Mayapur is located on the banks of the Ganges river, at the point of its confluence with the Jalangi, near Navadvip, West Bengal, India, 130 km north of Kolkata ( Calcutta). The headquarters of ISKCON are situated in Mayapur and it is considered a holy place by a number of other traditions within Hinduism, but is of special significance to followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism as the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, regarded as a special incarnation of Krishna in the mood of Radha. It is visited by over a million pilgrims annually.
Mayapur can be reached by boat, and more commonly by train or bus.
ISKCON Kolkata operates regular bus service from Kolkata to Mayapur. Frequent train service is available to [1 ] Krishnanagar, Nadia from Kolkata's Sealdah Station, then 18 km by auto or [2 ] cycle rickshaw to Mayapur. During the visit one can see "the huge headquarters of the [3 ] International Society of Krishna Consciousness ( ISKCON)" and "a long stream of saffron-robed devotees chanting" the Hare Krishna mantra. [4 ]
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A main attraction in Mayapur is Srila Prabhupada's Pushpa Samadhi Mandir, a memorial to ISKCON's founder. The main shrine is surrounded by a museum depicting Srila Prabhupada's life, using fiberglass exhibits. The International Society of Krishna Consciousness is also planning to construct a garden in memory of
George Harrison. [5 ]
The headquarters of the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has been located in Mayapur since the 1970s. In addition, there are a number of other Gaudiya Vaishnava organisations in Mayapur, such as the Gaudiya Math. The town is heavily centered around this particular Vaishnava religious tradition, officially known as the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya, with temples devoted to Radha and Krishna or Gaura- Nitai throughout; however, there is a sizable Muslim population in the historical center, previously called Miyapur.
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