The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Rtudvipa

BY: SUN STAFF - 27.1 2020

Matsya Avatara Delivering the Vedas

A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 121.

The glories of Rtudvipa have been nicely summarized by H.G. Padmalocana dasa in Audarya Dhama. Rtudvipa, the seat of Absolute knowledge, is also known as Vidya Nagara. This tirtha is associated with Matsya Avatara, Lord Brahma and the four Vedas.

"The following description is given in the Navadvipa-dhama Mahatmya: At the time of the Pralaya (universal flood) Navadvipa, the eternal Dhama, remains situated in its pure form as an eight petalled lotus. All of the avataras and all the fortunate living entities stay somewhere within that lotus during the devastation. Matsya, the fish incarnation, carried the Vedas to Vidya Nagara, in Rtudvipa. Since all knowledge is contained in the Vedas, this place is called Vidya Nagara (place of knowledge).

When Lord Brahma fearfully looked out on the devastated Earth, the Lord showed him His mercy and allowed him to reside in this place. When Lord Brahma opened his mouth, Saraswati was born from his tongue. With her assistance Lord Brahma was able to praise the Lord.

At the time of creation, Maya passes over the river Viraja and spreads out her three gunas. Taking shelter of this abode of Saraswati, the rishis conquered over ignorance. Having received lessons on the sixty-four branches of knowledge, they set themselves up in various places throughout the Earth, but all of these separate branches of knowledge are actually situated here.

Valmiki, by the grace of Narada Muni, received the Ramayana here. Dhanvantar received the Ayur Veda. By the request of the rishis, Lord Brahma produced the four Vedas here. Narada Muni wrote his Pancharatra here to teach the people in general about practical devotional service. The Upanishads stay at this place and worship Lord Gauranga eternally. If one simply visits this place, he will definitely attain all knowledge.

Although there are many opinions at the present time about the location of the various holy spots in Navadvipa Dhama, we accept the opinion of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur and Lord Nityananda, who very clearly state that Vidya Nagara is Rtudvipa."