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Mayapur Travel Guide
Mayapur is 130 km north of Kolkata and birth place of Mahaprabhu
Mayapur Travel Guide
Mayapur a very holy and sacred place is located on the banks of the Ganges river. It is at the point of the confluence of Ganga with the Jalangi. Mayapur Dham is one of the nine islands of Navadweep and is situated 130 km north of Kolkata. Krishna Devotees consider this place as pious as Mathura or Vrindavana.
Mayapur holds a special place in the heart of the Gaudiya Vaishnaviites as it is the place where in 1486 AD. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu regarded as an incarnation of lord Krishna was born.
Chants of Hare Krishna, reverberates the air of this place with devotees dancing and singing in ecstasy. The atmosphere here is very serene and fills your mind with peace. ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness established their centre in the 1970s thus transforming the whole place.
There are many attractions in and around Mayapur which can be fully enjoyed if you plan to stay here a couple of days. During Janmashtami, Dol yatra( Holi) and other festivals of the Vaishnava calendar Mayapur is thronged by a large number of visitors as well as devotees.
Our Mayapur Travel Guide will help you to explore this spiritual city in right earnest directing you to the main attractions, transportation, accommodation, eating, shopping nearby getaways- everything you need to know about Mayapur can be found here.
How To Reach Mayapur
Mayapur is easily accessible from nearby places like Kolkata, Krishnnagar, Burdwan etc by road and rail. The nearest Railway station is Navadweep while for people preferring to reach by air the nearest airport is the Netaji Subhash International Airport. Regular buses are available for Navadweep from Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal. More....
Best time to visit
Though devotees Visit Mayapur throughout the year during February and March You can visit any time during the year. However, however the months of February and March Mayapur witnesses the Gaura Purnima festival. The appearance day or Abirbhava Divas of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is celebrated through the month.
Attractions of Mayapur
- Chandrodaya Temple: This is the first temple to be established by ISKON in Mayapur. This magnificent temple seen from quite a distance away has the deity of Radha Krishna along with the eight gopis. A magnificent deity of Lord Narasimha is also established here. There is also an exhibition section, depicting life and times Shree Chaitanya. The temple’s is open from 7.30am to 1pm and 4pm to 8.30pm.
- Samadhi of Prabhupada: After Srila Prabhupada’s death ISKCON decided to construct a temple as a tribute to its founder. The temple, the third one in the Chandrodaya complex, was opened to the devotees on February 1995. This samadhi mandir is just takes 2 minutes from the Chandrodaya temple. The temple houses a golden statue of Prabhupada in the centre.
- Shree Chaitanyamath: Shree Chaitanyamath is in the place where Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took birth. It is another big attraction in Mayapur. One can still see the neem tree, under which he is supposed to have been born. There is also a hut inside where Mahaprabhu grew up as a boy. The hut displays with the help of clay models his life. Besides the main temple of the math is also a big draw. Shree Chaitanyamath is around 3 kms from the Chandrodaya Mandir.
- Goswami Maharaj Temple of Dashavatar: This temple built in typical Orissa, style of Temple architecture al styles has the ten avatars of lord Vishnu painted on the walls of the temple. There are statues of two roaring lions at the gate along with a tower inside the temple complex.
- Chand Kazi’s Samadhi: Chand Kazi was a Muslim magistrate of Navadvipa, opposed to the idea of Harinam sankirtana later by prabhu’s miracle he became the disciple of Shree Chaitanya.