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Billoka or Bīraloka 

Place of Pastime of Śrī Abhirāma Gopāla, one of the twelve Gopālas

HISTORY

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PASTIME

This is the place of pastime of Śrī Abhirāma Gopāla, one of the twelve Gopālas. Abhirāma Gopāla Ṭhākura went to Billoka village from Khānākula and stayed at the bank of a river with Śrī Mālinī Devī. Receiving the news from the gardeners, the Kazi sent his soldiers to bind Abhirāma and bring him along with the lady. The soldiers of the Kazi began to chastise him. Hearing this news the villagers also assembled there and started expressing their anger on Abhirāma.

ŚĀSTRA PRAMĀṆA

Then Abhirāma exhibited one pastime which has been described in the fifth chapter of Śrī Abhirāma Līlāmṛta-

ekhāne billoka grāme mālinī laiyā
nadīra taṭete duṅhe āchena basiyā

muralīra kāṣṭha tabe dekhena sekhāne
se marma goṅsāñi jiu jānena sandhāne

sabāra muralī pūrve ekatra kariyā
srotete sakale mili dilā bhāsāiyā

yamunāra srota yāya dakṣiṇa bahiyā
taveta se kāṣṭha hetā āila bhāsiyā

Abhirāma Ṭhākura was sitting at the bank of the river with Mālīnī Devī in Billoka village. He saw the wooden flutes there and Goṅsāñi Jiu knew the underlying truth of these flutes. He united all the flutes and then drifted them down to the stream of the river. The Yamunā’s stream was flowing towards south and thus the bunch of the wooden flutes arrived here by floating.

Abhirāma Ṭhākura lifted the bunch of wooden sticks in one hand and started blowing as flute. He told the soldiers, “You all lift this bunch of wood and then fight with me.” They replied that one hundred persons also will not be able to lift this bunch. Then Mālinī Devī, by the order of Abhirāma, lifted this bunch in one finger. Seeing this, the Kazi’s soldiers and the villagers both were astonished. After that, Abhirāma exhibited another pastime which has been described in the fifth chapter of Śrī Abhirāma Līlāmṛta-

sabākāra manobhāva goṅsāñi jāniyā
mālinīra hāte kāṣṭha takhana laiyā

muralī bājāye kata karena garjana
bakulera vṛkṣa tale karilā āsana

muralī rākhiyā tale āsane basilā
henakāle kāzīgaṇa kahite lāgilā

Understanding the mind of all, Goṅsāñi took the wooden flute from the hand of Mālinī Devī and blew the flute. He was roaring by sitting under the Bakula tree. He kept the flute down and sat under the tree. Then the soldiers of the Kazi began to speak.

In this way, the Kazi’s soldiers saw the amazing pastime endowed with divinity and said, “This lady was staying so long in our house. It was difficult for us to understand your glories. Now please forgive our offenses and bestow your merciful blessings upon us.” Mālinī Devī then told them—

eteka śuniyā kanyā balena vacana
khānakula haila nāma kāzīpura ekhana

Hearing this, the lady said that the name Khānākula became Kāzīpura now.

Then the Kazī’s soldiers departed from there and Abhirāma began his journey hiding Mālinī Devī inside the wooden flute.

Once Abhirāma was taking bath in the river and the river took away his kaupīna (under garment made of small piece of loincloth). Abhirāma cursed the river for this as has been described in the fifth chapter of Śrī Abhirāma Līlāmṛta

andhavat hayā thāka tinaśata vatsara
pare eka cakṣu tumī pābe ‘ratnākara’

‘dvārakeśvara’ bali nāma keha vā kahibe
‘kānānadī’ nāme tomā sabāi ḍākibe

Be here for three hundred years as blind. Oh! River Ratnākara, you will get back one eyesight afterwards. Some will call you as ‘Dvārakeśvara’ but you will be known to all as ‘Kānānadī’ (One eyed river).

After cursing the Ratnākara River in this way he travelled for many years and again came back to Billoka village where he took out Mālinī Devī from his wooden flute. Then he was joyfully immersed in Saṅkīrtana pastime. In this way Abhirāma Ṭhākura exhibited many pastimes in Billoka village.