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Lord Shiva in Vraja and Navadvipa

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2006-05-05 05:30:47
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

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