Lakshman (das) Vrindavan (IN): Vraj Mandal Parikrama is an annual event held in the Kartik / Damodar month (October-November) which provides an opportunity for devotees from any corner of the world to circumambulate Vrindavana, the Lord’s holy abode and favourite pastime place. The event is a matchless attraction for pilgrims seasoned and new. The 2011 Vraj Mandal parikrama will start on 12th October 2011 and end on 10th November 2011 and will be celebrating its silver jubilee festival too.
Prahlada Maharaja says in the Bhagavatam,
shravanam kirtanam vishnoh smaranam pada-sevanam
archanam vandanam dasyam sakhyam-atma-nivedanam
iti pumsarpita vishnau bhaktish-chen-nava-lakshana
kriyeta bhagavaty addha tan manye adhitam uttamam
“Hearing about the glories of Lord Krishna, chanting the holy names of Vishnu, remembering His pastimes, serving the lotus feet of the Lord, offering worship, offering prayers, serving the Lord as one can, keeping friendship with the Lord, and taking refuge unto the Lord are the nine means of worshipping Lord Vishnu which I believe is the purest form of devotional service a person can offer.”
This process begins by hearing - sravanam. Therefore one must hear about the glorious activities of Lord Krishna and what better way is there to perform this essential activity than by participating in Vraj Mandal parikrama in the association of devotees. By hearing about the glories of the Lord while visiting the sacred places of His appearance and pastimes one can become eligible to attain the Supreme Destination.
This year we are celebrating 25 years of parikrama and are therefore endeavouring to make it an extra special event for the transcendental pleasure of the Lord and His devotees. Some of the special features of this year’s parikrama are a 3-day silver jubilee festival from the 26th to the 28th October in Varsana and the association of many special guest speakers including:
HH Lokanath Swami, HH Gopal Krishna Goswami, HH Subhag Swami, HH Radha Govinda Goswami, HH Mahanidhi Swami, HH Radhanath Swami, HH Sacinandana Swami, HH Navayogendra Swami, HH BB Govinda Swami, HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami, HH Radha Raman Swami, HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, HH BV Madhava Swami, HH Rama Govinda Swami, HH Kavicandra Swami, HH Gauranga Prema Swami, HH Gaura Narayana Swami, HH Prabhodananda Saraswati Swami, HH Bhakti Nrsimha Swami, HH Hanumat Presaka Swami, HG Deena Bandhu Prabhu, HG Kratu Prabhu, HG Yasomatinandana Prabhu, HG Jananivas Prabhu, HG Pankhajanghri Prabhu and HG Krishna Kirtan Prabhu.
Undoubtedly during this year’s silver jubilee parikrama we will be showered with tremendous amounts of Krishna Katha coming from all these senior devotees and this is something to really look forward to. We will also be blessed with the presence of the Mayapur Sankirtan party consisting of a hundred devotees led by HG Venudhari prabhu.
Opportunities such as these may not appear always and therefore we encourage everyone to please come and participate in the 2011 ISKCON Vraja Mandala parikrama.
Registration Requirements :
All those wish to participate in the Vraja-parikrama 2011 should submit an application and the respective fees as from 9th October 2011 at our ISKCON Krishna Balarama temple in Vrndavana. For all temple residents in India
(i. e. Indian temple brahmacharis) the fee will be Rs 2500 and for all other participants from India and abroad, the fee will be Rs 4500. Those who wish to avail themselves of the shuttle service should pay a total fee of Rs
7000. For all other information, please visit our web site www.vraj84.com. We wish the active participation of all blessed Souls.