Dec 31, 2022
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura’s Saligrama Sila, at ISKCON Mayapur
Shyamagopika Devi Dasi
On the 22nd of December 2022, the Sri Narasimha Salagrama, worshipped by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur, was officially installed on the Narasimhadeva’s altar in ISKCON Mayapur. With a grand abhisheka, Narasimhadeva Salagram was installed on the Narasimhadeva altar. In 2018, per the direction of HH Jayapataka Swami, to restore and establish worship in various Sripats in Gaura Mandala, a team of devotees traveled throughout West Bengal and Orissa, with the guidance of Namahatta director, HH Sri Gauranga Prem Swami. On a visit to Devagrama, Srila Visvanstha Cakravarti Thakur's birthplace, local villagers had told the team where they could locate the Salagrama-sila worshipped by Visvanatha Cakravarti and that it was currently under the care of an 80 yr old devotee. This devotee willingly handed the Narayan Sila to ISKCON Mayapur. The Sila was then established in Hare Kṛṣṇa Nāmahaṭṭa in ISKCON Mayapur Sri Sri Gaura Nitai mandir. In November 2022, His Holiness Bhanu Swami Maharaja visited the Namahaṭṭa and took darsana of the saligram-sila. Then His Grace Jananivasa Das made a visit and identified it as a Narasimha Saligram. He immediately decorated Him as per Srila Prabhupada’s standards that were instructed to him.