Gauridas Pandit (four Gaura-Nitai Deities, Gaura Purnima celebration)
--------------- Across the Ganges from Santipur, in a
small town called Ambika Kalna, which is within the present
district of Barddhama, is where Gauri dasa Pandita's temple is
His worshippable Deities Sri Sri Gaura-Nityananda are still
residing in all their splendor there.
There is a railway station at Ambika Kalna on the Howrah-Navadvipa
From there one can proceed by rickshaw to Mahaprabhu Mandira.
In the temple is an old copy of the Bhagavad-gita on palm leaves
which is supposed to have been written by the hand of Mahaprabhu
There is also an oar from a boat which has an interesting story
One day, the two Lords Caitanya and Nityananda came to Kalna from
Santipur by boat, paddling it themselves.
Lord Caitanya kept the oar in His hand, and when He entered Gauri
dasa's house He gave it to him, saying, "With this you should cross
over the ocean of material existence, taking all the living
entities with you."
Gauri dasa Pandita's older brother, Surya dasa Sarakkali, had two
daughters, Sri Vasudha and Jahnava Devi.
He gave them in marriage to Nityananda Prabhu.
Near the conclusion of His Navadvipa pastimes, when Mahaprabhu
desired to accept sannyasa, He came to Kalna to bid farewell to
At that time Gauri dasa became extremely afflicted by separation.
Hereafter is a nice song which describes what occured at that
"In the Thakur Pandit's house, Lord Gauranga was dancing
revolving around and around, while Lord Nityananda chanted 'Hari!
Hari!' Gauri dasa, however,
was crying very piteously and incessantly.
He fell at the Lord's feet and begged Him, 'Please don't ever go
away from here! Just honor this one request:
stay here in Ambikanagar - this is my last submission at your lotus
If You go away, surely I'll die.
Don't try to trick me like You did the gopis, giving some high
philosophy about Your 'Bhava-murti' (or anything like that).
I must keep You here in such a way that I can see You.
You two brothers just stay here with me, thus everyone will become
Again I am petitioning You, don't leave me 'Gaura Hari'.
Then I'll know that You are the deliverers of the fallen."
"Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu replied, 'Gauri dasa! Give up this
You can just serve My Deity form, for I am personally present in
that form also.
You should know this to be a fact.
Just accept what I am telling you as the truth."
"Hearing this, Gauri dasa simply let out a deep sigh and continued
to cry piteously.
Again the two brothers tried to console him but his heart refused
to be pacified.
"Dina Krsna dasa is praying at the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya,
that these two brothers might remain there.
Thus the two of them were bound by the love of Gauri dasa and
therefore the Lord is known as bhakta-vatsala or one who is
affectionate to His devotees.
"Seeing that Gauri dasa was extremely distraught, Mahaprabhu spoke
to him very gently:
'All right, We'll stay with you.
Know in all certainty that We two brothers will stay in your
"Consoling him in this way the two Lords came before him in the
company of two Deities.
Seeing the four of them standing before him, Panditji was
and though tears continued to flow from his eyes, now it was not
out of sadness.
The Lord again spoke to him, 'Whichever two you choose, you can
keep in your room.
Whichever two you can recognise as Us will stay with you and depend
on you to feed Us.
Know this to be the truth of truths within your heart.
"Having heard Mahaprabhu speak these words, Gauri dasa immediately
began to cook.
He fed all four of them sumptuously and then offered them nice
cloths and garlanded them with garlands of lotus flowers.
Then he offered pan and betel nuts for chewing and smeared
sandalwood paste on Their bodies.
By serving them in various ways, he gradually regained his former
composure and at the same time decided which two he would keep in
Due to the Pandita's pure love, two Lords remained with him and
asked him to feed them when they were hungry, while the other two
went to Nilacala Puri.
Gauri dasa Pandita served his two Lords according to Their whims
and enjoyed many pastimes with Them.
"Praying at the lotus feet of such a rare devotee as Pandita Gauri
das, Dina Krsna dasa concludes his song.
Becoming subservient to Gauri dasa' love, Sri Sri Gaura-Nityananda
accepted the arca vigraha form and remained with him to enjoy
One day the two Lords smilingly spoke to Panditji "Gauri dasa!
Previously you were our friend, Subal.
Don't you remember how we used to play and frolic, enjoying
different pastimes on the banks of the Yamuna?"
Speaking in this sweet way, suddenly they took the form of Krsna
Dressed like cowherd boys, They held buffalo horn, cane and flute
in Their hands.
Their heads were decorated with peacock feathers and around their
necks were garlands of forest flowers, and their lotus feet were
decorated with ankle bells.
Gauri dasa also assumed his previous appearance and in this way
they enjoyed some fun together.
After some time, Gauri dasa calmed himself, and the two Lords again
sat down on the simhasana.
Every day, Gauri dasa used to cook many varieties of vegetables and
offer them to Their Lordships.
He was always absorbed in their service and never perceived his own
As the years went by, gradually he attained a ripe old age.
Nevertheless he continued to serve his Lordships as before, cooking
many various preparations for Them.
Seeing that he was having to exert himself so much to do so much
cooking, one day Sri Sri Gaura-Nityananda feigned anger and refused
Panditji was in turn hurt by this and said, "If You get happiness
by not eating, then why do You have me cook in the first
After saying this he became silent.
Lord Gauranga smiled and replied softly, "Your cooking is no small
You prepare rice and so many varieties of vegetables.
You won't listen if We request you not to make so much but We can't
bear to see your hard labor.
Whatever you can prepare easily that would be best."
Hearing Their statement, Gauri dasa replied, "Anyway, whatever I
have prepared today, please accept that.
From tomorrow I won't feed You with so many preparations.
I'll just put some sak on Your plate."
Having heard the reply of Gauri dasa, the two Lords laughed and
began to eat.
Sometimes Gauri dasa desired to decorate Their Lordships with
Coming to know of this, Sri Gaura-Nityananda put on various
ornaments and exhibited themselves in Their full opulence.
When Panditji entered the temple, he smiled with wonder.
"Where did so many ornaments come from?" He was simply astonished
In this way Sri Sri Gaura-Nityananda began to manifest Their
opulences through various sporting pastimes in Gauri das's
Gauri dasa's dearmost disciple was Sri Hrdayananda.
One time, on the occasion of Lord Gaurasundara's birth anniversary,
Gauri dasa went to visit some of his disciples.
At the time of going he left Hrdayananda in charge of worshiping
the Deities, which Hrdayananda began to do in full love.
Gradually the appearance day of Mahaprabhu drew very near.
When there were only three days remaining, still Gauri dasa hadn't
returned home yet.
Hrdayananda deliberated for some time about what should be done and
finally, being prompted on his own, sent out invitations to all the
devotees and disciples to attend the festival.
Just after that, Gauri dasa returned.
Hrdayananda informed his gurudeva that he had written out
invitations and had then sent them to the devotees.
Within himself, Gauri dasa was very pleased by Hrdayananda's
service, but externally he feigned great anger and said, "Even in
my presence you show so much independence, sending out invitations
hither and thither.
Anyway, whatever this upstart has done is done, but he won't be
able to remain here."
Hearing this, Hrdayananda offered his obeisances and went to sit
underneath a tree on the banks of the Ganga.
Shortly thereafter, a rich man passing by in a boat hailed
Hrdayananda, wishing to make a donation.
But instead of accepting the donation himself, Hrdayananda sent him
to his guru.
However, Gauri dasa sent the man back to Hrdayananda and told him
to accept the donation and with it to hold a festival on the banks
of the Ganga.
As per the order of his guru, Hrdayananda began to make the
Gradually, the people that he had sent invitations to began to
arrive, but upon hearing that a festival was being held on the
Ganges riverbank, they proceeded there first.
In the company of the many devotees, Hrdayananda chanted and dance
The sankirtan was so blissful and attractive that Their Lordships
themselves, Sri Sri Gaura-Nityananda, came to take part in the
dancing and singing.
Hrdayananda was very fortunate to see all of this.
Meanwhile, Gauri dasa was also holding a festival in his house.
When the time came for making an offering, the pujari, Boro Ganga
dasa Pandita entered the Deity room only to find that there were no
He immediately informed Gauri dasa.
Gauri dasa could understand the matter very well and, smiling, he
picked up a stick and proceeded towards the kirtana festival on the
banks of the Ganges.
Arriving there, he saw the two transcendental brothers engaged in
Sri Sri Gaura-Nityananda also saw Gauri dasa approaching in an
angry mood with a stick in his hand, and They quickly and silently
entered the temple of Hrdayananda's heart.
Seeing this Gauri das couldn't restrain his tears of ecstasy.
He forgot his anger and ran towards Hrdayananda with his arms
Firmly embracing him he said, "You are so fortunate! From today
your name is Hrdaycaitanya."
Gauri dasa began to bathe him with his tears as Hrdaycaitanya fell
at his lotus feet.
Then Gauri dasa took Hrdaycaitanya and all of the devotees to his
courtyard where intense chanting and dancing continued.
The assembled Vaisnavas filled the day with the vibrations of
In this way the birth anniversary celebration of Gaurasundara was
Thereafter Gauri dasa appointed Hrdaycaitanya as the sevaka of the