Sri Biracandra Prabhu
Sri Biracandra Prabhu (Biracandra Gosvami) was the son of Lord Nityananda’s second wife Vasudha Devi, and the disciple of Sri Jahnava Devi. “He was an incarnation of Ksirodakasayi Vishnu. He is non-different from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, in that he is Vishnu-tattva, God Himself,” said Kavi Karnapura.
“After Sri Nityananda Prabhu, who is the topmost branch of Lord Caitanya’s indestructible tree of eternal love of Godhead, the greatest branch is Biracandra Prabhu. Although he was the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he presented Himself as a great devotee. And although the Supreme Godhead is transcendental to all Vedic injunctions, he strictly followed the Vedic rituals. He is the main pillar in the hall of devotional service erected by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. It is by the glorious mercy of Sri Biracandra that people all over the world can chant the names of Caitanya and Nityananda. I therefore take shelter of the lotus feet of Sri Biracandra Prabhu.” (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta)
“When Biracandra Prabhu visited Vrndavana, everyone came out to see him. They were delighted to have his darsana. Everyone was overwhelmed by seeing the ecstatic devotion exhibited by Biracandra Prabhu. He took darsana of Madana Mohana, Radha-Govinda, Radha-Gopinatha. On the order of Sri Jahnava Devi he toured Vraja Mandala. During his extensive pilgrimage he showed many amazing and wonderful manifestations of divine love.” (Bhakti-ratnakar) His pushpa samadhi is in the 64 Samadhis Area.
Sri Candrasekhara Acarya
Sri Candrasekhara Acarya (Acaryaratna) lived in Navadvipa near the house of Sri Nimai Pandit, his nephew. Since Candrasekhara had no children, he accepted Nimai Pandit as his own and often entertained the Lord within his home. After the disappearance of Sri Jagannatha Mishra, Acaryaratna served as Gauranga’s guardian and father. Sri Gaurasundara would regularly hold kirtans and once enacted a play in Candrasekhara’s house. Dressed as Sri Laksmi Devi, Lord Caitanya played the part so expertly that even Mother Saci couldn’t recognize Him.
Overcome with intense pangs of separation, Candrasekhara fell down on the ground when he heard Lord Gauranga’s plan to take sannyasa. “Are You going to plunge Nadia into darkness by going away?” he asked the Lord.
With tears spilling out of His lotus eyes Lord Gauranga embraced him and replied, “Acaryaratna, although I may accept sannyasa, I will forever remain bound within the temple of your heart. Please be patient, for you must assist in My sannyasa ceremony.”
Sri Candrasekhara was one of the main branches of Sri Caitanya’s sankirtana movement. From the beginning of Sri Caitanya’s Navadvipa lila he and his innumerable disciples faithfully served the Lord. In Sridhama Mayapur, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura established the headquarters of Sri Caitanya Matha at the site of Candrasekhara Acarya’s original home. His samadhi is behind the Madana Mohana temple and next to Sanatana Gosvami’s samadhi. He is Subhadra or Candra-deva (moon god) in Krishna’s divine pastimes.
-An excerpt from the book ‘The Gaudiya Vaisnava Samadhis in Vrndavana’ authored by Mahanidhi Swami.