Mayapur

Mayapur is a city in Rarh, India, where the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (known informally around the world as the Hare Krishnas) was founded and has its headquarters.

Overview of ISKCON headquarters

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Sri Mayapur is a village on the bank of the river Ganges, which is considered holy by Hindus and lovingly known as mother Ganga. It’s approximately 130 km north of Kolkata and across the Ganges from the city of Navadvipa. It is the birthplace of Sri Krishna Chaitanya, who was born in 1486. His followers believed he was an incarnation of Krishna, and he is the one who started the Hare Krishna movement; he was the first to teach widespread mass chanting and singing of the Hare Krishna mantra.

ISKCON Kolkata operates AC and non-AC buses thrice a week, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 033 64588777, 033 32488041, +91-3330-289258. The bus takes passengers from the Kolkata temple straight to Sri Mayapur. Iskcon Kolkata also provides cars for hire, 033 64588777.

If you are catching a train at Howrah, a clean and less-crowded train to catch is Intercity express, which leaves Howrah at about 3:15PM. It reaches Nabadwip Dham by about 5:15PM.

There are trains leaving Howrah and which pass through Nabadwip Dham, practically every hour and a half, but they are sometimes quite crowded. It takes about 3 hours to reach Nabadwip Dham from Howrah.But it is a better option to get down at Bishnupriya Halt Station which is nearer to Mayapur Ghat.

Once you reach Nabadwip Dham station, you have to take a rickshaw to Mayapur Ghat and then get on a boat to cross over the Ganga to reach Hular Ghat at Mayapur. Take a rickshaw to come to ISKCON’s Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir.

Sealdah is a train station located within Kolkata. There are trains leaving Sealdah and which pass through Krishnanagar City Jn station. Usually these trains are crowded. It takes about two hours to reach Krishnanagar from Sealdah in express train. In local EMU it will take two and half hours.

From Krisnanagar, you can catch a rickshaw to go to the bus terminal (“bus stand”) and catch a bus to ISKCON Mayapur. Or, you can get into a three-wheeler to go to Mayapur Ghat in Swarup Ganj (where Bhaktivinoda Thakura used to live), get on a boat to cross over the Jalangi river to reach Hular Ghat at Mayapur. Then take a rickshaw to come to ISKCON Mayapur.

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