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Title: Lord Shiva in Vraja and Navadvipa

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-04-22 07:46:26





four ancient deities  of lord shiva residing at mathura are known as

dik-palas, protectors of directions. they stay in mathura to protect the


Bhuteswar mahadev is the protector of western side fo mathura. Peppaleswr

mahadeva resides near vishram ghat on the Yamuna. He guards the eastern side

of mathura. Rangeswar maadeva is the protector of the southern side , and

Gokarneswar mahadeva is he guardian of the northern side of the city.



Gopeswar mahadeva is one on the most prominent deities in the

gaudiya-sampradaya nad is mentioned in many gaudiya literatures. He is the

very ancient protector of sri vrindavan Dham. It is said one cannot enter

Vridavan dham without his permission.

Nandaeswar mahadeva

Nanda Maharaja's palace at nandagaon is resting on top of the hill called

Nandaswar Parvat. This hill is the incarnation of Lord Shiva.

Bankhandi mahadeva.

Bankhandi mahadeva. Is situated in the old part of Vrindavan at the junction

of Bankey Bihari Bazar road and bankhandi mahadeva bazaar road. Ban-khandi

means forest dweller.



The central zone of navadvip dham is antardvip the island where sri

caitanaya mahaprabhu appeared, the central zone of antardwip is yoga pitha,

the actual place of Mahaprabhu's  appearance.

Lord Shiva resides eternally at this place. Here as the siva linaga known as

Ksetra pala mahadeva, lord shiva renders his etrnal service of protecting

the dhama. Khsetra pala madeva has been in Mayapur since the time of Sri

Caitanya mhaprabhu




Rudradwip is just west of antardwip..Thakur Hhaktivinod writes in navadvip

dhama mahatmya that as Nila Lohita, Lord Shiva contacntly relishes gaura

kirtana in Rudradvip along iwht his a ssociates, the eleven rudras. They are

all intoxicated from chanting the different names of Lord Gauranga, they

dance in great jubilation.




Srila Narahari Chakravarti thakur has described Simantadqip in his bhakti

ratnakar, where Parvati devi performed austerities and received darshan &

blessing of Gauranga Mahaprabhu, she put Mahaprabhu's  red foot-dust on her

simanta, the parting in her hair. Since then the island has beennames as

Simantadvip and it also become residence of Lord shiva and parvati.




Thakur bhaktivinod describe the island of godrumdwip and deity of hari-hara.

The hari-har deity is a combined form of Lord Vishnu and Lorde Shiva. Lord

Vishnu created this half black(lord vinshu) and half white(lord shiva)deity

to  show how dear and inseparable lord shiva is to him.




When lord shiva heard that suta goswami was about to speak on the pastimes

of lord Caitasnya here, he could not tolerate missing even one word. His

anxiety to reach here in time was so intense that he even abandoned his

normal carrier, the bull nandi, and took  up  Lord Brahma;s much fater

Hamsa(swan) carrier. The Hamsa Vahan temple houses the deity of Hamsa Vahan

Shiva- but only three days a year.

These pastimes reveal how lord Shiva is abosorved in relishing the nectar of