Navadweep Parikrama of Mayapurdham
Millions of Devotees from all parts of the world throng Mayapurdham for Navadweep Parikrama during the month of February every year. It is a nine days spiritual sojourn with hundreds of devotees.
The group of devotees start early morning from Mayapur for Parikrama. The group is led by senior devotees with Deity being carried by a palliquin. The whole group moves with spiritual fervor, chanting “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare. Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare“.
Every day the Parikrama walk is about 10 to 15km through the interiors of the region. There are two ways to do the Parikrama. Start from Mayapur and reach the days destination and stay at tents / camp. Delicious but simple prasadam is served time to time. Next day the Parikrama starts again to next destination.
The other way is to start the Parikrama from same point (Mayapur town ship) but one has to travel by some means to the each campsite to do the Parikrama.
At each destination, a Harikatha is told by senior devotees. The importance and significance the the days destination is explained. Connection to Krishna and Chitanya Mahaprabhu and the his devotees are retold for the group.
There are many small places but very significant from devotees perspective. Each place is connected to the Krishna devotees.
The devotion – Bhakti is the driving factor behind the Parikrama.