Apr 27, 2011 CANADA (SUN) A brief history of Ekchakra dhama and Nityananda Janmasthan, originally written in Bengali by HG Paratatwa Prakashan and presented in several parts.
Nityananda's Birthplace is a memorable one, a place of pilgrimage and prayer that must be visited by all. The main sights are as follows.
1. The Padmavati Tank:
It is named after Nityananda's mother. Harai Pandit received it as gift from his father-in-law, Mukutanarayan Roy of Mayureswar.
2. Nari-Pnota, Bakultala or Amara Pitha:
Here under the bakul tree the umbilical chord of Nityananda was buried. In His childhood, Nityananda used to play here with His friends. The branches of the tree became snake-like by the touch of His feet. The tree is no more, but some of its branches still exist and excite the heart of devotees. They can be seen here as well as at the Radharaman Bag of Nabadwip and at the Pathbari Ashram of Baranagore, Kolkata - 700 035.
3. Janu Kunda:
A sacred pond sanctified by the holy touch of Nityananda. On the last day of Poush a ceremony is held here which is comprised of Gosthalila Kirtan, bhog with flattened rice and distribution of prasad.
The residence of the Brahmin under whose custody Vyasdev left Kunti Devi with the five Pandavas. Here Chongadhari Baba used to spend the whole day with his Giridhari.
5. Tomb of Chongadhari Baba:
The place where Chongadhari Baba was buried. This great sage was angelus. Once he said that he had attended the marriage of Vishnu Das, the maternal uncle of Sri Chaitanya.
The place for rest. After leaving his home forever, Nitaichand sat here for a while at the request of the villagers.
A special place near Yamuna. Here near the bathing ghat, a piece of wood came floating for making the image of Bankim Deva. Here the images of Nitai Chand and Gour Sundar are worshipped with Krishna and Balaram.
8. Banka Rai or the temple of Bankimdev:
Other than the idols of Banka Rai, Lalitaji and Radha, there are Shalagrams, Yogmaya and Muralidhar.
9. The temple of Jagannath:
With the image of Jagannatha and Shakshigopal.
A place for Krishna as cowherd, playing with other cowherds. Banka Rai comes here at Bath ceremony.
11. The tomb of Taltalia Baba, a famous Sadhu.
12. Ekchakreswar Mahadev:
The temple of Ekchakreswar Mahadev. The idol was worshipped by Harai Pandit.
13. Gobrar Maath:
A field where Nitaichand held the Govardhan.
Where Nitaichand acted as Lakshman in Lakshmaner Shaktisheir.
The field and tank of Kalisara - Kaliyakund. Here Nitaichand enacted the role of Krishna, who tamed the snake Kaliya.
16. Kanai Kunda:
Nitaichand performed Danlila.
17. Chandan Sarobar:
Nitaichand played in its water.
Indra, The king of Gods appeared to Nitaichand and expressed his desire to serve Him. Nitaichand asked him to make a tank, which later on came to be known as Indrasayer.
Nitaichand showed here the demise of Aristasura and the Divine lovemaking of Radha and Krishna.
Nitaichand acted Saptatal Bhed and Setubandhan.
The Bihar Sthali (place) of Birchandra Prabhu —Son of Nityananda.
22. Marsarobar, Amlitala, Swet Ganga, Akshay Bat, Khunti Pukur, etc.
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