Ādi-līlāChapter 16: The Pastimes of the Lord in His Childhood and Youth

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 16.41

mahattvaḿ gańgāyāḥ satatam idam ābhāti nitarāḿ

yad eṣā śrī-viṣṇoś caraṇa-kamalotpatti-subhagā

dvitīya-śrī-lakṣmīr iva sura-narair arcya-caraṇā

bhavānī-bhartur śirasi vibhavaty adbhuta-guṇā

SYNONYMS

mahattvam — greatness; gańgāyāḥ — of mother Ganges; satatam — always; idam — this; ābhāti — shines; nitarām — without comparison; yat — because; eṣā — she; śrī-viṣṇoḥ — of Lord Viṣṇu; caraṇa — feet; kamala — lotus flower; utpatti — generation; subhagā — fortunate; dvitīya — second; śrī — beautiful; lakṣmīḥ — goddess of fortune; iva — like; sura-naraiḥ — by demigods and human beings; arcya — worshipable; caraṇā — feet; bhavānī — of goddess Durgā; bhartuḥ — of the husband; — she; śirasi — on the head; vibhavati — flourishes; adbhuta — wonderful; guṇā — qualities.

TRANSLATION

"'The greatness of mother Ganges always brilliantly exists. She is the most fortunate because she emanated from the lotus feet of Śrī Viṣṇu, the Personality of Godhead. She is a second goddess of fortune, and therefore she is always worshiped both by demigods and by humanity. Endowed with all wonderful qualities, she flourishes on the head of Lord Śiva.'"

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