Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa at Panihati
Sri Ramakrishna had visited Panihati and participated in the Chira Utsav or Danda Mahotsab, incarnated with Sri Chaitanya Dev and Sri Nityanada Mahaprbahu. Sri Ramkrishna was invited by Moni Sen a bhakta and Rasatdar of Sri Ramkrishna after demise of Mathur Babu, residing near the Mahotsavtala. First visit was in 1858 which is described in Sri Ramkrishna Lila Prasanga. His visit at 1883 is described at Sri Ramkrishna Kathamrita.
It is noted in the above publications of the profound spiritual experiences at the Mahatsobtala during the visits. In other places we also find the high regards towards Panihati being the holy place sanctified by Sri Chaitanna Deb, Nityananda, Raghab Pandit.
Sri Ramakrishna attended Mohotsavtala last time in June, 1885 when he was accompanied by Narendra Nath (Vivekananda) and 24 other disciples. All of them came by boats along the Ganga from Dakshineswar. . Besides Narendra Nath other femous disciples who used to accompany Sri Ramakrishna included Balaram Basu, Girish Chandra Ghosh, Mohendranath Dutta (Srimo the writer of RamKrishna kathmirta) Swami Abhedananda, Swami Brahmananda, Swami Abhutananda, Joginmaa and Gopal Maa.
He halted in the house of Mani Sen and later joined the Kirtan and visited Raghav Pandit’s House There are references in Ramakrishna Kathamrita and writings of Swami Saradananda of the Samadhi of Sri Ramakrishna and his Kirtan. Sri Ramakrishna referred Mohotsav Utsav as very Sacred and insisted his disciples and bhaktas to visit the Panihati and participate in Danda Mahatsob.