nija-loka lana prabhu aila vasaghara
varanasi haila dvitiya nadiya-nagara
nija-loka lana—with His personal associates; prabhu—Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; aila vasa-aghara—came to His residential place; varanasi—the city of Varanasi; haila—became; dvitiya—second; nadiya-nagara—Navadvipa (Nadia).
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then returned to His residence with His personal associates. Thus He turned the whole city of Varanasi into another Navadvipa [Nadiya-nagara].
Both Navadvipa and Varanasi were celebrated for their highly educational activities. At the present time these cities are still inhabited by great, learned scholars, but Varanasi is especially a center for Mayavadi sannyasis who are learned scholars. However, unlike Navadvipa, there are hardly any devotees in Varanasi. Consequently a discussion of Srimad-Bhagavatam was very rare in Varanasi. In Navadvipa, such a discussion was quite ordinary. After Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu visited Varanasi and turned Prakasananda Sarasvati and his disciples into Vaisnavas, Varanasi became like Navadvipa because so many devotees began discussing Srimad-Bhagavatam. Even at the present moment one can hear many discussions on Srimad-Bhagavatam taking place on the banks of the Ganges. Many scholars and sannyasis gather there to hear Srimad-Bhagavatam and perform sankirtana.
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