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Question: How you and other devotees established the pastime places of Lord Caitanya in Navadvip Mandal parikrama?

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Jayapataka Swami: So, we saw in the Navadvip parikrama book how Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur said there were so many places and some of those places, it was not known where they are. So we talked to some old disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada, they showed us some of the places they went to and spoke on. So, that way we located some. Others, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur indicated that in the old British land maps, there were ancient names for places here in the dham. For example, the place where we are now, was Rudrapara. And Srila Prabhupada said that means Rudradvip. So similarly, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur said the Pandavas came to a place called Mahatpur, so we found in the ancient British maps there was a place called Mahatpur. And that was in the same island of Navadvip that it was supposed to be, in the Modadrumadvip. Like that various means we located some of the holy places. Puskar thirtha, Naimisaranya thirtha. Also, between two rivers there is a place non-different from Kuruksetra called Ucchahata. So those two rivers we located. They dry up in the dry season and they have water in the wet season. But they have bridges over them. And so, like that we located various places. Still some places we don’t know. Like, the place of Hari dham, where Narayana stays with His consorts. We know the island but we don’t know the place. That is in Modadrumdvip. Also, there in the Treta yuga there was a gigantic banyan tree and there, Lord Rama, Sita and Laksmana, They went and Lord Rama was smiling. Sita said, why are You smiling. He said, well in this lila You go to the forest and I worship a golden form of You. In the Kali yuga I go to the forest and You worship a golden form of Me! So Sita did not like to hear either one! Because She didn’t want any separation from Rama. That was in Treta yuga, the banyan tree, it is not visible now. So, we only know the island. Similarly, there are Sapta Rishi tilas in Madhyadvip. Somewhere there are seven hills, where the seven rishis would meditate. If you can find that we will appreciate. Maybe Google map will show it! Seven hillocks in Madhyadvip. So like that we found some places but some places are still lupta, hidden!28-FEBRUARY-2020 SRI MAYAPUR DHAM, INDIA