamuna.
The Boats were full of devoted passengers.
The Yamuna that was the epicenter of unending, infinite divine-pastime
of Radharani’s Sri Krishna, the Yamuna where divine pleasure-trip
were conducted on boats, the Yamuna that witnessed Rai’s everlasting
secret sojourn with a plea to fill up her pitcher, the Yamuna which
was the place for eternal safari; in that blackish water, there
floated a column of boats one after another. The autumn morning
was agog with the loving chanting of ‘Glory to Radharani’s’
by the devotees. On the swaying boats every body and souls were
pleased and contended. Dancing and devotional ‘Kirtans’
were performed on the boats. Tapas Bandhu Brahmachari was dancing
and singing under an emotional spell.
Boats were sailing for almost one hour or so; passing through many
islands here & there, along the swirling course of the Yamuna.
Far-off one could see villages and hamlets, farm land full of mustard
plants and birds like parrots, mynah, suk & sari. On the slanting
slope of the river sides, there were the colonies of turtles. Squirrels
were running to and fro. In the clear azure sky, white swans, as
though, were extending their greeting calls.
At one spot along the shore-line, the boat-riders could locate bushes
of white ‘Kunda’ flowers. Their minds were fully charmed.
The garland made of ‘Kunda-flowers’ was Sri Krishna’s
very favourite one.
The river cruise came to a halt at the ghat where Deohari-baba breathed
his last. He was also famous as ‘Baba on Scaffolds.’
The lead-boats contained the life size portraits of Prabhu Sundar
and Sri Gurudev Mahanambrataji. Tapas Bandhu and another Brahmachari,
lead the way along with those divine portraits to Sudama-Cottage.
The picnic was arranged thereonly.
Instead of the hermitage of Deohara Baba, the picnic was arranged
at ‘Sudama-Kutir.’ On reaching ‘Sudama Kutir,’
‘Radharani’s-Kritan’ was started. Radha-Krishna
must have performed their divine-pastime over here too. Back-tracking
thousands of years, we reached that time-immemorial date and all
those astonishing moments swayed in our inner-consciousness. Bhagwan
Dasji, the Chief Priest of Sudama Kutir, narrated some emotionally-charming
description about the greatness of that pristine place. According
to him, this place was very much attractive to the tourists. Every
year large number of tourists visit this place. Many eminent persons
like Indira Gandhi, Rajeev Gandhi have come over here.
A large tract of land, full of trees, creepers and shrubs, laden
with flowers and fruits; this place was exquisitely beautiful in
sun and shade. Bhagabandas said, that this place was on the Vrindavan
side bank of Yamuna. It falls in the jurisdiction of 84 miles journey.
‘Man-sarovar’ was hardly two kilometer away from here.
Being emotionally passionate on Sri Krishna, Sri Radha cried at
this place. Her incessant tears caused this lake and hence named
‘Maan’-sarovar. It is a very sacred place. Here only
Sri Krishna consoled Rai and pacified her.
There after, was Math Gaon. Vrindavan is only 4 KM. away from here;
and Math-Gaon is only 10 KM after. Krishna, mischievously broke
the earthen pots of curd & butter; brought in by the Gopinis.
And those curd and butter only fell over here. ‘Wood-Apple
three-forest’ is also nearby this place, where Lakshmi temple
About 12 KM away from Sudama-Kutir, there was ‘Bhandari-Van.’
Here the divine-pastime of ‘Maha-Raas’ was enacted.
‘Gopeswar Mahadev’ – himself arrived there to
witness the ‘Raas.’ Gopis, on guard-duty, naturally
prevented Shiva to enter. But even after putting obstructions, Gopis
advised Shiva to take the garb of ‘Sakhis’ for entering
that place. But Krishna, could sense all such tricks. And both Krishna
and Mahadev smiled mischievously. ‘Mahadev’ enjoyed
‘Maharaas,’ and where? - at Gopeswar temple by the banks
of Yamuna. Every evening, candle light worshipping is performed
there. When offerings are paid, Mahadev, accepts that in the form
With emotionally enchanted heart and while watching Grain-silos,
cowsheds, meadows & greenfries, it was time for breakfast. Then
we enjoyed the midday meal of the picnic.
The sun was about to set. Under the shade of sun’s mellow
glow the boats were on their return trip. Birds were flying back
to their nests after traveling across the blue firmament. We were
also on our retreat to Bandhu Kunj after traversing along the banks
of Yamuna. We preserved an exquisite and unthinkable feeling along
with us for ever.