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This is the place of residence of Shri Gauridas Pandit, Shri Suryadas, Shri Paramananda, Shri Krishnadas Sarkhel and Shri Hridaya Chaitanya. Shri Gauridas Pandit was one of the twelve cowherd boys that descended with Lord Nityananda, and in Vraja lila he was the gopa named Subala. Before he resided in Saligram, but he later moved to the banks of Ganga. Not far away is Shri Navadwip Dham and on the opposite side of the Ganges is Santipur, where Shri Advaita Acarya resided. Shri Gauridas Pandit's father's name was Shri Kansari Misra and his mother's name was Kamala. His elder brother Shri Suryadas Sarkhel was the father of Shrimati Jahnava devi and Shrimati Vasudha devi, the two wives of Shri Nityananda Prabhu. His younger brother, Shri Krishnadas Sarkhel, rendered service to Shrivas Pandit. Shri Gauridas Pandit's disciple's name was Shri Hridaya Chaitanya, whose famous disciple was Shri Shyamananda Prabhu.One time Shri Nityananda Prabhu and Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, while touring Shri Gaura Mandala, took a boat from Harinadi and rowed over to Arfb'ka Kalana in order to see Shri Gauridas. He was sitting,, when They arrived, under a tamarind tree that still exists today. L°rd Chaitanya and Nityananda Prabhu came and joined him and Ttiey Degan discussing Krishna katha.
Durin§ their deliberations, Gauridas repeatedly requested Them to remai*1 w'tn mm as his guests for some time. Mahaprabhu felt compassion^ to Gauridas, and He made, with His own hands, two woncj^rful Gaura-Nitai murtis from a nearby neem tree. Mahaprabhu then t?ave the Deities to Gauridas. Pandit Gauridas used to worship Them m a verv intimate way. He would always talk to Them sweetly and Was atten1;ive to Their every need. He would discuss sastra with Them during each part of the day. He was very possessive of his Deiti£s and would allow no one other than himself to perform Their worshiP-Another time Mahaprabhu and Nityananda arrived with a full
sankiJtan party. At that time the kirtan became so ecstatic that the Qaura-Nitai Deities Themselves physically leaped off the altar to join the k-irtan. With two Nitai's and two Gauranga's performing kirtan simultaneously amongst the devotees, the kirtan reached ecstatic pr0pOrtons that cannot be conveyed with words.
Gauridas Pandit saw that the Deities had left Their position on the altar- ^e immediately grabbed a stick and chased Them. He ordered the C?eities to return to the altar. The Deities saw Gauridas approaching a*1** ^ed 'n fear- Gauridas, not being able to differentiate between the r*0 sets> cornered Nitai and Gauranga and demanded that They retuJ"n to the altar. Nitai and Gauranga complied and went back to Theif original positions. Because of this amazing pastime, you will see today that the darshan of these two Deities is very quick. Sometimes the ^arshan is so quick that people miss it because they offer their 05ejgance for too long. The pujaris fear that if they keep the curtain opei1 t0° l°ng, Gaura-Nitai might again jump off the altar! Hare Krishna!