Lord Nityananda appeared in West Bengal in the 15th century. He appeared to assist Lord Caitanya to spread the Holy Name of Krishna as a congregational chanting. He is the original Sankarshana or Lord Balaram, who was born as the son of Padmavati and Hadai Pandita in a villaged named Ekachakra, in the district of Birbhum. His love for Lord Krishna was so enchanting and beautiful that wherever he moved, people followed him.
Seeing this, Lord Caitanya asked him to become his door-to-door preachers. He spread the name of Lord Krishna and the message of love for God in every home in Navadvipa. Just as Lord Balaram was a spirit full of mercy, his first expansion, Nityananda Prabhu too was full of love and mercy.
When he spread Krishna consciousness, the words of love and the name of Lord Krishna to every house in Navadvipa, he saw and approached Jagai and Madhai, two villains in their drunken state. Nityananda Prabhu asked them to chant the holy name of Krishna, but they attacked him and broke a clay pot on his head. Hearing this, Lord Caitanya wanted to punish them, but he forgave them and transformed them by showing mercy. From then, Jagai and Madhai become the greatest devotees of Lord Krishna. Devotees worship him to attain his mercy as that is the key to Lord Caitanya’s heart.
At TODU, celebrate His Appearance Day by performing Abhisheka on Nitai Gauranga Rai Utsav Deities with milk, curd, sweetened water, honey etc. There will also be a spiritual discourse on the Appearance Day of Nityananda Prabhu, hence to a grand prasadam feast at night.
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