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Kheturi is situated 12 miles away from Rampur. One can catch a steamboat to Premtali on the Padma river and from there chant a few rounds during the two mile walk to Kheturi. Kheturi is the place of Shri Narottama Thakur, and it contains several temples established by him. Radha Kunda and Shyama Kunda also are present in Kheturi. On the northern side of the main temple is the sitting place of Shri Narottama das Thakur. Near there is a tamarind tree, Narottama's toothbrush, and a place called Premtali, where Lord Chaitanya met with Nityananda Prabhu even before the birth of Narottama das Thakur. At this tree Mahaprabhu had left prema exclusively for Shri Narottama, and it is therefore known as Premtali.


Shri Narottama has established six Deities at Kheturi: Gauranga-deva, Vallabhi Kanti, Shri Braja Mohana, Shri Krishna, Shri Radha Kanta, and Shri Radha Mohana. Shri Narottama organized the famous festival of Kheturi honoring Gaura Purnima, the birth of Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. At that time, although Mahaprabhu had left this world years before, many different devotees saw Mahaprabhu in different ways. Those from Shri Navadwip Dham saw Him more intimately as Nimaicandra or Visvambhara, as they knew Him during His youth. These devotees were attracted to Him in sakhya and vatsalya rasa. The followers of the Six Goswamis, who only knew Him as a sannyasi, related to Him in the mood of dasya rasa. And hundreds of devotees also worshiped Him in an aisvarya mood of awe and reverence. This festival is considered a major achievement in Gaudiya Vaisnavism. Hundreds and hundreds of devotees were invited. Many were disciples of Mahaprabhu, many were direct disciples of Nityananda Prabhu, and many were direct disciples of Advaita Acarya. At this time, many differences existed in the interpretation of the Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy. Acaryarani Jahnava devi also came from Kardaha with her entourage. She presided over all the Vaishnavas and resolved their diverse conclusions into one consistent Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy.

In addition, this festival features many kirtans which, for the first time, integrated the glorification of Lord Chaitanya with the glorifica­tion of Krishna and Krishna lilas. So many Vaishnavas were present at one place at one time! This automatically made the Kheturi festival extraordinary and an important step towards unifying all the Gaudiya Vaishnavas. Haribol!