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This temple is named in honor of Shri Nityananda's son Virabhadra Goswami. It was built under his direction. He was the greatest branch of the tree of Shri Nityananda Prabhu, and the Gaura Ganoddesa Dipika reveals that he is an incarnation of Ksirodakasayi Vishnu. Besides preaching the message of Mahaprabhu prolifically all over Bengal, and besides initiating hundreds of disciples wherever he went, he specifically converted, at one time, 1000 tantric Buddhists, called Nedas, to Gaudiya Vaisnavism. He then gave them Hari Nama initia­tion and authorized them to chant the mahamantra.In the center of the main temple's altar is Krishna as Banke Raya. On His right side is Jahnava devi, and to His left is Shrimati Radharani. Also within this temple is the original Deity of Ekachakra, Murali-dhara, who was given to Padmavati devi when Nitaicandra left home for pilgirmage at the age of 12. On the same altar as Muralidhara are the murties of Shri Shri Radha Madhava.


In Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi-lila, Chapter 11, Verse 11, Krishna-das Kaviraj states that it is by the glorious mercy of Shri Virabhadra that people all over the world now have the chance to chant the names of Chaitanya and Nityananda. So let us all take shelter of the lotus feet of Virabhadra!