Sridham Navadvip is situated 100 km North of Kolkata, and is neighbour to Sridham Mayapur (across the Ganges).
BIOm is 10 mn walking distance from Nabadwip railway station. There are many direct trains everyday from Kolkata to Nabadwip.
If you come to Calcutta (Kolkata) by flight, we can pick you up at the airport!
1) Traditional center of knowledge
Navadvīpa dhāma is situated approximately sixty miles northwest of Calcutta, the Cultural Capital of India. There, as the Ganges delta begins to form, the river's different branches encircle a thirty-two-square-mile area and divide it into nine islands. Navadvīpa means "nine islands." Navadvīpa has traditionally been known as a center of learning. Navadvīpa was an even more important center of learning than Varanasi.
Caitanya Bhagavat Adi 13.32: “jambudvīpe yata āche paṇḍitera sthāna sabā jini’ navadvīpa jagate vākhāna
TRANSLATION: “Of all places of learning throughout Jambudvīpa, Navadvīpa surpasses all.
Jambudvīpa, in which India is situated, is one of the seven islands. By her own glories, Navadvīpa was the most famous and celebrated of all places adorned with intelligent people in India.
"Nabadwip, from which the district Nadia derives its name, is well-known for more than one reasons– a traditional seat of Sanskrit learning, residence of the Sena Kings of Bengal, and above all a seat of religious socio-cultural movement initiated by Sri Chaitanyadeva, the great exponent of Gaudiya Vaisnavism and 16th century Bengal Renaissance.
Nabadwip is a town with rich ancient tradition and heritage. For centuries Nabadwip has been famous as a seat of learning. Many traditional scholars of country-wide repute belonging to this city have contributed richly to the field of Indian philosophy (Nyaya), Theology, Logic, Laws and grammar. The place abounded in seminaries where teachers of wide fame used to impart lessons in those subjects to scholars drawn from different parts of the country. The names of Halayudha, Pasupati, Shulapani and Udyanacharya may be mentioned in this connection.
Nabadwip still continues to be famous for its Sanskrit teaching. The indigenous sanskrit schools, known as ‘tols’, in which Smriti and Nyaya are imparted, attract many students."
2) Holy place
Caitanya Mahāprabhu, (1486-1534) was born at a time when India was suffering from rampant hedonism, spiritual stagnation, strict caste stratification, the prominence of logic over mystic experience, and domination by dictators. Socially, morally, spiritually, politically, and intellectually there was a need for change.
He appeared in Navadvīpa, West Bengal, and inaugurated the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord to teach pure love of God. He is understood by Gaudīya Vaisnavas to be Lord Krsna Himself.
In the Ananta-samhita, Siva explains to Parvati why Srimati Radharani created merciful Sri Navadvip-dhama.
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Places of Interest
The BIOm institute is very conveniently located right in the middle of the sacred 9 islands, which will greatly ease your pilgrimage and visits, for a most pleasant experience.
It is situated in the close vicinity of the Sri Gopaldev Rajbari Manipuri Mandir, the reputed historical and traditional vaisnava temple built by the last king of Manipur. This will enable you to easily take advantage of the daily program (starting from 4:30 am, if you like to get up early) and the bhajans-kirtans.
Because this saintly king chose this place to be as close as possible to all the holy places (dhama), from the "Blue Lotus", you can conveniently walk and visit all the surrounding holy places. Of course you can choose to ride a few minutes on a rickshaw, instead of walking. Anyway, without any need for boat nor taxi, you can quickly access:
- Visnupriya's temple (Dhamesvara Mahaprabhu Mandir),
- Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji's and Vamsidasa Babaji's bhajan-kutir,
- Govinda Kunja,
- Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as Tribangha,
If you like to walk more or spend a few more minutes on the rickshaw, you can easily reach:
- Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's house,
- Surabhi kunja,
- Amra ghata,
- Hari Hara ksetra,
- Gaura daha (the crocodile),
- Puskar lake,
- Hamsa vahana,
Plus, always on this same side of the Ganges:
- Srila Vrindavana Dasa Thakur's birthplace (Mamgachi),
- Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya's birthplace,
- Radha kunda,
- Jahnu muni,
- Sri Saranga Murari Sripata (and his sublime original deities: Radha Gopinatha), etc.
Mayapur (ISKCON, Yogapitha, Gaudiya Math, Caitanya Math, etc.) is just on the other side of the Ganges. From the "Blue Lotus", walk 5 minutes up to the local "Manipuri Ghat", then take the boat up to "Prabhupada Ghat" (10 minutes only to cross), and you are already directly in front of ISKCON (Srila Prabhupada's Samadhi). No need to spend time on a rickshaw! Except if you like to take advantage of the rickshaw ride for shopping along the road. J
It is also most convenient to go and visit Kalna from Navadvip, as it is only 22 km away, on a direct road. Accessible by bus or taxi, or by train, as there is a train station in Navadvip.
Navadvipa is not limited to a geographical area; Navadvipa is primarily a plane of consciousness.