Mayapur \ Navadvipa
( West Bengal )
Mayapur is the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He appeared in the year 1486 and then performed many of his early pastimes here. Mayapur is 130 km north of Calcutta and across the Ganges from the city of Navadvipa. Navadvipa was at that time the capital of Bengal.
Mayapur is one of the most sacred and peaceful areas in all of India. Sri Chaitanya is non different than Lord Sri Krishna. Lord Sri Krishna appeared as a devotee of the Lord in the form of Lord Chaitanya. He showed us all by example how to perform the Yuga Dharma and please the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. At Mayapur Sri Chaitanya displayed His childhood pastimes and one can see through them Sri Krishna's lilas. Mayapur is non different than the holy land of Sri Vrindavan dham.
After Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu left this world, many of the holy places were temporarily hidden by the jungle and the veil of ignorance. Sriman Bhaktivinode Thakur has played a very instrumental role in their rediscovery in the recent age. He revealed to the Gaudiya Vaisnava Community the exact spot where Sri Chaitanya appeared, and displayed many pastimes.
Late one December night in the year 1887, while sitting on the roof of the Rani Dharmashala in Navadwip, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur was concentrating on chanting the Hare Krishna mantra on his japa beads. Suddenly his meditation was disturbed by a divine vision appearing toward the north across the river Ganga. He looked up and saw an unusual illumination in which he noticed a very tall palm tree. Just near the tree he saw a small house which was producing this brilliant effulgence. Srila Bhaktivinode immediately understood that his long search to uncover the factual birthsite of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was drawing to a successful close.
For centuries the followers of Lord Chaitanya were uncertain of the exact location of Sri Chaitanya's birth as the place had been inundated by flood soon after His disappearance. Srila Bhaktivinode had long cherished a dream to reestablish the true birthplace and erect a glorious temple for Lord Chaitanya. He had studied old manuscripts of Chaitanya Bhagavata, Narahari Sarkar Thakur's Navadwip Dham Parikrama, 18th century maps by the British surveyors, gazettes and old government records, and ascertained that ancient Nadia was previously on the eastern bank of the Ganga -- from where the wonderful illumination was coming.
He soon discovered that the site of the wonderful illumination had many rumors and stories attached to it. The area contained seven large dirt mounds on which nothing would grow except tulasi plants. On different nights strange sounds and lights emanated from the spot and the superstitious Muslim villagers would keep a respectful distance.
After speaking with many respected saintly persons, Srila Bhaktivinode decided to bring his spiritual master, Srila Jagannath das Babaji, to that spot. Srila Jagannath das Babaji was at that time very old and infirm; he could not walk and had to be carried in a basket. His vision was obstructed because his eyelids had grown so loose over the years that he could barely open them. They crossed the river Jalangi in a small wooden boat and gradually made their way to the spot. At once Jagannath das Babaji Maharaj discerned that this was indeed the birthplace of Lord Chaitanya and in great transcendental joy he leaped from the basket and jumped high in the air shouting the names of the Lord, even though minutes before he was incapable of even standing on his weak and aged limbs. Srila Bhaktivinode and Srila Jagannath das Babaji both wept tears of ecstasy. Lord Chaitanya's birthplace had been found!
Soon, by the single handed efforts of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, a beautiful temple was erected on the spot and Srila Bhaktivinode's vision began to expand. He predicted in his Sri Chaitanya Sikshamrita a day when people of foreign lands would join with their Indian brothers at the holy land of Sri Mayapur chanting "Jaya Sachinandana, Jaya Sachinandana" and dancing in the ecstasy of Sri Krishna Sankirtan. And he wrote of a great personality who would soon appear to fulfill this prediction.
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared underneath this very Neem tree.
Srila Bhaktivinode personally went door to door, to raise funds for the construction of this temple.
This is where Srivasa Pandit lived. Lord Chaitanya and his associates used to have Sankirtan all nightlong here. This is where the Chand Kasi broke the Mrdunga drum and demanded kirtan be stopped. Mahaprabhu also displayed his Maha-prakash here and accepted worship for 21 hours.
This temple is located 1 km past Sri Chaitanya's birthplace. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta and Gaura Kishora das babaji's Samadhi's are located here as well as the spot where Chandrashekar's home used to be. Chandrshekar's wife was the younger sister of Saci devi ( Chaitanya's Mother ).
Sri Chaitanya Math
The dieties of Sita Rama and Hanuman at this temple are said to have been worshipped by Murai Gupta and his family. It is located behind the Sri Chaitanya Math near the bank of the Ballal Dighi. It is about a ten minute walk.
Murai Gupta's House ( Temple )
Initially Chand Kazi , the chief magistrate at the time of Mahaprabhu, tried to stop the chanting of the holy names. He was later converted and became a pure devotee. His samadhi is located here and from it sprouts a Campaka tree. It is said to be 500 years old.
Chand Kazi's Samadhi
Lord Jagannatha reveled himself to his pure devotee here. All the pastimes of the Lord are found in Sri Gaura Mandala and all His Jagannatha pastimes can be realized here in and around this location. One story in relation to this holy place is that a devotee by the name of Jagadish Ganguli used to visit the Jagannatha Puri every year to have darshan of Mahaprabhu and Jagannatha Swami. In his old age he became blind and could no longer make the pilgrimage. Lord Jagannatha spoke to him in a dream and said: "When you take your bath in the Ganges you will find a log and from that log I will manifest. After carving the Jagannatha deities from the log, the blindness of the devotee vanished.
Jagannatha Mandir ( Sabara Danga )
At this location, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda prabhu had their fist meeting. A temple marks the spot where the house used to be.
This is where Kolaveca Sridhar had his home.
Nandan Acaraya's House
While living here Bhaktivinode wrote the Navadvipa Mahatmya, which describes the glories of Navadvipa Dham. Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur's Samadhi and the Bhajan Kutir of Gaura Kishor das babaji are also located here.
Bhaktivinode Thakur's House
This is the location of the world headquarters for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Inside the wonderfully landscaped yard is the Temple of Sri Sri Radha Madhava surrounded by the Gopi's. A Vedic Planetarium is underway and the original living quarters ( Mud Hut ) and Puspa Samadhi of founder Acarya A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj are located here.
Sri Chaitanya Candrodaya Mandir
Puspa Samadhi of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj
Devananda Gaudiya Math
Sri Caitanya Sarasvat Math
Other place near by;
Prithu Kund ( Ballil Dighi )
Narasimha Palli ( Deva Pali )
Hamsa Vahana Siva Temple
Vrndavan Das Thakur's House