The original Deities of Their Supreme Lordships Sri Sita, Rama, Laksmana, Bharat, Sathrugna and Hanumanji that were worshipped by Maharsi Bhrgu himself are still present. Their Lordships are, even now, being worshipped in a small monastery, which is addressed by the name Bhrgu Muni asrama.
As has been heard from both the saintly and elderly personalities of past and present generations, the site on the bank of river Bhargavi has been referred to as the most perfect and purified yoga site of Bharga Deva (the Sun god).
It is said that in which ever direction the Sun remains (be it north or south), its first rays would always fall at this place at which the holy waters of the three streams meet. It is for this reason that Bhrgu Muni, the best among the sages, had purposely established his yajna kund (fire sacrifice) as well as a monastery there.
Actually, in due course of time, the yagna kund (fire sacrificial spot) of Bhrgu Muni was said to have submerged under the waters of the sacred Bhargavi.
Nonetheless, proof of the fact that Bhrgu Muni had founded his asrama over here is very well narrated in the famous vaisnava scripture namely Sri Caitanya Chakada which was compiled by the great Oriyan vaisnava poet, Srila Govinda Dasa.
kapatesvara darsana karila sekale
bhavavese gauracandra dekhi bhavabhole
jagannatha krsnacandra aprakruta rupa
smarana karina prabhu arambhila stotra
mahabhava dekhi nityananda prabhu danda nei
tinigada kari bhangi deleka bhasai
ahamkara soham bhava bhargave srotare
bhasia calila danda taranga vidhire
dandabhanga nadi nama vaishnabe chintile
bhrgu ra asrama tate se danda lagile
budhalinga pattanare nama sankirtana
anandare nishi puhaila mahajana
pratah kale bhargavire karina snahana
ksetra pathe chale prabhu pramudita mana
(Verses from Sri Caitanya Chakada)
Translation: The Supreme Lord along with his associates blissfully spent the whole night at Budha Linga Pattana, performing ecstatic harinama sankirtana. During the morning time, after bathing in the river Bhargavi the Lord went to take the darsana of Lord Kapatesvara Mahadev. While getting the darsana of Kapatesvaraji, he reached a height of great ecstatic emotion and subsequently could also see, from a distance, the great eternal transcendental forms of the Supreme Lord Sri Jagannath—Krsnacandra.
With intense remembrance of those two great transcendental forms, Lord Gauracandra started to recite many wonderful stotras in an extemporal manner (verses based upon the prayer offered to the Supreme Lord). Then he blissfully began to proceed towards Puri. At that time, while seeing this great ecstatic state of Lord Mahaprabhu, Lord Nityananda Prabhu who was holding his danda broke it into three pieces and threw it into the river Bhargavi. The mood of “I ‘ness” and “I am one with the omnipresent The”, along with the danda floated away in the streams of river. In that way, the danda continued to float and it finally reached at the bank of the river Bhargavi located near the asrama of Bhrgu Muni. From then on, the Vaisnavas at large named the river as Dandabhanga.
In these verses it is mentioned that a piece of the danda floated along the Bhargavi and stopped close to the asrama of Bhrgu Muni. Bhrgu Muni was exceptionally a great personality. It is said that he was even greater than the Sapta Rsis (the seven great sages). In the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krishna says— maharshi nam bhrgur aham (i.e.)…among the sages I am Bhrgu”. From here, we also come to know that Bhrgu Muni was a saktyavesa avatara of Lord Krishna. Therefore, the site at which Bhrgu Muni had his asrama since long ago is surely not an ordinary place.
It is also very strongly believed that Maharshi Bhrgu had compiled, the most renowned astrological doctrine, Bhrgu Samhita, here at this great site of the Dandabhanga Lila Bhumi. Bhrgu Samhita is the astrological doctrine that narrates about the past, present and future of every human being. We see that astrology mainly deals with the movements of the sun.
Therefore, one reason why Maharshi Bhrgu had chosen this spot for his asrama was because this site was highly influenced by the efficacy of the sun. Throughout the world, in whichever direction the sun moves, its first rays would always fall here at the place where these 2 rivers (Bhargi Nadi and Dandabhanga Nadi) meet.
Let us now try to understand the internal mood of Bhrgu Muni. Why did he decide to establish his asrama and yagna kund on the bank of river Bhargavi? We can take the example of the great Bharadwaja Muni. Bharadwaja Muni through his transcendental vision could realize that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in form of Maryada Purushottama Sri Ramacandra would travel through the jungle of Dandakaranya. At that time he purposely established his asrama over there in order to avail the opportunity of hosting Lord Ramacandra.
In this way he did so and got the chance of welcoming the Supreme Lord by washing His Divine Lotus Feet. In a similar manner, the Bhrgu Muni had also known that the unlimited Supreme Absolute Truth Sri Krishna would himself visit this site in his devotee incarnation as Sri Krishna Caitanya. For this reason, he had also taken advantage of welcoming Mahaprabhu by washing His Lotus Feet.
The following is a small part of a conversation that was recorded regarding the topic of Bhrgu Muni’s asrama
Sacinandan Das: …Therefore, those are the Deities of Bhrgu Muni, worshippable Deities of Bhrgu Muni. It is now shifted and one householder devotee is taking care of these Deities.
Devotee: I heard from sources that the yagna kund (the place for fire sacrifice) of Bhrgu Muni is presently submerged under the river Bhargavi. Still I see another yagna kund outside that house and the family members of that house worship it saying that it is the yagna kund of Bhrgu Muni. Now at present, they are even going to build a shrine for that yagna kund.This is confusing. Could you please clear my doubt?
Sacinandan Das: Actually the present yagna kund (place for fire sacrifice), which is at the preparative stage, by the mahantas of Bhrgu Muni’s asrama, is only symbolic. It is not the original one. The original one remains submerged under the river Bhargavi. Srila Haridas Sen Babaji Maharaja narrated as per the indication of sastra that the danda (staff), after it was broken and thrown into the sacred river by Lord Nityananda Prabhu, floated against the currents of the river and finally was submerged under the river Bhargavi just infront of the yagna kund of Bhrgu Muni. Subsequently the eyewitnesses had located this same site and in accordance to it, the devotee King Raja Prathap Rudra Dev built the temple of Lord Dandabhanga Gopinath to commemorate this wonderful site.
The yagna kund was seen on the spot at that time where our asrama is presently located. It is on this side of the river; where as the temple of Lord Dandabhanga Gopinath is on the other side of the river. So then a question may arise that why did not King Prathap Rudra Dev build the temple inside the peninsula, you know. That is where our land is presently located. Rather he built it on the other side of the river. Why? That was because in the Peninsula there was no human population. Only Maharsi Bhrgu Muni and his yagna kund were present. That was Bhrgu Muni’s asrama as per the description of the revealed scriptures.
In addition, there was no accessibility to that land. That is why on the other side of the river we could find a good human population, And for this reason King Prathap Rudra Dev built the temple close to the yagna kund not on this side, but on the other side.