Mayapur, located near Nabadwip is 130 km from Kolkata and lies at the confluence of river Ganges and Jalangi. The headquarter of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) is situated here and is of special significance to followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism who consider it as a holy place as it is very close to Nabadwip, the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya. Ideal for a short holy trip, Mayapur beside for its religiousness is famous for the scenic beauty, as well.
Why To Go
An ideal place for a short trip, the best time to visit is from late October to March; as the weather is pleasant and cool and the time is perfect for sightseeing. Breeze from the river makes the evenings cool. Summer is quite hot as mercury soars up to 40°C and though monsoon with heavy showers adds charm to the beautiful landscapes, yet it is not advisable to visit Mayapur during summer or monsoon.
Things To Do
Mayapur being a pious land of Lord Krishna, it embraces every beauty of nature. A short trip at this place would certainly leave you blessed. ISKCON Chandrodaya Temple: Located in Mayapur, the ISKCON Chandrodaya Temple is the most famous temple of Mayapur. Devotees from all corners of the world come here to pay their respects to Lord Krishna and Sri Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON. With beautiful and larger than life idols, multiple gorgeous temples, educational institutions, prayer enclosures, the sprawling and beautifully decorated lush green complex is enormous and attractive. The temple is also famous for Govinda Restaurant that offers pure and delicious vegetarian dishes. Yoga Peeth: Located 6 km from the main town, Yoga peeth Temple is actually the birth place of Chaitnya Mahaprabhu. The structure of height 30m is built with white marbles. Srila Prabhupada’s Pushpa Samadhi Mandir: A memorial dedicated to the founder of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada, the Samadhi Mandir complex has a grand shrine encircled by a museum which portrays the life of Sri Prabhupada. A must visit site for tourists and devotees. Sunset and boat ride: Witnessing the sunset scene while riding a boat on the Ganges is an aesthetically stunning one. The grand view of the many temples and the natural beauty is truly awesome. Further, listening to bhajans and soaking into the divinity is the real charm of Mayapur. Mayapur Market: An ideal place for the shopping lovers, the market at Mayapur remains buzzing with tourists all throughout the day, especially in the morning time.
Mayapur, considered a holy town is a nearby destination of Kolkata is flocked by tourists, comprising not only Hindus but of other religion, too, especially Christians and members of ISKCON. Temples, shrine of Sri Prabhupada and the scenic beauty are attractions in Mayapur. For local sightseeing, you can hire a toto or walk along to experience the loveliness of the town. Enjoying the sunset and watching the pristine view of the Ganges is yet another charm of Mayapur.
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Nabadwip: Located very close to Mayapur lies on the western bank of the Ganges. A town in Nadia district, it is the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the great Vaishanava saint and a Bhakt of Sri Krishna , who preached His teachings across. Nabadwip is thronged by devotees on the occasion of Birthday celebration of Mahaprabhu on Phalguni Purnima and on other festivals like Dol Yatra, Ras Purnima etc. Sri Chaitnya Math: Founded by the Acharya of the Gaudiya Math and dedicated to Radha Govinda, the Math is located 7km from the main centre of Mayapur. It has four altars that are dedicated to four Vaishnava Acharyas. Chand Kazi’s Samadhi: Located 7 km from the main ISKCON centre, it is the Samadhi of Chand Kazi, who opposed the Harinaam Sankirtan movement. Later, he became an ardent disciple of Sri Chaitanya. Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary: Situated in Nakashipara area in Nadia district, 22 km from Krishnanagar, is a wildlife sanctuary consisting of a varied wildlife like gharials, spotted deer, jackals, porcupines, langurs, different birds. Spread over 67 hectares, it is an attractive spot near Mayapur.