SRI NITYANANDHA PRABHU – DIARY OF EVENTS WHEN HE APPEARED ON EARTH!
(1) APPEARANCE: Ekachakra Village, in West Bengal, India. Year around 1474. Also called as NITAI in his childhood. Father: Hadai Pandita ;
(2) STATUS: He is considered as the avatar of Lord Balarama, the adhi guru and elder brother of Lord Krishna.
(3) Even in his childhood, Sri Nityanandha Prabhu could narrate the pastimes of Krishna to the villagers that made them to wonder whether he will be an avatar. Nitai said that these pastimes are his own pastimes and he is allowing the villagers to see them.
(4) He stayed in Ekachakra till his age of 12.
(5) He was travelling so many holy cities for 20 years till his age of 32. Because of these extensive travelling to holy places, his ecstasy was at its peak and he became like an avadhuta (a stage of spiritual elevation).
(6) He showed many signs of ecstasy like dancing and many other signs that can’t be explained.
(7) It is said that Sri Nityanandha Prabhu was initiated by a saint Lakshmipati Tirtha when Sri Nityanandha travelled Pandarapura that is called Maharashtra now. He was given the initiated name as SVARUPA.
(8) Sri Nityanandha Prabhu also treated Sri Madhavendra Puri like his spiritual master who was a senior disciple of Sri Lakshmipati Tirtha.
(9) Then, Sri Nityanandha Prabhu visited Vrindavana. He was filled with the ecstasy and he shouted, danced, rolled around, laughed, and howled like a madman. With the tearful eyes, he cried looking for His life and soul Krishna.
(10) At that moment, he had the divine vision of Sri Caitanya Maha Prabhu and hence he proceeded towards Navadvipa to join Sri Caitanya Maha Prabhu.
(11) In the year 1506, he reached the land Nadiya, the place of residence of Sri Caitanya Maha Prabhu. At this stage, Sri Nityanandha Prabhu was 32 and Sri Caitanya Maha Prabhu was 20.
(12) When Sri Caitanya Maha Prabhu offered Vyasa Puja worship to Sri Nityanandha, he refused them and started to worship Maha Prabhu repeatedly telling that Maha Prabhu was his Lord and master.
(13) Till Mahaprabhu left Navadvipa to go to Jagannatha Puri, Sri Nityanandha Prabhu was always with Maha Prabbhu.
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(14) While leaving, Maha Prabhu asked Nityananda Prabhu and Haridasa Thakura to serve Him by spreading the message of love of God to every home in Navadvipa.
(15) As per the tradition of Sri Caitanya followers, one can’t get the mercy of Lord without getting the mercy of Lord Nityanandha.
(16) LIBERATION OF JAGAI AND MADHAI: Nityanandha Prabhu stopped Jagai and Madhai from getting killed by Maha Prabhu when they attacked the head of Sri Nityanandha to bleed. Sri Nityanandha stopped reminding Maha prabhu that the majority of people in this age are as fallen as Jagai and Madhai, and His mission to liberate them with love, not violence. Maha Prabhu forgave Jagai only, not Madhai who attacked Sri Nityanandha. However, Sri Nityanandha Prabhu himself forgave Madhai. Seeing the love of the both, jagai and Madhai became the devotees chanting the holy names of Lord.
(17) Then, Maha Prabhu took sanyasa and left for South India for two years. When He returned to Puri, he saw that Sri Nityanandha had developed Sankirtana movement there. However, since the movement was neglected in Navadvipa, Maha Prabhu requested in 1511, Nityanandha to return to Navadvipa, Bengal and develop the movement there.
(18) Sri Nityanandha Prabhu started his mission in Panihatti near Calcutta and added thousands of followers chanting the Holy names of Lord. Sri Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami joined him in panihatti and arranged a great festival to spread the sankirtana movement.
(19) In Panihati, Nityananda Prabhu used the house of Raghava Pandita as headquarters.
(20) Then, he went to Varaha Nagara and stayed in the house of Gadhadhara Dasa and made that as a center of sankirtana movement.
(21) Then, Sri Nityanandha Prabhu came to Saptagrama, Shantipur, Navadvipa, Thanajora, Baragachi, Dogachiya, Fulia, and all villages on both sides of the Ganges and He went door-to-door and begged people to surrender to Mahaprabhu’s sankirtana mission. In Khardaha alone, he made 1200 men and 1300 women as devotees.
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(22) MARRIAGE: After returning to Bengal, Sri Nityanandha Prabhu married Jahnava and vasudha , the two daughters of Surya Dasa Sarakhel recognizing their great devotion to Lord. As said by Kavi Karnapura, the two girls were incarnations of Revati Devi and Varuni Devi, the wives of Lord Balarama.
(23) Vasudha passed away after giving birth to two children, a boy named Virabhadra and a girl named Ganga Devi. Another wife Jahnava raised those children.
(24) Then Jahnava became a very outstanding Vaishnava and initiated her son Virabhadra as well as many other male and female members of the Vaishnava community. Major figures in Mahaprabhu’s lineage took shelter at her lotus feet, and personalities like Narottama Dasa Thakura, Srinivasa Acarya, and Syamananda Prabhu accepted her as the most prominent Vaishnava in Bengal.
(25) DEPARTURE FROM EARTH:
In Ekachakra, Sri Nityananda Prabhu established a deity of Krishna known as Bankima Raya, with a deity of Jahnava Devi, and on the left, Srimati Radharani. Sri Nityananda Prabhu merged into the form of Bankima Raya to leave the earth for His eternal pastimes in the spiritual sky.
(With sincere thanks to Sri Satyaraja Dasa)