Journey to Sri Khanda, Sri Pat of Narahari Sarkar Pt. 4

13 07 2009

Jaya Gora!

Now we drive away from Baradanga and in just a couple of minutes we arrive in the town of Sri Khanda. Dilip Raya Goswami takes us on a brief tour of the mandirs here…we park and continue on foot. First stop is Radha Govinda Mandir. Goswami Ji tells us that Mahaprabhu stayed here for 10 days. Madhu Pushkarini is located just behind the mandir. I wrote about the lila that took place at Madhu Pushkarini and shared some photos in anĀ earlier post. Next he took us to Radha Madanmohan Mandir and told us that Mahaprabhu stayed in this mandir for 5 days. There is also a bhajan sthali of Narahari located here. To be continued…

Radha Govinda at Sri Khanda

Radha Govinda at Sri Khanda

Radha Madanmohan at Sri Khanda

Radha Madanmohan at Sri Khanda

Narahari's bhajan sthali at Radha Madanmohan Mandir

Narahari's bhajan sthali at Radha Madanmohan Mandir

A look inside the bhajan kutir

A look inside the bhajan kutir

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Madhupan Lila ~ a lila painting at Narahari Gaura Kunja

3 07 2009

Jaya Gora!

Narahari Sarakar was Madhumati sakhi in Braja lila, and one of her services was to supply madhu (spiritous liquor) to Radhey Shyam and their associates during madhupAn lIlA.

Madhupan Lila

Madhupan Lila

When Nityananda, Mahaprabhu and some of their companions had gone to the house of Narahari their visit there was greatly celebrated. At that time Nityananda desired to perform a special lila. Recognizing Narahari as Madhumati sakhi of Braja lila, he called out, “Madhumati! I have come from a long distance hearing your ‘Madhumati’ name to quench my thirst for madhu. Will you not give us madhu to drink?”

Narahari poured some water from the kunda into a jug and gave it to Nityananda. The water mystically became madhu. Nitai and all his friends drank it freely and asked for more. Everytime Narahari brought water it turned into madhu. They all drank and got intoxicated. Under the influence of this madhu they laughed, cried, sang, danced, and rolled around on the ground.

In Sri Khanda the pond where the water came from is still there. It is known as Madhu Pushkarini.

Monument at Madhu Pushkarini describing the lila that took place there

Monument at Madhu Pushkarini describing the lila that took place there

Madhu Pushkarini as it appears today

Madhu Pushkarini as it appears today