The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Modadrumadvipa
BY: SUN STAFF
Sri Sri Nitai-Gauranga worshipped by Sri Vrindavan Das Thakur (left) with Sri Sri Radha-Krishna (right)
and Sri Vrindavan Das Thakur muriti (below) installed by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta at Mamgachhi
[ Photo: Chandan Bhatia ]
May 26, 2014 CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 98.
In the 'Glossary of Places', Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur writes that Sri Vrndavana dasa Thakura, the author of Caitanya Bhagavata, took birth in Mamgachi, Modadrumadvipa. Between the time he established the Madhva Gaudiya Math in Dhaka, in October 1921, and his return to Calcutta, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur installed a Deity at the birthplace of Vrindavan Das Thakur in Modadrumadvipa.
Srila Bhaktivinoda explains Modadrumadvipa's place in the proper order of taking parikrama around Sri Navadvipa in his Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya:
"That person who once visits Mayapur is easily freed from the bondage of maya. One who walks throughout Mayapur is freed from the influence of maya and the repetition of birth. North of Mayapur lies Simantadvipa. Sadhu and sastra have explained the rules of parikrama. After having darsana of Mayapur in Antardvipa, learned devotees go to Simantadvipa. Next one should go south of Mayapur to Godrumadvipa, then one should joyfully go to Madhyadvipa. After seeing these four islands on the east bank, one should reverently cross the Ganges. Having walked around Koladvipa at leisure, then take darsana of Ritudvipa. After seeing the most beautiful Jahnudvipa, go see Modadrumadvipa and then Rudradvipa. Then again cross the Ganges, and walk back to Mayapur. There, respectfully enter the temple of Jagannatha Misra and Sacidevi and take darsana of the Lord. This is the procedure of parikrama for all times. One who follows this practice will obtain unlimited happiness."
Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Parikrama-khanda, Chapter Three
In Sri Sri Navadvip Bhava Taranga, Srila Bhaktivinoda shares his transcendental vision for making pilgrimage to the holy dham of Modadrumadvipa with this glorious passage:
"Hearing the instructions of Bhismadeva, I will pay my obeisances at his feet. Giving his blessings he will disappear, and I, weeping, will proceed to Modadrumadvipa forest. This forest is non-different from Sri Bhandiravan of Vraja, where the birds and beasts are all spiritual entities. In the branches of the trees live cuckoos who sing the glories of Gauranga & Sita & Rama continuously. The countless banyan trees spread their branches out to block the sun. When will this place where Krishna and Balarama displayed their pastimes, be visible to my eyes? When will I wander about, observing the splendour of the forest, and suddenly spy the cottage of Rama, and then sight Rama, the colour of new green grass, wearing the clothes of a brahmacari, accompanied by Laxman and Sita. Seeing Ramacandra's form, I will fall unconscious in the forest, my body shaking with love, speechless as I drink the beauty of the form with my two eyes. Being merciful, Laxman will come forward slowly with fruit in His hands, placing His feet upon my head.
"My son, here, eat this fruit. Living in the forest, this is all we have to offer to our guests."
Just as He says this, the vision will dissolve and weeping and weeping, I will begin to eat the fruit. In my heart, I am thinking of that inconceivable form."Will I ever see that green form of Rama again?" O land of transcendental gems, Bhandiravan, my heart weeps without end to leave you!
At that place, Balarama & Krishna, on the pretext of herding cows, performed many pastimes. In the same way, Gauranga performed pastimes here in Modadruma, becoming drunk with the sound of kirtana in the company of His friends."
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