Do’s and Don’ts

Materialists consider Vrindavana-dhama an unclean city because there are many monkeys and dogs there, and along the bank of the Yamuna there is refuse. Some time ago, a materialistic man asked me, "Why are you living in Vrindavana? Why have you selected such a dirty place to live after retiring?"" Such a person cannot understand that the earthly Vrindavana-dhama is always a representation of the original Vrindavana-dhama. Consequently Vrindavana-dhama is as worshipable as Lord Krishna. Aradhyo bhagavan vrajesa-tanayas tad-dhama vrndavanam: according to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s philosophy, Lord Sri Krishna and His abode, Vrindavana, are equally worshipable. Sometimes materialistic people who have no spiritual understanding go to Vrindavana as tourists. One who goes to Vrindavana with such materialistic vision cannot derive any spiritual benefit. Such a person is not convinced that Krishna and Vrindavana are identical. Since they are identical, Vrindavana is as worshipable as Lord Krishna. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's vision (mora-mana—vrindavana) is different from the vision of an ordinary materialistic person.
The Parikrama is purely meant for spiritual and devotional purpose and not for sight seeing.
To get full benefit from the Parikrama, follow all the rules and regulations in the standard practice of Krishna consciousness. Specifically, try to

-Avoid coffee, tea, soft drinks
-Eat only prasadam
-Avoid eating outside
-Avoid reading newspapers, magazines or any other mundane literature
-Avoid unnecessary mundane talks

You will really feel happy to be absorbed in topics connected with Krishna without the touch of any material influences.
Offenses to be avoided in the holy dhama In the sacred land of Vrindavana, the results of all devotional activities performed are magnified 1000 times. Therefore, one can make rapid advancement if one lives offenselessly in the holy dhama. If, however, one does commit offenses, they are also magnified 1000 times. So, one should be careful not to commit any of the following offenses in the holy dhama. To have contempt or disrespect towards our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, who revealed to us the holy dhama. To think that the Holy Dhama is temporary. To perform mundane activities while living in the Holy Dhama. To commit violence towards any of the residents of the Holy Dhama, or to any of the pilgrims who come there, or to think that they are ordinary mundane people. Earning money by and making a business of Deity worship and chanting the holy name. To think that the holy dhama belongs to some mundane country or province, or to think that the dhama of the Lord is equal to a holy place connected with some demigod, or to attempt to measure the area of the holy dhama.
Dress code and footwear During parikrama, devotees should wear traditional Vaishnava dress.

Men: Dhoti & Kurta.
- Avoid T-shirt with strange names and sentences, lungi (dhoti without pleats behind)

- Saree or Chudidhar with dupatta
- Hair must be tied
- Avoid skirts, t-shirts, kurta and pants

Devotees can wear inexpensive footwear. Avoid shoes.