নদিয়া জেলা থেকে শুভ ঘোষ রিপোর্ট: Namami Gange to build ‘Prabhupada Ghat’ in the sacred town of Mayapur
1 crore pilgrims from around the world who visit this pilgrimage center every year to benefit from the Ghat 11th May 2022, Mayapur Dham, West Bengal: The Government of India through its National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) would begin the construction of ‘Prabhupada Ghat’ in the sacred pilgrimage town of Mayapur Dham by observing the Bhumi Puja of the ghat which is scheduled to take place on 13th May (Friday) at the existing Prabhupada Ghat site opposite ISKCON temple. The Director-General of NMCG, Shri G. Asok Kumar, would be participating in the event as the Chief Guest.
Located on the banks of river Ganga, Mayapur is the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the 15th-century saint-avatar, it’s also the home to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava movement and the world headquarters of the ISKCON whose founder-acharya Srila Prabhupada made Mayapur a household name in many parts of the world.
Budgeted to cost Rs 15.3 crores, the Prabhupada Ghat would be built by Engineers Project India Ltd, a government PSU. On its completion, the Ghat would benefit nearly 1 crore pilgrims and visitors from nearly 100 countries who visit Mayapur every year along with the residents of this town.
“Mayapur is a historical and an important place of pilgrimage. In the 15th century, it was called the Oxford of the East as it was one of the major centers of learning. Today, it is the home of the Gaudiya-Vaishnava Bhakti movement and attracts people from all walks of life who come here for darshan and bathing in Ganga. We are thankful to Namami Gange for taking this initiative to build the first public ghat here and naming it in honor of Srila Prabhupada. It is even more special since this year we are celebrating his 125th Birth Anniversary.” said Krishna Vijay Das, General Manager, ISKCON Mayapur.
Various public amenities such as protecting railings, changing rooms for men and women, toilets, parks, and benches are part of the Prabhupada Ghat to help with the positive experience of the devotees who would be visiting. The estimated time for completion of the is nearly 24 months.
“When it is completed, devotees who would be coming to the Ghat can experience the beauty and divinity of evening Ganga arati right herein Mayapur for which we earlier had to travel to Varanasi or Rishikesh. Along with the arati, regular programs such as Ganga katha and seminars would be conducted on the river banks to help educate the public on the glories of Ganga Devi and our role in keeping the environment clean and safe” added Krishna Vijay Das.
For more information and inquires:
Krishna Vijay Das
General Manager – ISKCON Mayapur