Ādi Saptagrāma

Śrīpāṭ of Śrīla Uddhāraṇa Datta Ṭhākura



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The worshipable Deities inside the temple are Śrī Nitāi on the right, Śrī Gadādhara on the left, and in the middle six handed (Sadabhūja) Śrī Gaurānga Sundara and the brass-metal Deity of Uddhārana Datta Ṭhākura. There is a beautiful portico in the front. At the end of the portico is standing Mādhavi creeper planted by Nityānanda prabhu’s own hand. At the back of the temple, there is a small pond known as Nupurkunda, as the ankle-bell (Nupur) of Nityānanda prabhu fell there.


At this temple, on the twelfth day of the waning moon in the Bengali month of Agrahāyana (November-December), a special festival is celebrated till today on the occasion of his disappearance. Nowadays, the administration, sevā-pūjā (worship), festivals etc are all conducted and organized by a committee of gold-merchants.


It is described in Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata (Antya- khanda, 5/449,454-455)-

uddhāraṇa datta bhāgya-vantera mandire
rahilena tathā prabhu triveṇīra tīre

vaṇika tārite nityānanda-avatāra
vaṇikere dilā prema-bhakti adhikāra

saptagrāme sava vaṇikera ghare ghare
āpane nitāicāṅda kīrtane vihare

Lord Nityānanda stayed in the house of Uddhārana Datta which was situated on the bank of Trivenī. Lord Nityānanda advented to deliver the people of the mercantile community. He gave them the right to develop loving devotional service to the Lord. Nitāicānda enjoyed kīrtana pastime in the houses of all the merchants of Saptagrāma.



Once in the year 1429 Śakābda, there was a frightful famine in Bengal. At that time Uddāharana Datta Ṭhākura opened a food distribution centre on a piece of land measuring 30 bighā (10 acre) and conducted free food distribution program generously to all the poor people. He made thousands of distressed people Vaiṣṇavas by motivating them to surrender unto the lotus feet of Śrī Nitāi.