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One branch of knowledge is called Sthala Purana, which is the history of a particular place passed down from generation to generation by the area's local brahmanas and pandits. Always desiring the magnanimous mercy of Shri Nityananda Balaram, we shall further chmrn the nectar of His pastimes, which are like soma, and delight ouuselves by hearing some nectarean pastimes of Shri Nityananda Awadhuta from one of the local pandits who was born and raised here in Ekachakra. The narration that is now given by him can be considered Sthala Purana. Panditji will now begin:Jaya Nitai! Jaya Nitai! Because I was born here there are a few intimate pastimes I have knowledge of which are not generally known outside of Ekachakra. These pastimes, which will surely satisfy anyone who is thirst)' for Nitai katha, were told to me by my father. He was told them by his father, and his father was told them by his father... The narrations in this way go back to the time of Shri Nityananda Prabhu.
All of Nityananda Prabhu's playmates had been with Him in Vraja as cowherd boys. When Lord Balaram personally descended as Lord Nityananda, He brought with Him in His entourage twelve gopas from Vraja. Some of the gopas' names are Sudama, Mahabala, Subala, Vasudama, Subahu, and Stoka Krishna. These "Nitai bhaktas" all appeared in various families throughout Bengal. Today also you see exhibited the same mood here as the gopas had in Vrindavan. All the villagers have many cows, and every day the cowherd boys take the cows out for grazing in the fields and they return in the evening. They live simply and they like living simply. The mood which they possess is sakhya rasa, just exactly like the mood the gopas possessed when they played with Lord Balaram in Vrindavan. They are happy and friendly, and they always have available plenty of milk products, like ghee, butter, cream, panir, yoghurt, malaya, misty dhoya and many varieties of sweets.
In Vraja, all the Vrajabasis live for Shrimati Radharani. In Nilacala Puri, all the inhabitants live for Jagannath Swami. Here, in Ekachakra, all the village people live for Nitaicandra. 'Hie cowherd boys answer everything with "Jaya Nitai! Jaya Nitai!" Their mood is fully stepped in the mellow of sakhya bhakti for Nityananda Prabhu, and when you see them out grazing their cows, you think that you are in Vraja.The local residents consider Ekachakra the same as Vraja, and they consider the waters here as the same as the Yamuna in Vraja. Shri Balaram herded cows and took bath there, and Shri Nityananda herded cows and took bath here. As it is a sastric conclusion that Lord Nityananda is non-different from Lord Balaram, so Their pastime places are non-different as well. Actually, they call this place here Gupta Vrindavan, secret Vrindavan. Shri Nitai went on pilgrimage with one young sannyasi, and in the next twenty years He visited all the holy places of India. When Lord Chaitanya began His Hari Nama sankirtan pastimes in Shri Navadwip Dham, Lord Nityananda Prabhu, who at that time was 32, joined Him. All of this is revealed in Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata by Vrindavan das Thakur and in Bhakti-ratnakara by Narahari Cakravarti. But what is not revealed is the fascinating pastime that occured just before Nitai Prabhu left Ekachakra with the sannyasi. I will reveal that pastime now. It happened at an auspicious place known by the Ekachakra-basis as Visrama Tala.