All glories to Sri Virabhadra Prabhu, the glorious son of Nityananda Prabhu and Vasudha devi, and the incarnation of Sri Kshirodakshayi Vishnu, the super soul residing in everyone’s heart. It was on this blessed day of Krishna navami in the month of Kartik that he appeared in this world in the home of Sri Nityananda prabhu, thus making mother earth most fortunate. Understanding Srimati Jahnava devi, the second wife of Nityananda Prabhu, to be a most exalted vaishnavi and the shakti of Nitai, he took shelter at her lotus feet and excepted initiation from her. Being the most prominent branch coming forth from Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Virabhadra Prabhu extensively preached the movement of Sri Sachinandan Gaurahari.
In Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Srila Krishna das Kaviraj Goswami has written the following in regard with Virabhadra Prabhu:
“After Nityananda Prabhu, the greatest branch is Virabhadra Gosani, who also has innumerable branches and sub-branches. It is not possible to describe them all. Although Virabhadra Gosani was the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He presented Himself as a great devotee. And although the Supreme Godhead is transcendental to all Vedic injunctions, He strictly followed the Vedic rituals. He is the main pillar in the hall of devotional service erected by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He knew within himself that He acted as the Supreme Lord Visnu, but externally He was prideless. It is by the mercy of Sri Virabhadra Gosani that people all over the world now have the chance to chant the names of Caitanya and Nityananda. I there take shelter of the lotus feet of Virabhadra Gosani so that by His mercy my great desire to write Sri Caitanya-Charitamrta will be properly guided.”
On this auspicious occasion of his holy appearance day, we pray to Virachandra Prabhu to bless us with pure bhakti towards the lotus feet of Sri Sachinandan Gaurahari and Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the two moons who have appeared in this age of Kali to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and spread the cooling moonshine of Krishna Bhakti.