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Chakhandi, located in the district of Nadia, is the birthplace of Shrinivas Acarya. To reach here one gets off at the Dihat railway station. Both the birthplace and the samadhi of Shrinivas Acarya are in Chakkhandi. Shrinivas Acarya was born in a brahmana family on the full moon day in the month of Visak, in the year 1441 Sakabda. His father's name was Chaitanya das, and he, by divine arrangement, had been in Katwa when Lord Chaitanya had taken sannyasa. His mother's name was Laksmipriya. Shrinivas Acarya was a great teacher and preacher of Vaishnava philosophy and Vedanta. He also wrote many devotional songs and spread the Gaudiya Vaisnva dharma. He is considered by the previous acaryas as the second manifestation of Lord Chaitanya. His guru was the famous Gopal Bhatta Goswami, but he studied Vaishnava philosophy and bhakti literatures under Shri Jiva Goswami.


Shri Jiva sent Shrinivas to Bengal, on Acaryarani Jahnava devi's request, to carry the Goswami books to Bengal for translation from Sanskrit into Bengali. Shrinivas, at that time, made King Bir Hambir his disciple. Bir Hambir then, due to Shrinivas Acarya's mercy, later protected and spread the Vaishnava tradition immeasurably. Shrinivas Acarya established manoha shoy, a wonderful style of kirtan. Shrinivas Acarya is considered the originator of book distribution. At the request of Jahnava devi and on the order of Shri Jiva Goswami, Shrinivas Acarya took the Goswamis's books, Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita by Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami, and other books to Bengal to have them translated from Sanskrit to Bengali. The books were then distributed to all the devotees in Bengal. Transcendental book distribution ki jaya! Hare Krishna!