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Postby Manonatha Dasa » Friday 24 February 2017, 8:38

Sri Govinda Ghosh,

an intimate associate of Lord Caitanya, was known for his sweet kirtanas at the annual Jagannatha Puri Ratha- yatra festival. Lord Caitanya would at once begin to dance whenever Govinda Ghosh would sing. Govinda Ghosh and his brothers Vasudeva and Madhava are eternal associates of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda Prabhu. (See Sri Caitanya- caritamrta, Adi-lila 10.115, 11.14-15, and 11.88.)











Govinda Ghosha Thakura’s Disappearance Festival



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Govinda Ghosh Thakura’s Disappearance Festival At Agradvipa







BY NAYANA-RANJANA DAS



INDIA, Apr 3 (VNN) — Srila Govinda Ghosh Thakura is known for his most sweet kirtans at the annual Ratha-Yatra festival celebrated by Lord Caitanya at Jagannatha Puri.



He was born in a Kayastha family in the north Radhi clan. His Sripata was at Agradvipa. Also known as Ghosa Thakura, Govinda was the brother of the well-known Vaisnava poet Vasudeva Ghosh. Govinda belonged to the lineage of Lord Caitanya and was instrumental in installing the deity Sri Gopinatha at Agradvipa.

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“It is said that when the three brothers performed sankirtana, immediately Lord Caitanya and Nityananda would dance in ecstasy.”





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(CC. Adi 10.115, 118).



govinda, madhava, vasudeva–tina bhai

yan-sabara kirtane nace caitanya-nitai (115)



The three brothers Govinda, Madhava and Vasudeva were the eighty-second, eighty-third and eighty-fourth branches of the tree. Lord Caitanya and Nityananda used to dance in their kirtana performances.



PURPORT



The three brothers Govinda, Madhava and Vasudeva Ghosa all belonged to a kayastha family. Govinda established the Gopinatha temple in Agradvipa, where he resided. Madhava Ghosa was expert in performing kirtana. No one within this world could compete with him. He was known as the singer of Vrndavana and was very dear to Sri Nityananda Prabhu. It is said that when the three brothers performed sankirtana, immediately Lord Caitanya and Nityananda would dance in ecstasy. According to the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (188), the three brothers were formerly Kalavati, Rasollasa and Gunatunga, who recited the songs composed by Sri Visakha-gopi. The three brothers were among one of the seven parties that performed kirtana when Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu attended the Ratha-yatra festival at Jagannatha Puri. Vakresvara Pandita was the chief dancer in their party.



ramadasa, madhava, ara vasudeva ghosa

prabhu-sange rahe govinda paiya santosa (118)



TRANSLATION

These three were Ramadasa, Madhava Ghosa and Vasudeva Ghosa. Govinda Ghosa, however, remained with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Jagannatha Puri and thus felt great satisfaction.



Among the three brothers, each had his Sripata as follows: Vasudeva at Tamluk, Madhava Ghosh at Dainhat, and Govinda at Agradvipa. According to Visvakosa, Ghosatha kura (Govinda) lived at Kasipur Visnutala near Agradvipa Some believe that he was born at Vasinavatala where to this day a number of Kayastha families holding the surname Ghosh, continue to live.



Govinda accompanied Lord Caitanya and His devotees when they left Nilacala for Vrndavana. “One day after finishing His lunch, Lord Caitanya looked for some mouth-freshener (a fruit called Haritaki). Govinda rushed to the village, collected some fruits,and offered one to the Lord. Upon receiving the fruit so promptly, Lord Caitanya glanced inquisitively after Govinda.



Understanding that Govinda had stored Haritaki, Lord Caitanya admonished him saying, “Govinda, since you have not been able to give up the habit of saving things, perhaps you had better stay back and take charge of installing the deity Gopinatha.” Following the command of the Lord, Govinda continued to stay at Agradvipa. However, despite the Lord’s reassuring words, he felt miserable to have been left behind by Lord Caitanya.



A few days later, when Ghosa Thakura was taking a dip in the Ganges, some floating object touched his back. It appeared to be some sort of wood, although considerably heavy. That night he received divine directions in a dream to preserve that piece of wood with care and to hand it over to Lord Caitanya when he arrived there. During the night when Govinda went to fetch the wood, he realized that it was a Krsnasila. The next morning Lord Caitanya turned up in Govinda’s house and said, “Look here Govinda! You have nothing to worry about anymore. Tomorrow one sculptor will come here to chisel a deity from this sila and you should install that deity. The deity of Sri Gopinatha was thus installed.



Later, at the command of the Lord, Govinda married and continued to serve the deity jointly with his wife. Govinda was blessed with a son, however, both his wife and son passed away one after another. Govinda was so deeply grieved by the loss of his family that he stopped serving Gopinatha. Lord Krsna appeared to Govinda in a dream and asked him, “Govinda! Do you think it proper that when a person loses one son he should starve his other son to death also?”



To this Govinda replied, “It was my hope that had my son survived he would have performed the necessary rituals in remembrance of my deceased soul and those of my forefathers. Tell me, what do I gain by serving you?”



Lord Krsna explained, “I hereby promise to celebrate your death anniversary in a fitting manner forever. Now please can I have some food to eat?” Govinda was delighted to hear this and immediately returning to serving Gopinatha.



In course of time, when Govinda disappeared, Gopinathaji held kusagrass in His fingers to perform the sradh ceremony, a practice continued even today. Govinda left word during the last moments of his life that his body should not be cremated, but should be buried under the ground near Dolaprangana.



Srila Govinda Ghosh Thakura Ki Jay!

Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha Ki Jay!

Sri Agradvipa Festival Ki Jay!











Govinda Ghosh





Shri Govinda Ghosh was known for his sweet kirtans at the annual Jagannatha Ratha-Yatra festival. He and his two brothers, Vasudeva and Madhava, are eternal associates of Shri Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda. The Lord would immeditately begin dancing whenever the Ghosh brothers would sing. The Ghosh brothers preached throughout their lives with music and song. Since he had no children, Govinda wondered who would per­form his funeral rites. Shri Gopinatha, Govinda Ghosh’s Deity, appeared in a dream promising that He Himself would do every­thing. Still today, the Gopinatha Deity arranges for the tirobhava mahotsava (disappearance day festival) of His pure devotee, Govinda Ghosh. As Kalavati-sakhi, Govinda Ghosh sings sweetly for Radha-Govindaji in Goloka Vrndavana. His samadhi is in the 64 Samadhis Area.









Govinda Ghosha



Krsna lila – Kalavati



Govinda Ghosh, an intimate associate of Lord Caitanya, was known for his sweet kirtanas at the annual Jagannatha Puri Ratha-yatra festival. Lord Caitanya would at once begin to dance whenever Govinda Ghosh would sing. Govinda Ghosh and his brothers Vasudeva and Madhava are eternal associates of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda Prabhu. (See Sri Caitanya- caritamrta, Adi-lila 10.115, 11.14-15, and 11.88.)









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SRI VASUDEVA GHOSA, SRI MADHAVA GHOSA and SRI GOVINDA GHOSA



govinda, madhava, vasudeva–tina bhai

yan-sabara kirtane nace caitanya-nitai



The three brothers Govinda, Madhava and Vasudeva were the

eighty-second, eighty-third and eighty-fourth branches of the tree. Lord

Caitanya and Nityananda used to dance in their kirtana performances.



The three brothers, Sri Vasudeva Ghosa, Sri Madhava Ghosa and Sri

Govinda Ghosa were very expert singers. Sri Nityananda Prabhu Himself would

dance as they sang. [C.B. Antya 5.259]



According to some, their maternal uncle’s house was in the village

of Buron (or Burangi) in Sylhet (Srihatta). Their father later took up

residence at Kumarahatta. After residing there for some time, the three

brothers came to live at Navadvipa.



They were born in the family of uttara-radhiya Kayasthas, and were

very intimate associates of Sri Sri Nitai-Gauranga. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta

Sarasvati Thakur states that they are immediate expansions of Srimati

Radhika’s body.



All three of them composed very sweet songs describing the lilas of

Sri Gaurasundara and Sri Krsna. They have particularly described the

childhood pastimes of Gaura Hari, His sankirtana pastimes and acceptance of

sannyasa, as well as descriptions of the beauty of Sri Nityananda prabhu.



According to Gaur-ganoddesa-dipika, Sri Govinda, Sri Madhava and Sri

Vasudeva were in Vraja-lila as Kalavati, Rasollasa and Guntinga (Guntungi)

Sakhis, who recited songs composed by Sri-Visakha-gopi. (Cc Adi 10.115)



Vasudeva and Madhava were sent with Nityananda to preach in Bengal.

Govinda stayed for some time with Mahaprabhu at Nilacala.



Every year they would come to Puri to see Mahaprabhu and perform

kirtana during Ratha-yatra. Later in life they took up residences at

different places. Sri Govinda lived in Agradvip, Sri Madhava in Dainhat and

Sri Vasudeva in Tamluk.



Sri Govinda Ghosa and the pinda-dan lila:



When Mahaprabhu set out for Sri Vrindavana from Nilacal with His

devotees, Govinda Ghosa was also present. There is an incident described by

one Acyutacarana Caudhuri. One day, Mahaprabhu, after accepting his noon

meal, extended his hand, thus requesting some hari-taki (dried fruit which

aids in digestion). Govinda immediately ran out to bring some from some

householders in the village near where they were staying.



The next day when Mahaprabhu similarly extended His hand after

lunch, Govinda again placed in it some hari-taki. Mahaprabhu looked at him

and inquired as to how he was able to provide it so quickly whereas

yesterday it had required some time to bring. Govinda replied that he had

kept some for Mahaprabhu from yesterday. Mahaprabhu said that since he was

saving things he should remain in that village and, becoming a householder,

he should worship Sri Gopinathaji there. As per the order of Mahaprabhu,

Govinda began to worship Gopinathji, and after marrying he had a son who

would also assist him in the worship of the Deity.



But his wife and then later his son passed on to the next world.

Govinda became very sad. In a fit of anger he lay down on his bed. He didn’t

cook anything that day, neither he ate anything, neither did he offer

anything to Gopinathaji. In the night, Gopinatha came and began to massage

Govinda’s legs. Then He asked him, “I don’t understand your intelligence.

One of your sons dies, and you decide, “Whats the point in feeding the other

one let him die also.”



Govinda replied, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I had only

one son.”



“Am I not also your son? You are feeding Me and taking care of Me as

your son. Now when I am dependent on you, you decide to neglect Me

altogether.”



“Well, anyway, now there’s no one to perform my sraddha and the

offering of pinda to my forefathers. Will You do that?”



“Yes, I can do it. Why not? So now will you give Me something to eat?”



Having heard Gopinatha’s reply, Govinda was very happy and got up to

prepare an offering. To this day, the Deity dresses in a plain white cloth

and with a kusa grass ring on His finger, He offers pinda on the

disappearance day of Govinda Ghosa Thakura. Gopinathaji’s temple is a

rickshaw ride away from Agradwip railway station on the Navadwip-Katwa line.



In Tamluk, at the Sripat of Vasudeva Ghosa Thakura, is a very

beautiful Deity of Mahaprabhu, standing with His hands in an interesting

mudra (pose), quite unlike any other Deity of Mahaprabhu anywhere else.



In this connection, there is a story. When Vasudeva Ghosa received

the news of Mahaprabhu’s departure from this world, he promptly proceeded to

dig his own samadhi, and then sat down inside it, to wait for his final

breath. Mahaprabhu then appeared there, and with one hand He offered His

benediction, and with the other indicated that Vasudeva should get up out of

the hole. Tamluk can be reached from Mecheda station, on the

Calcutta-Kharagpur line, by bus. One should request to get down at

Jailkhamamor.













MADHAVA GHOSH:



He belonged to Caitanya sakha (CC. 1.10.115), although later he was counted under Nityananda sakha also. He was the brother of the famous poet Vasudeva Ghosh (CC.1.11.18). Both Madhava and Vasudeva accompanied Nityananda Prabhu on His preaching tour

of Gauda (CC. 1.10.117-118). Madhava composed twelve padas. In his past incarnation he was Rasollasa.





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SRI VASUDEVA GHOSA, SRI MADHAVA GHOSA and SRI GOVINDA GHOSA (Ghosha)



govinda, madhava, vasudeva–tina bhai

yan-sabara kirtane nace caitanya-nitai



The three brothers Govinda, Madhava and Vasudeva were the eighty-second,

eighty-third and eighty-fourth branches of the tree. Lord Caitanya and

Nityananda used to dance in their kirtana performances.



The three brothers, Sri Vasudeva Ghosa, Sri Madhava Ghosa and Sri Govinda

Ghosa were very expert singers. Sri Nityananda Prabhu Himself would dance as

they sang. [C.B. Antya 5.259]



According to some, their maternal uncle’s house was in the village of Buron

(or Burangi) in Sylhet (Srihatta). Their father later took up residence at

Kumarahatta. After residing there for some time, the three brothers came to

live at Navadvipa.



They were born in the family of uttara-radhiya Kayasthas, and were very

intimate associates of Sri Sri Nitai-Gauranga. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

Thakur states that they are immediate expansions of Srimati Radhika’s body.



All three of them composed very sweet songs describing the lilas of Sri

Gaurasundara and Sri Krsna. They have particularly described the childhood

pastimes of Gaura Hari, His sankirtana pastimes and acceptance of sannyasa, as

well as descriptions of the beauty of Sri Nityananda prabhu.



According to Gaur-ganoddesa-dipika, Sri Govinda, Sri Madhava and Sri Vasudeva

were in Vraja-lila as Kalavati, Rasollasa and Guntinga (Guntungi) Sakhis, who

recited songs composed by Sri-Visakha-gopi. (Cc Adi 10.115)



Vasudeva and Madhava were sent with Nityananda to preach in Bengal. Govinda

stayed for some time with Mahaprabhu at Nilacala.



Every year they would come to Puri to see Mahaprabhu and perform kirtana during

Ratha-yatra. Later in life they took up residences at different places. Sri

Govinda lived in Agradvip, Sri Madhava in Dainhat and Sri Vasudeva in Tamluk.



Sri Govinda Ghosa and the pinda-dan lila:



When Mahaprabhu set out for Sri Vrindavana from Nilacal with His devotees,

Govinda Ghosa was also present. There is an incident described by one

Acyutacarana Caudhuri. One day, Mahaprabhu, after accepting his noon meal,

extended his hand, thus requesting some hari-taki (dried fruit which aids in

digestion). Govinda immediately ran out to bring some from some householders in

the village near where they were staying.



The next day when Mahaprabhu similarly extended His hand after lunch, Govinda

again placed in it some hari-taki. Mahaprabhu looked at him and inquired as to

how he was able to provide it so quickly whereas yesterday it had required

some time to bring. Govinda replied that he had kept some for Mahaprabhu from

yesterday. Mahaprabhu said that since he was saving things he should remain in

that village and, becoming a householder, he should worship Sri Gopinathaji

there. As per the order of Mahaprabhu, Govinda began to worship Gopinathji,

and after marrying he had a son who would also assist him in the worship of

the Deity. But his wife and then later his son passed on to the next world.

Govinda became very sad. In a fit of anger he lay down on his bed. He didn’t

cook anything that day, neither he ate anything, neither did he offer anything

to Gopinathaji. In the night, Gopinatha came and began to massage Govinda’s

legs. Then He asked him, “I don’t understand your intelligence. One of your

sons dies, and you decide, “Whats the point in feeding the other one let him

die also.”



Govinda replied, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I had only one son.”



“Am I not also your son? You are feeding Me and taking care of Me as your son.

Now when I am dependent on you, you decide to neglect Me altogether.”



“Well, anyway, now there’s no one to perform my sraddha and the offering of

pinda to my forefathers. Will You do that?”



“Yes, I can do it. Why not? So now will you give Me something to eat?”



Having heard Gopinatha’s reply, Govinda was very happy and got up to prepare

an offering. To this day, the Deity dresses in a plain white cloth and with a

kusa grass ring on His finger, He offers pinda on the disappearance day of

Govinda Ghosa Thakura. Gopinathaji’s temple is a rickshaw ride away from

Agradwip railway station on the Navadwip-Katwa line.



In Tamluk, at the Sripat of Vasudeva Ghosa Thakura, is a very beautiful Deity

of Mahaprabhu, standing with His hands in an interesting mudra (pose), quite

unlike any other Deity of Mahaprabhu anywhere else.



In this connection, there is a story. When Vasudeva Ghosa received the news of

Mahaprabhu’s departure from this world, he promptly proceeded to dig his own

samadhi, and then sat down inside it, to wait for his final breath. Mahaprabhu

then appeared there, and with one hand He offered His benediction, and with

the other indicated that Vasudeva should get up out of the hole. Tamluk can be

reached from Mecheda station, on the Calcutta-Kharagpur line, by bus. One

should request to get down at Jailkhamamor.



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he Great Devotee whose Disappearance Day is observed by Lord Govinda Himself.



Srila Govinda Ghosh Thakura is known for his most sweet kirtans at the annual Ratha-Yatra festival celebrated by Lord Caitanya at Jagannatha Puri.



He was born in a Kayastha family in the north Radhi clan. His Sripata was at Agradvipa. Also known as Ghosa Thakura, Govinda was the brother of the well-known Vaisnava poet Vasudeva Ghosh. Govinda belonged to the lineage of Lord Caitanya and was instrumental in installing the deity Sri Gopinatha at Agradvipa.



(CC. Adi 10.115, 118).



govinda, madhava, vasudeva–tina bhai

yan-sabara kirtane nace caitanya-nitai (115)



The three brothers Govinda, Madhava and Vasudeva were the eighty-second, eighty-third and eighty-fourth branches of the tree. Lord Caitanya and Nityananda used to dance in their kirtana performances.



PURPORT



The three brothers Govinda, Madhava and Vasudeva Ghosa all belonged to a kayastha family. Govinda established the Gopinatha temple in Agradvipa, where he resided. Madhava Ghosa was expert in performing kirtana. No one within this world could compete with him. He was known as the singer of Vrndavana and was very dear to Sri Nityananda Prabhu. It is said that when the three brothers performed sankirtana, immediately Lord Caitanya and Nityananda would dance in ecstasy. According to the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (188), the three brothers were formerly Kalavati, Rasollasa and Gunatunga, who recited the songs composed by Sri Visakha-gopi. The three brothers were among one of the seven parties that performed kirtana when Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu attended the Ratha-yatra festival at Jagannatha Puri. Vakresvara Pandita was the chief dancer in their party.



ramadasa, madhava, ara vasudeva ghosa

prabhu-sange rahe govinda paiya santosa (118)



TRANSLATION These three were Ramadasa, Madhava Ghosa and Vasudeva Ghosa. Govinda Ghosa, however, remained with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Jagannatha Puri and thus felt great satisfaction.



Among the three brothers, each had his Sripata as follows: Vasudeva at Tamluk, Madhava Ghosh at Dainhat, and Govinda at Agradvipa. According to Visvakosa, Ghosatha kura (Govinda) lived at Kasipur Visnutala near Agradvipa Some believe that he was born at Vasinavatala where to this day a number of Kayastha families holding the surname Ghosh, continue to live.



Govinda accompanied Lord Caitanya and His devotees when they left Nilacala for Vrndavana. “One day after finishing His lunch, Lord Caitanya looked for some mouth-freshener (a fruit called Haritaki). Govinda rushed to the village, collected some fruits,and offered one to the Lord. Upon receiving the fruit so promptly, Lord Caitanya glanced inquisitively after Govinda.



Understanding that Govinda had stored Haritaki, Lord Caitanya admonished him saying, “Govinda, since you have not been able to give up the habit of saving things, perhaps you had better stay back and take charge of installing the deity Gopinatha.” Following the command of the Lord, Govinda continued to stay at Agradvipa. However, despite the Lord’s reassuring words, he felt miserable to have been left behind by Lord Caitanya.



A few days later, when Ghosa Thakura was taking a dip in the Ganges, some floating object touched his back. It appeared to be some sort of wood, although considerably heavy. That night he received divine directions in a dream to preserve that piece of wood with care and to hand it over to Lord Caitanya when he arrived there. During the night when Govinda went to fetch the wood, he realized that it was a Krsnasila. The next morning Lord Caitanya turned up in Govinda’s house and said, “Look here Govinda! You have nothing to worry about anymore. Tomorrow one sculptor will come here to chisel a deity from this sila and you should install that deity. The deity of Sri Gopinatha was thus installed.



Later, at the command of the Lord, Govinda married and continued to serve the deity jointly with his wife. Govinda was blessed with a son, however, both his wife and son passed away one after another. Govinda was so deeply grieved by the loss of his family that he stopped serving Gopinatha. Lord Krsna appeared to Govinda in a dream and asked him, “Govinda! Do you think it proper that when a person loses one son he should starve his other son to death also?”



To this Govinda replied, “It was my hope that had my son survived he would have performed the necessary rituals in remembrance of my deceased soul and those of my forefathers. Tell me, what do I gain by serving you?”



Lord Krsna explained, “I hereby promise to celebrate your death anniversary in a fitting manner forever. Now please can I have some food to eat?” Govinda was delighted to hear this and immediately returning to serving Gopinatha.



In course of time, when Govinda disappeared, Gopinathaji held kusagrass in His fingers to perform the sraddha ceremony, a practice continued even today. Govinda left word during the last moments of his life that his body should not be cremated, but should be buried under the ground near Dolaprangana.



Srila Govinda Ghosh Thakura Ki Jay!

Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha Ki Jay!

Sri Agradvipa Festival Ki Jay!



BY TRIDANDI SWAMI BHAKTIRATNA SADHU MAHARAJ –





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GOVINDA GHOSH:



He was born of the Kayastha caste in the north Radhi clan. His Sripata was at Agradvipa. Also known as Ghosathakura, Govinda was the brother of the well-known Vaisnava poet Vasudeva Ghosh. Govinda belonged to the lineage of Lord Caitanya and was inst

rumental in installing the deity Sri Gopinatha (CC. 1.10.115, 118). The above information is also found in the book Vaisnavacara darpana.



The name Govindananda mentioned in CBh. 3.8.16 possibly refers to this Govinda Ghosh. Among the three brothers, each had his Sripata as follows: Vasudeva at Tamluk, Madhava Ghosh at Dainhat, and Govinda at Agradvipa. According to Visvakosa, Ghosatha

kura (Govinda) lived at Kasipur Visnutala near Agradvipa. Some believe that he was born at Vasinavatala where to this day a number of Kayastha families holding the surname Ghosh, continue to live.



Govinda accompanied Lord Caitanya and His devotees when they left Nilacala for Vrndavana. In this context Acyutacarana Caudhuri writes in Srihattera Itivrtta: “One day after finishing His lunch, Lord Caitanya looked for some mouth-freshener (a fruit

called Haritaki). Govinda rushed to the village, collected some fruits,and offered one to the Lord. Upon receiving the fruit so promptly, Lord Caitanya glanced inquisitively after Govinda. Understanding that Govinda had stored Haritaki, Lord Caitany

a admonished him saying, “Govinda, since you have not been able to give up the habit of saving things, perhaps you had better stay back and take charge of installing the deity Gopinatha.” Following the command of the Lord, Govinda continued to stay a

t Agradvipa. However, despite the Lord’s reassuring words, he felt miserable to have been left behind by Lord Caitanya.



A few days later, when Ghosathakura was taking a dip in the Ganges, some floating object touched his back. It appeared to be some sort of wood, although considerably heavy. That night he received divine directions in a dream to preserve that piece of

wood with care and to hand it over to Lord Caitanya when he arrived there. During the night when Govinda went to fetch the wood, he realized that it was a Krsnasila. The next morning Lord Caitanya turned up in Govinda’s house and said, “Look here Go

vinda! You have nothing to worry about anymore. Tomorrow one sculptor will come here to chisel a deity from this sila and you should install that deity. The deity of Sri Gopinatha was thus installed.



Later, at the command of the Lord, Govinda married and continued to serve the deity jointly with his wife. Govinda was blessed with a son, however, both his wife and son passed away one after another. Govinda was so deeply grieved by the loss of his

family that he stopped serving Gopinatha. Lord Krsna appeared to Govinda in a dream and asked him, “Govinda! Do you think it proper that when a person loses one son he should starve his other son to death also?”



To this Govinda replied, “It was my hope that had my son survived he would have performed the necessary rituals in remembrance of my deceased soul and those of my forefathers. Tell me, what do I gain by serving you?”



Lord Krsna explained, “I hereby promise to celebrate your death anniversary in a fitting manner forever. Now please can I have some food to eat?” Govinda was delighted to hear this and immediately returning to serving Gopinatha.



In course of time, when Govinda breathed his last, Gopinathaji held kusagrass in His fingers to perform the sradh ceremony, a practice continued even today. Govinda left word during the last moments of his life that his body should not be cremated, b

ut should be buried under the ground near Dolaprangana.

206.GOVINDA GOSVAMI:


He was a disciple of Kasisvara Gosvami. He lived at Vrndavana serving the deity of Sri Sri Govindadeva. He accompanied Rupa Gosvami when he went to the temple of Viththalanatha for darsana of Gopalaji. When Virabhadra Gosvami arrived in Vrndavana, Go

vinda went with other bhakta residents of Vrndavana to welcome him. (Bhaktiratnakara 6.513, 13.324-25)
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