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Kumarahatta, presently known as Halishara, is the glorious birthplace of Shri Isvara Puri. This celebrated personality gave Vaish-nava diksa to Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After Mahaprabhu finished His Navadwip pastimes, Shrivas Pandit felt so much separation that he could no longer live in Shri Navadwip. He thus moved his residence here.
Shri Iswara Puri was the chief disciple of Shri Madhavendra Puri. He generally lived in Gaya. Lord Chaitanya met him when the Lord went to Gaya to perform sraddha for His father. Actually, Lord Chaitanya previously met Isvara Puri in Navadwip when the latter had stayed for seven months at the house of Gopinathacarya. At that time, Mahaprabhu, along with Gadadhara, went and saw Isvara Puri each evening.Isvara Puri once was reading from a wonderful book he had written which was named Krishna Lila Amrita. He asked Mahaprabhu to go through the book and check it for mistakes. Mahaprabhu replied that anyone finding any mistakes in the descriptions of Lord Krishna by a pure devotee is a sinful offender. The writings of a pure devotee are always bona fide and always pleasing to Lord Krishna because a pure devotee never writes anything from his imagination; everything he writes is sastra.
Isvara Puri was a maha-bhagavata who was empowerd by his guru maharaj, Shri Madhavendra Puri. When he again saw Mahaprabhu in Gaya, he felt a surge of ecstasy which flowed like a tidal wave in his heart. Lord Chaitanya approached him and offered His obeisances. He then requested Isvara Puri to kindly save Him from drowning in the ocean of material existence. Isvara Puri then initiated Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After Mahaprabhu took sannyasa, He came to Kumarhatta. He first offered His humble obeisances and, with great faith, He then picked up a handful of earth and tied it in a corner of His outer cloth, considering the earth from the birthplace of His guru Maharaj as His most valuable possession. Just before Isvara Puri left thsi world, he ordered Govinda and Kasisvara to go to Jagannath Puri and serve Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Hare Krishna!