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Shri Isodhyan. the Center of Shridham Mayapur


At the southern boundary of Shri Antardwip, where the Ganga and Jalangi meet, is Shri Isodhyan. Previously Isodhyan contained a beauti­ful garden filled with sweet, fragrant flowers, deer, peacocks, doves, parrots, cuckoos, berry bushes, and varieties of fruit trees. In every way it was exquisitely beautiful and it would remind one immediately of Vraja.Shri Nandanacarya had his house and performed his bhajan in the midst of Isodhyan garden. When Lord Nityananda Prabhu learned that Lord Chaitanya had begun His sankirtan pastimes, He came to Navadwip Dham from Vrindavan and hid Himself here. Nitai thought, "If My younger brother Krishna has appeared as Gauranga, then He Himself will come and find Me."


Lord Chaitanya, knowing that Nitai had arrived, sent Haridas Thakur and Shrivas Pandit to search for Him. But they returned after three hours without Nitai. As you know, Shrivas Pandit is Narada Muni and Haridas Thakur is Brahma. But they still were unable to find Lord Nityananda Prabhu because Nityananda is mysterious and confiden­tial. Although He is most merciful, as was shown by the mercy He gave to Jagai and Madhai, one can only have access to Him by the mercy of Lord Chaitanya. Lord Chaitanya laughingly took all the Vaishnava devotees with Him and came directly to the house of Nandanacarya. When Lord Nityananda and Lord Chaitanya saw each other for the first time, They were both immediately transformed by waves of ecstasy. Nitai thought, "I have found the Lord of My life! I have found the Lord of My life!", and He crashed to the ground unconscious. Lord Chaitanya embraced Him exactly the way Lord Rama embraced Laksman when the latter was afflicted by Ravana's spear. Both Lord Nityananda and Lord Chaitanya began to cry in joy, and They wept rivers of divine ecstasy.Lord Chaitanya began praising Lord Nityananda. He said that even a moment's association with Him dissolves millions of sins and that all living entities can obtain love of Krishna merely by worshiping His lotus feet. Lord Nityananda then praised Lord Chaitanya saying that He had toured all the holy places of pilgrimage, but He had darshan of places, not of Krishna. When He asked some good brahmanas why their altars were barren, they told Him that Krishna had gone to Shri Mayapur in Bengal and had inaugurated the sankirtan movement.Nityananda Prabhu was told by reliable sources that even the most wretched miscreants were being redeemed. So, desiring redemption, He had come to Shri Navadwip Dham, full with expectations.


Only the devotees can understand these exchanges of glorification between Lord Nityananda and Lord Chaitanya. Later Mahaprabhu took Nityananda Prabhu with Him to Shrivas Angan to perform puja of Vyasa deva, but Nitaicandra took all the puja articles and repeated over and over again, "Nimai Pandit is My Lord and master! Nimai Pandit is My Lord and master!" Nitai then spontaneously began performing puja to Mahaprabhu. From then until the Lord left Navadwip for Jagannath Puri, Prabhu Nityananda always remained with Lord Shri Chaitanya.This place is called Shri Isodhyan, the garden where the two Lords met, because Lord Nityananda and Lord Chaitanya are together the Lord of Lords. Many Gaudiya Maths of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saras-wati Prabhupada are established in Isodhyan. Hare Krishna.