Mayapur

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Mayapur
মায়াপুর
city
The Ganges river at Mayapur
The Ganges river at Mayapur
Mayapur is located in West Bengal
Mayapur
Mayapur
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°26′18″N 88°23′34″E / 23.4382755°N 88.3928686°E / 23.4382755; 88.3928686Coordinates: 23°26′18″N 88°23′34″E / 23.4382755°N 88.3928686°E / 23.4382755; 88.3928686
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Nadia
Languages
 • Official BengaliEnglish
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 741313
Telephone code 91 3472
Website mayapur.com

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.

Travel[edit]

Crossing the Jalangi river at Mayapur

Mayapur can be reached by boat, and more commonly by train or bus. ISKCON Kolkata operates regular bus service from Kolkata to Mayapur.[1] Frequent train service is available to Krishnanagar, Nadia from Kolkata's Sealdah Station,[2] then 18 km by auto or cycle rickshaw to Mayapur.[3] During the visit one can see "the huge headquarters of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)" and "a long stream of saffron-robed devotees chanting" the Hare Krishna mantra.[4]

Memorials[edit]

Samadhi Mandir of Srila Prabhupada

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]

Gaudiya Vaishnava temples[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.travelmayapur.com
  2. ^ www.indiarailinfo.com
  3. ^ Krishnanagar Nadia to Mayapur, Google Maps
  4. ^ GLASSMAN, ROSSLYN (2008-12-21). "Personal Journeys - Along the Banks of a River, the India of Old". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  5. ^ "In Brief: Nickelback, Slayer: Nickelback : Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com March 29, 2002. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 

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