In continuation with Vraj Parikrama, HH Subhag Swami Maharaj took a group of devotees to Raval, Chinta Haran and Brahmanda Ghat. Buses left straight after mangala arti, all devotees were requested to attend the arti in order to invoke an auspicious start to the yatra.
In order to seek the blessings of Srimati Radharani we firstly visited Raval Dham. After taking darshan and praying for Her mercy, we proceeded to Chinta Haran. The presiding deity here is Chinta Haran Mahadev. As stated in the Bhagavatam, 'vaisnavanam yatha sambhuh.' We therefore prayed to Lord Siva that we can follow in His footsteps and increase our attachment to Krishna and His holy Dham.
Around 7.30am, Maharaj gave Bhagavatam class on the banks of the Yamuna. Maharaj spoke briefly on both the significance of Raval and Chinta Haran but more extensively on the importance of the Dham, what should our attitude should be here and the mood of service we should imbibe whilst residing here. There were many parrots sitting in the trees whilst class was going on, Maharaj mentioned on a few occasions that these parrots are actually great sages and that we should be very careful when dealing with them. After class, a short drama was performed. The message behind the drama was that Krishna is not looking at what or how much we did. He is simply looking at the love and sentiment behind it.
A simple yet delicious breakfast was served to devotees which consisted of kitchari, yougurt, papad and punjabi halava. Devotees then had some free time, some took rest, others did kirtan and some enjoyed swimming and playing sporting games in the Yamuna.
We were pleasantly surprised to be joined by a small group of devotees headed by HH Bhakti Dhira Damodar Swami. Prasad was given to the new group which was much appreciated.
From there devotees proceeded towards Brahmanada Ghat. When we reached, Maharaj had already finished taking bath, so we were just in time for class. This was the place where Krishna revealed the entire universe to Mother Yasoda when she requested Him to open His mouth when Krishna's friends had accused Him of eating dirt. After class, an ecstatic kirtan was then lead by Indonesian devotees. All devotees were floating in an ocean of bliss and didn't want to leave. After everything had cooled down, we got into our bus and headed back to our Krishna Balaram Mandir.
We thank all those individuals who helped in serving: devotees who were cutting subji and the prabhus who spent long hours in the kitchen. Our gratitude to HH Subhag Swami Maharaj who is ever inspiring us to imbibe the mood of the holy Dham within our hearts and distribute it to other. Finally we thank Srila Prabhupada for revealing the holy dham to us and giving us a glimpse of the spiritual world.
Vrindavan Dhama ki Jay
Karik Maas ki Jay
Srila Prabhupada ki Jay