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Shri Isan Thakur


Shri Isan Thakur was the household servant of Shri Jagannatha Misra. After the disappearance of Misra Mahasoy, Isan accepted the responsibility of looking after the household. He respected Sacimata as his own mother and she in turn was affectionate to him as though he was her son. All of the various household duties such as bringing water from the Ganges, growing vegetables in the garden, collecting the yearly supply of rice paddy from the temple, going to the market, receiving guests and washing their feet and so on were carried out by Isan. When Nityananda Prabhu came to Sacimata's house Isan washed His feet.                                              [C.B.Mad.8.59]

He would also clean the room after meals. When Nimai was a small boy, He was very restless and would make many capricious demands which Isan would eventually have to fulfil. Sacinandan Nimai, the very life of Isan, wouldn't go anywhere without him.                                                     [B.R.12.97]


"Isan was always engaged in Sacimata's service, and thus he is extremely fortunate amongst the inhabitants of the fourteen planetary systems."

 [C.B.Madhya 8.74]

"I offer my obeisances to Shri Isan Thakur, to whom Sacidebi was very affectionate.                                                               [Baisnabvandana / Debkinandana]


After Mahaprabhu took sannyasa, the entire responsibility of looking after Sacimata and Bisnupriya fell on the shoulders of Isan. After the disappearance of Sacimata, Bamsibadanananda looked after Bisnupriya and Isan Thakur.


The first time Shrinibas Acarja went to Mayapur from Puri he had darshan of Bisnupriya, but when the three of them, Shrinibas, Narottama and Ramacandra went to Mayapur, only Isan Thakur was present.

"They saw Isan sitting alone, his body shining with the effulgence of the sun. Though he tried to restrain his emotions, still tears flowed out from his closed eyes."                                                                                    [B.R.12.113]

After offering their obeisances, the three companions introduced themselves to Isan. When Isan could understand that they were the favourites of Mahaprabhu, he embraced them very affectionately. Thereafter, the three of them took the elderly Isan with them and made a pilgrimage around the nine islands of Nabadwip to have darshan of the places of pastimes of Shri Gaursundor. When they had completed their parikram, they took leave of Isan, offering their prayers at his feet.                                             [B.R.13.9]

After having spent some days in his company, the pain of separation was very acute as they proceeded on their way. When the three stalwart devotees arrived at Raghunandan Bhavan at Shri Khanda, they were respectfully given seats. Shortly thereafter the news arrived from Mayapur that Isan Thakur had concluded his final pastimes.                                                             [B.R.13/21]