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Budhari

Śrīpāṭ of Śrīnivāsa Ācārya’s disciples, Rāmacandra Kavirāja, Govinda Kavirāja, Jagannātha Ācārya; Gaurīdāsa Paṇḍita’s disciple Baḍugaṅgā Dāsa and Narottama Dāsa Ṭhākura’s disciple Ravi Rāya and many others

HISTORY

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ŚĀSTRA PRAMĀṆA

This has been described in Śrī Bhakti Ratnākara (9/132-135, 175-176) about the arrival of Śrī Govinda Kavirāja in Budhari—

ācārya gelena mārgaśīrṣa-māsa śeṣe
rāmacandra gamana karilā pauṣe śeṣe

śrī govinda dui-cāri dibasa rahiyā
kumāranagara haite gelena teliyā

teliyā-budhari-ādi grāmavāsī yata
sabāra ānanda yaiche ke kahibe kata

āsiyā mililā bhadraloka bhāgyavāna
sabe kari’ dilena apūrva bāsasthāna

teliyā-budhari-grāme govindera sthiti
teliyāya nirjana sthānete prīta ati

budhari-paścime śrīpaścima-pāḍā nāma
tathā sarvārambhe bāsa-sei ramya-sthāna

Ācārya went at the end of Āgrahāyaṇa month (Mid December) and Rāmacandra Kavirāja went at the end of Pauṣa month (Mid January). Staying for two-four days, Śrī Govinda went to Teliyā from Kumāra-nagara. All the villagers of Teliyā, Budhari and other villages were happy. Who can describe the limit of their happiness? They all met with the fortunate gentleman who had provided beautiful residential place. Govinda was staying in Teliyā- Budhari village and he was very happy living in a solitary place at Teliyā. At the west of Budhari was situated the beautiful locality named Śrī-Paścima- pāḍā, where he resided at the very beginning.

By seeing the delay of Śrīnivāsa Ācārya Ṭhākura’s returning from Vṛndāvana, both his Ṭhākurāṇīs sent Rāmacandra Kavirāja to Vṛndāvana. Before proceeding to Vrajadhāma, Rāmacandra Kavirāja instructed his brother Govinda to live in Budhari. Following the instructions of his brother, Govinda left Kumārnagara and started living at Budhari. Govinda Kavirāja got Śrīnivāsa Ācārya’s mercy at this place. Ācārya delivered Govinda while staying at his house after returning from Vṛndāvana. Śrī Rāmacandra Kavirāja and Govinda Kavirāja belonged to Eight Kavirājas and were authors of Vaiṣṇava songs in Bengali. Cirañjīva Sena was residing here since beginning. Rāmacandra Kavirāja took birth here. Rāmacandra Kavirāja got married here and the next day of his arrival at home, he went to Yājigrāma and took shelter of Śrīnivāsa Ācārya. Ācārya wanted to know the particulars about his identity and he began to speak as described in the fourteenth vilāsa of Premavilāsa

rāmacandra nāma mora ambaṣṭha-kule janma
kevala mānasa prabhura caraṇa darśana

teliyā budhari grāme janmasthāna haya

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āra dina ṭhākura kahaye tāṅra prati
kheturī haite katadūra tomāra basati

tiṅho kahe cāri krośa nivedana kari
katadina āpane āile gṛha chāḍi

tiṅho kahe cāri dina pathete gamana
pañcama divase haila caraṇa darśana

My name is Rāmacandra and I have taken birth in Ambaṣṭha family in Teliyā Budhari village. My only desire is to have darśana of your lotus feet. Another day Ṭhākura asked him, ‘How far is your residence from Kheturī?’ He replied, ‘It is at a distance of eight miles.’ How many days it took to reach this place from your house? He replied, ‘It took four days for me by walk and on the fifth day, I got the chance to have darśana of your lotus feet.’

Śrī Rāmacandra Kavirāja reached Yājigrāma from Teliyā Budhari on fifth day by walk. The Deities of Śrī Śrī Gaura-Gopāla, Śrī Śrī Gaura-Govinda and Śyāmarāi of Baḍugaṅgā Dāsa are presently worshiped in this Śrīpāṭ, which is situated adjacent to Bhagavānagolā station. In another room there are portraits of Śrīnivāsa Ācārya, Śyāmānanda Prabhu and Narottama Dāsa Ṭhākura.

This Teliyā Budhari Śrīpāṭ was situated before at a distance of one mile from this place towards south-east. At present, there is nothing at that place except piles of broken bricks. There are mango groves all around that place. Gaura-Govinda Deity of Śrīnivāsa Ācārya Ṭhākura’s disciple, Rāmacandra Kavirāja and Gaura-Gopāla Deity of Govinda Kavirāja are worshiped now in a place near the station, where a temple has been constructed by the present worshipers.

HISTORY

Once, Jāhṇavā Devī stepped into Budhari village from Vṛndāvana. At that time she gave in marriage Hemalatā, the daughter of Śyāmadāsa Cakravartī to Baḍugaṅgā Dāsa and installed Śrī Śyāmarāya Deity. She gave Baḍugaṅgā Dāsa the responsibility of worshiping the Deity. Jāhṇvā Devī brought Śyāmarāya with Rādhikā from Vṛndāvana. She completed all these activities by the order of Mahāprabhu. Once, Baḍugaṅgā Dāsa was thinking about the details of bhoga to be offered to Śyāmarāya. Śyāmarāya appeared in his dream and said, “Whatever will be available, I will accept that.” He revealed this dream to Jāhṇavā Devī and she fixed the list of items to be offered to the Deity. Baḍugaṅgā Dāsa was happily and deeply absorbed in worship.