Category Archives: Pastimes of Chaitanya

Disappearance of Lakshmipriya devi and return of Sri Chaitanya from East Bengal | Chaitanya Bhagavata recitation

The following is an audio recitation from Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata, Adi Khanda, Chapter 14, Verses 99-191. In these verses, Srila Vrindavan das Thakur describes how Lakshmipriya devi left her body and how this sad news was broken to Lord Chaitanya upon His return from East Bengal.

 

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Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s educational (Vidya Vilasa) pastimes | Chaitanya Bhagavata recitation

The following is a recitation from Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata, Adi Khanda, Chapter 11, Verses 1- 68. In these verses, Srila Vrindavan das Thakur describes Lord Chaitanya’s educational and scholarly pastimes (Vidya vilasa). These are also sometimes referred to as the ‘vidya vilasa’ pastimes of the Lord.

 

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Indradyumna Sarovar, Jagannath puri

indradyumna sarovar

Millions of years ago during Satya-yuga, King Indradyumna had performed ashvamedha-yajna (horse sacrifice) here at Indradyumna Sarovar. At that time he honored the assembled Brahmins by donating thousands of cows. While all those cows were standing here, their hooves made a deep depression upon the earth; creating a large lake. This Lake subsequently became filled with water and cow urine. Since then it has become a tirtha, a purifying place of pilgrimage. Skanda Purana says that this is the best of all tirthas. Chandana Yatra and Sitala-sthali festival are pompously celebrated here. There are 3 main temples here: Indradyumna Maharaja’s temple on the left side near the tank, a large Saksi Gopala temple on right side and Nilakantesvara Mahadeva Shiva temple mid-way down the stairs leading to Indradyumna sarovar.

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Narendra Sarovar, Jagannath Puri

narendra sarovar

Narendra Sarovar is a large water body (873 feet long and 743 feet wide) located to the northeast of Jagannath temple in Puri, next to the Jagannath Vallabha garden. This pond is also known as ‘Chandan Pukur’ because the Chandan-yatra of Lord Jagannath takes place here. Narendra Sarovar is said to have been founded by King Bhanu Narasingha deva of Ganga dynasty. It was named after his mentor Nakhaposi Narendra Mahapatra. The representative deities of Lord Jagannath come here every evening for 21 consecutive days during His Chandan-yatra, starting from Akshaya-Tritiya (in the month of Vaisakha or April/May) up to Suklastami-tithi in May/June (Jaistha) to enjoy His boating pastimes (Nauka Leela). The boat ride on this serene lake helps relieve the intense summer heat and provide the Lordships with some comfort.

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