Ekacakra birthplace of Lord Nityananda
Ekachakra is a small village, located 20 km away from the town of Rampurhat in the Birbhum District of West Bengal. Within Gaudiya vaishnava tradition, the five Pandavas from the epic, Mahabharata are described as staying in Ekachakra during their years in exile.
It is also famous as the birthplace of Nityananda Rama (b 1474 CE), a principal religious figure in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. The current deity within the Bankima Raya temple was found by Nityananda himself, within the Yamuna river of Ekachakra.
The deity was then installed in a temple that is now submerged within Jahnu kunda. Nityananda is believed to have merged within this deity at the time of his disappearance. Devotees from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness have built a new temple with a new Bankima Raya deity. The deity of Jahnava Mata (Nityananda's wife) was placed beside him. In this temple there is also a small samadhi of Virachandra Goswami.