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Nityananda Trayodashi 2024: Dates, Vrat Katha, Benefits and Importance

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What is the Significance of Nityananda Trayodashi?

All over the world it is celebrated as the appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Lord Nityananda is the eternal associate of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Rarely is the name Nimai (Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) taken without that of Nitai (Lord Nityananda). Mahaprabhu cannot be approached or understood without the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, who is the cardinal guru of all the universes and serves as an intermediary between Mahaprabhu and His devotees.

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nitai-pada-kamala, koti-candra-susitala

je chayay jagata juray

heno nitai bine bhai, radha-krishna paite nai

dridha kori’ dharo nitair pay

“The lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are a shelter where one will get the soothing moonlight not only of one, but of millions of moons. If the world wants to have real peace, it should take shelter of Lord Nityananda. Unless one takes shelter under the shade of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, it will be very difficult for him to approach Radha-Krishna. If one actually wants to enter into the dancing party of Radha-Krishna, he must firmly catch hold of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.”

He is the Lord’s active principle in both creation and lila. He is the second body of the Lord, manifesting as Balaram to Shri Krishna, Lakshman to Shri Ram and Nityananda Prabhu to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. All other forms and expansions of the Lord emanate from this second body. Nityananda Prabhu is thus the source of Sankarshan, all the Vishu’s, and Ananta Sesa.

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Scriptures mention food (prasadam) distribution as one of the most charitable acts. Food (prasadam) distribution is a tradition that dates back to ancient times. Prasadam is infused with blessings. It not only nourishes the body but it energizes the soul one with unlimited blessings of Lord RadhaKrishna

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When Will It be Observed in 2024?

Nityananda Trayodashi is the auspicious appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. This year it  will be celebrated on 22 February 2024. On this day, devotees observe fasting till noon to get the blessings of Sri Nityananda Prabhu.

The celebrations will take place from 10 AM onwards at the various Gaur Nitai temples. On the auspicious occasion of Nityananda Trayodashi ISKCON GHAZIABAD invited you all to get blessings from Lord Nityananda.

Nityananda Trayodashi – Appearance & Pastimes of Lord Nityananda

Appearance & Childhood

Nityananda Prabhu was born in Ekachakra, a small village in present West Bengal, around the year 1474. His birthplace is commemorated by a temple named Garbhasva and is visited by throngs of pilgrims today. His father, Hadai Ojha and mother Padmavati, were pious Brahmans originally from Mithila. Nityananda Prabhu was born on the auspicious thirteenth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Maga. As a child, Nitai (as Nityananda Prabhu was called), loved to enact the pastimes of Shri Krishna or Lord Rama. He did this so authoritatively and with such rapture, that the entire village would be immersed in the love of Godhead.

The village of Ekacakra was completely absorbed in the love of little Nitai, where He spent the first 12 years of his earthly life. He has the whitish complexion of Lord Balarama and His voice is deep and melodious.

Visiting Pilgrimage with Sanyasis

In the thirteenth year, a travelling sannyasi who was a guest of the Lord’s parents requested them to send Nitai with him as a companion. His parents committed to Vedic culture, could not refuse his request and reluctantly parted with Nitai.

In the course of His pilgrimage, the Lord went to Gaya, Kashi, Prayaga, Mathura, Govardhana, Hastinapura, Dwaraka, Ayodhya, Haridwara and many other holy places. The Lord next went to Badarikashrama and to the ashrama of Srila Vyasadeva and met him. On His pilgrimage tour, He also met Madhavendra Puri, Ishvara Puri and Brahmananda Puri who were all great devotees of Lord Krishna.He then visited other places such as Setubandha, Danatirtha, Mayapuri, Avanti, Devapari, Trimala, Kurmakshetra, etc.

Finally He arrived at Jagannatha Puri, where He took the darshana of Lord Jagannatha and drowned in the ocean of bliss upon seeing the Deity of the Lord.  From Jagannath Puri, He returned again to Mathura.Finally He arrived at Jagannath Puri, where He took darshana of Lord Jagannatha and drowned in the ocean of bliss upon seeing the Deity of the Lord.  From Jagannath Pur, He returned again to Mathura.

Meeting With Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Nityananda Prabhu met Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in 1506 at the age of 32 years when Lord Chaitanya was 20 years. Lord Nityananda in His role as the original spiritual master played a major part in spreading the yuga dharma of sankirtana all over the Gauda desha (Bengal, Odisha).Due to the boundless mercy of Lord Nityananda, even the most fallen souls like Jagai and Madhai who were habituated to all kinds of sinful activities were delivered and converted to great Vaishnavas who took to the chanting of the holy names of Lord Krishna.

Pastimes of Lord Nityananda

One day when Lord Nityananda was staying in the house of Srivasa Thakura, a crow came there and flew away with a bowl made of bell metal which was used to keep ghee for Lord Krishna. Mother Malini devi, the wife of Srivasa Thakura saw the crow which returned after leaving the bowl in its nest. Worried about this, she began to cry. Then Lord Nityananda arrived there and learnt the reason for her grief.

Assuring her that He would get her the bowl, the Lord turned to the crow and asked him to return the bowl. The crow carried out the order of the Lord and came back with the bowl in his mouth. Malini devi, who knew well the glories of Lord Nityananda, fainted in ecstatic love to see this wonderful incident. After recovering, she offered her respectful prayers to the Lord.

On another occasion, the Lord performed a grand kirtana in Panihati with His devotees. After this, He ordered His servants to conduct abhisheka to Him. All the devotees headed by Raghava Pandita made every arrangement and bathed the Lord with the water from the Ganges while everyone sang His glories. After abhisheka they dressed Him with new clothes and applied sandalwood paste to His body.

They decorated Him with flower garlands and tulasi. Then the Lord sat on a throne and glanced at everybody showering them with Krishna-prema. Then He ordered Raghava Pandita to make a garland of kadamba flowers saying that He was very fond of those flowers. When Raghava Pandita humbly said that it was not the season for kadamba trees to flower, the Lord asked him to go home and look for them.

When Raghava Pandita reached home, he was surprised to see beautiful fragrant kadamba flowers blossomed on the lemon tree in his courtyard. Overcome by ecstasy, Raghava Pandita quickly made a garland of them and offered it to the Lord. All the Vaishnavas  thus felt very happy.

nāyam ātmā pravacanena labhyo

na medhayā na bahunā śrutena (Kaṭha Upaniṣad 1.2.23)

“He can be known only by one who has the mercy of the Lord. To understand Lord Krishna, we need the help of a guru, and without the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, we cannot realise the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna.”

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Sadhus are those who engage in the service of Lord Krishna and have surrendered completely themselves to Lord Krishna. They perform kirtans in temples and serve the societies by spreading the teaching of the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita.

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Benefits of Observing Nityananda Trayodashi

1.All Auspicious

The name of Nityananda prabhu is all auspicious, that it can deliver the most fallen jiva of the material world who have  forgotten the real aim of human life to go back to Godhead.

2.Get the Lord’s Mercy

Lord Nityananda is so merciful, that he is the only one by whose mercy one can approach Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Lord Nityananda represents the Guru Tattva which means that to approach for the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna, one has to take shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda first.

3.Advance in Bhakti life

Sri Nityananda Prabhu is an embodiment of compassion and is revered by devotees as the Lord of Mercy. Through His mercy, one will receive the necessary spiritual strength. On this auspicious day, let us pray to Sri Nityananda Prabhu for His blessings to make progress in our spiritual life.

4.Get rid of Material Contamination

To get free from the clutches of Maya, one should constantly meditate upon the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda who is Patita-Pawan, and observe His appearance day by chanting & dancing the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.

What is the Importance of Nityananda Trayodashi?

  1. Lord Nityananda is the source of mercy of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Observing the day with great pleasure enables one to attain perfection in the human form of life.
  2. To offer our respectful Obeisances at the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda and pray for His causeless mercy to cross the Ocean of Material Bondage.
  3. The Harinam Sankirtan Movement: Nityananda Prabhu appeared to help the Harinam Sankirtan Movement of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He delivers the most fallen jiva like Jagai & Madhai by His causeless mercy.
  4. Deliverance of fallen Jiva from the Material world.

In the Kaliyuga Harinam Sankirtan is only effectfull. 

“Harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam khalauv nasthyeva nasthyeva nasthyeva ghathiranyatha”  

“In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, the only means of deliverance is the chanting of the holy names of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.”


1.Who is Nityananda Prabhu?

He is the Lord’s active principle in both creation and lila. He is the second body of the Lord, manifesting as Balaram to Shri Krishna, Lakshman to Shri Ram and Nityananda Prabhu to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

2.When did he appear in this material world?

Nityananda Prabhu was born in Ekachakra, a small village in present West Bengal, around the year 1474. He was born on the auspicious thirteenth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Maga.


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