Tour of Ritudvip and Modrumadvip

Ritudvip is the birthplace of Brihaspati and the school where Caitanya Mahaprabhu attended is there, as is a tree that is reputed to come from where Mahaprabhu put a wooden pen in the ground. Interestingly, the tree is unidentifiable by the botanist community.

Sri Sri Gaura-Gadadhara dieties reside at Champhatti. The beautiful life-sized at Champahatti were installed and worshiped by Dvija Vaninatha, the younger brother of Gadadhara Pandita. They are over 500 years old. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura established this temple. This very special place lies in the south-western portion of Koladvipa and is non-different from Khadiravana forest in Vrindavana where Lord Sri Krishna and Balarama had many pastimes and used to rest. There was a great festival at house of Vaninatha, where Sri Gauranga showed his opulence of love. In Champahatta village there is a forest of Campaka flowers, which the Gopi Campakalata comes here to pick.

Vidyanagar and Sarabauma Bhattacharyas House
Sarvbhauma was a gigantic pandit of the day. His readings knew no bounds. He was the best naiyaik of the times, and was known as the most erudite scholar in the vedanta philosophy of the school of Sankaracharya. He was born in Nadia (Vidyanagar) and taught innumerable pupils in the Nyaya philosophy in his school there.

Lord Rama performed pastimes there and is the home of Sri Vrindavana Das Thakur. Vrindavana Dasa Thakura or Brindaban Das (1507-1589 ce) was the author of the Chaitanya Bhagavata, the first full-length biography of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu written in the Bengali language. Vrindavana Dasa is considered by Gaudiya vaishnavas as the vyasa of Chaitanya’s pastimes, since he was the first to reveal that Chaitanya was God himself and not just an incarnation of Godhead.

Vasudeva Datta
Vasudeva Datta Thakur had a beautiful voice and was also well versed in the sangita-shastra. He was one of the chief associates of Mahaprabhu, participating in sankirtan in the home of Srivasa and the streets of Nabadwip. Mahaprabhu enjoyed his association because of his vaishnava qualities.

Sri Saranga Murari
An important branch of the Sri Caitanya tree, Sri Saranga Thakura (Saranga Murari) lived in Mamagacchi, Modadrurnadvipa (Navadvipa). Staying under a bakula tree, Saranga Thakura worked hard every day to please his worship able deity. Single handily he would collect fruits, vegetables and firewood. He would also beg rice, cook, bathe, dress, and feed his lord. After a full day of deity service saranga would cross the ganges river to join Mahaprabhu’s hari-nama sankirtana party in Mayapur.during one visit, Lord Gauranga noticed that Saranga’s beloved bakula tree was drying up and almost dead. Lord Caitanya embraced the tree with his beautiful golden arms. Completely rejunvenated, the tree burst forth with green leaves and fresh super fragrant flowers. To this day, devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu worship this special kalpa vrksa tree of Sri Dhama Mayapur.