| How Lord Jagannath came to Chakdaha
Pandit appeared near this place. His parents were very
devotional. After the death of his parents, Jagadish
Pandit and Hiranya Pandit went to live in Navadwip
dham, where they constructed a hut for living.
to Srila Kavikarna Purna Goswami, Jagadish Pandit and
Hiranya Pandit in Gaura Lila are the wives
of the brahmins
in Krishna lila. Jagadish Pandit is a personal associate
of the Supreme Lord; he is not a ordinary person.
Krishna went to the forest with His sakha friends,
He told them they would not go far that day, so
no food was required to take with them. They planned
to Batrol. Sakhas think of Krishna as their sakha,
not as God. So they know that whatever they desire,
will grant them. The sakhas became hungry and asked
food. Krishna became worried; He was thinking what
to do. Krishna remembered that nearby some brahmins were
performing a yajna, and plenty of food was being
offered. So Krishna told his cowherd friends
to go there and tell their names, and that the brahmins
upon hearing Krishna
and Balarama were hungry, would supply them with food.
The sakhas went to the yajna and saw a big sacrificial
area with many brahmins performing a big yajna
with much food being offered. Upon seeing that scene,
the sakhas were
afraid to approach the brahmins, but when they heard
the brahmins chanting: krsnaya svaha, baladevaya svaha,
svaha..., the sakhas lost their fear and approached
the brahmins and said, "Krishna and Balarama are
hungry, please give us food for them." But the
brahmins objected to that, because they are karma khandis.
sakhas came back and told Krishna what had happened.
They said, "Krishna please give us food."
Krishna asked them, "Was there no food?"
said, "Yes, there was plenty of
Then Krishna said to them, "Go to the
wives of the brahmins. They have love for me. They
will give you food
The cowherd boys arrived at the house
and called inside, "Anybody
One of the wives came forward and asked, "What
do you want?"
The sakhas replied, "Krishna
and Balarama are hungry."
The wife asked, "Where
are they? We have
not had darshan of Them for so long."
said, "Please give us some food. We will
bring it to Krishna and Balarama."
The wives thought, "If
we start to cook now, maybe Krishna and Balarama will
already have left." So
they took the food which was already prepared and went
the house to meet Krishna and Balarama.
In Dvapara yuga,
wives did not go out of house. Nowadays there is no
restriction but 50-60 years ago,
this rule was observed. When the husbands saw their
wives going out, they asked, "Where are you going?
wives replied, "We have heard from you that
Krishna and Baladev are the Supreme Lords, so they
have sent the
cowherd boys for food to eat and we want to take the
opportunity to serve Them."
The brahmins said, "Without
our permission you cannot go anywhere. If you decide
to go, then don't come back
The wives decided to meet with Krishna
anyway, so much was their devotion for Krishna, ahaituki
one wife was stopped forcefully by her husband and
home. She could not tolerate not meeting with
Krishna, and she cried and cried until she left
her body, and her soul went to meet with Krishna.
The wifes came with all the food, and they were very
pleased to see
Krishna and Balarama. Actually the food had no value
for Krishna and Balaram, but their devotion was most
After eating, Krishna told them to return home.
"What are you saying?" the Gopis objected. "We
came here only with a one way ticket."
replied, "Do not worry. In love, there are
two aspects, union and separation. After a period of
separation, the union gets sweeter. Do not worry about
They will accept you."
The wives of the brahmins
had served Krishna, and
by the fruit of their service, the brahmins also received
mercy. The brahmins regretted their mistake and started
criticizing themselves. "What is the use of our
yajnas if we ignore the desire of Krishna and Balaram?" When
the wives returned home, the brahmins paid their dandavat
pranams to them.
So how did the wives get such devotion
for Krishna? In their house they had a garden were
every day a devotee
came and sang the glories of Krishna and Balaram. By
hearing these descriptions they acquired devotion.
Those wives appeared as Jagadish Pandit and Hiranya
Pandit in Caitanya
One ekadasi, Nimai Pandit was crying and as usual
His parents tried to pacify Him by chanting haribol,
haribol. But this time Nimai Pandit did not stop crying.
Pandit said, "Today is Ekadasi, and Jagadish Pandit
offered Bhoga to Vishnu. I want to eat that."
how the small boy knew that it was Ekadasi and that
this devotee was offering Bhoga to Vishnu, immediately
Jagannath Mishra went to meet Jagadish Pandit. Jagadish
Pandit said, "Nimai Pandit is Gopal Himself, so
take that prasadam and give it to Him."
we can subdue the Supreme Lord, according to Rupa Goswami.
Dhruva was only 5 years old, but by
he achieved his goal. Jivas reap the fruits of
their own actions. Dhruva's mother said that he should
any hostile feelings towards his step-mother,
otherwise he would not attain God. If we want to be
should not maintain any hostile feelings towards
anyone in this world, not even our enemies.
instructed Jagadish Pandit to go to Puri. When Jagadish
Pandit came and saw Lord Jagannath, he
started to cry. Jagannath asked, "Why do you cry?
Take me with you." Then Jagannath instructed the
king in a dream to give Jagannath, who was already in
Jagadish Pandit. So Jagannath made Himself light so
that Jagadish Pandit could carry Him, and here in Chakdaha,
Jagannath suddenly became heavy. This is how Jagannath
came to this place.
Even today some descendants of Jagadish
Pandit reside here. They approached our Gurudev, Srila
Maharaja to take care of Jagannath.
Speech continued by Srila Bhakti Vijnan
Nama, rupa, guna, lila cannot be comprehended
by the material senses. Krishna may appear on our tongue
the holy name
if He desires. The Supreme Lord is hungry for the
love of His devotees. Seeing His devotees, the Lord becomes
Here in Chakdaha, the wheel of the chariot
of Bhagirati Muni got stuck. So it was here that the
Jagadish Pandit requested our Gurudev to take over
of Lord Jagannath. Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava
about this matter with Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaja
who also advised him to take the service of Jagannath.
Gurudev saw it as the desire of Jagannath. Our
Gurudev converted the mandir into a math. It was established
A math is a place were students study
spiritual upliftment. Our scriptures say that
maths are necessary.
In a mandir one may get sukriti, but in a math
you can develop hari-bhakti. Maths are established
get association with sadhus. In a math the Bhagavatam
should be discussed daily. The Bhagavatam says
by daily reciting
this Bhagavatam with faith, devotion to Krishna
will be attained very quickly. If in a math, sravanam
not going on, then the activities performed there
are only karma. If we are lazy for sravanam and
kirtanam, then we
are actually not residing in a math. Devotion is
very rare. In this human form of life we must
strive for our
only requirement, the Supreme Lord. If that is
wasted, we are considered to have committed suicide.
preaching about karma, jnana and yoga are committing
to the souls.
Sree Jagannath Temple
(Sree Jagadish Pandit's Sreepat)
P.O. Jasara Via. Chakdaha, Dt. Nadia
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