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Mahatpur is Kamyavan in Vraja. When Yudhisthira Maharaj was in exile with his four brothers, they arrived at the village of Ekacakra. Seeing the resplendent beauty of Ekacakra, the king became enchanted. That night Lord Balaram appeared within Yudhisthira's dream and told him that in the future He would incarnate in Eka­cakra. He then revealed to Yudhisthira His glorious golden form as Nityananda Prabhu. After blessing Yudhisthira, Shri Nityananda Prabhu told him to go to Shri Navadwip Dhara, which was not far away, and where Lord Krishna would appear in the future as Lord Gaur­anga.On His order, Yudhisthira Maharaj went to Shri Navadwip Dham, which is on the banks of the Ganges, and arrived at Shri Modadrupa-dwip. Being blessed by Shri Nityananda Prabhu, Yudhisthira Maharaj received darshan of Lord Gauranga. Being pleased with him, Gaur­anga explained to him the glories of Hari Nama and Shri Navadwip Dham. Being completely captivated by the sweetness of Gauranga, Yudhisthira Maharaj, along with his four brothers, danced in ecstasy.The place where Yudhisthira Maharaj envisioned Mahaprabhu became famous as Mahatpur. A person dear to the Lord and one of His dearmost servitors, like Yuthisdhira Maharaj, is called a mahat-purusa. This place is thus called Mahatpur. Until about 40 years ago, five very old banyan trees were present here as well as a sacrificial area constructed 5000 years ago.


Shri Madhvacarya, the establisher of the Brahma Madhva Vaishnava Sampradaya, which was empowered by Lord Brahma and which is the Vaishnava sampradaya that Lord Chaitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Advaita Acarya and Madhavendra Puri all accepted, came to Shri Modadrumadwip. Shri Madhvacarya established the philosophy of Dvaita-vada and his commentary on the Vedanta-sutra of Shrila Veda Vyasa is called Purnaprajna Bhasya. According to this philosophy, five 'differences' are eternal: First, the difference between the Lord and jiva. Second, the difference between one jiva and another jiva. Third, the difference between the jiva and inert matter. Fourth, the difference between one inert object and another inert object. Fifth, the difference between the Lord and inert matter.Krishna is the all-powerful Supreme Lord, and the living entities are His eternal servants, His parts and parcels. The living entities are of two types: conditioned and liberated. Unalloyed devotion is the only means for attaining love of God, the goal of all living entities. These are Madhvacarya's basic philosophical points. These teachings are the seed of the tree of prema which bore fruit by the mercy of Shri Madhavendra Puri.


Shri Madhvacarya wrote a very wonderful book called Anuvakayana. This book contains conclusive arguments that defeat all philosophies not favorable to bhakti. In his commentary on Vedanta-sutra, Madhvacarya refuted the arguments of 21 previous commentators of Brahma-sutra and fully established his philosophy of Dvaita-vada.

Once during his second tour of North India, Shri Madhvacarya came to Shri Modadrumadwip with his disciples and received darshan of Lord Gauranga. Mahaprabhu affectionately instructed him and told him that in the near future He would manifest this form in Shri Navadwip Dham and accept Madhvacarya's sampradaya. He would then distribute Hari Nama and love of God to all living entities and that the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya would be spread throughout the world. The Lord then further ordered him to travel throughout India and defeat mayavadi philosophy, the non-Vedic philosophy that had been spread by Sankaracarya. Actually, Madhvacarya was requested to destroy every philosophy that was unfavorable to bhakti. "Defeat and destroy them by sastra, strong reasoning and im­peccable logic," Lord Chaitanya said. Mahaprabhu then instructed him to preach the following four doctrines: The form of the Supreme Lord is eternal and transcendental. The Supreme Lord is the substratum of all transcendental good qualities.The living entity can never be equated with the Supreme Lord. The relationship between the Supreme Lord and the living entity is that of master and servant.The Lord then told Madhvacarya not to disclose the confidential secret of His future appearance. The Lord then disappeared. There­after, following the order of Mahaprabhu, Madhvacarya preached and firmly established the doctrine of devotion all over India. Hare Krishna!