“Mahaudhdharan Math” located on 59 Maniktala Main Road, Kolkata 700 054, was the residence and the place of the business of prostitution by the ill-famed prostitute empress of the time named ‘Suratkumari’. She, in fact, came into limelight in the profession from the number one red district in harlotry known as ‘Sonagachhi’ considered as the vilest neighborhood in Kolkata.
Enchanted by Prabhusundar’s life of ubiquitous lilas and exquisite and extraterrestrial beauty, Suratkumari became an ardent devotee to him after first ignoring his kirtan acts. Prabhusundar also made her pass through a prolonged period of life in repentance for her acts of prostitution by keeping away from her sight. Gradually her later lifestyle turned sanctified as she became eager to seek Prabhusundar’s blessings. Finally Suratkumari remained as ardent a devotee to him as ever for the rest of her life.Prabhusundar virtually provided her no direct sight of him but by his divine lila, Suratkumari was resurrected into a new life of divinity as she embarked on testing the nectar of Mahaudhdharanlila initiated by him!
As a token of her devotion and love for Mahaudhdharan Lila, Suratkumari, in her instinctive sanctimonious act, donated her above-mentioned residence (in Picture 1 above) in the name of Prabhusundar’s lila to Mahanam Sampraday of India and became a resident of Sri Vrindaban – the holly place of confluence of Brajalila, Gourlila and Mahaudhdharanlila. In fact, Suratkumari roamed in Sri Vrindaban, Faridpur SriDham Sri-Angan, NabadwipDham and other places wherever Prabhusundar had set his holly foot.
At this Mahaudhdharan Math, SriSri Mahanambrata Brahmachari spent a great part of his life and wrote most of his famous books that constitute the present Vaisnavite literature that embraces the religious philosophy and thoughts of Mahanam Sampraday of India.
Furtheremore, this Mahaudhdharan Math maintained the continuity of Mahanam Mahakirtan of Mahaudhdharan Lila when the same continuity was interrupted in SriDham Sri-Angan, Faridpur in 1971 as the Pak soldiers killed eight brahmacharis in the midst of their continuous kirtan during the liberation war of Bangladesh. Mahaudhdharan Math continued on with the continuous Mahanam Mahakirtan for long five years till 1976, when Faridpur SriDham Sri-Angan picked up the continuity of Mahanam Mahakirtan once again in the premises.
During this time, Prabhusundar’s immortal body was also moved from Faridpur SriDham Sri-Angan to Mahaudhdharan Math and was kept here for about 20 years. In 1991, Prabhusundar’s immortal body was moved to Mahendra Bandhu Angan, established by SriPad Mahendraji at Ghurni near Krishnanagar. Continuous Mahanam Mahakirtan has been going on at this Angan since that time simultaneously with Faridpur SriDham Sri-Angan. Mahaudhdharan Math of Kolkata ceased to continue this Mahanam Mahakirtan from that time on. But ‘Astaprahar’ (24-hour) and ‘Udayasta’ (sunrise to sunset) Mahanam Mahakirtan are held at Mahaudhdharan Math on special festive occasions throughout the year.
[Mahanam Mahakirtan signifies the greatest devotional songs of the trio of the lilas of SriKrishna, Sri Chaitanya and Sri Jagadbandhusundar depicting the glory of Brajalila, Gourlila and Mahaudhdharanlila including the “Chandrapat” (The Descent of the Moon) written by Prabhusundar.]