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Vaikunthapur is situated on the north western boundary of Shri Modadrumadwip. Lord Narayana, in this place, is eternally served by His three potencies: Shri, Bhu, and Lila. The rays of this transcendental land are called brahma, and one can truly see this holy dham only by transcendental vision. In a previous kalpa, the great sage Narada Muni went to Vaikuntha to have darshan of Lord Narayana and Laksmi devi. When he arrived he could see them nowhere. The Lord's associates informed Naradaji that they had both gone to Bhuloka in Shri Navadwip Dham. So Narada Muni came here and took darshan of Shri Shri Laksmi Narayana. Being pleased with him, Lord Narayana gave him the vision of His glorious golden form of Lord Shri Gauranga. The place where Narada Muni came and had darshan of Lord Narayana is known as Vaikunthapur.


Ramanujacarya, the establisher of the Shri Vaisiiava sampradaya, which is empowered by Laksmi devi, once arrived at Jagannath Puri. He had been travelling throughout India inaugurating strict pancharatra standard of Deity worship. When he arrived in Puri, he saw that the temple standard, although opulent, was casual and relaxed. Seeing this, Ramanujacarya went to Lord Jagannath and informed Him that he would improve the standard by establishing the Pancharatra standard in Puri. Lord Jagannath, however, told him that he could establish pancharatra everywhere else, but not in Puri. Ramanujacarya replied to Lord Jagannath that He was an arca-vigraha, and scripture dictates that He must be worshiped according to Pancharatra. Lord Jagannath insisted that the pancharatriki rules and regulations do not always apply to Him, and His desire was that no pancharatra system be established. Ramanuja then told the Lord that He was not the yuga avatar, so He must be worshiped by the rules and regulations of pancharatra. Lord Jagannath replied in a booming voice that He had been worshiped for thousands of years in Puri with love and affection and He would continue being worshiped in the same fashion. But Ramanuja would not relent and he again informed Lord Jagannath that he would establish pancharatra. Lord Jagannath again told him that he should not. Thus they argued back and forth.


That night Lord Jagannatha appeared in Ramanuja's dream. Being merciful, Jagannath Swami instructed him to go to Shri Navadwip Dham. In the future, Lord Jagannath said, He would appear there as Gauranga and distribute Krishna prema through the medium of Hari Nama. Lord Jagannath also told him that Shri Navadwip Dham was millions of times more glorious than Shri Rangam, and that because His incarnation as Gauranga was very confidential, Ramanuja should leave his disciples behind and proceed alone to Navadwip. On the order of Lord Jagannath, Ramanuja thus came to Shri Modadrumadwip and had darshan of Lord Chaitanya in His transcen­dental golden form. Seeing this wonder, Ramanuja began to cry and to witness Mahaprabhu's pastimes when He appeared in the future. Ix)rd Gauranga said, "So be it," and disappeared.

By the will of the Lord, Ramanujacarya left Shri Navadwip Dham and returned to South India to teach devotional service in the mood of dasya bhakti. His philosophy is called vasistadvaita-vada. He defeated the philosophy of Sankaracarya through sastric evidences and unchallengeable logic. Ramanuja's commentary on Vedanta-sutra is called Shri Bhasya, and many other books were written by Ramanuja as well. During the pastimes of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprbhu, Ramanuja appeared as Shri Ananta in a brahmana family in Shri Navadwip Dham. During the marriage of Lord Chaitanya and Laksmipriya, Shri Ananta came to the wedding and at that time received a vision of his worshipable Deities, Shri Shri Laksmi Narayana, which he had also worshiped in his previous incarnation as Ramanujacarya. Haribol!