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The Cyberspace of Mahanam Sampraday
and its Ashram and Temple
"Santipur SriSri Prabhu Jagadbandhu Bhajan Ashram"
of Prabhu Jagadbandhusundar
at Santipur, Bhadrakali Tala
Dist. Nadia, West Bengal, India
Prabhu Jagadbandhu Bhajan Ashram, located at Bhadrakali Tala in Santipur was founded in the year 1999. Santipur is one of the places where Prabhusundar came and stayed in pursuit of his life of lila. It is a famous Vaisnava center and is known also as Advaitadham. Prabhu Jagadbandhu Bhajan Ashram is a comparatively new Mahanam Sampraday Center and may be visited en route the Ghurni (Krishnanagar) and Nabadwip Centers at relatively short distances. The Railway Terminal Station of Santipur is accessible by electric trains that run at rather frequent intervals of time from Sealdah Station. Santipur lies 20 km from Krishnanagar and 101 km from Kolkata along NH (National Highway) - 34 . These distances vary a little while traveling by train. It is a pilgrimage centre, with sacred bathing steps, or ghats, on the river. Festivals in honor of Lords Krishna and Chaitanya are held here annually.
Like Nabadwip and Mayapur, the triad city of Santipur is another city of pilgrimage, primarily for the vaisnavites. The legend about Santipur is that it is where resident Sri Advaitacharya, a staunch vaisnava saint more than five hundred years ago had made Sri Chaitanya Mahaparbhu appear from Nabadwip by his supreme devotional worship at his own home in Santipur! Thus Santipur is also known by the name Advaitadham as referred to above.
The brahmachari in charge of Prabhu Jagadbandhu Bhajan Ashram is Naraharidas Brahmachariji.
One of the major attractions of Santipur to its visitors of all backgrounds is the 'Rasa Utsav of Kartick Purnima' (Rasa festival around the full-moon day during the first week of November) every year. The grand festival continues on for four days. The famous procession with the super adornment of electric lights, kirtan songs and music, vaisnava-vaisnavi make-ups, and moving displays of clay arts (pots, statues and other crafts) on the night before the Rasa-Jatra festivals ends, are famous not only in India but also abroad.
The 'Rasa-Jatra' festival of Prabhu Jagadbandhu Bhajan Ashram is celebrated at the same time every year with spectacular festivities of Rasa-Lila kirtans with a grand procession of about 100,000 participants and devotees gathered from all over India and abroad in the accompaniment of a huge framed picture of Prabhu Jagadbandhusundar.
A grand 'Nagar Kirtan' (devotional songs depicting the significance of Sri Krishna, Sri Chaitnaya and Sri Prabhusundar sung openly by the participants in the procession in and around the streets of the city and its vicinities) follows in the next morning. In the accompaniment of holy dancing, playing mridangas and cymballs, etc. and carrying the same framed big picture of Prabhusundar as above, the singers and participants in the grand procession stroll the roads of the city and its vicinities with eclat and grandeur that highlight the festivity. The famous kirtan singers of 'Mohanto Sampraday' of West Bengal and prominent Mahanam Sampraday Brahmacharis from other centers join this annual grand festivity of Rasa-Lila at Prabhu Jagadbandhu Bhajan Ashram of Santipur.
As frequent bus services are avaialable among Santipur, Krishnanagar (Ghruni Dham) and Nabadwip, Santipur Railway Station is also connected to Nabadwip Ghat by a 19 km meter gauge railroad. On the other bank of the Bhagirathi river across from Nabadwip Ghat is located Mayapur. Phulia, the birthplace of the famous translator of the Ramayana in Bengali verse from the original version in Sanskrit written by Rishi Valmiki in 1440 A.D., Pandit Krittibas Onjha, is located at a short distance of about 6 km from Santipur. 'Santipur Local' train from Sealdah has the last stoppage at Phulia before it reaches the final destination at Santipur. Frequent bus services are also available between Santipur and Phulia.