Śrīla Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita appeared here


How to Reach?


This has been described in Śrīvāsa Aṣṭakam

ādau bāsastu śrīhaṭṭe bhāgīrathī taṭe tataḥ
kumārahaṭṭe yasya āsīt sa me gauragatirgati

They were living before at Śrīhaṭṭa on the banks of the Bhāgīrathī River. Afterwards they came to Kumārahaṭṭa.

Their eldest brother Śrī Nalina Paṇḍita stayed over in Biyānībājāra. Śrī Nārayaṇīdevī appeared as his daughter, who was the mother of Śrīla Vṛndāvana Dāsa Ṭhākura, author of Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata. Nalina Paṇḍita and his wife passed away after a few months of Nārāyaṇīdevī’s appearance in Biyānībājāra. Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita received this sad news and he brought his niece Nārāyaṇīdevi in Māyāpur from Biyānībājāra. He and his wife Mālinīdevī took the responsibility to bring her up. Thus, Nārāyaṇīdevī was being brought up at the house of Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita.

This has been described in Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata (Ādi-khaṇḍa, 2/96-97)-

śei navadvīpe baise paṇḍita śrīvāsa
yāṅhāra mandire haila caitanya-vilāsa

sarvakāla cāri bhāi gāya kṛṣṇanāma
trikāla karaye kṛṣṇapūjā gaṅgā-snāna

Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita resided in Navadvīpa. Lord Caitanya enjoyed many pastimes in his house. Four brothers (Śrīvāsa, Śrīrāma, Śrīpati and Śrīnidhi) chanted the names of Kṛṣṇa all the time. They would take bath three times a day in the Ganges and then worship Lord Kṛṣṇa.

Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita was the foremost amongst the broth- ers in all respects. He understood by the potency of his devotion to Lord Kṛṣṇa that Lord Kṛṣṇa will appear in the house of Śrī Jagannātha Miśra. Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita’s wife, Mālinīdevī, was very friendly with Śrī Śacīdevī. Mahāprabhu would respect and offer obisances to Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita whenever He would meet him. Mahāprabhu would believe that devotion to Lord Kṛṣṇa is developed if there are blessings from the devotees. Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita advised Śrī Gaurasundara, Who was deeply absorbed in His studies.


As described in Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata (Ādi-khaṇḍa, 12/49-52)-

paḍe kene loka?- kṛṣṇa-bhakti jānibāre
se yadi nahila, tabe vidyāya ki kare?

hāsi’ bole prabhu, – “baḍa bhāgya se āmāra
tomarā śikhāo more kṛṣṇa-bhakti sāra

tumi saba yā’ra kara śubhānusandhāna
mora citte hena laya, sei bhāgyavāna

kata dina paḍāiyā, mora citte āche
calimu bujhiyā bhāla vaiṣṇavera kāche”

Why do people study? Education is only for developing devotional service to Lord Kṛṣṇa. If that purpose is not achieved, then what is the use of your education? The Lord smiled and said, “I am most fortunate, for you all are teaching Me that devotional service to Lord Kṛṣṇa is the essence of all education. I sincerely feel that, that person is the most fortunate upon whom you all shower your blessings and best wishes. I have already thought, after teaching for sometime, I shall understand more about this and I shall take shelter of a Vaiṣṇava.”

Speaking in this way Mahāprabhu started laughing. After some time, Mahāprabhu went to Gayā and took initiation from Śrīla Īśvara Purīpāda. Upon seeing of the lotus feet of Lord Viṣṇu, He was immersed in love of Kṛṣṇa and came back to Navadvīpa. One day, Mahāprabhu, in the mood of the Supreme Lord, came to the house of Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita and started telling, “Whom do you worship? He who is worshiped by you is standing in front of you.” Saying this, Mahāprabhu went inside the temple and sitting on the altar, He showed His four-handed Viṣṇu Form. Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita saw that Gaurasundara was sitting on the altar and was holding a Conch, Disc, Club and a Lotus in His four hands. Seeing this sight, Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita became hypnotized. Gaurasundara started talking to Śrīvāsa as described in Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata (Madhya-khaṇḍa, 2/264)-

tora ucca saṅkīrtane, nāḍāra huṅkāre
chāḍiyā vaikuṇṭha, āinu sarba parikare

By your loud saṅkīrtana and by the loud roaring of Advaita Ācārya (Nāḍā), I appeared here with My associates leaving Vaikuṇṭha.

Mahāprabhu said, “Śrīvāsa, by not knowing Me, you are living without any worries and Advaita, avoiding Me, has gone to Śāntipura. I shall deliver the saintly people and annihilate the miscreants. You keep glorifying Me with a peaceful mind.” Śrīvāsa became fearless by getting Mahāprabhu’s assurance. He joyfully was singing various glories of Mahāprabhu. Mahāprabhu was very pleased and showed His Viṣṇu Form to all the members of the house. Paṇḍita Mahāśaya worshiped Him with scent, flower, incense and ghee lamp. Śrī Nārayaṇīdevī was the four year old niece of Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita. Mahāprabhu made her completely absorb in pure love of Kṛṣṇa.

At present, the house of Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita is still there in Biyānībājāra. There is an ancient-brick-made temple inside the house. Its renovation and worship should immediately begin as this is a place of noble pilgrimage. The library of Oni Paṇḍita at the side of the road is the witness of this past history. It has got a place in the history of libraries. It is most important to mention here that the house of Śrī Śrī Vāsudeva is situated at Sutāpātalā village at a distance of one kilometer south of Biyānībājāra. The Deity of Śrī Śrī Vāsudeva appeared in seventh Śatābdī and the Deity is still worshiped till today. Śrī Banamālī Cakravartī and Nānu Cakravartī are the present sevāites there.