Ādi-līlāChapter 10: The Trunk, Branches and Subbranches of the Caitanya Tree

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 10.137

mādhavī-devīśikhi-māhitira bhaginī

śrī-rādhāra dāsī-madhye yāńra nāma gaṇi

SYNONYMS

mādhavī-devī — Mādhavīdevī; śikhi-māhitira — of Śikhi Māhiti; bhaginī — sister; śrī-rādhāra — of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī; dāsī-madhye — amongst the maidservants; yāńra — whose; nāmaname; gaṇi — count.

TRANSLATION

Mādhavīdevī, the seventeenth of the prominent devotees, was the younger sister of Śikhi Māhiti. She is considered to have formerly been a maidservant of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī.

PURPORT

In the Antya-līlā of Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Chapter Two, verses 104-106, there is a description of Mādhavīdevī. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu considered her one of the maidservants of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. Within this world, Caitanya Mahāprabhu had three and a half very confidential devotees. The three were Svarūpa Gosāñi, Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya and Śikhi Māhiti, and Śikhi Māhiti's sister, Mādhavīdevī, being a woman, was considered the half. Thus it is known that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu had three and a half confidential devotees.

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