We have often seen people wearing T-shirts which read ‘I lost my ❤ in Vrindavan’, and the backside of the same T-shirts would read ‘And found it in Mayapur’.

But surprisingly, we couldn’t find it in Mayapur as well. With every darshan of Sri Sri Panchatatva and Sri Sri Radha Madhav Ashta Sakhi, with every dance and every kirtan, we lost it again to this holy land of the Holyname, ‘Sri Sri Mayapur dham’.

The Mayapur trip with HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj became an unforgettable one for each one of the devotees on board. The trip began with an enthralling journey of non-stop kirtan in the train where devotees kept a track of every passing station as none of them could wait to have darshan of the beautiful land.

As ISKCON turned 50 this year, a lot of people from around the world decided to attend the kirtan mela, making it difficult for our group to get an accommodation space in or around the temple. However, Krishna had better plans. With the mercy and efforts of HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj this year, the devotees received the opportunity to have a stay in the most auspicious Surabhi Kunj. HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj personally visited the place before the arrival of the devotees to make sure that all arrangements were made.

The trip started with a peaceful bath in the Holy Ganges. Everyone spent four blissful days in the shelter of the Holy name, singing and dancing in the Kirtan mela. Every morning began with a soothing mangala arati, followed by a motivating discourse on the holy name and chanting some Vaishanava bhajans in the temple vicinity. Not even a single moment was spent without engaging one’s senses in Gauranga.

The following two days, HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj showed around his disciples and followers the beauty of the golden land. On one of these days, the group became a part of the ISKCON Parikrama groups. They visited the prominent lila sthalis like Yogapitha, Srivas Angan, Khol Banga danga, Godrumadvipa and ISKCON Rajapur.

After the kirtan mela and parikrama, HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj wanted to take advantage of the the devotees’ stay at Surabhi Kunja. Therefore, he organised a Bhajan Sandhya on the last evening where the youth of IYF-C2C and other devotees sang only the bhajans by Sril Bhakti Vinod Thakur. Not only was everyone drenched in the love and separation for the Lord, this last evening left everyone with a feeling of separation for the Holy Land too.

HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj made the necessary arrangements for prasadam on the way back to Delhi. Each one of them returned back with tears in their eyes with separation from Sri Sri Panchatatva, singing and listening to Kirtans, trying to keep the spirit of the Kirtan mela alive.

All Glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!

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