Madhya-līlāChapter 5: The Activities of Sākṣi-gopāla

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 5.141

kamalapure āsi bhārgīnadī-snāna kaila

nityānanda-hāte prabhu daṇḍa dharila


kamala-pureto the place known as Kamalapura; āsi — coming; bhārgī-nadīin the small river of the name Bhārgīnadī; snāna kaila — took a bath; nityānanda-hātein the hands of Lord Nityānanda Prabhu; prabhu — Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; daṇḍa — the sannyāsa staff; dharila — left.


When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu arrived at Kamalapura, He took His bath in the Bhārgīnadī River and left His sannyāsa staff in the hands of Lord Nityānanda.


In the Caitanya-bhāgavata (Antya-khaṇḍa, Chapter Two) it is said that when Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu arrived at Śrī Bhuvaneśvara, He visited the temple of Lord Śiva known as Gupta-kāśī (the concealed Vārāṇasī). Lord Śiva established this as a place of pilgrimage by bringing water from all holy places and creating the lake known as Bindu-sarovara. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu took His bath in this lake, feeling a great regard for Lord Śiva. From the spiritual point of view, people still go to take a bath in this lake. Actually, by taking a bath there, one becomes very healthy even from the material viewpoint. Taking a bath and drinking the water of this lake can cure any disease of the stomach. Regular bathing certainly cures indigestion. The river Bhārgī, or Bhārgīnadī, came to be known as the Daṇḍa-bhāńgā-nadī after Lord Caitanya bathed in its waters. It is situated six miles north of Jagannātha Purī. The reason for the change in names is given as follows.

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