Mayapur, famous for Sonar Gouranga temple

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Mayapur is located 19 km from Krishnanagar and 120 km from Kolkata, on the banks of the Ganges river.The headquarters of ISKCON are situated in Mayapur and it is considered a holy place by a number of other traditions within Hinduism. Mayapur is an important religious center in West Bengal. One of the main attractions is the Sonar Gouranga temple. But is of special significance to followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism as the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

ISKCON

The headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has been located in Mayapur since the 1970s. there are a number of other Gaudiya Vaishnava organisations in Mayapur, such as the Gaudiya Math. The town is heavily centered around this particular Vaishnava religious tradition, officially known as the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya, with temples devoted to Radha and Krishna or Gaura-Nitai throughout; however, there is a sizable Muslim population in the historical center, previously called Miyapur.

How to reach

Mayapur can be reached by boat, and by train or bus. ISKCON Kolkata operates regular bus service from Kolkata to Mayapur. Train service is available to Krishnanagar, Nadia from Kolkata’s Sealdah Station, then 18 km by auto or cycle rickshaw to Mayapur. During the visit one can see “the huge headquarters of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)” and “a long stream of saffron-robed devotees chanting” the Hare Krishna mantra.

 

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