By the mercy of Shrila Nitaipreshthji Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj and Ekachakra Dham, I am gradually realizing that Nitai is a more prominent name than Nityananda. Following are some reasons which I would like to present for the same:
🌷 Nitai is a more prominent name than Nityananda as it fits very well with Nitai’s shaktis’ names. Which one sounds better, “Jahnava-Nityananda!” or “Jahnava-Nitai”? “Vasudha-Nityananda” or “Vasudha-Nitai”? That name which fits perfectly with the Shaktis’ names is surely more prominent. This also proves that Nityananda is obviously a more formal name and Nitai is a more intimate name.
🌷Also, Nityananda means “one” who is eternally (Nitya) blissful (Ananda). But who is that “one”? Nitai. From this we can understand that even the name Nityananda acts as a qualifier for the name Nitai. It acts like an adjective or a name that describes Nitai. It means that Nitai is Nityananda (eternally blissful). But Nityananda is not necessarily Nitai. Gaur-Krishna can also be addressed as eternally blissful (Nityananda). But Nitai is a specific name of Nitai only and it belongs exclusively to Him.
🌷 Nitai eternally resides in Ekachakra as its presiding Deity. And in Ekachakra He is addressed as “Nitai” by all His dear most associates. So obviously, Nitai loves to be addressed with this name much more than any other name.
🌷 The name Nityananda is mentioned in the Vayu Purana and the Ananta-Samhita of Atharva Veda. But the name Nitai is so confidential, powerful, and sweet, that it is not even mentioned in the Vedic scriptures.
🌷 Lastly, Nitai is short and sweet. Nityananda is a little longer.
Worthless disciple of Shrila Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj,