Young Nityananda

Nityananda Prabhu was born in Radha Des near Burdwan in the Birbhum district of Bengal in the village of Ekachakra. Later that village became known as Garbhavas and at present is very famously known as Birchandrapur. Virachandra Prabhu was the son of Nityananda Prabhu, and to honour his name the village is famous as Birchandrapur. Gauranga Mahaprabhu also went there, so everyone worships that place. There Nityananda Prabhu took birth as the only son of His mother, Padmavati Devi, and His father, Hadai Pandit Ojha. After Nityananda Prabhu had taken birth, all auspiciousness came to Radha Des. It was enriched so much with Krishna-bhakti. He grew up there with the children of the village, and His Pastimes were all very miraculous. All the children of Ekachakra would play with Nityananda Prabhu, but He would only play Krishna-lila. Just like Balaram played as a child in Vrndavan, Nityananda Prabhu’s childhood very similarly happened in Radha Des as He enacted so many Pastimes of Krishna-lila with the other children of the village. Many wonderful descriptions of that have been given in the scriptures.