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Srila Prabhupada visited New Vrindaban four times. One of the significant sites of his pastimes is the house in Madhavan where he resided during his last visit in 1976.
The house in Madhavan (where Sankirtan Prabhu now lives) is the site of the last darshan Srila Prabhupada gave to the New Vrindaban plow department. Darshans were scheduled according to department, and I was a member of the plow department. The last darshan is very exceptional because Srila Prabhupada was commenting spontaneously as Pradyumna, his Sanskrit translator, read and translated from Srimad Bhagavatam.
When devotees arrived for darshan, Srila Prabhupada did not come out of his room. Pradyumna told the devotees that Srila Prabhupada was not feeling well. We waited for some time, and then thinking that our presence might be an imposition we began walking down the driveway away from the house in a very downhearted spirit.
Seeing this, Srila Prabhupada told Pradyumna, “Call them back.”
We returned and Srila Prabhupada came out of his room. He was clearly not feeling well. He wasn’t speaking. Knowing Srimad Bhagavatam to be the ultimate remedy for his illness, he requested Pradyumna, “Read from the 12th Canto.”