Madhavendra Puri is a very special devotee. He was the spiritual master
of Isvara Puri, the spiritual master of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He was
always deeply absorbed in thoughts of Krsna and had a very intimate
relationship with Him. The Lord would appear before him and give him
assistance and instructions as the following stories will illustrate.
Sri Madhavendra Puri's Devotional Service
This is the introduction from the fourth chapter of the Madhya Lila of
the Caitanya-caritamrta written by Krsna dasa Kaviraja and translated by
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Prabhupada.
In his Amrta-pravaha-bhasya, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura gives the
following summary of the Fourth Chapter. Passing along the path of
Chatrabhoga and coming to Vrddhamantresvara, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
reached the border of Orissa. On His way He enjoyed transcendental bliss
by chanting and begging alms in different villages. In this way He
reached the celebrated village of Remuna, where there is a Deity of
Gopinatha. There He narrated the story of Madhavendra Puri, as He had
heard it from His spiritual master, Isvara Puri. The narration is as
night while in Govardhana, Madhavendra Puri dreamed that the Gopala
Deity was within the forest. The next morning he invited his
neighbourhood friends to accompany him to excavate the Deity from the
jungle. He then established the Deity of Sri Gopalaji on top of
Govardhana Hill with great pomp. Gopala was worshiped, and the Annakuta
festival was observed. This festival was known everywhere, and many
people from the neighbouring villages came to join. One night the Gopala
Deity again appeared to Madhavendra Puri in a dream and asked him to go
to Jagannatha Puri to collect some sandalwood pulp and smear it on the
body of the Deity. Having received this order, Madhavendra Puri
immediately started for Orissa. Travelling through Bengal, he reached
Remuna village and there received a pot of condensed milk (ksira)
offered to the Deity of Gopinathaji. This pot of condensed milk was
stolen by Gopinatha and delivered to Madhavendra Puri. Since then, the
Gopinatha Deity has been known as Ksira-cora-gopinatha, the Deity who
stole the pot of condensed milk. After reaching Jagannatha Puri,
Madhavendra Puri received permission from the King to take out one maund
of sandalwood and twenty tolas of camphor. Aided by two men, he brought
these things to Remuna. Again he saw in a dream that Gopala at
Govardhana Hill desired that very sandalwood to be turned into pulp
mixed with camphor and smeared over the body of Gopinathaji.
Understanding that that would satisfy the Gopala Deity at Govardhana,
Madhavendra Puri executed the order and returned to Jagannatha Puri.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu narrated this story for Lord Nityananda Prabhu
and other devotees and praised the pure devotional service of
Madhavendra Puri. When He recited some verses composed by Madhavendra
Puri, He went into an ecstatic mood. But when He saw that many people
were assembled, He checked Himself and ate some sweet rice prasadam.
Thus He passed that night, and the next morning He again started for
Sri Madhavendra Puri
Here is an excerpt from a lecture given by Srila Prabhupada in November 1971 in New Delhi.
Madhavendra Puri was a great devotee in this Gaudiya-sampradaya, and in
this Govardhana, there was Gopala covered by dirty and jungles and
trees. So the Gopala. When Madhavendra Puri was in Vrndavana, the Gopala
in dream expressed Himself, "Madhavendra Puri, I am very much
suffocated. I am covered by this dirt and jungles. Please re-excavate Me
from this condition and install Me in the temple." So Madhavendra Puri,
with the help of villagers, he excavated the earth and found this
Gopala murti. And this Gopala murti was installed by the help of the
villagers very luxuriantly.
For so many days there was festival. That is the way of installing
Deity. At least for seven days there must be festival. So after some
days, Madhavendra Puri was informed in dream that "Since I was long
within the earth, My body is very much heated. So you kindly bring some
sandalwood from Jagannatha Puri and smear all over the body the pulp of
sandalwood, then I shall be happy."
So Madhavendra Puri was very old man at that time, and it is order of
Gopalaji, so he started for Jagannatha Puri. On the way there is a
Gopinatha temple in Orissa, on the border of Orissa and Bengal. So he
stayed there overnight and he saw that the Gopala., Gopinathaji was
offered ksira, seven pots of ksira. So Madhavendra Puri thought within
himself, "If I could taste a little ksira, then I would also make such
ksira to offer my Gopala in Vrndavana."
again he thought that "Oh, I am so stupid that before offering to the
Deity I am thinking of eating it." He thought himself to be very much
culprit, and he immediately left the temple, "No, I shall not. I am
committing offence." It is an offence. Therefore, when you bring bhoga
for the Deity, it should be covered so that we greedy men may not see it
and try to taste it. Kanistha-adhikaris, they sometimes do that.
Sometimes they take away something before offering to the Deity. These
are great offences.
So Madhavendra Puri thought it that he was a great offender; he should
not live in this temple, he should go outside. So he went outside, and
underneath a tree he was chanting Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, just to pass
over the night, then proceed toward Jagannatha Puri. So at night the
Deity, Gopinatha, was asking the pujari, the priest, that "I have kept
one pot of ksira behind My back garment. So you take this pot of ksira,
condensed milk, to Madhavendra Puri-he is sitting underneath a tree-and
offer him." So the pujari woke up, and actually when he opened the door
of the Deity room, he found that pot of ksira.
So he could understand that "This Madhavendra Puri is not an ordinary
devotee, he is a great devotee; otherwise how the Lord has stolen this
pot for him?" Since then, that Gopinatha is famous as Ksira-cora
Gopinatha. Ksira-cora Gopinatha, the Gopinatha who stole the ksira for
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