Karttik Pilgrimage 2008
to Govardhan and Vrindavan

Dear Devotees and Friends:

The devotees of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math humbly invite you to participate in this year's Karttik pilgrimage to Govardhan and Vrindavan.

This is an established annual programme of the Math which takes place after the Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. The Karttik Pilgrimage includes mass preaching and Prasadam distribution both in Govardhan and Vrindavan.

In order to help make the Karttik Pilgrimage successful we need advance information as to how many — and who — will be going.

Please publicise this pilgrimage amongst sincere souls whom you feel may wish to attend, and on Temple and Ashram notice boards, etc., where appropriate.

This year, the Pilgrimage will travel across country from Kolkata by train. A complete railway carriage is already reserved (2nd Class, non-airconditioned sleeper).

Pilgrims' Itinerary (travelling by train):
26th October 2008: depart from Howrah Station (Kolkata).
27th: arrive at Govardhan Srila Sridhar Swami Seva Ashram.
28th to 31st: Govardhan Parikrama including Varsana, Nandagram, etc.
1st to 6th November: Vrindavan Parikrama including Mathura, Gokul, Ravel, etc.
7th: depart from Mathura Junction.
8th: arrive in Haridwar.
9th November: Haridwar Parikrama.
10th: Haridwar to Kashi, Gaya and Prayag.
13th night: Gaya to Howrah Station (Kolkata).

Cost: Requested donation of Rs6,700 (approx. US$150 equivalent) to assist the overall expenses.

What's included:

  • Transport arrangements include:
    1. Second-class sleeper train from Kolkata to Tundla with a connecting hired bus to Govardhan.
    2. Hired buses locally to some of the more distant areas of our pilgrimage within Mathura Mandal and according to our schedule.

  • Accommodation
    Shared accommodation at:
    1. Our Govardhan Srila Sridhar Swami Sevashram.
    2. Our Vrindavan Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission.
    3. Shared rooms during our pilgrimage involving overnight stops in other places, such as Haridwar.

  • Prasadam
    1. All communal Prasadam meals including relevant feasts and festivals throughout.

We shall need details of pilgrims as soon as possible. If you wish to travel with our regular group to Vrindavan by second-class sleeper, please include your name, age, and gender.

If you have other travel requirements, i.e. by first class or air-conditioned train, kindly purchase these rail tickets via the Internet, a travel agent or on first arriving, under the Tourist Quota in Kolkata. For those making travel arrangements other than by the regular 2nd class sleeper included in our programme, we shall discount the cost of the unused travel sections.

Please also see our Tips for Pilgrims pages, which contain helpful advice, travel and health tips, and detailed directions and recommended routes to our Maths in India.

With due respects, and at your service,
  Mahananda das Bhakti Ranjan,
  Nabadwip, 24 September 2008

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Road, Kolerganj,
P.O. Nabadwip, Pin 741302, Dt. Nadia
West Bengal, India.
Web: http://scsmath.com

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