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SRI VANSIVADANANDA THAKURA

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SRI VANSIVADANANDA THAKURA

 

Sri Vansivadananda Thakura appeared on the full moon day of the month of Caitra. Within Kulia exist the villages, Teghari, Beciya, Bedrapara and Cinedanga. The sons of Srikar Cattopadhyay moved from Bilvagram (Patuli) to Beciyanagram. Sri Sri Yudhisthir Cattopadhyay had three sons: Madhava das (Chakari Cattopadhyay), Sri Hari dasa (Tin Kari) and Sri Krsna Sampati (Dui Kari).

 

When Mahaprabhu came from Puri to have darsan of his mother and the river Ganges he stayed for seven days in the house of Madhava dasa at Kulia. At this time he excused Devananda Pandit along with all of the offences of everyone else. Therefore the place came to be known as 'Aparadh Banjan Pat.'

 

Sri Vansi Thakura appeared in the home of Sri Madhava dasa. His mother's name was Srimati Candrakala Devi. Vansivadananda is the incarnation of Sri Krsna's flute. On the day of his birth Mahaprabhu was present in the house of Sri Madhava das, along with Sri Advaita Acarya. Madhava was very devoted to

 

Mahaprabhu and Prabhu was also very affectionate to him and his son Vansi. Vansi das was present at Navadwipa when Acarya Prabhu came there.

 

Vamsi was engaged in the service of Visnupriya and was the receptacle of her unlimited mercy. One time Visnupriya devi and Vansi Thakura decided to give up taking food and water, there not being any point in maintaining their bodies which were so racked with the pain of separation from Mahaprabhu. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, however, didn't approve of this and manifested Himself before them. Then He requested them not to behave so rashly, and then instructed them both to worship His Deity form in order to mitigate their feelings of separation.

 

After Visnupriya's disappearance Vamsivadana brought this Deity of Mahaprabhu from Mayapura to Kulia. This Deity of Mahaprabhu is very beautiful and is still being worshipped in the present town of Navadwip. The name of the temple and Deity is Dhameswara. It is said that the name Vansivadananda is carved into the underneath of the base of the Deity.

 

When his descendant, Ramacandra Gosvami came to live at Baghna Para by the mercy of Jahnava Mata, the worship of the Deity passed into the hands of the residents of Malancha.

 

There was a Deity of Gopinath at Kulia worshipped by Vamsi's ancestors and he personally installed a Deity of Pranaballabha at their home in Kulia. Where these Deities are at present is unknown. Vamsi Thakur resided at Bilvagram for some time with his relatives there. He had two sons, Sri Caitanya dasa and Sri Nityananda dasa. The two sons of Caitanya dasa were Sri Ramacandra and Sri Sacinandana. Ramacandra was the adopted son and disciple of Jahnava Mata. He established the worship of Sri Sri Kanai Balai at Baghna Para. As he never married the worship passed on to his brother Sacinandana whose descendants are the resident Gosvamis there.

 

Sri Vansivadananda was a poet and composer of songs. He composed one song about the Lord's acceptance of sannyasa based on the lamentations of Sri Sacimata and Sri Visnupriya. Some say that Ramai (Ramacandra Gosvami), the son of Caitanya dasa (Vansi Thakura's son) Gosai was an incarnation of Vansi Thakura.

 

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Vamsivadana Thakura was born on the full moon day of Caitra (March-April) in 1416 Saka (Vamsi sikhsa). He was referred to as Vamsivadana, Vamsidasa, Vamsi and Sri Vadana. The sons of the famous Srikara Cattapadhya came to live in Kuliya Vendiada village from Vilvagrama or Patuli. Sri Yudhisthira Cattapadhya, the descendant of Srikara, had three sons: Sri Madhava dasa Cattapadhya (Chakadi Cattapadhya), Sri Haridasa Cattapadhya (Tinkadi) and Sri Krsnasampatti Cattapadhya (Duikadi).

 

When Lord Caitanya from Puri to Navadvipa Kuliya to visit Sacimata and Ganga devi, He stayed in the house of Madhava dasa Cattapadhya for seven days and there showed His mercy to Sri Devananda Pandita and others (GGD. 179, Pata Paryatana)

 

Sri Vamsivadananda Thakura was born in the house of Sri Madhava dasa (Chakadi). His mother's name was Srimati Candrakala devi. He was the manifestation of Sri Krsna's flute. At the time of his birth, Mahaprabhu was present, as well as Advaita Acarya. Chakadi Cattapadhya was a very ardent devotee of Mahaprabhu. Lord Gauranga was very affectionate to Vamsivadananda. He is not mentioned in CC, but is refered to in CCN. In BRK, chapter nine pp. 122-123, Sri Narahari Cakravarti states that when Srinivasa came to the house of Mahaprabhu in Navadvipa, Vamsivadananda Thakura showed his mercy to Srinivasa and helped him to have a darsana of Sri Visnupriya devi. After the disappearance of Lord Caitanya, Vamsivadananda took care of Visnupriya devi. He was famous as an ardent follower of Visnupriya devi. After the death of Visnupriya devi, he transferred the Deity to Mayapura Kuliya Pahadapura. When his descendants took shelter in Baghnapada after taking shelter of Sri Jahnava mata, at that time that Deity was still in the hands of Malanca dwellers in Kuliya village.

 

In Kuliya Pahadapura the ancestors of Sri Vamsivadananda Thakura took care of the Deity of Sri Gopinatha. There he himself installed the Deity of Premavallava. In later years, he lived in Vilvagrama. The Bhattacarya family of Vilvagrama were his relatives. Sri Vamsivadananda had two sons, Sri Caitanya dasa and Sri Nitai dasa. Sri Ramacandra and Sri Sacinandana were the sons of Sri Caitanya dasa. Sri Jahnava mata prayed for Ramacandra and took him into her own care. She initiated him and kept him in Adadaha to teach him the Vaisnava tattva (Gaudiya no. 22/30-37). Sri Ramacandra Gosvami remained as brahmacari and gave the charge of worshiping Sri Ramakrsna of Baghnapada to his younger brother Sri Sacinandana. Sri Sacinandana's sons are the Gosvamis of Baghnapada.

 

Sri Vamsivadananda Thakura composed padas which were were lively and beautiful. He composed an equisite song about Sacimata's lamentation when the Lord took sannyasa. He also composed many songs on Dana lila, Nauka vilasa, and Vana vihara of Sri Krsna.

 

There are 17 padas in Padakalpataru with the bhanita of Vamsidasa and 25 padas with the bhanita of Vamsivadana. Vamsivadananda was the founding father of the Gosvami family of Baghnapada. His biography is narrated in the following semi-authentic books: Muralivilasa, Vamsisiksa, Vamsivilasa, Vaisnava Vandana of Jiva 249, Devakinandana 86, Vrndavanadasa 114.

 

 

 

 

 

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