Mayapur is a small town located on the bank of river Ganga, at the confluence of River Jalangi with River Ganga in West Bengal, India. It is about 130 km north of Kolkatta, at least 4 hrs drive from Kolkata airport. The main attraction of the town is Mayapur Dham, the world headquarters of ISKCON. The Temple complex is a huge township of its own. A beautiful temple is being built and expected to be inaugurated by 2022.
Town ship and The Temple:
There are guest houses, residential rooms, shops, restaurants, dining places, small Planetarium, park, huge car parking place,Guashala besides the temple and Srila Prabhupad’s pushpa Samadhi mandir. Lots of places to quench and fill your stomach, of-course everything is Satvic. No onion, Garlic, Mushrooms. You get everything from South / North India, Continental, Pizzas, and Momos.
Mayapur is surrounded by many historical spots related to the life of Sri Chitanya Mahaprabhu and his devotees. with in 15 km of radius. One needs to cross the river using boats to reach the places.
People from all over the world come to visit the Dham. Devotees stay for 10 or 20 days to take part in Parikrama and Kirtan.
While the main temple is being built the deities are placed in the other building, where all the rituals, worship services take place. Once the main building is ready, the deities will be reinstalled.
There are other temples also in the town, belonging to Guadiya Vasihnava sect. Main attraction being ISKCON Mandir.
When to visit:
Visit during winter time. Summer is really blazing hot and humid. Kartik time (November) or during Kirtan Mela / Parikrama time (Februvary ) is the best time to visit.
Stay in the township. Book your rooms according to your budget. Double room with AC, Non AC, Shared rooms with common wash rooms, shared rooms with attached bathrooms – choose your choice. Only issue is that one needs to book through contact only.
By air – Delhi – Kolkata.
by Train – Delhi – Kolkata.
Kolkata – Mayapur -by bus or by boat or cabs.
Mayapur is 130 km north of Kolkata.