Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu & Sri Nityananda
Sri Chaitanya halted at Panihati Mohotsavtala Ghat twice, once in A.D. 1515 on his way to Puri and another time when going to Vrindaban from Puri via Gaud. He came here in the month of Kartik and stayed in the house of Raghav Pandit, his disciple. The image of Madan Mohan worshiped by Sri Chaitanya in the house of Raghav, as also the Samadhi of Raghav under a canopy of Madhabi creepers can still be seen in the Raghav Bhawan or Pat Bari. Sri Nityananda also came here in A.D. 1516 when he was on a missionary errand for spreading religion of love in Gaud. Raghunath Narayandev, a renowned zamindar of Saptagram met Nityananda under a Bat Tree by the Ganga. On Nityananda’s advice, the zamindar distributed chira & curd to the pilgrims assembled there in the month of Jyaishtha of 1517. The festival is celebrated still now and it’s called Danda Utsav. The commemorative festival recalling Sri Chaityanya’s visit to Raghav Bhawan on his way back from Puri is celebrated since 1321 B.S. in the Bengali month Kartik.
Because of holy footsteps of Shri Chaitanna, Nityananda and subsequent movement, ‘It is a great pilgrim centre of the Vaishnavas. There are the famous Asvattha and Bat trees on the bank of the river where Sri Chaitanya and Nityananda supposedly had rested for some time. The place has been referred to in different Vaishnava books, namely, Chityanya Mangal, Chaitanya Bhagavat, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Bhakti Ratnakar, Chaitanya Chandrodaya (drama), Bansi Bistar by Nityananda, Vaishnava Namdeva by Debaki Nanda and Vaishnava Achar Darpan.’
Shri Ramkrishna Paramansha also visited and participated in the chida mela.
Ref: West Bengal District Gazetteers – 24 Parganas,
Edited By Dr. Barun De, March 1994