Please accept my humble obaisences
Jaya Srila Prabhupada
Now most pictures of Srila Advaita Acarya in ISKCON depicts Him with a beard, what is the souce for this? Something Srila Prabhupada said? Yes but Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada said he has no beard ,so the authority of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada is higher in this matter.
However no where in sastra is it mentioned the CC, Caitanya Bhagavad, Caitanya Mangal etc
Also in his Dhyanachandra Paddhati , nowhere do we find that Dhyanachandra Goswami has described that Advaita Acarya has a beard.
Whatever it may be, normally in hindu society , mustach was more common, but here we are talking about the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
Maha Visnu that has appeared as Advaita Acarya.
Dhyanachandra Goswami has given the following mantra and Gayatri mantra for Advaita Acarya:
Mantra :Klim Advaitaya Svaha
Gayatri Mantra: Klim Advaitaya vidmahe maha visnave dhimahi tan no advaitah pracodayat
These mantras are found in the Padma Purana and given as highly confidential mantras to Narada Muni
Dhyanachandra Goswami has given some other for our meditation on Advaita Acarya such as :
"With my head at His lotusfeet ,I offer my humble obaisences unto the merciful Advaitachandra ,whose heart is drowned in the ocean of prema.
He delievers infinite number of devotees, and is honored and worshipped by Caitanyachandra"
And he has given a Dhyana,meditation as follows:
" I meditate on the root of transcendental joy,Sri Advaita Prabhu,whose lotusfeet are always served by the bhaktas.He wears cloth as white
as the moon or a kunda flower( a jasmine flower).He has a pure golden complexion ,beautiful arms and a smiling face.His eyes always lovingly gaze
upond the lotusface of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He readily benedictions and fearlessness to the devotees and His lustrous body is ornamented
At some Gaudiya maths in Navadvipa, like at Srivasa Angam we see that Advaita Acaryas ,Arca Vigraha ,has no beard.
May Srila Advaita Acarya bless us all with the sweet taste for the Hare Krsna Mahamantra, and enabel us to chant 100.000 names everyday (64 rounds)
as ordered by Lord Caitanya,may Srila Advaita Acarya invest us all with the bhakti sakti to preach pure Krsna consciouness,without any ulterations.
At the lotusfeet of Nitai Gaura ,Sri Advaita Acarya, along with Sri Gadadhara and Srivasa Pandita we offer our humble obaisences millions and millions
Your humble servant
Srila Prabhupada stated Advaita Acarya had a beard this is a mistake according to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada