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Santipur was the residence of Shri Advaita Acarya, Shrihasa and Gopala Acarya. Even today Advaita Acarya's Narasimha salagram sila and His Madan Mohan Deity are worshiped. Santipur is situated on the banks of the Ganges, and in Santipur. Gaurahari and Mitaicandra came and met Advaita Acarya.Lord Chaitanya manifested Himself in this world due to the worship of Advaita Acarya, but once He appeared, the Lord refused Advaita Acarya's worship and instead treated Advaita Acarya as guru. This made Advaita Acarya very morose. He thus left Navadwip and returned to Santipur.Advaita Acarya worshiped Lord Krishna in the form of His salagram sila with Tulasi and Ganges water. Sometimes He would cry and sometimes He would gently weep for Lord Krishna to show His mercy and incarnate to redeem all the suffering conditioned souls. Due to Advaita Acarya's intense supplications and worship, the Lord manifested Himself as Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.Shri Advaita Acarya fully respected all Vaishnavas regardless of their birth or caste. He was Mahadeva Shiva. Advaita Acarya was born in Shrihatta village in the year 1355  Sakabda in the Virendra brahmana dynasty. He had two wives, one was Sita devi, who gave birth to six sons the youngest being Acyuta, and the other one was Shri devi, who gave birth to one son whose name was Shyamadas, who lived for 125 years. Although Advaita Acarya had many sons, He abandoned them all because none were unalloyed devotees of the Lord. Only Advaita's youngest son, Acyutananda, was a cent-percent pure devotee of Lord Chaitanya. Acyutananda was the only son whom Advaita Acarya con­sidered His son.


Once Advaita Acarya devised a plan to reveal His own subordina­tion to Lord Chaitanya. He began teaching Bhagavad-gita, but He taught it in a mayavadic way and gave impersonal interpretations to every sloka. Lord Chaitanya heard from the devotees that Advaita Acarya was teaching the Bhagavad-gita like an impersonalist. Lord Chaitanya sped to Santipur in an angry mood. Rushing into Advaita Acrya's house, He threw Advaita Acarya, who was at that time an old man, down to the ground and began hitting Him. As soon as Advaita Acarya was chastised like this, He jumped up like a young boy and began to dance in ecstasy, saying, "Now it is revealed who is superior and who is inferior!" Mahaprabhu understood Advaita Acarya's true purpose and felt ashamed.


Advaita Acarya travelled to all the holy places in India until He came to Vrindavan. After blissfully wandering in all the twelve forests, He went to.Mithila. There He saw under a tree an old brahmana who kept his feet at the root of the tree and was singing some wonderful devotional slokas with tears streaming down his face. When he finished, Advaita Acarya introduced Himself as a Vaishnava disciple of Shri Madhavendra Puri and then the old brahmana introduced himselt as the famous poet Vidyapati. Both became overjoyed and embraced each other and discussed Krishna katha in great bliss. It has been reported also that another famous Bengali poet named Candidas, who was a wonderful writer of verses about Krishna, also had darshan of Advaita Acarya during his travels.Because He is non-different from Lord Hari, He is called Advaita. Because He is an empowered preacher of bhakti, He is called Acarya.Thus He is called Advaita Acarya, and His school in Navadwip was the only school that Lord Chaitanya's elder brother Visvarupa at­tended. Hare Krishna!