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Shri Candrasekhar Bhavan


Shri Candrasekhar Acarya was an intimate associate of Lord Chaitanya in the mood of vatsalya rasa. His wife Malati was the younger sister of Shrimati Sacidevi, the Lord's mother, and when the Lord took His birth, Shri Candrasekhar and his wife were both present. They had no children of their own. When Jagannath Misra left this world, Shri Candrasekhar in every respect became the Lord's father, accepting Him as his son, and also accepting all responsibilities for the welfare of Sacimata.

Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada called this place Vraja Pattan which means the place where Vrindavan is manifested. This place was very, very dear to Shrila Prabhupada, and very dear as well to my own guru, Shrila Bhaktiprajnana Keshava Goswami Maharaj. It was here that Lord Chaitanya danced in the mood of Rukmini devi.

Once when Lord Chaitanya was around 20 years of age, He desired to perform a dance drama depicting the pastimes of Lord Krishna. He instructed Buddhimanta Khan to go to Candrasekhar's house and prepare a raised platform, with canopy and curtains, and to arrange the necessary costumes, sets and ornaments for the production. The Lord personally gave to the devotees their different roles and selected their appropriate costumes.


Haridas Thakur played a guard from Vaikuntha and sported a full grown mustache. Shrivas Pandit played Narada Muni, complete with vina and kusa grass in hand. Gadadhara played Laksmi devi, Nityananda played Paurnamasi, and because Advaita Acarya couldn't make up his mind which roie to play, he played himself and exhibited the mood of Sadasiva.Lord Chaitanya had finished dressing within the dressing room. Suddenly He became overcome by the emotions and mood of Ruk-mini devi. Coming on stage with tears flowing in torrents from His eyes, He recited the slokas that Rukmini devi wrote to Krishna beginning: srutva gunan bhuvana sundara srnvatam te. In these verses Rukmini devi requested Lord Krishna to please kidnap her without delay because she had completely dedicated her life to Him. She said that if she could not have Him as her husband, she would leave her body. Lord Chaitanya performed this pastime so well, and His makeup was so perfect, that not even His own mother, Sacidevi, could recog­nize Him. From Rukmini devi the Lord took on the emotions and royal opulence of Mahalaksmi. Then, with tears cascading down His face, He took on the humbleness of Ganga devi. Suddenly with peels of laughter He transformed Himself into Mahamaya. He then at once took on the exalted mood of vipralambha and the enchanting emotions of  Shrimati Radharani and began reciting the slokas begin­ning: ayi dina-dayardra natha he, spoken by Radharani when Krishna left Vrindavan to accept the kingdom of  Mathura. One by one Lord Chaitanya acted to perfection the roles of His different potencies.Enacted in or around the year 1506, this drama depicting Krishna's lila was the first dramatic production ever to be performed in Bengal. Watching this most auspicious event at Shri Candrasekhar Bhavan, the devotees became completely enraptured. Some wept in joy, others laughed in bliss, others rolled on the ground in ecstasy, while others, with folded hands, humbly offered prayers.


We have previously mentioned that occasionally an unqualified person slipped in and observed the Lord's pastimes at Shrivas Thakur's house, as illustrated by Shrivas's mother-in-law, by the brahmacari who only ate milk and fruits and also by Shrivas' sudra servant Dukhi. But at Shri candrasekhar Bhavan, only the most intimate associates and confidential servitors of Lord Shri Chaitanya were present.After the play, all the devotees began selecting their own prayers according to their realizations. Suddenly, to their dismay, they dis­covered that night had come and gone and that is was almost dawn. As a dark cloud of despair covered the minds and hearts of the devotees, tears filled their eyes. The devotees in great anguish began to cry exactly like an infant cries for its mother.


In the Svetasvatara Upanisad, Chapter 3, Verse 19, it is stated: apani-pado javano grahita, which means that without hands the Lord eats and without legs the Lord moves. This is substantiated by Lord Jagannath who without any hands eats 56 different types of food offered eight times daily, and who without legs travels all over the universe during Ratha Yatra. In Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 9, Verse 17, Lord Krishna states.pitaham asyajagato mata dhatopitamahah, "I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire."The omniscient Lord Chaitanya, understanding their distress and hearing their crying, felt compassion for them exactly as a mother feels for her infant child. He then accepted the role of the universal mother and called the devotees to Him one by one. He began breast feeding the devotees by His mystic potency with His own milk, literally fulfilling His own words in the Bhagavad-gita, protecting the eternal words of the Vedas, and dispelling all the despair of the devotees. For seven days Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahparabhu remained in ecstasy at Shri Chandrasekhar Bhavan and was enveloped in brilliant light more effulgent than the brahmajyoti. But only the pure devotees of the Lord could see His splendor. Others could not. These are some of the incredible pastimes performed at Chandrasekhar Bhavan at this place. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur established Shri Chaitanya Math in the year 1918, and from this math Shrila Bhakti­siddhanta Saraswati Thakur spread his movement.