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Post Author: Bhushan Nityananda dasa    Date: 2007-08-03 22:48:00

We start our Yatra at Shri Yogapitha, the birthplace of Lord Chaitanya.

The white temple is the Adbhuta Mandir constructed by HDG Parmahansa Parivrajakacharya Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Prabhupada. The actual Adbhuta Mandir which is effulgence,touches the sky and is golden in color can be seen only with spiritual eyes.

As our car neared Yogapitha, my heart was beating, I was very excited for seeing Yogapitha and the actual bith place of Lord Chaitamya.

We removed our footwear in the car and went inside.......

We first payed our obeisances,prayers and gratitude to Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura at his small temple(yellow temple) and begged for his blessings.

Then we proceded inside the Yogapitha. HH Swami Gaurangapada told the Glories Shri Yogapitha-:

The Glories of Shri Yogapitha were first revealed by Supreme Lord Nityananda Prabhu Himself and this was later compiled by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in his book Navadvipa Dham Mahatmya.

"Navadvipa extends over sixteen kroshas. Within the sixteen kroshas of Navadvipa, which are nondifferent from Vrindavana, there are nine islands, which form an eight-petaled lotus floating on the water. In the middle of the eight islands, or petals, lies Antardvipa. And within Antardvipa, lies the very central point, Mayapur. The eternal pastimes of Lord Chaitanya take place within Yogapitha and the circle of Mayapur, the circumference of which measures three and a half miles and the diameter measures just over one mile. Because the Panca-tattva are seated at the Yogapitha, it is the most glorious of all"

Shrila Probhodananda Sarswatipada has revealed the Glories of Navadvipa Dham in His book called Navadvipa Shataka as follows.

I offer my respectful obeisances to Navadvipa, the blissful spiritual abode Mayapur the Chandogya Upanishad says is it is a spiritual city, the Smriti-sastra says is the abode of Lord Vishnu, others say is Shvetadvipa, and a devotee expert at tasting transcendental nectar says is the forest of Vraja.

He further describes the beauty of Shridham Mayapur(the central sland)

The home of Lord Gaura's youthful pastimes, Shri Mayapura, where the ground is soft, there is a great splendor of many jewels, there are wonderful sounds of many birds and animals, and there are wonderful trees and vines with many flowers, is my life and soul

I meditate on wonderful Gaura-sthala splendid with gold, crystal, and rubies, with great sapphire trees, with courtyards made of many kinds of jewels, with buzzing bees, with blossoming vines, with wonderful parrots, peacocks, cuckoos, and other birds, and with lakes filled with lotuses and other

Take shelter of Lord Gauranga's city where, unseen by the unintelligent, all living entities and even all things are blissful, eternal, spiritual, and full of knowledge.

These are a drop of the actual Glories of Shri Yogapitha and Shri Mayapur Dham, the city of Gaura.

Inside the Yogapitha, seeing the Divine Neem tree.

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