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Katwa, Where Lord Caintaya Took Sannyasa

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Ever since taking sannyasa in 1979, I have had a strong desire to visit the town of Katwa, where Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu took sannyasa 500 years ago.Today my wish was fulfilled when myself and 60 devotees made the 2 hour journey from Sridham Mayapura to Katwa. Naru Gopal prabhu took us to the exact spot where Mahaprabhu was shaved up by a barber and where He took His sannyasa vows from Kesava Bharati Maharaja. He expertly described the pastime in great detail. Afterwards we took darshan of the samadhi where Lord Caitanya’s hair is kept, as well as the samadhi of Kesava Bharati Maharaja. We prayed at the historic tree under which Lord Caitanya’s beautiful long hair was shaved and also bowed down to the samadhi of Das Gadadhar. Naru Gopal explained that Lord Caitanya had kirtan where we were for 3 days straight after taking sannyasa. Following in His footsteps we chanted and danced for hours in front of a beautiful deity of Lord Caitanya in a large temple on the grounds. It was a most wonderful day! All glories to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

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The Sacred Village of Srikhanda / Святые места: деревня Шрикханда

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 The village of Srikhanda, a 3-hour scenic drive from Sridham Mayapura, is mentioned many times in Caitanya Caritamrta. Yesterday we spent 5 hours exploring the village where a number of Lord Caitanya’s personal associates resided 500 years ago. We had kirtan and katha at the exact place where Locan das Thakur wrote Caitanya Mangala. We also visited numerous temples where we had darsan of historic deities connected to the lila’s of Lord Caitanya. The highlight of the day was an exuberant kirtan we held through the entire village. The local people were in bliss seeing us. Here in the holy dhama of Mayapura we are trying our best to follow in the footsteps of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, who wrote:

“In the company of intimate and beloved devotees, I will go to all the places that Mahaprabhu joyfully visited.”

(Suddha-Bhakata, verse 3)]

В трех часах езды по живописной дороге от Шридхамы Майпура находится деревня Шрикханда, много раз упоминаемая  “Чайтанья-Чаритамрите”. Здесь жило несколько личных спутников Господа Чайтаньи, и вчера мы исследовали ее на протяжении 5 часов. В том самом месте, где Лочана Даса Тхакур писал “Чайтанья-мангалу”, провели киртан и катху. Побывали во многих храмах, получив даршан Божеств, связанных с лилами Господа Чайтаньи. Самым важным событием стал яркий киртан через всю деревню. Местные жители были от нас в совершенном блаженстве. Так что здесь, в святой дхаме Шри Майапура, стараемся следовать по стопам Шрилы Бхактивиноды Тхакура, который писал:

“В обществе близких преданных отправлюсь в те места, где Махапрабху, наслаждаясь, побывал”.

( “Шуддха-Бхаката”, стих 3 )