Never Had They Seen Such Beauty, Such Grace

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Sri Gopinatha

The Story of Madhavendra Puri

Chaitanya Caritamrita, Madhya Lila Chapter 4, the story of Madhavendra Puri’s devotional service.


 Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s first visit to Remuna after Sanyasa.


Krishnadas Kaviraj Gosvami describes here that Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, after He had taken sanyas, He went to the home of Advaita Acharya – Shantipur. And there it was decided that rather than going to Vrindavan, He would go to Nilachal or Jaggannath Puri. So He took four of His associates and they began to travel. 


On the way – immersed in ecstatic love Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was performing wonderful Kirtans and they were stopping at many holy places. And they came to a very important holy place, which is in Orissa; it is near the village of Balasur and it is called Remuna. It was at Remuna that the very famous and celebrated deity of Gopinath was residing within a temple. So they visited; and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu saw the beautiful form of Sri Gopinathji and He offered His prostrated obeisance’s at the lotus feet. And just when He offered His obeisance’s, a helmet of flowers fell from Gopinath’s head and fell upon the head of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. And this incident transformed Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s heart into such a grateful state of love that He began beautiful kirtan, dancing in transcendental ecstasy. And all the pujaris and all the village people gathered around; never had they seen such beauty, such grace and such transformations of divine love. 


They spent the night there. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was very anxious to receive the famous form of Mahaprasad that is served there. Everyday, they offer Gopinath twelve earthen pots of sweet rice. So Chaitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to taste that. 

So while they were waiting, he narrated to His devotees a story that He had heard from His spiritual master Isvara Puri about Sri Madhavendra Puri’s devotional service.


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