Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu longed to visit Vrindavan for a long time but was unable to do so due to Ramananda Raya’s tricks. The devotees wanted to hold the Lord with them at Jagannath Puri. However, the Lord’s desire to visit Vrindavan increased with time, and finally, Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya and Ramananda Raya relented. When King Pratap Rudra came to know of Lord Chaitanya’s desire, He made all the necessary arrangements for the Lord’s travel. He ordered his officers to set up shelters, store ample food, and arrange for the Lord’s transport. Lord Chaitanya wanted to reach Vrindavan journeying through Bengal. He stated that He had two shelters in Bengal – Mother Saci and mother Ganges, and he wished to pay both of them a visit.
Gadadhar Pandita wanted to accompany Lord Chaitanya to Vrindavan
However, when Gadadhar Pandita heard of the Lord’s plans, he decided to accompany the Lord to Vrindavan. Lord Chaitanya forbade Gadadhar Pandita and instructed him to stay back at Jagannath Puri as he had the vow of Kshetra sannyasa (where a sannyasi must not leave his holy dham). However, Gadadhar Pandit refused to obey as his love for Lord Chaitanya far outweighed the consequences of breaking any vows. Although Lord Chaitanya asked him, again and again, to stay back, Gadadhar refused. Gadadhar Pandita and Lord Chaitanya conversed as follows –