Lord Nityananda's Appearance

Lord Nityananda, whose name literally means, “eternally blissful”, appeared around 1474 AD in the village of Ekachakra, near Mayapur, West Bengal. He is the eternal companion of Lord Chaitanya and both are worshipped together as are Krishna and Balaram. In the same way that Lord Balaram is considered the original spiritual master, so is Lord Nityananda.

Lord Chaitanya is the most merciful incarnation of Lord Krishna, but Lord Nityananda, however, is even more merciful and compassionate than Lord Chaitanya. No service is too small to go unnoticed by Lord Nityananda, and no sinner too great not to qualify for his benedictions. Lord Nityananda gives the mercy to understand and approach Lord Chaitanya, who in turn gives the mercy to approach Srimati Radharani, who blesses us with love of Krishna. So the worship of Lord Nityananda is most important to Gaudiya Vaishnavas seeking the mercy of Radha-Krishna.

This festival is the first big festival of the year and is usually celebrated in February. In Mauritius, the abhishek of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai (Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda) is performed at noon. The programme then starts in the evening with lecture, drama, kirtan and dancing. prasadam is served to all our guests.