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Trip to Siliguri and North Bengal

Srila Acharyadev returned to Nabadwip early this morning from a week-long visit to Siliguri and North Bengal.

Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj spent five days at our Siliguri temple nourishing the devotees with enthusiastic kirtan, Hari-katha—and invigorating morning walks. Srila Acharya Maharaj also oversaw the final stages of the construction of a new guesthouse, and granted initiation to many persons who had long been awaiting his visit.

Srila Acharyadev was very pleased with Sripad Bhakti Nishkam Shanta Maharaj and the devotees of our Siliguri temple, who begged enough vegetables to feed more than forty people per day during his stay.

In his daily lectures Srila Acharyadev stressed that it is the duty of all devotees to maintain their spiritual life by practising under the guidance of Sri Guru–Vaishnav. He reminded everyone that Param Guru Maharaj named our centre the Krishnanushilana Sangha, and that everyone must engage in the practices prescribed by Srila Guru Maharaj to prosper in their spiritual life.

While in Siliguri Srila Acharya Maharaj received visitors from the locality, but also from the neighbouring countries of Nepal and Bhutan. Srila Acharya Maharaj was especially pleased with the visit of some sincere seekers who travelled from Nepal, and has already begun plans to start a centre there.

Srila Acharyadev extended his stay to travel five hours further to Din Hat in North Bengal where he graciously accepted a land donation with grand kirtan, Hari-katha, and prasad distribution. He also granted initiation to numerous villagers there who were introduced by Kiran Prabhu, a longtime member of the math who resides in the area.

Thereafter Srila Acharya Maharaj returned to Siliguri and then on to Sri Nabadwip Dham.

Despite a sleepless night on the train Srila Acharya Maharaj proceeded with his usual morning programme in Nabadwip and enlivened the devotees  with enthusiastic kirtan, Hari-katha, and news of his travels.