Friday, September 12, 2014

Madhupur Than, Kochbehar | Main Gate.

Madhupur Sattra,West Bengal
Madhupur Than in Kochbehar, West Bengal 
Cooch Behar Railway Station, West Bengal.
Main Gate to Madhupur Sattra
Madhupur Dham in Kochbehar, West Bengal

Madhupur Than, Kochbehar, West Bengal. It is also known as Madhupur Sattra nowadays. Srimanta Sankaradeva, the founder of Eka Sarana Nama Dharma predicted in 1550 during his second pilgrimage that a holy institution would come up here. Madhupur Than at the present location came into being in 1594 at the initiative of Madhavadeva.
Beside the Kirtanghar, there is a 105 feet tall Math in the Than. It was constructed in 1964 with a grant from the Government of Assam. Holy relics of Srimanta Sankaradeva and Madhavadeva are preserved in this Math. This has made the Than more special. The devotees perform prayers in the hall of the Math in front of these relics. The seat of Srimanta Sankaradeva is kept at the eastern side in the Math. So the altar is on the western side there unlike in the Kirtanghar.
Many relics of Srimanta Sankaradeva like his rosary, footwear, jar, remains of yarn used in Vrindavani cloth, manuscripts etc are preserved in the Than. These are shown to public on two occasions in the year. These are kept on display for several days at a stretch from the day of Raas Purnima.
There is a centuries old honey comb in the Than. Srimanta Sankaradeva had predicted about the setting up of an institution here after he had relished honey at this very site during pilgrimage.
The palm tree in the campus is several centuries old.

People should visit it frequently to boost the confidence of the Sattradhikar and devotees of the Than. Madhupur is only 7 km from Kochbehar town.
Madhupur Than is a centre of Eka Sarana Nama Dharma with the concept of single worshipable entity, lord Krishna.

INSET# We don't have a strong world organization to promote Gurujona and  we have to think about promoting the whole Indian Culture through Gurujona, as Gurujona is a representative of Indian culture and thinking.

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