Madhya-līlāChapter 18: Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu's Visit to Śrī Vṛndāvana

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 18.67

'śrīvana' dekhi' punaḥ gelā 'loha-vana'

'mahāvana' giyā kailā janma-sthāna-daraśana

SYNONYMS

śrī-vana — Śrīvana; dekhi' — seeing; punaḥ — again; gelā — went; loha-vanato Lohavana; mahā-vanato Mahāvana; giyā — going; kailā — performed; janma-sthāna — birth site; daraśana — seeing.

TRANSLATION

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then visited Śrīvana and Lohavana. He then went to Mahāvana and saw Gokula, the place of Lord Kṛṣṇa's early childhood pastimes.

PURPORT

Of Śrīvana (also called Bilvavana), the Bhakti-ratnākara states, devatā-pūjita bilvavana śobhāmaya: "The beautiful forest of Bilvavana is worshiped by all the demigods."

About Lohavana, the Bhakti-ratnākara (Fifth Wave) states:

lohavane kṛṣṇera adbhuta go-cāraṇa

ethā loha-jańghāsure vadhe bhagavān

"At Lohavana, Lord Kṛṣṇa used to tend cows. The demon named Lohajańgha was killed at this place."

Mahāvana is described as follows in the Bhakti-ratnākara (Fifth Wave):

dekha nanda-yaśodā-ālaya mahāvane

ei dekha śrī-kṛṣṇa-candrera janma sthala

śrī-gokula, mahāvanadui 'eka' haya

"Behold the house of Nanda and Yaśodā in Mahāvana. See the birthplace of Lord Kṛṣṇa. Mahāvana and the birthplace of Lord Kṛṣṇa, Gokula, are one and the same."

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