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Navadvipa, which means nine (Nava) islands (dvip), is a town made up of nine islands, covering a circumference of thirty miles. The islands are centered on Antardvipa and look like an eight-petal lotus flower. It is also famous as a temple town with about 185 temples in the vicinity. It is the place where Shaiva, Vaishnava and Buddhist faiths converge to form a peaceful existence.
The nine islands stand for the nine processes of devotional service, and are aptly named as Antardvipa (Mayapur) for surrendering everything, Simantadvipa for patient hearing, Godrumadvipa for chanting, Madhyadvipa for perfect remembering, Koladvipa for serving the lotus feet, Ritudvipa for ideal worshipping, Jahnudvipa for praying unconditionally, Modadrumadvipa for serving as a servant and Rudradvipa for being a friend.
Renowned as the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who is highly revered by Hindu devotees, the town is ideally located at the place of convergence of the Bhagirathi and Jalangi Rivers.
The Shonar Gauranga, the temple dedicated to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu enshrining a golden statue of Sri Chaitanya, is the most impressive religious attraction in Navadvipa. The Navadvipa region is an aesthetically beautiful and spiritually calming town, ideal for a relaxing vacation.