In his Navadvipa-Dhama-Mahatmya, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains the while most holy dhamas reduce in potency during the Kali Yuga, only Sri Mayapur actually continues to increase in sakti. Srila Prabhupada also stated that any service done in Mayapur is worth one thousand times the same service done elsewhere. From this perspective one can see how valuable is the experience to study in Sri Mayapur Dhama.
Situated on the beautiful banks of the Ganga, approximately 100 miles north of Kolkata, Sri Mayapur has been known as a center of learning throughout India since ancient times.
The dig-vijay scholar Keshava Bharati came to Navadvip some 500 years ago, because he knew that if he could defeat the renowned scholars of Navadvip, his fame would increase unlimitedly. Of course he didn’t know that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in the form of the young Nimai Pandit, would be waiting to debate with him on the banks of the Ganga.
The Sri Mayapur International School gives a unique opportunity for young devotees to progress in their academic education, while at the same time having the unique experience of living in Sri Mayapur Dhama.
Many students who have come to SMIS for some years consider Mayapur as their real home, and they have an intimate connection with Sri Mayapur Dhama for the rest of their lives.
Studying at SMIS also gives young Vaisnavas the chance to have close assocation with exalted devotees such as Jananivas and Pankajanghri Prabhus, and the many sannyassis and senior devotees who visit the school. Such devotees act as wonderful role models in the student’s lives, and they learn to sincerely respect senior Vaisnavas and start to mould their lives according to the example of thes saintly personalities.