All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Karttik Pilgrimage

to Govardhan and Vrindavan, 2004

Pictures and captions by Krishna Chandra Prabhu and Anindita Devi Dasi
Leaving the Haridev Mandir during a short evening parikrama round Manasa Ganga the day before Sri Govardhan Puja and Sri Govardhan Parikrama.
Manasa Ganga that evening.
Early next morning (Sri Govardhan Puja day): assembled after mangal arati at our Govardhan Srila Sridhar Swami Seva Ashram just before starting Sri Govardhan Parikrama.

Sripad Tirtha Maharaj and Sripad Acharyya Maharaj leading Kirttan on the Govardhan Parikrama marg (path).
Sripad Vishnu Maharaj takes a flat back rickshaw.
Sripad Giri Maharaj during a stop for Hari-katha.

On parikrama
Sripad Giri Maharaj and Sripad Aranya Maharaj travel some of the way by rickshaw.
Sri Govinda Kunda at the foot of Govardhan Hill.

This dog did the entire Govardhan Parikrama with us. Here he rests after the first half, back at our Math just before taking Prasadam.
Pilgrims honouring the much appreciated Prasadam feast. Distribution took place downstairs and on the upstairs verandah.
When the hand feeds the stomach everything else is nourished. These were only some of the many preparations this Govardhan Puja day.

The first stop on second half of Parikrama after Prasadam.
The next day: climbing the steps to Vrisabhanu Maharaja's palace in Varsana.

The place of Lalita Devi's Appearance and childhood Pastimes.
Hari-katha at our next stop, Nanda Maharaja's place on top of the hill at Nandagram.

Sri Sri Radha Madanamohan Temple visited on Sri Vrindavan Dham Parikrama.
Plenty more chanting and dancing during the Parikramas.
And a well earned rest in the shade of the holy places of the Lord's Pastimes.

Audio: Govardhan and Vrindavan Annual Karttik Pilgrimage, diary dispatch phoned in by Krishna Chandra Prabhu transiting through Kolkata just before flying back to England.
Download or listen online (24+ minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio).

(Plus two earlier interviews with Krishna Chandra Prabhu and Anindita Devi Dasi in Nabadwip before going to Govardhan are posted in our What's New? archives of 10th and 11th November.)

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