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Nidaya Ghat


Now we are at Nidaya Ghat, which is situated on the eastern bank of the Ganges. Lord Chaitanya incarnated to redeem and deliver every fallen soul. Every jiva soul's constitutional position is an eternal servant of Lord Krishna. Because Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu saw that everyone was not yet immersed in Krishna prema, He reflected and made an auspicious decision:


eta bali mane kichu kariya vicara

sannyasa asrama prabhu kaila angikara


"Reflecting within His mind, Mahaprabhu accepted the sannyasa asrama after full consideration." (Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi-lila, Chapter 7, Verse 33)


In the year 1515 A.D., at the end of January, just before His 25th birthday, Lord Gaurahari took sannyasa and accepted the name Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After His sannyasa, He attracted the attention of all the philosophical scholars, the false logicians, the impersonalists, the atheists, the mundane wranglers, the speculative fools, and even yavanas, mlechas and chandalas.


On the day Lord Chaitanya resolved in His mind to take sannyasa, He informed only Nityananda Prabhu, Gadadhara Pandit, Chandrasekara Acarya, Svarupa Damodara, and Mukunda. That eve­ning He went down every street of Shridham Navadwip and met with all the devotees and inhabitants with great affection. His devotee Shridhar offered Him a pumpkin, some gopas offered Him some fresh milk, some devotees put fragrant flower garlands around His neck, and others smeared His body with sandalwood paste mixed with saffron. As they saw the Lord walk by, brahmanas chanted auspicious mantras and elderly brahmana wives lit ghee wicks and waved them from their windows and rooftops. The whole setting was touching and intimate.Thinking that once He took sannyasa He may never taste a pumpkin again, Nimai Pandit carried the pumpkin along with some milk and returned home. He gave both the pumpkin and milk to Mother Saci and requested her to cook lakilaki, pumpkin cooked in milk and sugar. Mother Saci first cooked and then offerd the cooked pumpkin to Lord Krishna. She then fed her son and distributed the remnants to everyone present. Then, after everyone had eaten, she and Vishnu-priya honored prasadam as well. After prasadam was finished, sitting in the evening sun and enjoying the pleasant breeze from the Ganges, Mahaprabhu, with His wife Vishnupriya devi by His side, began conversing with her in a happy mood. In fact He was so jubilant that He decorated her hair with flowers and her face with gopicandan. During this playful mood of her Lord and master, suddenly she became very fearful. She suddenly remembered that in the morning when she had gone to take bath in the river Ganges, she had lost the nose ring that had been given to her at the time of marriage.


This is generally considered inauspicious for a wife, and thus it alarmed her. Remembering how she had searched everywhere but that she was unable to find it, made her extremely apprehensive. But by the influence of the Lord's yogamaya, she forgot her fear and that night slept deeply. The Lord Himself was completely free from attachment. In the night He awoke and began to leave His house for the last time. As He approached the gate, Mother Sacidevi was standing like a statue. Due to the impending separation, she was in a state of total shock. Her eyes were full of tears and her heart was full of love. Her throat choked up and her breathing almost halted. She was unable to say anything to prevent Him from leaving. Mahaprabhu circumambulated His mother three times, and offered His obeisances to her. He took the dust from her feet upon His head, and left His home forever.


Although it was before sunrise, He entered the Ganges and swam to the western bank. From there He swiftly proceeded to Katwa. At Katwa He accepted sannyasa from Keshava Bharati. From there He went to Santipur and then Jagannath Puri. Because the residents of Navadwip felt that the Lord had become exceedingly merciless by deserting them, and His loving mother and faithful wife, they called this ghat where the Lord entered the Ganges: Nidaya -without mercy. Gaura Premanandi! Haribol!