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Shri Advaita Bhavan


Shri Advaita Bhavan is situated 20 yards north of Shrivas Angan. Shri Advaita Acarya was born from the womb of Nabha devi, who lived in the village of Navagram, near Shrihatta. The Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita states that He is an incarnation of Maha Vishnu. The Shri Gaura Ganoddesa Dipika states that He is non-different from Mahadeva Shiva. Knowing that both Vishnu and Shiva are in fact both expan­sions of Lord Balaram-Sankarsan, Advaita Acarya may be accurately identified as either. Once in Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva granted Kuvera, the treasurer of the demigods, a boon. Kuvera requested to become Lord Shiva's father. Lord Shiva granted this boon, and Kuvera became Kuvera Pandit, the father of Shri Advaita Acarya. When Advaita Acarya was four or five, his father moved his whole family to Santipur and began residing on the banks of the Ganges. His parents, although quite old when He was born, nevertheless raised him with great care, especially teaching him that the essence of all Vedic scriptures was to render loving devotional service to Lord Krishna. At the age of eight His father arranged for Him to receive twice-born status as an initiated brahmana. While still a young man, both of Advaita Acarya's parents left this world, and after performing their funeral rites, he left on pilgrimage to Gaya and other holy places.


During this period of time, he met and received diksa from his guru, Shri Madhavendra Puri. Prior to the appearance of Lord Chaitanya, Advaita Acarya had constructed a small residence along the Ganges in Navadwip for his bhajan. This place, Advaita Bhavan, is where his bhajan kutir once stood. Shri Advaita Acarya in this place offered the prayers to Lord Krishna which invoked the Lord to descend. Advaita Acarya would loudly cry out, "Krishna! Krishna! Please descend and deliver the fallen, conditioned souls! Krishna! Krishna! Please do not forsake them! Redeem them all! O Krishna! O Govinda! O Gopal! O Keshava! O Narayana!" Sitting on the banks of Mother Ganges, he worshiped, according to pancaratra principles, Lord Krishna in His form as salagram sila. With eight Tulasi manjaris and Ganges water, He begged Lord Krishna to descend and manifest His mercy.


Shri Advaita Acarya at this place taught his students Bhagavad-gita and Shrimad-Bhagavatam in the light of bhakti, and by his purports, his students would thoroughly understand the process of devotional ser­vice to Shri Krishna. Lord Chaitanya's elder brother Visvarupa was one of these students, and Sacimata used to often send young Nimai to go collect His brother and bring him home for lunch. At these times, Advaita Acarya would become fascinated upon seeing Nimai, think­ing that this beautiful boy was definitely not an ordinary mortal. Young Nimai in turn would smile at him benignly as if saying, "Nada, You have called Me here through Your many prayers and supplica­tions to remove the suffering of the living entities. Now that I am here, You do not recognize Me." In fact, it was only by Advaita Acarya's call that Lord Krishna descended and incarnated as Gauranga Maha-prabhu. Here at Advaita Bhavan, Shri Visvarupa, Haridas Thakur, Shrivas, Gangadas, Suklambara, Chandrasekhara, Murari Gupta and all the other great Vaishnavas regularly assembled and became absorbed in hearing Advaita Acarya speak the nectar of Krishna katha. After Mazxhaprabhu accepted sannyasa, Advaita Acarya moved back to Santipur. Let us fall down into the dust of Advaita Bhavan and pray to Shri Advaita Acarya for His mercy and blessings. Hare Krishna!