Sri Isodyana (Nandana Acarya’s house)

Sri Isodyana

This is where Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda first met. Sri Gaura-Nityananda Gaudiya Matha temple is said to mark the site where the house of Nandana Acarya used to stand. This temple is between the ISKCON temple and the boat ghat to Navadvipa. The area from the confluence of the Ganga and the Sarasvati up to the samadhi of Srila Prabhupada is known as Isodyana, the Lord’s garden. This is where Nandana Acarya had his house. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains in his Navadvipa-bhava-taranga: “In the southern portion of Mayapur,on the bank of the River Ganga and very near its junction with the River Sarasvati, is the extensive grove called Isodyana, the Lord’s garden. May that garden be the place of my eternal devotion. In this garden, my Lord Sri Sacinandana performs His midday pastimes along with His devotees. Seeing the brilliance of this grove, I shall be reminded of Radha-kunda in Vraja. May all these areas be eternally visible to my eyes. Huge trees and dark vines appear very dense. Among the foli age there are various types of birds singing the transcendental glories of Lord Gaura. In the garden, there is a large lake and an extremely opulent temple glowing with pure gold laid with diamonds as well as blue and yellow sapphires. The materialists, with their eyes bewildered by the illusions of material sense perception, and who are envious of the Lord, can never see these groves. Rather, they see only a small piece of land covered with thorns, periodically thrown into utter disruption by the forceful flooding of the river.”(Navadvipa-bhava-taranga).