abhud gehe gehe tumulaharisankirtanaravo
vabhau dehe dehe vipulapulakasru-vyatikarah
api snehe snehe paramamadhurotkarsapadavi
daviyasyamnayadapi jagati gaure’vatarati
Srila Prabhodananda Saraswati Pada
With Sri Gaurasundara’s descent to this world, unprecedented miracles became common occurences – the tumultuous chanting of the holy names of Sri Hari reverberated from every home, rising in continuous waves, while ecstatic physical transformations like horripilation, tears, shivering and so on, adorned the bodies of the residents, nourishing their souls. Moreover, with the deepening and intensification of bhakti-rasa, the path to the exalted plane of the most attractive madhur-prema, far beyond the vedic literatur (amnaya), gradually came within everyone’s perview, expressed through tender, loving affection
(The Appearance Day of Sri Gaurasundara)
(This Bengali bhajana was composed by His Divine Grace Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī Mahārāja commemorating the divine appearance of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu).
aruṇa vasane, sonara sūraja
udiche kena re āja
vasanta suṣamā, ujāri āpanā
ḍhāle kena jaga-mājha
On this day, why has the Golden Sun (Śrī Gaurāṅga) arisen wearing red cloth? Why has He descended to the earth in the middle of Spring when everything seems so beautiful and amazing?
taru gulma-latā, apūrva baratā
bahe kena phale phule
bhṛṅga o vihaṅge, kena hena raṅge
saṅgita taraṅga tule
Why are all the trees, shrubs and creepers full of fruits and flowers? Why do the birds and bees sing their songs with such bliss?
Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhar deva Goswami
To bring Sri Gauranga nearer to our soul is to get, even unconsciously, a guarantee of our achievement in krsna-lila. For the fallen souls it is more useful to cultivate devotion for Sri Gauranga. That will give us the complete fulfillment of life with the least trouble. Devotion to Gauranga will not lead us to any haphazard or misconceived Krsna consciousness, but real Krsna consciousness. We can have full Krsna consciousness by the help of Gaura consciousness. By developing devotion to Sri Gauranga, we will be able to feel that Sri Gauranga consciousness also includes Krsna consciousness—plus something more. What is that? The distribution of Krsna consciousness.
“As Sri Gauracandra appeared in Nabadwip, it is therefore the crest jewel of all holy places. Offenders are the object of punishment at other holy pilgrimage places, but in Nabadwip-Dham they are purified. The example is the two brothers Jagai and Madhai, who committed great offenses yet still received Nitai and Gaura. What to speak of other places, at Vrndavana the offenders are punished. But a person who has committed hundreds of offenses can easily receive the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu and overcome those offenses in Nabadwip-Dham. For this reason, sages endlessly praise Nabadwip of Gaura-mandala. He who lives in Nabadwip-Dham is very fortunate, for he achieves attraction for Krishna. He who happens to go there becomes freed from all offenses. What one attains by traveling to all the holy places is attained just by remembering Nabadwip. In this way the scriptures sing. He who sees Nabadwip-Dham gets ecstatic love of Krishna birth after birth. Even one who goes to Nabadwip desiring to gain material comforts through pious activities will not take another birth. The Sastras say that one who walks around Nabadwip attains the fruit of millions of asvamedha yajnas at every step. And one who lives in Nabadwip and chants mantras obtains the sound of Chaitanya as his mantra and easil gets free from maya. What yogis obtain after ten years at other tirthas is obtained in three nights at Nabadwip.”
~ Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya