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In the district Vardaman is Yasigram, another place connected to Shrinivas Acarya. Shrila Narahari Sarkar, and intimate associate of Lord Chaitanya, revealed the glories of Lord Chaitanya and Prabhu Nityananda to Shrinivas and instructed him to go to Jagannath Puri to see Mahaprabhu.Shrinivas started the journey, but on the way he heard the sad news that Lord Chaitanya had finished His manifest pastimes and had left this world. Shrinivas fell unconscious to the ground. When he again regained consciousness, he decided to travel to Ekachakra and see Nityananda Prabhu. No sooner had he begun his journey than some Vaishnavas told him that Nitaicandra had just finished His manifest pastimes.


Shrinivas felt himself hit by a thunderbolt and he decided that life was no longer worth living. Gauranga and Nityananda then appeared to him in a vision and consoled him. They instructed him to see Gadadhara Pandit at the Tota Gopinath Temple in Jagannath Puri. Mahaprabhu had instructed Gadadhara Pandit before He dis­appeared to teach Shrinivas Shrimad-Bhagavatam. But when Shrinivas arrived, it was not possible for Shrinivas to study Shrimad-Bhagavatam because the ink on Gadadhar's Bhagavatam had become unreadable due to his tears shed in separation from Mahaprabhu.


Although Gadadhara was previously a classmate of Lord Chaitanya and not more than 48 years of age, his intense mood of vipralambha from Mahaprabhu had aged Him immensely. They decided that Shrinivas himself should quickly return to Bengal and bring to Puri another copy of the Shrimad-Bhagavatam from his earlier siksa guru, Shrila Narahari Sarkar. Shrinivas left immeditely for Shrikhanda and received a copy of Shrimad-Bhagavatam from Narahari Sarkar and hurried back to Puri. On his way back to Puri, at this village of Yasigram, Shrinivas was informed by Vaishnavas that Gadadhara Pandit had just left this world.Shrinivas became delirious and wandered here and there. He some­how or another ended up in Shri Navadwip Dham and met all the devotees. He went from Navadwip to Vrindavan and took Vaishnava diksa from Shrila Gopal Bhatta Goswami. Living with Shri Narottama das Thakur and Shri Shyamananda Prabhu, he studied the Gaudiya Vaishnavas literatures under Shri Jiva Goswami. After completing his studies, he returned to Bengal and prolifically preached the message of Mahaprabhu. Hare Krishna!