Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Chapter 12
The Cleansing of the Gundica Temple

In his Amrita-pravaha-bhasyya, Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thäkura summarizes this chapter as follows :

The King of Orissa, Mahäräja Pratäparudra, tried his best to see Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Srila Nityänanda Prabhu and the other devotees informed the Lord about the King’s desire, but Sri Caitanya Mahäprabhu would not agree to see him. At that time Sri Nityänanda Prabhu devised a plan, and He sent a piece of the Lord’s outward garment to the King. The next day, when Rämänanda Räya again entreated Sri Caitanya Mahäprabhu to see the King, the Lord, denying the request, asked Rämänanda Räya to bring the King’s son before Him. The prince visited the Lord dressed like a Vaisnava, and this awakened remembrance of Krishna. Thus Sri Caitanya Mahäprabhu delivered the son of Mahäräja Pratäparudra.
After this, Sri Caitanya Mahäprabhu washed the Gundicä temple before the Ratha-yäträ took place. He then took His bath at Indradyumna Lake and partook of prasäda in the garden nearby. While Sri Caitanya Mahäprabhu washed the temple of Gundicä, a Gaudiya Vaisnava washed the lotus feet of the Lord and drank the water. This incident is very significant, for it awoke within the devotee ecstatic love. Then again, the son of Advaita Prabhu named Gopäla fainted during kirtana, and when he did not come to his senses, Sri Caitanya Mahäprabhu favored him by awakening him. There was also some humorous talk between Nityänanda Prabhu and Advaita Prabhu during prasäda. Advaita Prabhu said that Nityänanda Prabhu was unknown to anyone and that it was not the duty of a householder brähmana to accept dinner with a person unknown in society. In answer to this humorous statement, Sri Nityänanda Prabhu replied that Advaita Äcärya was a monist and that one could not know how his mind could be turned by eating with such an impersonalist. The conversation of these two prabhus—Nityänanda Prabhu and Advaita Prabhu—carried a deep meaning that only an intelligent man can understand. After all the Vaisnavas finished their luncheon, Svarüpa Dämodara and others took their prasäda within the room. Sri Caitanya Mahäprabhu took great pleasure when He saw the Jagannätha Deity after the period of the Deity’s retirement. At that time Lord Caitanya was accompanied by all the devotees, and all of them were very much pleased.

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