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Remembering Sri Ekachakra Dham (2)

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Preaching in Tarakeshwar area, noon class,
12 February 2021, part 2
Translated from Bengali


Before all that, Nityananda Prabhu stayed at Srivas Pandit's house. At that time, Srivas Pandit's spouse Malini Devi must have been about seventy years old, and Nityananda Prabhu called her "Mother," and when He called her "mother," milk would flow from her breasts! Milk would flow from her breasts, and Nityananda Prabhu drank it! Nityananda Prabhu's glory is so great!

One time, Malini Devi was washing the dishes of the Deities when suddenly a crow came and flew away with a brass pot. When Nityananda Prabhu came there, Malini Devi began to cry, "If my husband gets to know it, he will scold me." But Nityananda Prabhu said, "Mother, do not worry, I will arrange everything." Then, Nityananda Prabhu shouted to the crow, "Hey crow! Give My Mother's pot back!" And the crow came back and put the pot back. There are so many pastimes and glories of Nityananda Prabhu like this.

There is one more place that we do not go to—I do not know, we can see if we can get time to go there one day or not. That place is called Kundalal Tala. A great snake lived there, and there is a long story related to that place. I have never been there myself. I know many devotees have visited it (it is near Ekachakra, near our temple), but I have never got time to go there. There is also a pastime related to Pandav Tala.

Before the Pandavas came to stay there, a demon called Bakraksasi (or Bakraksasa). The demon would go house to house. The Pandavas stayed there for one year incognito, and Vyasadev stayed there also for three days. Nityananda Prabhu appeared in Kali-yuga, and this pastime happened before Him, in Dvapar-yuga. So, that Bakraksasi would go house to house, and wherever he went, everyone died in that house, and he would eat one of the people. You can see this story in Mahabharata. Then, all the villagers assembled and called Bakraksasi. They said, "You go house to house, and everybody dies, so whole generations become destroyed. We have decided that one person from each house in this area will come to you. You can eat them." This was the decision they had come up with.

When the Pandavas came to stay in that area, they stayed in the house whose turn it was to send one person to the demon. The family consisted of a husband, wife, and son. When their house's turn came, the husband said, "I will go," but the wife said, "No, you will stay, I will go!" Then, their son said, "None of you must go! I will go! You stay at home!" Then the husband objected, and they started arguing like this. As they argued in this way, Kunti Devi got to hear it. She asked them, "What are you talking about? Where must you go? Who will eat whom? What is going on?" The family said, "No, no. You are our guests, we must not tell you." Kunti Devi insisted, "No, no, tell me. Bhima is here, he is very strong. Maybe he can help you." Then, they explained that one person from each house had to go to Bakraksasi.

Kunti Devi told Bhima about this, and Bhima said, "I will go!" So, he went in a bull cart loaded with all kinds of fruit, and as Bhima was going to Bakraksasi, he ate all the fruit! Bhima was positive, "I shall see the fun!" In this way, he walked and ate all the way to the demon's place. Bhima is Bhima! He walked at leisure and came late. Bakraksasi was very angry, "Why are they late?!" When Bhima finally showed up, he cried, "Why are you late today?! Have you eaten all my fruit?!!" Bhima said, "Well, I had a bite. I was hungry on the way..." Bhima played the demon, and then there was such a battle! They had fought for forty-five minutes until Bhima finally killed him.

We sometimes go to that place, it is called Kotasur, near Ekachakra.

Jay Srila Guru Maharaj!


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