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Other Gaudiya Vaishnavas Pilgrimage Places

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Kanchada Pada


This is where Shri Vasudeva Datta, an intimate associate of Lord Chaitanya,  and brother of Mukunda Datta lived. This place is on the bank of the  Ganges. BothVasudeva Datta and his brother were expert kirtana singers.  When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu went to Jagannatha Puri, Vasudeva Datta also  went to Puri. Shivananda Sen's wife's parents are from this village. There is a  Deity called Krishna Raya here which was established by Kavikarnapur.  This Deity is on a street called Krishnapur.


Govinda, the brothers of Madhava and Vasudeva Ghosh, es­tablished a  temple here.


Kancha Gadiya


In Kancha Gadiya are the house and samadhi of Shri Haridasa Acarya, an  associate of Lord Chaitanya. He was also called Braja Haridasa because he  lived in Vrindavana after receiving an or­der from Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to  go there. He left his body in Vrindavana and his sons brought his body here  and built his samadhi. He had two sons named Shri Dasa and Gokula Dasa,  who moved to Kanchan Gadiya after their father went to Vrindavana.  Hari­dasa asked Shrinivasa Acarya to initiate his two sons. When Shrini-vasa  Acarya came to Kancha Gadiya he initiated them. You will also find the  house of Shri Radha Ballava Dasa Man-dala. He is known for translating the  Vilap Kusumanjali of Shri

Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami. The house of Vrindavana Chattaraja, the  disciple of Shrinivasa Acarya is also here. Also there is the house of  Narasimha Kaviraja, a disciple of Shrinivasa Acarya and one of the eight  poets called the Asta Kavirajas. Also here is the house of Shri Raghunatha  Kar, who is also a disciple of Shrinivasa Acarya. He was one of the Asta  Kaviraja poets. How To Get There This place is close to Bhaja Soha Station.



This is the birthplace of the two brothers, Shri Vasudeva Datta and Shri  Mukunda Datta.




This is where Shri Locana Dasa Thakur, the writer of Shri Cait­anya Mangala  resided. His samadhi is at this place. His father's name was Shri Kamlaka  and his mother's name was Sabhanandi. He was the disciple of Shri Narahari  Sarkar Thakur of Shri Khanda. There are many pastimes in Shri Chaitanya  Mangala that are not nientioned in Chaitanya Caritamrita or Chaitanya  Bhagavata. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura printed and distributed  Shri Chaitanya Mangala. Locana Dasa wrote many songs praising Lord  Chaitanya and His associates.



This is where Vakresvara Pandita lived. Lord Chaitanya had him take care of  the Gambhira in Kasi Misra's house. He also looked after the Radha Kanta  Temple in Kasi Misra's house.




It is said that when Madhvacarya married the daughter of Nityananda  Prabhu, Gangadevi, he received this village as dowry from the Lord. His  temple is near the Jirat railway station on the eastern railway. In Krishna-lila  Madhvacarya was formerly the gopi named Madhavi.



Keshava Bharati, the sannyasa guru of Lord Chaitanya was born here. After  taking sannyasa Keshava Bharati lived in Karduhe and then in Katwa. This  is also where Vrindavana Dasa Thakur wrote Chaitanya Bhagavata, and also  installed Deities of Nitai-Gauranga. Vrinda­vana Dasa Thakur's maternal  grandparents were also from Denutha. There is a hand written copy of  Shrimad Bhagavatam in which Lord Chaitanya wrote in His own handwriting  the mean­ings to a few words.




The king of Putia, Bharendra Narayana, was blessed by Snni-vasa Acarya  and he received the mercy of the Vaishnavas. The king's daughter was  Sacidevi Dasi (Ganga Mata). After her fa­ther died she ruled the kingdom.


After a short time, she renounced the kingdom and went to Vrindavana. She  then got initiated by Haridasa Pandita, who worshiped Govindaji in  Vrindavana. She performed her bhajan at the Govindaji temple and then later  moved to Radha Kunda to join Laksmipriya, who was chanting 300,000  names a day and worshiping the Deities of Gadadhara-Chaitanya.  Eventually  Ganga Mata moved to Jagannatha Puri, where she initiated many followers.


Chand Pada


This is the birthplace of Subhudhi Raya. The ruler of Ben­gal, Hussein Shah,  was previously the servant of Subhudhi Raya. On the influence of his wife,  Hussein Shah forcibly poured wa­ter from his drinking pot into the mouth of  Subhudhi Raya and thus removed Subhudhi Raya's caste. According to  orthodox Hindus, he was considered converted to being a Muslim. He was  thus advised to kill himself by a smarta brahmana. Lord Cai­tanya instead  advised him to go to Vrindavana. He then went to Vrindavana and constantly  chanted the holy names of the Lord. How To Get There This place is eight  miles northeast of Murshidapore station.




This is where the father of Rupa, Sanatana and Vallabha was born. This is  also the place of Candrasekhara Acarya. He was allso called Acarya Ratna.  He was married to the sister of Sacidevi, the mother of Lord Chaitanya.  Therefore he was considered to be the uncle of Lord Chaitanya. He was born  in Shri Hatta in Bang­ladesh, but later moved to Navadvipa. He took full  responsilbil-ity for Mother Saci, when Jagannatha Misra left this world.


Vraja Rajpur


This is where Shridas Gadadhara, an associate of Nityananda Prabhu  resided. He tirst lived at Ai yadeha, which is on the bank of the Ganges. He  then went to Jagannatha Puri to associate with Lord Chaitanya. When  Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ordered Nit­yananda Prabhu to return and preach in  Bengal, at that tiime Shridas went back with Nityananda. In Navadvipa he  would t;ake care of Saci Devi and Vishnupriya Devi. At the present time  there is a temple in his house. His samadhi is in Aryadeha. How To Get  There This place is in the district of Bankura.




This is where Mamu Thakura lived. His real name was Jagan­natha  Cakravarti. He was the nephew of Shri Nilambara Caikra-varti, the grandfather  of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. In Bengal a maternal uncle is called mama,  and in East Bengal and Orissa, mamu. Thus Jagannatha Cakravarti was  known as Mama or Mamu Thakura. He became the priest in the Tota  Gopimatha temple in Jagannatha Puri after Gadadhara Pandita left his  b>ody. How To Get There This village is in the district of Faidpur.





This is where Suryadasa Sarakhela lived. He amassed a tgood sized fortune  because he was a secretary in the Mohamnuedan government. He later  moved to Ambika Kalana. Gauridasai Pan­dita also lived in Saligrama. He  was formerly Subala, one ojf the cowherd boy friends of Krishna and  Balarama in Vrindavaina. How To Get There This place is a few miles from  Navadvipa. It is close: to the railway station in Mudagacha.




This is where Advaita Acarya, Shrihasa and Gopala Acarya lived. Lord  Chaitanya and Prabhu Nityananda both came here and met Advaita Acarya.  Santipur is on the bank of the Ganges.There is a reconstruction of the  house that Shri Advaita Ac­arya lived in. There is also a temple  commemorating the site where he iesided. Advaita Acarya's Narasimha  Shalagram-shila and His Madana Mohana Deity are being worshiped here.  Advaita Acarya had three sons who were all strict devotees of Lord  Chaitanya. They were Acyutananda, Krishna Misra and Go­pala Dasa.  Advaita Acarya also had three other sons: Balarama, Svarupa and Jagadisa.


Krishna Misra, the second son of Advaita Acarya, had two sons,  Raghunatha Cakravarti and Dolagovinda. The descendants of Raghunatha  still live in Santipur. After taking sannyasa at Katwa, Shri Chaitanya  Mahaprabhu wanted to go to Vrindavana. He wandered around in a trance  continuously for three dss and by the trick of Nityananda Prabhu, eventually  came to the western side of Santipur. Shri  Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.was made  to believe that the Ganges was the Yamuna. At this time Advaita Acarya  appeared with a boat. The Lord asked Advaita Acarya "Why did you come  here? How  did you know that I was in Vrindavana?" Advaita Acarya then   told Lord Chaitanya the situation. He then said, "Wherever You are, that is  Vrindavana." He then took Lord Chaitanya to his house in Santipur. Mother  Saci Devi came and cooked for her son, Lord Chaitanya. At that time there  were many joking exchanges between Advaita Prabhu and Nityananda  Prabhu. In the evening  there was an ecstatic kirtana. Mother Saci then gave  Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu permission to leave, but she requested Him to  stay in Jagannatha Puri, so she could hear news about Him. While traveling  to Vrindavana for the first time, Shri Chaitanya stopped in Santipur. At this  time the Lord's mother, Sacimata, met Him and was thus relieved of her  great unhappiness. The Lord then went to Ramakeli and then He returned to  Santipur and stayed for ten days. At this time Raghunatha Dasa came to  meet Him. Raghunatha Dasa fell at the Lord's lotus feet and the  Lord  touched him with His feet. Advaita Acarya gave Raghu­natha Dasa the  remnants left by Lord Chaitanya. Raghunatha Dasa was thus engaged for five  to seven days in rendering service to Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Every vear  this place is visited by ISKCON devotees on the Ekadashi before Gaura  Purnima. A large feeding program takes part on this day in which thousands  of the local people are fed. This is a good time to visit this place. How To  Get There This place is about an hour away from Mayapur by car. When  you travel between Calcutta and Mayapur you go past this place.




This is the village of Mahesh Pandita and there is a temple here which he  established. The village is near the Ganges. The Deities in this temple are  Gaura-Nityananda, Shri Gopinatha, Shri Madana Mohana and Radha-Govinda.  There are also shalagrama-shilas. Mahesh Pandita went to the Panihati  festival performed by Nityananda Prabhu. At that time he met Narottama  Dasa Thakura. How To Get There Palapada is about one mile south of  Cabadaha railway station, in the district of Nadia.



In Candudegrama is a temple with Deities installed by Puru-sottama  Thakura. His father was Sadasiva Kaviraja. They be­longed to the vaidya  caste of physicians. In Gaura Ganoddessa Dipaka it is stated that Sadisiva  Kaviraja was the gopi named Candravali. All the family members of Sadasiva  Kaviraja were great devotees of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Purusottama  Dasa Thakur sometimes lived at Sukhasagara. All the Deities installed by  Purusottama Thakura were originally situated in Beledanga-grama. When  the temple was destroyed the Deities, were moved several times, but are  now situated in Candudegrama. How To Get There This place is one mile  from Palapada. It is near the Cakadaha and Simurali railway stations


Yasada (Yasada-grama)


This is where Jagadish Pandita, an associate of Lord Chaitanya lived. Both  his father, Kamalaksa, and his mother were great devotees of Lord Vishnu.  After the death of his parents, Jagadish along with his wife Duhkhini and  brother Mahesh, moved to Mayapur. Jagadish was ordered by Shri Chaitanya  Mahaprabhu to go to Puri to preach the sankirtana movement. After  returning from Jagannatha Puri he established Deities of Jagannatha here. It  is said that to bring the Deities here Jagadish tied the Deity of Lord  Jagannatha to a stick and then carried the Lord on his back. The priest in  the temple here can show you this stick. There is also a banyan tree here  that Jagadish rested under while carrying the Deity of Lord Jagannatha. How  To Get There This place is in the district of Nadia, near Chakdaha, on the  bank of the Ganges. It is near the Cakadaha railway station.


Halisahara (Kumarahatta)


This is where Isvara Puri, who initiated Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, took birth.  This place is also known as Kumarahatta. .After Lord Chaitanya left  Navadvipa Dhaam4px",right and went to Jagan­natha Puri, Shrivasa Pandita felt so much  separation that he could no longer live in Navadvipa and so he moved here.  There is a reconstruction of the house in which Shrivasa Thakura lived. When  Lord Chaitanya was going to Vrindavana for the first time he stayed here.

Bhagavan Acarya formerly lived in Halisahara, but he left and went to live  with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Jagannatha Puri. His relationship with  Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was friendly, like that of a cowherd boy. He was  friendly with Svarupa Damodara. He was staunchly devoted to Lord  Chaitanya, and was a very learned scholar. How To Get There   This place is  about 30 km north of Calcutta, going to­wards Mayapur.


Kancadapada (Kancanapalli)


There are Deities in a temple here called Gaura-Gopala which was installed  by Shivananda Sena. He also lived here, and Lord Chaitanya stayed here for  two days at his home when He was on His way to Vrindavana for the first  time.


There is a large Radha Krishna temple here that was estab­lished by  Shrinatha Pandita. The Deity in this temple is named Shri Krishna Raya. This  temple was constructed by Nimai Mullik of Pathuriva-ghata in Calcutta in  1708 Sakabda There is a large courtyard in front of the temple, and there are  residential quar­ters for visitors. Shrinatha Pandita was a disciple of Advaita  Acarva. and he was the spiritual master of Shivananda Sena's third son,  Paramananda Kavikarnapura. According to hearsay, Virabhadra Prabhu, the  son of Nit-yananda Prabhu, brought a big stone from Mursidabad from which  three Deities were carved—namely, the Radhavallabha Deity of  Vallabhapura, the Syamasundara Deity of Khadadaha and the Shri Krishna  Raya Deity of Kancadapada How To Get There This village is about 2 km  (1V4 miles) from Halisahara (Kumarahatta) and about 30 km north of  Calcutta.



Panihati is where Lord Nityananda ordered Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami, as a  form of punishment, to hold a chipped rice and yogurt festival. This event is  described in Chaitanya Caritamrita. The banyan tree under which Nityananda  Prabhu sat is still here.  Raghava Pandita's house is still located here. On  the samadhi of Raghava Pandita is a creeper which is on a concrete  platform. There is also a Deity of Madana Mohana in a temple near by.  When Lord Chaitanya was going to Vrindavana for the first time He came to  Panihati and stayed at Raghava Pandita's house for one day. As Raghava  Pandita was bringing Lord Chaitanya to his house a great crowd assembled  along the way, and the Lord reached Raghava Pandita's residence with great  difficulty. Raghava Pandita was one of the main associates of Chaitanya  Mahaprabhu. Close to his house was a lemon tree on which kadamba  flowers grew. Raghava Pandita would make garlands from the flowers from  this tree and offer them to his Deities. In Krishna-lila Raghava Pandita was a  confidential gopi named Dhanistha, who would always be engaged in  preparing foodstuffs for Krishna.


Every year he and his sister would prepare wonderful dried foods to be taken  to Lord Chaitanya. When Raghava went to Ja­gannatha Puri for Rathayatra he  would take these food items to Lord Chaitanya. Govinda, Lord Chaitanya's  servant would store these items and each day throughout the year he would  offer them to Lord Chaitanya. These items would be carried in a bag called  Raghavera-jhali (the bag of Raghava Pandita). Raghava Pandita would at  times also cook for the Lord.  His sister Damayanti also lived here. She  would collect vari­ous ingredients which were used in cooking for Lord  Chaitanya. In Krishna-lila she was the gopi named Gunamala. Makaradhvaja  Kara also lived in Panihati. He was a sub-branch of Raghava Pandita. How  To Get There This place is about 15 km north of Calcutta. To get there you  take a train from Sealdah station in Calcutta to Sodapura station. Panihati is  about one mile from this station, on the western side of the Ganges.




After Lord Chaitanya took sannyasa and went to Jagannatha Puri, Lord  Nityananda went with Him. Lord Nityananda then returned to Bengal to  preach under the order of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After some time he  settled in Kardaha. He mar­ried Jahnava Devi and Vasuddha Devi at this  place. His son Vi-rabhadra and His daughter Gangamata Deva were born  here. There is a temple here with a Deity of Krishna called Syama-sundara.  The bathing ghata here on the bank of the Ganges is called Syamasundara  Ghata. Shrinivasa Acarya and Narottama Dasa Thakur came to this place.  Ramacandra, a disciple of Virabhadra Gosani lived in Kardaha with his  family. Purandara Pandita met Lord Nityananda in Kardaha. When  Nityananda Prabhu came to this village, He danced very un­commonly, and  His dancing captivated Purandara Pandita. Purandara was in the top of a  tree, and when he saw the dancing of Nityananda he jumped down to the  ground and proclaimed himself to be Angada, one of the devotees in the  camp of Hanu-man during the pastimes of Lord Ramacandra. Paramesvara  Dasa also lived for some time in Khadadaha. Chaitanya Bhagavata states  that Paramesvara Dasa was the life and soul of Lord Nityananda. In  Krishna-lila he was Arjuna, a friend of Krishna and Balarama. He was one of  the 12 gopalas. He went with Jahnava Devi to the festival at Kheturi.


Madhu Pandita lived near Khadadaha in the village of Sanibona-grama. He  constructed the temple of Gopinathaji in Vrindavana. Sanibona-grama is  about 2 miles east of the Khadadaha railway station. How To Get There This  place is two miles west of the Kardaha railway sta­tion, on the bank of the  Ganges. It is about 20 km (12 miles) northeast of Calcutta, not far from  Panihati.



Ambika Kalana


This is where Shri Gauridasa Pandita, Shri Hridaya Chaitanya, Shri  Paramananda, Shri Suryadasa, and Shri Krishnadasa Sarkhel lived.On the  opposite side of the Ganges is Santipur, which is where Advaita Acarya  lived.Gauridasa Pandita was one of the 12 cowherd boys that de­scended  with Nityananda Prabhu. In Krishna-lila he was the cow­herd boy named  Subala. At first he lived in Saligram, but then later moved to the banks of the  Ganges.


There is a temple here which has a big tamarind tree grow­ing in front of it. It  is also said that Lord Chaitanya and Gauridasa Pandita met underneath this  tree. It is said that a copy of a Bhaga-vad-gita that was written by Shri  Chaitanya Mahaprabhu still exists in this temple. When Lord Chaitanya and  Prabhu Nityananda came here Gauridasa repeatedly requested Them to  remain with him as guests for some time. Lord Chaitanya then made with His  own hands a beautiful set of Gaura-Nitai Deities from a nearby neem tree.  Lord Chaitanya then presented these Deities to Gauridasa Pandita.  Gauridasa Pandita would not allow anyone else to wor- ship these Deities.  At another time Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda came here with a  sankirtana party. The kirtana became so ecstatic that the Gaura-Nitai  Deities jumped off the altar and joined the kir­tana. With two Nitais and two  Gaurangas performing kirtana at the same time, the kirtana became very  ecstatic. When Gauridasa Pandita saw that the Deities had left the altar he  grabbed a stick and chased them. Seeing that Gauridasa Pandita was  angry Gaura-Nitai disappeared. Gaura-Nitai then entered the heart (hridaya)  of Chaitanya Dasa, Gauridasa Pandita's foremost dis­ciple. From then on  Chaitanya Dasa became known as Hridaya Chaitanya, one who holds Shri  Chaitanya in his heart. The Deities saw Gauridasa approaching them and  They fled. Gauridasa, not being able to tell the different between the two  sets of Nitai and Gauranga, told Nitai and Gauranga to return to the altar.  The Deities then returned to the altar. Because of this pastime the darshan  of these Deities is very short. Some­times people miss the darshan  because they pay their obeisance too long. The pujaris fear if they keep the  curtain of the altar open too long that the Deities will jump off. How To Get  There This place is just across the Ganges from Santipur, about 40 km  south of the city of Navadvipa. It is 2 miles east of Kalna railway station.  You can get a train to here from the Navadvipa train station (1 hr). You get  down at the Kalna station and from there you take a rickshaw to here.


Bagana Parda


This is the place of Vamsi Vadana and his son, Ramai Thakur, who was  also known as Ramacandra Gosvami. How To Get There Bagana is the first  railway station when one travels from Kalna to Navadvipa.



This is the village of Kaliya Krishnadasa. He was one of the 12 gopalas  (cowherd boys) named Labanga who descended with Lord Nityananda. This  village is very small.

How To Get There This village is in the district of Burdwan, not far from  Katwa. It is on the road to Navadvipa. To get here you go from Vyandela  junc­tion station to the Katwa railway station. You then go about 2 miles  and get off at the Danihata station. From there this village is one mile.




At this place Nimai took sannyasa from Keshava Bharati and took the name  Shri Krishna Chaitanya. Katwa is also known as Kantaka Nagara or Katoya.  When Lord Chaitanya was 24, He left His wife Vishnupriya and His mother  Shrimati Saci Devi. He crossed the Ganges at Nidaya Ghata and traveled 32  miles to Katwa and took sannyasa. In Katwa, there is the place where Lord  Chaitanya took sann­yasa, the place where Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu got His  head shaved, a samadhi which contains His hair, the place of Shri Ke­shava  Bharati, and the residence of Shri Gadadhara Dasa. Also here is the samadhi  of the barber named Madhu, who shaved Lord Chaitanya's head. Madhu  became so distressed that he had shaved Lord Chaitanya head that he vowed  never to shave an­other person's head. He then became a sweet maker. On  the day the Lord took sannyasa, kirtana was performed for the en­tire day,  and at the end of the day the Lord shaved off His hair. One day Chaitanya  Mahaprabhu told Nityananda Prabhu that He should tell just five people that  He was going to take sann­yasa from Kesava Bharati in Katwa. "Only tell  My mother, Gada­dhara Pandita, Candrasekhara, Mukunda and  Brahmananda." On the Sankranti day (January 14), at the end of the  fortnight of the waxing moon the Lord took sannyasa. When he first saw Shri  Chaitanya, Keshava Bharati did not want to initiate Him into the order of  sannyasa. He felt the Lord was too young and beautiful to take sannyasa.  He told the Lord that he would meditate on His request and give Him his  answer the next day. The next day Mahaprabhu told Keshava Bharata that  in a dream the previous night He had received one mantra: He whispered it  in the ear of Keshava Bharati and asked if this was the sannyasa mantra.  Keshava responded that it was indeed the sannyasa mantra. He whispered  the mantra back into the ear of Lord Chaitanya and thus initiated Him into the  sannyasa order. Kesava Bharati had previously come to Lord Chaitanya's  home in Nadia, and the Lord offered him respectful obeisances and invited  him to His house. After feeding him, He asked him to deliver Him from this  material bondage. Keshava Bharati re- plied: "You are the Supreme  Personality of Godhead, the Supersoul. I must do whatever You cause me  to do. I am not independent of You." After saying this Keshava Bharati went  back to his village, Katwa. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu then went there and  took sannyasa. The Loid decided to take sannyasa because the so-called  pro­fessors and students would generally follow the regulative prin­ciples of  religion, fruitive activities and austerities, yet at the same time they were  blasphemers and rogues. Lord Chaitanya though, "if these rogues offer Me  obeisances, the reactions of their sinful activities will be nullified. Then, if I  induce them, they will take to devotional service. I should accept the  sannyasa order of life, for thus people will offer Me their obeisances,  think­ing of Me as a member of the renounced order. Offering obei­sances  will relieve them of all the reactions to their offenses. Then, by My grace,  devotional service will awaken in their pure hearts."

How To Get There This place is 50 km (32 miles) northwest of Mayapur, on  the other side of the Ganges. It is in the Bardaman district. This place can  be easily visited on a day trip by taxi from Mayapur.

Madhai Tala (Ghosahata)


At this place is the samadhi of Madhai, the brother of Jagai, who was  redeemed by Nityananda Prabhu and then later deliv­ered by Lord Chaitanya.  The descendants of Madhai still exist, and they are respectable  brahmanas.It is said that Shri Gopicarana Dasa Babaji established a  Nitai-Gaura temple here about 200 years ago. How To Get There This place  is about one mile south of the Mahaprabhu temple in Katwa.




Uddharana Datta Thakur, a close associate of Shri Nityananda Prabhu lived  here. Uddharana Datta Thakur was the manager of an estate of a big  Zamindar in Naihati, about IV2 miles north of Katwa. Since Uddharana Datta  Thakura was the manager of the estate, it was also known as  Uddaranapura. His Deities of Nitai-Gaura are still being worshiped in  Uddharanapura. There is an old neem tree here under which Nityananda  Prabhu sat under when He came and stayed with Uddharana Thakur.  Uddharana Thakur's samadhi is here. After finishing his education he  became a householder. He later became a minister for the king of the  province of Naihati, near Katwa. Later he received the causeless mercy of  Nityananda Prabhu. He left this world at the age of 60 in 1463 Sakabda.   How To Get There Uddharanapur is in the district of Bardaman, two miles  north of Katwa on the bank of the Ganges.




This place is the birthplace of Sarvananda Vacaspati, who taught Sanatana  Gosvami Sanskrit. How To Get There This place is 3 miles from Katwa.



Shri Mangala Vaishnava or Mangala Thakura, a follower of Gada-dhara Pandita  lived here. He was originally from Titakana. He later married the daughter of  his disciple Prananatha Adikari in the village of Mayanadala. The  descendants of this family are known as the Thakuras of Kandada. The  shalagiama-shila wor­shiped by Mangala Thakura is still worshiped here.  There is a temple in Kandada with a Deity of Vrindavana-candra. Mangala  Thakura had three sons—Radhikaprasada, Gopiramana and Syamakisora.  The descendants of these three sons are still liv­ing. How To Get There  Kandada is a village near Katwa in the district of Burdwan.




There is a temple here with a Deity called Shri Gopinatha. This Deity  accepted Govinda Ghosh as His father. Even up to this day, the Deity  performs the sraddha ceremony on the anni­versary of the death of Govinda  Ghosh. Since he had no chil­dren, Govinda Ghosh did not know who would  perform his fu­neral rites. Shri Gopinatha came to him in a dream and told  him that He Himself would do it. Every year in the month of Vaisakha this  Gopinatha Deity is taken to Krishnanagar, during the Baradola ceremony.  Eleven other Deities come to this ceremony. How To Get There Danihata is  near the Agradvipa railway station and Patuli in the district of Burdwan


Shri Khanda


This was the home of Narahari Sarakara Thakur, Mukunda Sarakara Thakur,  Raghunandana Thakur, Chiranjiva Sen, Govinda Kaviraja, Damodara  Kaviraja, Ramacandra Kaviraja. Balarama Dasa, Ram-gopal Dasa,  Pitambhara Dasa, Saccidananda Dasa, Jagadananda and Ratikanta Thakur.  The places that can be seen here are the place and seat of Narahari Sarkar,  the bhajan place of Bhardanga, and the Deities of Shri Gopinatha, Shri  Gauranga, Vishnupriya, Madana Gopala and Syama Raya who were  established by Kanai Thakur, the son of Raghunandana. Shri Mukunda  Sarakara was the son of Narayana Dasa and the eldest brother of Narahari  Sarakara. In Gaum Ganoddessa Dipika it is stated that Mukunda Dasa was  the gopi named Vrinda Devi. Mukunda's second brother's name was  Madhava Dasa, and his son was named Raghunandana Dasa. Lord  Chaitanya instructed Raghunandana to engage in the Lord's service in the  temple. Descendants of Raghunandana Dasa still live in Shri Khanda. Shri  Chaitanya Mahaprabhu asked Mukunda Dasa, "You are the father, and your  son is Raghunandana. Or is Shrila Raghunandana your father whereas you  are his son? Mukunda replied, "Raghunandana is my father, and I am his  son. All of us have attained devotion to Krishna due to Raghunandana.  Therefore in my mind he is my father." Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, "Yes,  it is correct. One who awakens devotion to Krishna is cer­tainly a spiritual  master." Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said that Mukunda's love of Godhead is  very deep and pure love could only be compared with purified gold. Lord  Chaitanya told him "Your duty is to earn both material and spiritual wealth."


Mukunda Dasa was the royal physician. One day Mukunda Dasa was  seated on a high platform with the Muslim King, Hussain Shah, and was  telling the king about medical treatments. At this time a servant brought in a  peacock fan to shade the king's head from the sun. Just by seeing the  peacock-feathered fan, Mukunda Dasa became absorbed in ecstatic love of  God­head and fell from the high platform onto the ground. When he returned  to consciousness the king asked Mukunda why he had fallen. Mukunda  replied, "My dear King, I have a disease that is like epilepsy." Later,  Mukunda Thakura retired as the court physician and went to Navadvipa to  study with Chaitanya Ma­haprabhu. Lord Chaitanya instructed Narahari  Sarakara to remain in Ja­gannatha Puri with His devotees. He would serve  Lord Chaitanya by fanning Him with a peacock feathered fan and camara. He  was born in 1402 Sakabda in a brahinana family. His older brother was  Mukunda Sarkar Thakura. He wrote many poems in San­skrit and Bengali  before meeting Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Nara­hari Sarakara disciple was  Locana Dasa Thakura, the writer of Chaitanya Mangala. He wrote several  books, including Krishna Bhajanamritam and Padahalpataru. The Gauranga  Deity that he established still exist. Shri Raghunandana Thakura was the son  of Mukunda. In a kadamba tree on the bank of Madhu Puskarini, every day  only two flowers grew and Raghunandana would offer them to Shri Gopinatha,  the family Deity. Once Abhirama Gosvami came to Shri Khanda and they  performed kiftana at Baradanga Bhajan place. While Narahari was dancing,  his ankle bracelet broke and fell four miles away at Akihatta at the house  Krishnadasa, his disciple. This place in Akihatta is famous and is now  called Nupur Kunda. Ciranjiva and Sulocana were both residents of Shri  Khanda. Their descendants are still living. Ciranjiva's oldest son,  Ra­macandra Kaviraja, was a disciple of Shrinivasa Acarya and an intimate  associate of Narottama Dasa Thakura. Ciranjiva's vounger son was Govinda  Dasa Kaviraja. the famous Vaishnava poet. Ciranjiva previously lived on the  bank of the Ganges River, in the village of Kumaranagara. Gaum Ganoddesa  Dipika stated that he was Candrika in Krishna-lila.


Ramacandra Kaviraja was the disciple of Shrinivasa Acarya and the most  intimate friend of Narottama Dasa Thakura. Shrijiva Gosvami appreciated  Ramacandra Kaviraja's devotion to Lord Krishna and therefore gave him the  title Kaviraja. He greatly assisted the preaching work of Shrinivasa Acarya  and Narottama Dasa Thaknr. He at first resided in Shri Khanda and then later  lived in the village of Knmara-nagara on the bank of the Ganges. He was the  son of Khandavasi Ciranjiva and Sunanda. He was Kama Manjari in  Krishna-lila. After his father left his body he lived in the village of  Knmaranagar. He wrote several books in­cluding a biography of Shrinivasa  Acarya, Smarana Camatkara, Siddhanta Candrika and Smarana Darpana.  Govinda Kaviraja was the younger brother of Ramacandra Kaviraja. At first  he was a worshiper of goddess Durga, but he was later initiated by Shrinivasa  Acarya, by the mercy of his brother, Ramacandra. Because he was a great  Vaishnava poet, Jiva Gos­vami gave him the title kaviraja. He was born at  Tillia Bhudri. Damodara Kaviraja was a disciple of Narahari Sarakara and  was a famous poet. He was also known as Damodara Sena. His daughter,  Sunanda, married Ciranjiva Sena. How To Get There  This place is one mile  from the Khanda station on the Bardaman-Katwa railway line. Shri Khanda is  6 km (4 miles) west of Katwa.




Subuddhi Misra, an associate of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu installed  Gaura-Nityananda Deities in a temple in this village. How To Get There This  place is about 5 km (3 miles) from Shri Khanda.




Lord Chaitanya once took rest here on the bank of the Ajaya River. This is  where Shri Govinda, Shri Madhava, and Shri Vasudeva were born. They were all  intimate associate of Lord Chaitanya. How To Get There This place is about  16 km (lOmiles) northwest of Katwa, on the bank of the Ajaya River. It is in  the district of Bardaman.




This is the birthplace of Shrimati Padmavati Devi, the mother of Prabhu  Nityananda. Her father's name was Maheshvar  Sharma. She got married to  Hadai Pandita, who was from Ekacakra. After getting married she moved to  Ekacakra. How To Get There This village is in the district of Bardhaman.




Narahari Sarkar, an intimate associate of Lord Chaitanya, re­vealed the  glories of Lord Chaitanya and Prabhu Nityananda to Shrinivasa Acarya in  Yasigram. He then instructed him to go to Jagannatha Puri to see Caitanva  Mahaprabhu.


Shrinivasa started his journey to Jagannatha Puri, but on the way he heard  that Lord Chaitanya had finished His manifested pastimes on earth. When he  heard this Shrinivasa fell unconscious. He then decided to travel to Ekacakra  to see Nityananda Prabhu. Soon after he began his journey he was told that  Prabhu Nit­yananda had also left this world. He then went to see Gadadhara  Pandita in Jagannatha Puri. Gadadhara Pandita was teaching Shrimad  Bhagavatam, but the ink of his Bhagavatam had become unreadable due to  tears shed in separation of Lord Chaitanya. Shrinivasa then went to Bengal to  get another copy of Shrimad Bhaga­vatam. Shrinivasa immediately left to go to  Shrikhanda. He got another copy of Shrimad Bhagavatam from Shri Narahari  Sarkar. At this place Shrinivasa was informed that Gadadhara Pandita had  left his body. Shrinivasa then went to Navadvipa and then to Vrindavana. He  took diksa initiation from Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. He stud­ied the Gaudiya  Vaishnavas literature from Shri Jiva Gosvami. He then returned to Bengal and  preached the message of Shri Cait­anya Mahaprabhu. How To Get There This  place is in the district of Bardaman.





This is where Krishna Dasa Kaviraja Gosvami is from. He lived here with his  older brother.Once Abhirama Gosvami came here and held an ecstatic  kir-tana. After the kirtana he began to speak about the glories of Nityananda  Prabhu. At this time Shriman Kettamin Dasa, the el­der brother of Krishna  Dasa Kaviraja, spoke disrespectfully about Nityananda Prabhu. Abhirama  Gosvami being insulted imme­diately left. Nityananda Prabhu appeared to  Krishna Dasa Kavi­raja in a dream and told him to go to Vrindavana.  Because of his brother's offense, Krishna Dasa Kaviraja left the next dav and  went to Vrindavana. How To Get There This place is in the district of  Bardaman.




This place was previously called Siddhagram. This is the place of  Dhananjaya Pandita. He was one of the 12 cowherd boys who descended  with Balarama from Goloka Vrindavana, named Vasudama. Dhananjaya  Pandita was born in Chattagram. His wife's name was Haripriya. He gave  everything to Lord Chaitanya and kept only a water pot. He traveled widely  and during this time visited Vrindavana. When he returned he settled in  Shitala-grama and installed Gaura-Nitai and Shri Gopinatha Deities. The  original temple was a thatched house with walls made of dirt. Later, a big  house was built to serve the purpose of a temple, but for the last 85 years  the temple has been abandoned. The foundation of the old temple is still  visible. The descendants of Pandita Dhananjaya still live in Shitala-grama  and look after the temple worship. The disappearance day of Dhananjaya is  observed during the month ofjanuary.Dhananjaya also lived in a village  named Sancadapancada before going to Vrindavana. This place is 10 km (6  miles) south of the Memari railway station. Sometimes this village is also  known as the "place of Dhananjaya" (Dhananjayera Pata). How To Get  There This place is one mile northeast of Kechur station, off the  Bardaman-Katwa railway line. On the narrow railway from Burdwan to Katwa  is a railway station called Kaicara, ahout nine miles from Katwa.




There is a Lord Jagannatha temple here.  Shri Satyaraja Khan, Shri Gunaraja  Khan, Shri Sankara, Shri Vidyananda, Shri Ramananda Vasu, Yadunatha,  Purusottama, Vidvananda and Shri Radhanath Vasu all lived here. Shri  Chaitanya very highly praised the people of Kulinagrama. He stated that even  a dog of Kulinagrama is My dear friend. Haridasa Thakura lived for some  time during the Caturmasya period in Kulinagram. The palace, fort and  temples of Gunaraja Khan are still existing in Kulinagram. Shri Ramananda  Vasu was a close associate of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. His father name  was Shri Laksmanatha Vasu, who was also known as Shri Satyaraja Khan.  His father's was named Shri Maladar Vasu, who was also known as Shri  Gunaraja Khan. Gunaraja Khan wrote a famous book called Shri Krishna  Vijaya. Lord Chaitanya once quoted a sloka from this book: nanda-nandan  krishna morapranath. "With folded hands I offer my prayers unto Krishna,  the son of Nanda Maharaja." He told Gunaraja that by this glorious line of  yours, I am sold to you. This book was praised very highly by Shri Chaitanya.  This book was written in plain lan­guage and even half-educated Bengalis  and women could read it very clearly. Shri Krishna Vijaya is a book of poems  considered to be the first poetry book written in Bengal. Shri Gunaraja Khan  was one of the topmost Vaishnavas. He translated the Tenth and Eleventh  Cantos of Shrimad Bhagavatam for the understanding of the common man.  Gunaraja Khan was a very well known and wealthy man. According to  Chaitanya Caritamrita both Shri Ramananda Vasu and his father, Shri Satyaraja  Khan met Lord Chaitanya in Jagan­natha Puri during Rathayatra. Satyaraja  Khan submitted ques­tions to Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. "How can I  recognize a Vaish­nava." Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu replied, "Whoever  chants the holy name of Krishna just once is worshipable and is the  top­most human being. One who is chanting the Hare Krishna man­tra is  understood to be a Vaishnava; therefore you should offer all respects to  him."


They were instructed by Lord Chaitanya to bring silk ropes to be used in the  Rathayatra festival.  How To Get There Kulinagram is two miles east of  Jaigram station on the Newcord line from Howrah to Burdwan.




Kalikata Bagh Bazaar


The Deity of Shri Madana Mohana was worshiped by Bir Hambir, the king of  Vishnupur, during the time of Shrinivasa Acarya. His descendants gave this  Deity as collateral against a 100,000 rupees loan to Gokula Candra, who  was a rich land­holder that lived in Bagh Bazaar. Later, after a court case  the Deity remained with Gokula Candra. This Deity is now worshiped in the  house ot the descendants of Gokula Candra. The family of Shri Kasisvara  Pandita, who was an associate of Chaitanya Ma-haprabhu originally  worshiped this Deity of Madana Mohana. King Bir Hambir received this Deity  from them. How To Get There This is in Calcutta


Shri Ramapur Chatara


This is where Shri Kasisvara Pandita, a close associate of Lord Chaitanya,  lived. He was a disciple of Isvara Puri. His father's name was Vasudeva  Bhattacarya and his mother's name was Jahnava Devi. He was born in the  village of Brahman Danga, in the district of Jessore Hara. From an early age  he was attracted to Lord Chaitanya. He remained a naisthiha bmhmacari his  entire life. When he was young he went to Jagannatha Puri. In Krishna-lila  he was named Bhringara, who was the servant of Krishna. He was with Lord  Chaitanya in Jagannatha Puri. He was a strong man, and when Lord Chaitanya  visited the Jagannatha temple, he used to protect the Lord from the crowds  His nephew, Rudra Pandita, was the original priest of  Vallabhapura, which  is about one mile from the Shri Ramapur railway station in the village of  Catara. Installed there are the Deities of Radha-Govinda and Lord Shri  Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura and Shrila  Prabhupada visited this temple in Vallabhapura. There is also a Jagannatha  temple here.How To Get There The two temples here are about one mile  from the Shri Ramapur railway station near Calcutta.





This is where Gadadhara Dasa lived. After the disappearance of Shri Chaitanya  Mahaprabhu, he left Navadvipa and went to Katwa. He later went to  Endiyadaha and resided. The samadhiol Gadadhara Dasa is in this village.  Gadadhara Dasa established a Deity of Balagopala. There is a temple here  with Deities of Radhakanta and Gaura-Nityananda. There is also a Deity of  Lord Shiva as Gopesvara in this temple. This temple was established by the  aristocratic Mullik family of Calcutta. How To Get There Endiyadaha-grama  is about 10 miles from Calcutta on the bank of the Ganges.




This is the birthplace of Kamalaka Pippalai. This place is also known as  Ramapur Mahesha. Kamalaka Pippalai was the father of Narayani Devi, the  wife of Virabhadra Prabhu, the son of Lord Nityananda. The Jagannatha  Deity at Mahesha in Shri Ramapura was installed by Kamalaka Pippalai. In  Gaura Ganoddesa Dipika, verse 128, he is stated to be Mahabala, the third  gopala. The history of the Jagannatha temple is as follows. One devo­tee  named Dhruvananda went to see Lord Jagannatha, Balarama and Subhadra  in Jagannatha Puri. He had a desire to offer food to Lord Jagannatha cooked  with his own hands. One night Lord Jagannatha appeared to him in a dream  and told him to go to Mahesha and worship Him in a temple there.  Dhruvananda went to Mahesha and saw the three Deities of Jagannatha,  Balarama and Subhadra floating in the Ganges. He then took these Dei­ties  and installed them in a small cottage. When he became old, Jagannatha  came to him in a dream and gave him permission to hand over the worships  of the Deities to the first person he met the next morning. The first person  he met was Kamalaka Pippalai, who was a pure Vaishnava, who lived in the  village of Khalijuli. Kamalaka Pippalai then began to worship Lord  Jagan­natha. The famous Mahesha Rathayatra is held here. How To Get  There  Mahesha is about 2'A miles from the Shri Ramapura rail­way station. It  is on the bank of the Ganges.




This is the place of Kasisvara Pandita and Rudra Pandita, who were both  associates of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Kasisvara Pandita was Keli Manjari in  Krishna-lila. He established the wor­ship of the Deity of Gaura-Govinda in  Vrindavana. This Deity is now in Jaipur on the altar of the Govindaji temple.  Rudra Pandita, or Rudrarama Pandita was the cowherd boy named  Varuthapa in Krishna-lila. The Deities of Radha Vallabha that were  established by Rudrarama Pandita are still worshiped here. How To Get  There   This temple is about one mile north of Mahesha.




This is the place of Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami and Uddarana Datta Thakur.  Saptagram means a collection of seven villages which include (1)  Keshavarti, (2) Krishnapur, (3) SankhaNagar, (4) Shivapur, (5) Vasudevapur,  (6) Nityanandapur, and (7) the present Triveni. Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami  lived in Krishnapur, Kalidasa lived in Sankha Nagar, and Balarama Acarya  and Yadunandana Acarya lived in Chandpur. The two brothers, Govardhana  and Hiranya were from a vil­lage near Saptagram called Krishnapur.  Sanatana Misra, the fa­ther of Vishnupriya Deva was also from Saptagrama.  Sanatana Misra was the initiating guru of these two brothers. During the  time of Lord Chaitanya, Saptagrama, situated on the southern side of Bengal,  was very rich and popular. At that time there was a large river here known as  the Sarasvati, and it was a major port. Sulachana, an associate of Chaitanya  Mahaprabhu was also from Saptagrama. Balarama Dasa was a disciple of  Jahnava Devi.  She told him to study under Narahari Sarkar. Ratikanta  Thakur established Madana Mohana Deities here. How To Get There    Saptagrama is in the district of Hoogli. It is about 50 km north of Calcutta,  on the western side of the Ganges.




Shri Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami was born in Krishnapur. Ra­ghunatha Dasa's  father was named Shri Govardhana Majumadara and His uncle was named  Shri Hiranya Majumadara. They took their birth in an aristocratic kayastha  family, and they were very rich. Their annual income as landlords amounted  to 1,200,000 rupees. Their family priest was Balarama Acarya, who was a  fa­vorite of Haridasa Thakura, and the family's spiritual master was  Yadunandana Acarva, a favorite of Vasudeva Datta. Both Hiranya  Majumadara and Govardhana Majumadara were highly devoted to  brahminical culture. Practically all the brahmanas re­siding in Nadia  (Navadvipa) were dependent on the charity of Hiranya and Govardhana, who  gave them money, land, and vil­lages. The two brothers would worship  Nilambara Cakravarti, the grandfather of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, but he  would treat them as his own brothers.


There is a Radha-Govinda temple here. In a small room, right next to the  temple is a small platform on which Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami used to  worship the Deity. There is a temple here with wooden shoes that  Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami would wear and a stone slab that he would sit  on. Next to the temple is the dying Sarasvati River. How To Get There This  place is close to the southern side of Saptagram, on the east bank of the  Saraswati River. It is in the district of Krishnapur. On the railway line  between Calcutta and Burdwan is a station called Trisabagha. Krishnapur is  about 2 km (114 miles) from this station. It is about 50 km northwest of  Calcutta.


Chandpur Saptagram

This is where Yadunandana Acarya the official initiating guru of Raghunatha  Dasa Gosvami lived. He was a student of Va­sudeva Datta and he took  shelter of Lord Chaitanya.



 This place is a bathing ghata in Saptagram where Nityananda Prabhu  bathed. At this place the Ganges, Yamuna and Sarasvati merge.




Shri Udclharana Datta lived here. At the time of Uddharana Thakura,  Saptagrama was a very big town, encompassing many places such as  Vasudevapura, Bansabediya, Krishnapura, Nity-ananda-pura, Shivapura and  Saptagrama. It is said that Nityananda Prabhu came to Saptagrama from  Khadadaha and staved in the house of Uddarana Datta. There is a temple  here with a six-armed Deity of Lord Cait-anva (Sad-bhuja) that was  personally worshiped by Uddarana Datta. On the right side of Shri Chaitanya  Mahaprabhu is a Deity of Nityananda Prabhu and on the left side is  Gadadhara Prabhu. There is also a Radha-Krishna Deity and  shalagrama-shila. Below the throne is a picture of Uddharana Datta Thakura.  Uddharana Datta Thakur's father was a wealthy gold mer­chant named  Shrikara Datta and his mother was named Bhadravati. The suvarna-vanik  community that Uddharana Datta belonged to was a Vaishnava community.  Its members were bank­ers and gold merchants (suvarnameans "gold," and  vanikmeans "merchant"). A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's paternal  family came from this district and he belonged to this same com­munity.  Calcutta was developed vinder British rule by the mer­cantile community,  especially by the suvarna-vanik community who came from Saptagrama to  Calcutta. They were known as the Saptagram mercantile community of  Calcutta, and they be­longed to the Sil and De families. Shrila Prabhupada  formerly belonged to the branch of the De family whose members re­ceived  the title Mullik. Uddharana Datta Thakur was the cowherd boy Subahu in  Krishna-lila. He was one of the 12 gopas (cowherd boys) that descended  from Goloka when Lord Balarama appeared as Nit­yananda Prabhu. He was  raised in a rich family of gold mer­chants. He later got married and worked  as a state minister. The place where he managed is now called  Uddharanapura in his honor. When he was twenty-six his wife died. He then  left everything and went to preach with Shri Nityananda Prabhu. How To Get  There Saptagrama is on the bank of the Saiasvati River near the Tiisabigha  railway station in the district of Hoogli. It is about 50 km north of Calcutta.



Nityananda Prabhu stayed here for some time after marry­ing Jahnava Devi  and Vasuddha Devi. This place is in the dis­trict of Hoogly within  Saptagram.


Sankha Naaar


This is one of the seven villages of Saptagram. It is on the bank of the  Sarasvati River. It is near the village of Meghara. It is where Shri Kalidasa. the  uncle of Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami lived.He would search to find  Vaishnavas. When he found them he would listen to them speak about  Krishna. He would offer them fruit and sweets. Whatever they threw away he  would secretly take and eat their remnants. It is said that Kalidasa took the  remnants of food from every Vaishnava in Bengal. Lord Cait­anya was  pleased by his devotional attitude. At the lion gate in Jagannatha Puri, Lord  Chaitanya would wash His feet before entering the temple. The Lord would  not allow anyone to drink this water. Once Kalidasa saw Lord Chaitanya  washing His feet at the lion gate. He then came and drank this water. Lord  Chaitanya did not chastise him for this because of his high level of devotion.



Ibis is where Govinda Datta appeared. This place is near Khadadaha.  Govinda Datta was the principal singer in Lord Chaitanya's kirtana party.




Bhagavatacarya lived here and his samadhiis also here. Lord Chaitanya came  and saw the hand written translation of Shrimad, Bhagavatam with his  commentary called Shri Krishna Prema Tarangini. Seeing this commentary,  Lord Chaitanya was very pleased because it exactly followed the principles of  the Gaud­iya Vaishnavas. When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu heard his  explana­tion of Shrimad BhagavatamWe immediately became unconscious in  ecstasy. Lord Chaitanya later said, "I have never heard such a nice  explanation of Shrimad Bhagavatam. I therefore designate you  Bhagavatacarya. Your only duty is to recite Shrimad Bhagavatam." His real  name was Raghunatha. His monastery is in Varahanagara. It is managed by  the initiated disciples of the late Shri Ramadasa Babaji. How To Get There  This place is about 5 km (3M> miles) north of Calcutta on the bank of the  Ganges.




There is the Deity of Syamasundara in Kamar Pada Bazaar in Chinsurah in  Kanchanan Tala. This is the family Deity of Ra­ghunatha Dasa Gosvami.  When the Muslims were bothering Saptagram, his father Govardhana  Majumadara, brought this Deity here and Syamasundara is still being  worshiped. Shrila Bhaktipurajnana Kesava Gosvami established the Shri  Uddharana Gaudiya Math in this place, close to the bank of the Ganges.  There are Deities of Gaura-Nityananda in this temple. These Deities were  installed by Shrivasa Pandita in the early 1500s. The Deity were first  worshiped by Shrivasa Pandita in Halishara and then they were brought to  Chinsurah.




This is where Madhava Ghosh, the brother of Vasudeva Ghosh lived. The  Deity that Madhava Ghosh worshiped is called Shri Rasika Raya and is still  being worshiped in Daihat. Vamsi Vadananda Thakur or Vamsi Dasa as he  is called in Shri Bhakti Ratnakara, also took birth here. In Krishna-lila he was  the flute of Lord Krishna. Where he lived in Navadvipa was very close to  Kulia. After Lord Chaitanya took sannyasa, He put Vamsi Dasa in charge of  protecting Shrimati Vishnupriya Devi. After the disappearance of Shrimati  Vishnupriya Devi, Vamsi Vadananda Dasa moved the Deity of Mahaprabhu  that she was worshiping to Koladvipa (the present city of Navadvipa). Along  with this Deity he also worshiped a Deity of Krishna called Pranavallabha.  Vamsi Vadananda used to write wonderful poems and songs. Vamsi Dasa  established a Deity of Lord Chaitanya. How To Get There This place is  located about two miles from the Bandel-Howrah railway station. It is about  45 km north of Calcutta.







Paramesvara Dasa installed Radha-Gopinatha in a temple here, by the order  of Jahnava Devi. In this temple Balarama and Radha-Gopinatha are  worshiped together on the same throne. It is supposed that the Deity of  Balarama was installed later be­cause according to transcendental mellow,  Balarama, Krishna and Radha should not be on the same throne. The  samadhi of Paramesvara Thakura is in a garden in front of the temple. There  is also a kadamba tree in the garden. It is said that only one flower a year  comes from this kadamba tree. It is offered to the Deity. In this temple the  disappearance festival of Paramesvara Dasa is celebrated on the full moon  day of Vaisakha (April-May)


Paramesvara Dasa is also known as Paramesvari Thakura. He belonged to  a vaidya family. A descendant of his brother is still doing the worship in the  temple. He was completely surrendered to Lord Nityananda. In Krishna-lila  he was the cowherd boy named Arjuna. He accompanied the Radharani  Deity that was sent by Jahnava Devi to be installed in the Govindaji temple  in Vrindavana. There is also the Radha-Govinda temple here which was  es­tablished by the Mitra family. How To Get There Atapura is in the district  of Hoogli. The Atapura station is on the narrow gauge railway line between  Howrah and Amata. This place is about 55 km west of Calcutta.




Shri Ramadasa, later known as Abhirama Thakura, lived here. He was one of  the 12 cowherd boys that descended with Lord Nityananda. There is a  temple here established by Abhirama Thakura, near the bank (kula) of the  Khana River (Dvarakevara River). Therefore this place is called  Khanakula-krishnanagara. The Deity in this temple is called Gopinatha.  Outside the temple is a bakula tree. This place is known as  Siddha-bakula-kunja. It is said that Abhirama Thakura sat underneath this  tree. In Krishna-lila Abhirama Thakur was Shridham, the brother of Shrimati  Radharani. In Lord Rama's lila he was Bharata, Rama's >rother. It is said  that if he offered obeisances to any stone other han a shalagrama-shila, it  would immediately fracture. When he offered his obeisances to the seven  sons of Lord vlityananda, they all died. When he offered his obeisances to  Shri /irabhadra Prabhu, His eighth son, when he was horn he did lot die.  From then on Abhirama Gosvami accepted Virabhadra 'rabhu as the second  body of Mahaprabhu. Empowered by Shri Nityananda Prabhu. he was always  in ec-tasy and was extremely kind to all fallen souls. Abhirama Go-vami  carried a whip named Jaya Mangala, which was like the >ne carried by  cowherd boys to take care of cows. Whoever he lit with this whip would  immediately become an elevated devo-ee of Krishna. Among his disciples,  Shrinivasa Acarya is the most "amous, but it is doubtful that he was his  initiated disciple. There is a big fair here every year in the month of Chaitra  ^March-April) to which thousands of people come.


¦low To Get There Khanakula-krishnanagar is in the district of Hoogly on he  banks of the Dakeshvara River. It is 90 km due west of Calcutta. It is 10  niles southwest of the Canpadanga railway station on the narrow gauge  rail-vay line from Howrah in Calcutta to Amta, a village in the Hoogli district.  It is i small town. You can also get a train on another line to a station  named Kolaghata. From here you get a steamer to Ranicaka. Khanakula is  7V4 miles north of Ranicaka.






Pradyumna Brahmacari was from Piyariganja in Kalna. He ,vas given the  name Narasimhananda Brahmacari by Chaitanya Vfahaprabhu. It is said that  Pradyumna Brahmacari displayed :he appearance (avirbhava) of Shri  Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.




This is where Mtirari Chaitanya Dasa was born. He moved to Navadvipa and  stayed in the village of Maugachi-grama in Modadrumadvipa. At that time he  was known as Saranga Murari Chaitanya Dasa. There is a description of him  in Chaitanya Bhaga-vata, Antya-lila, Chapter 5. "Murari Chaitanya Dasa had no  mate­rial bodily features, for he was completely spiritual. Thus he would  sometimes chase after tigers in the jungle and treat them just like cats and  dogs. He had no fear for his external body, of which he was completely  forgetful. He could spend all twenty-four hours of the dav chanting the Hare  Krishna maha-mantra or speaking about Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda.  Sometimes he would remain submerged in water for two or three days, but  he would feel no bodily inconvenience. Wherever Murari Chaitanya Dasa  passed, whoever was present would be enlightened in Krishna  consciousness simply by the atmosphere he created." How To Get There  This village is 2 miles from the Galasi station on the Burdwan line.


Vishnupur (Bishnupur)

Population: 58,000, STD Code 031442


This place was the capital of Bir Hambir, the king who stole the Gosvami's  book from Shrinivasa, Narottama and Syamananda. He had been told by an  astrologer that these three sadhuswere carrying the most precious jewels.  Being impressed by Shrinivasa he surrendered to him and returned all the  books. Bir Hambir became the disciple of Shrinivasa and became a great  devotee. Jiva Gosvami gave him the name Chaitanya Dasa.


This peaceful place, situated 152 km west of Calcutta, has beautiful  terra-cotta carved temples. There are over thirty brick and stone temples  here dating from the 17th century to 18th century, mostly dedicated to  Radha and Krishna. Because there is no stone in the area, the temples  were built from brick. There are eight large tanks, locally known as bandhs,  which were mainly dug between 1657-1677. Many of the temples have  beautiful scenes from the Ramayana on them. Vishnupur rose to be an  important place under the Malla ruler, Bir Hambir. He was at first considered  a cruel ruler, but later he became a Vaishnava by the association of  Shrinivasa Ac­arya, a follower of Lord Chaitanya. Bir Hambir introduced the  worship of Madana Mohana and built the Rasa-mancha. This is a pyramidal  structure in the center of town, where the Deities from all the temples are  bought on the occasion of the rasa fes­tival. During the time of Lord  Chaitanya this was a prosperous king­dom. At the present time there are  many old temples here, but only one temple here still has worship of Radha  Krishna Dei­ties. The old Deity of Madana Mohana is now in the house of  Gokula Misra. When a descendent of King Bir Hambir needed money he  borrowed some money and put up the Deity of Madana Mohana as  collateral. Since then the Deity of Madana Mohana has resided in Bagh  Bazaar.


The museum here is interesting. The State Bank of India changes money.  Temples On the outside of the temples, especially the brick ones, there are  square panels of terra-cotta reliefs. Most of the temples are decorated with  beautiful carvings on the walls and arches. There are many panels with  scenes from Krishna-lila and the Rcnnayana. The Madana Mohana temple  has active Radha-Krishna worship. Most of the other temple no longer have  ac­tive worship.Most of the major temples in Vishnupur, such as the  Radha-Govinda Temple, Kalachand Temple, Madhava Temple, and the  Nandalala Temple, are along the south bank of the Lal-bandh. The Patpur  Temple is on the bank of the Krishna-bandh. There are four distinct styles.  The first has a single tower. The second is a single tower resting on a  square building with a curved roof. Examples of this are the Madana  Mohana, Lalji, and Radheshyam Temples. The third type is seen in the  Shyam Rai Temple, which has five towers. The fourth type resembles two  huts joined by a small tower, as seen in the Krishna-raya Temple, built in  1726. The Lalgiri Temple has a single tower and was built around 1658. The  Madana Mohana Temple is brick and was built in 1694. It is one of the  largest temples. The Shyam Rai (1643) and Madana Gopal (1665) are of the  pancha-yatana style, temples with five towers. The Syama Rai Temple,  dedicated to Radha-Krishna, is especially outstanding because of the  carvings on its walls. This temple has some of the best examples of brick  carv- ings. Another interesting temple is the Jor Bangla Temple. Where To  Stay The best place to stay is the Vishnupur Tourist Lodge (03244/52013),  3 km from the railway station. It has rooms with bath from Rs 150/200 to Rs  400 for an A/C room and Rs 50 for a dorm bed. It is next to a tank, by the  temples. There are cheaper places such as the basic Tarama Lodge,  Rangini Lodge, Bharat Boarding House, and the Lali Hotel, Poka Bandh,  North Side. How To Get There There are no direct trains to Vishnupur.  Starting in Calcutta you have to take a train to Kharagpur and from there get  another train or bus to Vishnupur. This trip takes over five hours. The trains  from Calcutta to Kharagpur depart from Howrah Station. You can also get a  train from Howrah Station to Tarakeshwar and get a bus from there. From  the Es­planade Bus Stand on Chowringhee Rd in Calcutta (5 hr) there are  three buses in the morning before 9 am and another bus at 2.45 pm. There  are buses to Durgapur from Krishnanagar, and from there you can get  another bus to Vishnupur. It is quicker to go by bus than to go by train.


Panca Kuti

Near this village dacoits that were employed by King Bir Hambir stole the  Gosvami's literature from Shrinivasa Acarya, Narottama Dasa Thakur and  Syamananda that they had been entrusted with to bring to Bengal. How To  Get There This place is near Vishnupur.






This is where Jayadeva Gosvami is from. He wrote the famous song Gita  Govinda and was the court Pandita of King Laksman Sen. How To Get  There Kendubilva is about 20 miles south of Siudi, on the bank of the Ajaya  River. It is in the district of Virbani.



This place is also called Gupta Kasi. The sage Ashtavakra performed  austerities here. Lord Nityananda came here during His travels. There is a  river called Vakreshwara on the north side of this town. Within the Sweta  Ganga temple compound is a Shiva-linga known as Vakreshwara. How To  Get There Vakreshwara is 13 miles southwest of Sudi






This village is also called Khadi. During Lord Chaitanya's time the Ganges  divided into hundreds of branches at this place and then again merged. Lord  Chaitanya passed by Ghatrabhoja on his way to Jagannatha Puri. Near  Chatrabhoga is Chakra Tirtha. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja established  the lotus footprints of Lord Chaitanya at this place. In this village is a Deity of  Lord Shiva known as Vaijurkanatha. There is a festival here every year in  March-April called Nanda-mela.  Close to here is the famous tirtha of  Anbulinga. How To Get There Chatrabhoja is six miles south of Jaynagar  railway station. It is about 70 km due south of Calcutta. If you go south from  Calcutta to Magrahata station. Jaynagar is fourteen miles southeast of this  station.




In the past this place was a well known port. During the time of the  Mahabharata, the Pandava had a major battle here with one king. This king  had a desire to see Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna appeared here as Vishnu  Hari, which is two Deities of Arjuna and Krishna. These Deities are still  worshiped at this place. This is where Vasudeva Ghosh, an associate of  Chaitanya Ma-haprabhu lived. After Lord Chaitanya took sannyasa he found  ittoo painful to live in Navadvipa so he came here to Tamluk. Vasudeva  Ghosh installed a Deity of Lord Chaitanya here and worshiped this Deity for  his entire life. How To Get There This place is about 70 southwest of  Calcutta. This place is in the district of Medinapur on a river that leads to the  ocean.




This is a small village where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu crossed the river Haldi  by boat on His way to Panihati. At this place are the impressions of Lord  Chaitanya feet at the Shri Pichhalada Gaud­iya Math.

How To Get There This place is in the district of Medinapur. It is about 14  miles from Tamluk.




Rasikananda Prabhu, a disciple of Syamananda Prabhu, re­ceived a Deity  from the king of Mayurbanja. Shri Syamananda named this Deity Gopinathaji.  At this place are the neck beads of Rasikananda Prabhu, his Shrimad  Bhagavatam, his pot, his tilak, three bamboo flutes and many hand written  manuscripts of Vaishnava literatures. These items are located in the house  of Nandanandanan Deva, a previ­ous priest. Shri Rasikananda Prabhu was  the chief disciple of Shri Sya­mananda Prabhu. He was also known as  Rasika Murari. He was born in the year 1512 Sakabda in the village of  Rahanigram on the bank of the Survanarekha River. Rasikananda traveled to  Remuna with his disciples. They entered the Ksira Chora Gopinatha Temple  and there had an ecstatic kirtana. It is said that during this kirtana he  merged into the Deity of Shri Gopinatha. Then his disciples also gave up their  bodies within minutes of their guru. Near this temple is the puspa samadhi  of Shri Rasikananda Prabhu. How To Get There Gopiballabhapur is on the  bank of the Survanarekha River in the Medinapur district. It is about 240 km  southwest of Calcutta, close to the border of Orissa It is 16 miles from the  southeastern railway sta­tion in Sardeha. From there you take a bus to the  last bus stop and from there it is eight km to the Survanaredha River. You  then hire a boat to cross the river and then you come to Gopiballabhapur.


Dharendra Bahadur


This is the birth place of Shri Syamananda Prabhu, who was born in 1455  Sakabda.  How To Get There This place is in the district of Medinipur near  Kharagpur railway station.



Shri Rasikananda Prabhu and Shri Sarvananda Prabhu came here. Keshiyadi  is in the Medinapur district. There is a Gaudiya Math temple here.






Ramakeli was formerly the capital of Gaudadesha. The three brothers Shri  Vallabha (Anupama), Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami lived here when  they were ministers in the service of Hussein Shah, the Mohammedan King  of Bengal. Jiva Gosvami was born here. They had their house on the western  bank of Sanatana Tithi. At Rupa Sagar there is a building that was built by  Rupa Gosvami. On the eastern side of this building was the palace of  Hussein Shah.


When Lord Chaitanya was going to Vrindavana he came to this place. Lord  Chaitanya came here to meet Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami, who at  that time were known as Dabira Khasa and Sakara Mallika. When King  Hussein Shah heard of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's influence in attracting  innumerable people, he became very astonished and began to speak as  fol­lows. "Such a person, who is followed by so many people with­out giving  them charity, must be a prophet."


When the two brothers saw Lord Chaitanya they were over­whelmed with joy.  In great humility, both brothers took bunches of straw between their teeth  and they fell down like rods before the Lord. They told him "Dear Lord, You  have incarnated to deliver the fallen souls. You should consider that in this  world there is none so fallen as us. We two are millions and millions of  times inferior tojagai and Madhai. We are much more degraded, fallen and  sinful than they. If You simply deliver us by Your tran­scendental strength,  then certainly Your name will be known as the savior of the fallen souls."  Lord Chaitanya then told them that from this day your names will be changed  to Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana. (Chaitanya Caritamrita Madhya 1)


There is a keli kadamba tree here under which Shri Chaitanya sat while  meeting Sanatana Gosvami. Near by is Radha Kunda and Syama Kunda.  There is a Madana Mohana temple here that was established by Sanatana  Gosvami. There is also a large pond called Rupasagara that was excavated  by Shri Rupa Gosvami. There are also kundas of the eight sakhisr. Lalita,  Visakha, Citra, Campakalata, Tungavidva, Indulekha, and the twin sisters  Rangadevi and Sudevi. These places were constructed by Sana­tana  Gosvami. How To Get There This place is in the district of Malda, in north  Bengal.


Kanai Natasala


When Lord Chaitanya was going to Vrindavana for the first time he stopped at  this place. Instead of proceeding to Vrinda­vana, he returned to Jagannatha  Puri. There is an ISKCON temple here. This place is about 50 km (30 miles)  west of Ramakeli. Installed here are the footprints of Lord Chaitanya. There is  an ancient Narasimha Deity here. Upon receiving information that Lord  Chaitanya was proceed­ing toward Vrindavana from Kulia, Narasimhananda  Brahma-cari absorbed himself in meditation and by his mental activities  constructed a very nice road from Kulia to Vrindavana. All of a sudden,  however, he broke his meditation and told the other devotees that this time  Lord Chaitanya would not go to Vrinda­vana but only as far as Kanai  Natasala. How To Get Here  This place is about 200 km northwest of  Mayapur in the Murshidabad Area. It is about 50 km west of Ramakeli.



Dvija Haridasa, an associate of Lord Chaitanya is from this village. His two  sons, Shridama and Gokulananda were disciples of Advaita Acarya. How To  Get There This village is five miles from Bajarasau station, which is the fifth  station from Ajimaganja in the district of Mursidabad, West Bengal.


Teliya Budhari


This is where Govinda Kaviraja lived. He was a part of the Nityananda branch  of the tree of Lord Chaitanya. He was the disciple of Shrinivasa Acarya and the  younger brother of Ramacan-dra Kaviraja. At first Govinda worshiped Durga.  Later by the mercy of his mother and brother, he received Vaishnava diksa  and gave up the worship of Durga. One time he was very sick and fearing  that he would die any day. His brother took him to Advaita Acarya where he  received Vaishnava initiation. Immedi­ately after being initiated he became  free of any physical disease and also became free of the disease of material  attachment. He composed many devotional songs. Virabhadra Gosvami, the  son of Nityananda Prabhu, heard these songs glorifying Lord Krishna and  praised him. Jiva Gosvami impressed by his poetic abilities gave him the  title of Kaviraja, or king of the poets. How To Get There This place about 15  km north of Murshidabad and about 140 km due north of Mayapur. It is  close to the Ganges.




At this place Hari Nama Acarya, the disciple of Ramacandra Kaviraja  established the Deity called Krishna Raya. Visvanath Cakravarti came here  when he was young to study Shrimad Bhaga-vatam and other Vedic  literatures from Krishna Carana, the grand-disciple of Narottama Dasa  Thakur. After being instructed by Krishna Carana, Visvanatha Cakravarti  wanted to take initia­tion from him. Because he was old he advised him to  take initia­tion from his disciple, Radha Raman. Visvanath Cakravarti wrote  three of his most famous books in Saidabad called Bhakti Rasrnarita Sindhu  Bindhu, Ujjvala Nilamani Kirana and Bhagavatamiita Kana. He taught  Sanskrit in the house of his guru.

How To Get There This place is on the bank of the Ganges in the district of  Murshidabad.



This is the birthplace of Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur. He was born in the  year 1576 Sakabda. His father's name was Rama Narayana Cakravarti. He  was educated in Devagram and then in Saidabad How To Get There This  place is in the district of Murshidabad.






This is the place of Miniketan Ramdasa, who is one of the main branches of  Nityananda Prabhu. Once Miniketan Ramdasa arrived during kirtanaat the  house of Krishna Dasa Kaviraja. All the Vaishnava devotees worshiped him  except the pujari, Gunarnava Misra. He neither spoke to him or showed  Miniketan Ramdasa respect. Miniketan Ramdas said that this pujariw&s no  better than Romaharsana Suta. Krishna Dasa Kaviraja's elder brother then  spoke some disrespectful words about Nityananda Prabhu and offended  Abhirama Gosvami. Because of this Miniketan Ramdas severely chastised  him How To Get There This place is five miles east of Rampur Hat. It is  about 90 km northwest of Mayapur, not so far from Ekacakra.



Shri Locana Dasa Thakur's wife's parents lived here. The Dei­ties established  by Locana Dasa Thakur, Shri Gopinatha and Gaura-Nitai are worshiped here.  How To Get There This place is located in the Birbhum District.





This is where Mahesh Pandita lived. He was one of the 12 cowherd boys  who descended with Lord Balarama from Braja. He was a strong follower of  Shri Nityananda Prabhu and he trav­eled and preached with Him.It is said that  Pradyumna, the son of Lord Krishna, killed the demon Sambrasura here.  Therefore, this place is also known as Pradyumnagar. How To Get There  Chakdah is in the district of Nadia.




Chakhandi is the birthplace of Shrinivasa Acarya. His samadhi  is also at this  place. Shrinivasa Acarya was born in a brahmana family on the full moon day  in the month of Visakha, in the year 1441 Sakabda. His father was named  Chaitanya Dasa and he was in Katwa when Lord Chaitanya took sannyasa.  His mother's name was Laksmipriya. Shrinivasa wrote many Vaishnava  songs. His guru was Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. He studied the Vaishnava  philoso­phy from jiva Gosvami. Jiva Gosvami sent Shrinivasa to Bengal, at the  request of Jahnava Devi, to carry the Gosvami's books to Bengal to have  them translated from Sanskrit to Bengali. At this time Shrinivasa Acarya  made King Bir Hambir of Vishnupur his disciple. How To Get There This  place is located in the district of Nadia. There is a station for Chakhandi on  the Dihat railway.



This is where Haridasa Thakur did his bhajana. He chanted 300,000 names  of the Lord each day. Lord Chaitanya came here after taking sannyasa. How  To Get There This place is in the district of Nadia, near the bank of the