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Epic started in the 16th Century when two of Shrines “Sevayets” of Radhaballavjiu and “Adhikaries” of Jagannathjiu decided among themselves to arrange Rathayatra. The Gundicha / Kunjabati was chosen as the Old shrine of Radhaballavjui. And the Radhaballav Vigaraha was regarded as the “Meso and Massi” [Uncle and Aunt] Of Lord Jagannath Mahesh.

 Lord Jagannath Jiu Mahesh

                                                     Those days Rathyatra was carried out over the GT road in the Mughal era. GT road was in the bank of Ganges. Millions of devotes gathered during those holy days. Different types of shops [ temporary ] were opened having variety of Food-stalls, Garment-stalls, utensils-stalls, toy-stolls etc. The utsab was continuing for a month, started from the Day before Rathyatra.

 Rathyatra Mahesh

                                                               The Sevayet of Radhaballavjiu needed to be offered 9 Rs to the Adhikaris of Jagannath as a token money to keep the Sri Vigraha into their responsibility for 9 days. The offerings donated by the normal  devotes were kept by the Sevayets of Radhaballavjiu.

 Radhaballavjiu Temple

                                                        Some years later the Adhikaries demanded some more money from the Sebayets of Radhaballav jiu. The reason behind was the more popularity and more offerings gathered by the Sebayets of Radhabollvjiu and hence the Adhikaries decided to stop sending Vigaraha of Jagannath to Radhaballavjiu temple. They had constructed a new Kunjabati near to their premises.

 Radhaballavjiu Teample

                                                  Sebayets of Radhaballavjiu felt deep sorrow and decided to construct a Jagannath Shrine for them. On the same decision they constructed all the requisite and started Rathyatra by themselves. But with the lack of vision and interests that had been stopped within few years.

 Lord Jagannath jiu of Radhaballavjiu Temple

                                                             Jagannath Vigraha of Radhaballavjiu temple is still visible in the Main temple adjacent room. On the Occation of Rathyatra the shrine is brought up to the main temple room where the Radhaballavjiu resides for all the years as a main temple deity.

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Srirampur in Hooghly district is well-known for its temple of Radhaballabhjiu. 

Now I am trying to describe that legendary story infront of you. The following legend is told about the origin of the idol and temple.

IN THE 15 TH CENTURY, one great soul had taken birth in a Purba-Bangio [ East Bengal – Jassore ] Shakto Family named “Sri Rudraram”. His father’s name was Jadunandan. Rudraram had lost his mother in his childhood. He had two more brothers. After his wife’s death, Jadunandan, came to Chatra [ Srirampore ] in his in-law’s house along with his 3 sons and started living with them.

Rudraram’s uncle, Kashinath Pandit, was a Vaisnab, took iniciación from Nitai Chand. He was a distinguish “upagopal” among other twelve of Sri Nitai Chand. Daru Vigraha of “Nitai-Gaur” was there in the house and Kashinath was the only priest to worship them on that time. He tried to live life with the help of “madhukari”. Till now Kashinath’s “Nitai-Gaur” vigraha is being kept with honour in the Chatra “Dol-tala” temple. 

One day, Kashinath was late to return from “madhukari”. Rudraram’s aunty was became about the “Purbanhya” puja. Rudraram had desire to worship Mahaprabhu but he was not able to do so. Now with the permission of aunt, he had started puja. In the mean while Kashinath came and became angry as Shakto Rudraram worshipped the idols. Rudraram was insulted by his uncle and decided to leave house to get Govinda via meditation.

Forsaking the family mansion, Rudraram, retired to Ballabhpur, which was then a forest, where he began a series of religious austerities. The gods are never indifferent to such acts of devotion, and Radhaballabh himself is said to have appeared to him in the form of a religious mendicant, and given him instructions to proceed to Gaur-desha, the capital of Bengal and obtain a slab or stone which adorned the doorway of the Viceroy’s private room, and construct an image out of it.

He proceeded to that city and found that the Prime Minister and favorite of the Viceroy was a devoted Hindu. To him he announced the revelation he had received, and was assured that no effort should be spared to obey the commands of the God. Soon after, the stone began to emit drops of water and, by a singular coincidence, the Viceroy himself happened to pass by the time. The Minister pointed out the circumstance, and asserted that the drops thus distilled were the tears of the stone, and that no time should be lost in delivering the palace from so inauspicious an omen, by the removal of this object.

Permission was immediately given to this effect, and Rudraram was blessed with the gratification of his wishes. Nitai Chand gave iniciación and incorporated him in his “upogopal” family and named “Baruthapagopal”.

“Nityananda Prabhu Sakha Ballavpure bas |

SriRadhabollov thakur Jahar prokash|| — Vaisnab achar darpan”

But he was greatly perplexed about the means of removing this treasure, when the God again appeared, and directed his village, it was miraculously conveyed to the river side, and floated down the stream of its own accord to the landing stairs at Ballabhpur, where the devotee was in the habit of bathing. Rudraram set to work immediately on the stone, and by the aid of the sculptor obtained an image, which is celebrated for its beauty. The mysterious origin of the image [Radhaballavjiu]soon attracted worshippers, and the proprietor was enabled, from their gifts, to construct the temple.

Two more Krishna idol was made. Shayamsundara was installed in Khardaha and Nandadulala was installed in Barasat [N-24 Pargana WB].

In process of time, the encroachments of the river brought the temple within 300 feet of the edge of the water, and it became necessary to seek some other abode for the God, because no Brahmin is allowed to receive a professional gift or meal within that distance of the sacred stream. The forsaken temple was subsequently purchased by the Reverend David Brown, it was became wine factory then, and the image was removed to another spot, a quarter of a mile inland. Where a temple was built at the expense of the wealthy family of the Malliks of Calcutta [ temple 2 ].

The splendor of Radhaballabh’s establishment is, however, of more recent origin than the celebrity of the image. Raja Nubukissen of Calcutta, the Munshi of Clive, and the first native, who rose to wealth and distinction after the birth of the British Empire in India, took a great fancy to this god. When he was called to perform the funeral obsequies of his mother, he employed the great influence he enjoyed in the country, to convey to his own residence in the metropolis the three images to which Agradwip, Khardah and Ballabhpur owe their distinction.They were carried down to the river on a stage, on the shoulders of Brahmans – for it would be an act of sacrilege for any but the twice born to touch an image inhabited by the spirit of the Gods – and were conveyed from the ghat in Calcutta to the Raja’s residence on the same sacerdotal shoulders.

Soon after, he dismissed two of the images, but retained that of Radhaballabh for twelve months, and exhibited a strong indisposition to part with it. He offered large sums of money to the priests according to popular report, to the extent of Rs. 10, 000 or Rs.12, 000– for permission to keep it; but they refused to part with the heirloom of their family. They importuned him for its restoration, time after time, but without success. An appeal to the courts of law would at once have secured its return, but such a proceeding would have reflected dishonor on them throughout the country.

At length, they threatened the Raja and his family with a more fearful calamity than a lawsuit in the Supreme Court, –with the curse of the Brahmans. These menaces are said to have reached the Raja’s wife, who besought him to send away an image, which was likely to prove so inauspicious to the family, and he was persuaded to relinquish it. At the same time, he gave the most substantial proofs of his generosity to its proprietors by endowing them with the village of Ballabhpur, which is supposed to yield them an annual income of about Rs.800 a year. The patronage of so distinguished a character as Raja Nubukissen tended greatly to increase the popularity of the shrine, and it is now one of the most wealthy in this part of the country.

More divya lilas will be described soon.

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