The glories of Navadvipa Dham excel all the splendors of all other holy dhams. It is said that as Kali yuga progresses the majesty of other holy places will be more covered, hidden from view. But the spiritual excellences of Navadvip Dham will become more and more manifest. Navadvipa dham is audarya dham, or a most magnanimous dham. Anyone who visits Navadvip Dham will find his heart changed. His life will change and he will experience, and ultimately achieve, full love for Krishna.
Navadvip Dham Parikrama is kevala anandakanda, literally filled with bliss.
Every year thousands of devotee from all over the world come to perform Parikrama. Every year more devotees join in the celebration that is our ecstatic Navadvip Dham Parikrama.
Initially, in Srila Prabhupada’s time, ISKCON devotees were doing Navadvip Parikrama on buses. For the last 24 years devotees have performed the Parikrama by walking. This walking of the Parikrama of Navadvip Dham in ISKCON was introduced by HH. Lokanatha Swami.
At first we had one single party for Parikrama with only English speaking devotees. Later we added another party for Bengali speaking devotees. For the last three years we have also initiated a separate party for Russian devotees. As the demand by Hindi speaking devotees has increased in the past two years we have now introduced a fourth party conducted in Hindi. Thus, every year more groups of devotees are taking increasing pleasure in the Navadvip Parikrama. As the number of participants in the Bengali parikrama group is increasing we are also considering having two groups of Bengali participants in the parikrama. During last during year’s parikrama we were able to facilitate over 5000 devotees.
In 2014 we will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary, the Silver Jubilee of the Walking Parikrama of Navadvip Mandala in ISKCON. We hope to have as many as Ten Thousand Devotees attending this historic parikrama. We hope you will be one of them.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada expected this Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama to be finely developed so that tens of thousands of devotees could perform it. We pray for the mercy of Srila Prabhupada to bless our humble endeavor to develop Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama. We sincerely hope to fulfill the desires of the previous acharyas by taking on this service.