9. Rudradvipa

 

Sakhyam
being a friend

 

Lord Nityananda was speaking to Sri Jiva “….Rudradvipa has been cut in two pieces by the Ganges. See how this western island has now moved to the east bank. By the Lord’s desire, no one lives on this side now. From here see Sri Sankarapura. Even from a distance, see how it beautifies the bank of the Ganges. When Sankaracarya went out to defeat all opponents, on his way to Navadvipa, he first arrived there. Within his heart, he was the topmost Vaisnava, but externally he played the role of a mayavadi, a servant of Maya. Actually, he was an incarnation of Lord Siva, and by the Lord’s order he expertly preached a covered form of Buddhism. While engaged in this way, he came to Nadia….”

Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya chapter 15

  

Main Places to see

 

 

Sankarapura
Nidaya Gatha
Sri Pulina, Rasa-Mandala, Dhira-samira

 

 

Sankarapura

 

Rudradvipa has been cut in two pieces by the Ganges. See how this western island has now moved to the east bank. By the Lord’s desire, no one lives on this side now. From here see Sri Sankarapura. Even from a distance, see how it beautifies the bank of the Ganges. When Sankaracarya went out to defeat all opponents, on his way to Navadvipa, he first arrived there. Within his heart, he was the topmost Vaisnava, but externally he played the role of a mayavadi, a servant of Maya. Actually, he was an incarnation of Lord Siva, and by the Lord’s order he expertly preached a covered form of Buddhism. While engaged in this way, he came to Nadia.

When Sankaracarya came to this place, Gauracandra appeared to him in a dream and mercifully spoke to him in sweet words, “You are My servant. Following My orders, you are preaching effectively the Mayavada doctrine. But as Navadvipa-dhama is very dear to Me, the Mayavada philosophy has no place here. On My behalf, Vriddha Siva and Praudha Maya spread the imaginary impersonal interpretations of scriptures, but only to those people who envy the devotees of the Lord. In this way I cheat them. Since this Navadvipa-dhama is generally a place for My devotees, not for the envious, you should go somewhere else. Do not contaminate the inhabitants of Navadvipa.”

Realizing the truth about Navadvipa in his dream and with devotion instilled in his heart, he went elsewhere.

 

 

 

Nidaya Ghata

 

“This is where Lord Caitanya crossed the River Ganga on His way to Katwa to take sannyasa. He took sannyasa at the end of January in 1510, just before His 25th birthday. His sannyasa name was Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. On the day that He decided to enter the sannyasa order, He informed only Nityananda Prabhu, Gadadhara Pandita, Saci-mata, Candrasekhara and Mukunda.

Gaudhya mata temple at Nidaya.

The Lord got up during the night and prepared to leave home for the last time. As He approached the gate, Mother Saci was standing there like a statue. She was in total shock and her eyes were full of tears. She was unable to say anything to prevent Him from leaving. The Lord circumambulated Mother Saci three times and offered her His obeisance. He took some dust from her feet, and then left home forever.

After leaving home the Lord swam across the Ganga and went to Katwa. Nidaya means “without mercy”. The residents of Navadvipa accused the Lord of being without mercy for leaving them.”

 

Sri Navadvipa Parikrama page 226

 

 

 

Sri Pulina, Rasa Mandala, Dhira Samira

 

“Intelligent people say that Mayapura, identical to Gokula, lies on the eastern bank of the Ganga. On its western bank lies Vrindavana. In this Vrndavana there is a place called Rasa Sthali. On the west side of the Rasa-Sthali is the holy place Dhira Samira where the wind blows very gently. That place is covered by pure sands and has a lovely cooling effect. Oh Devi! There is no doubt that whatever is manifest in Vrindavan also exists here.”

Navadvipa dhama mahatmya, Pramana-khanda 4.25-26

  

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