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Dharenda Bahadur


Dharendra Bahadur is in the district Midnapur near Karapur rail station and is the birthplace of Shri Shyamananda Prabhu. He took birth in the year 1455 Sakabda in the sadgopa dynasty. His father's name was Shri Krishna Mandala and his mother's name was Durika devi.His childhood name was Dukhi Krishnadas, which means unhappy Krishnadas. Because many of his elder brothers and sisters had died in infancy before him, his father and mother, in order to protect him from Yamaraj, gave him this name Dukhi. A custom in India is that when someone's child dies as an infant they give their next child a derogatory name hoping that Yamaraj will not be attracted to him.

As a young boy, after taking permission from his father, he went to get darshan of Shri Gaura Mandala. He arrived at Ambika Kalana and took Vaishnava diksa from Shri Hridaya Chaitanya, the disciple of Gauridas Pandit. At that time, his name was shortened to Krishnadas. After this he travelled to many holy places and finally arrived in Vrindavan where he studied the bhakti literatures under Shri Jiva Goswami.


He was very humble and he used to rise early in the morning before anyone was awake to sweep the stones off the streets so that the Vaishnavas would not hurt their feet as they performed their daily services. Early one morning, he found a beautiful golden ankle bracelet. He had never seen anything so wonderful before. Going to Shri Jiva Goswami he explained to him what had transpired. Shri Jiva Goswami told him to return to the place where he had found it and, from within his heart, instructed him not to give this ankle bracelet to anyone except the person to whom the bracelet belonged. He should then personally place it on her foot.Later when he returned, Lalita devi along with Visakha devi came hurriedly looking for a lost ankle bracelet but they could not find it. When they passed by Dukhi Krishnadas, he told them when the person to whom the ankle bracelet belongs would come, he wuld place it on her foot. Lalita devi asked him whether he didn't feel ashamed being in the renounced order and thinking about ladies."You appear to be a babaji, so how is it that you desire to touch the foot of a female?" But Krishnadas would not be swayed. Following the instructions of Shri Jiva, he would not relinquish the ankle bracelet to them. Finally it was agreed that Krishnadas' eyes would be closed and covered with a cloth. Only then would he be allowed to place the golden ankle bracelet on the lotus foot of Shrimati Radhika.


When his eyes were covered, Shrimati Radharani appeared with Her sakhis. Before placing the ankle bracelet on Her foot, Krishnadas, with folded hands, humbly pressed it reverently against his forehead which left the impressing of a new form of tilak. Shrimati Radhika, receiving Her golden ankle bracelet back, blessed him and then disappeared with all Her sakhis.From that time onwards, Shri Jiva Goswami being pleased with Krishnadas, awarded him the name Shyamananda das, meaning one who gives pleasure to Shyama, Shrimati Radharani. His name also means a servant to Shyamasundara, Krishna. Thus Shri Jiva had factually kept intact the same sentiment that Krishnadas' diksa guru, Shri Hridoy Chaitanya, had when he gave him the name Krishnadas.


Shri Shyamananda Prabhu also accompanied Shrinivas and Nar-ottama when they carried the Goswami's books to be translated from Sanskrit to Bengali. In the later part of his life he resided in the village Narasimhapur in Orissa, and he profusely preached the message of Mahaprabhu throughout Orissa. Out of his thousands of disciples, Shri Rasikananda was the foremost. Hare Krishna!