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Lord Nityanand – the eternal assistant of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared on the auspicious thirteenth." /> Lord Nityanand – the eternal assistant of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared on the auspicious thirteenth.">
Lord Nityanand – the eternal assistant of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared on the auspicious thirteenth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Maga in Ekachakra, a small village in present West Bengal, around the year 1474. As a child, Nitai (as Nityananda Prabhu was called), loved to enact the pastimes of Sri Krishna or Lord Rama. He did this so authoritatively and with such rapture, that the entire village would be immersed in the love of Godhead.
Lord Nityanand is none other than Lord Balaram who appeared to help The Supreme Lord Chaitanya’s mission to establish the Sankirtana Movement (the Yuga Dharma for this age of quarrel and hypocrisy). Lord Chaitnaya Mahaprabhu cannot be approached or understood without the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, who is the cardinal guru of all the universes and serves as an intermediary between Mahaprabhu and His Devotees. He is the Lord’s active principle in both creation and lila. He is the second body of the Lord, manifesting as Balaram to Shri Krishna, Lakshman to Shri Ram and Nityananda Prabhu to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. All other forms and expansions of the Lord emanate from this second body. Nityananda Prabhu is thus the source of Sankarshan, all the Vishu’s, and Ananta Shesha. As Vishnu tattva He and Advaita Acharya are worshipped in the same category as Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Lord Nityananda is very effulgent like the brilliant sun. He is statuesque, like His Master, with the whitish complexion of Lord Balarama. His garments resemble a cluster of blue lotus flowers and His effulgence is said to surpass the grandeur of a rising moon at sunset. He has a deep melodious voice, constantly chanting the holy name and singing the glories of Lord Sri Krishna day and night.
Nityananda Prabhu in His role as the original spiritual master, was instrumental in spreading the yuga dharma of sankritana all over the Gaudia desh ( Bengal, Orrisa). His mercy knew no bounds, and people fortunate to come in contact with Him were inundated with the love of Godhead. It was by His mercy that Raghunatha dasa, one of the six Goswamis started the famous Danda Mahotsava festival of Panihatti, a tradition that continues to this day, and was thus able to serve Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He extended His mercy to even fallen souls like Jagai and Madhai, delivering them from the sinful lives and protecting them from the wrath of even Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Indeed His mercy knew no bounds, and fortunate were the people who tasted the nectar of His instructions.
On the day of Nityananda Trayodashi, devotees fast till noon and pray to Lord Nityananda for spiritual strength, chanting the glories of Nitai.. Devotees assemble at the Temple Hall to celebrate. The utsava deities of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai are carried in from the main Altar. Devotees sing the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra in great ecstasy .Then abhisheka is very special. The Deities are bathed with panchamrita (milk, curd, sweetened water, ghee and honey) and panchagavya. The Deities are then bathed with exotic fruit juices and water mixed with herbal extracts. The Deities are offered a feast of 56 items (chappan bhog) and then they retire for the day.
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