Srila Prabhupada describes the amazing story of Sri Jagadisa pandita

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jagadīśa paṇḍita, āra hiraṇya mahāśaya

yāre kṛpā kaila bālye prabhu dayāmaya




jagadīśa paṇḍita—of the name Jagadīśa Paṇḍita; āra—and; hiraṇya—of the name Hiraṇya; mahāśaya—great personality; yāre—unto whom; kṛpā—mercy; kaila—showed; bālye—in childhood; prabhu—the Lord; dayāmaya—merciful.




The thirty-first branch was Jagadīśa Paṇḍita, and the thirty-second was Hiraṇya Mahāśaya, unto whom Lord Caitanya in His childhood showed His causeless mercy.




Jagadīśa Paṇḍita was formerly a great dancer in kṛṣṇalīla and was known as Candrahāsa. Regarding Hiraṇya Paṇḍita, it is said that once when Lord Nityānanda, decorated with valuable jewels, was staying at his home, a great thief attempted all night long to plunder these jewels but was unsuccessful. Later he came to Nityānanda Prabhu and surrendered unto Him. Link to this page:


The amazing devotion of Sri Jagadisa Pandita

jagadīśa paṇḍita haya jagat-pāvana

kṛṣṇa-premāmṛta varṣe, yena varṣā ghana




jagadīśa paṇḍita—of the name Jagadīśa Paṇḍita; haya—becomes; jagatpāvana—the deliverer of the world; kṛṣṇapremaamṛta varṣe—he always pours torrents of devotional service; yena—like; varṣā—rainfall; ghana—heavy.




Jagadīśa Paṇḍita, the fifteenth branch of Lord Nityānanda’s followers, was the deliverer of the entire world. Devotional love of Kṛṣṇa showered from him like torrents of rain.




Descriptions of Jagadīśa Paṇḍita are available from Caitanyabhāgavata, Ādi-līlā, Chapter Six, and Caitanyacaritāmṛta, Ādi-lila, Chapter Fourteen. He belonged to the village of Yaśaḍā-grāma, in the district of Nadia near the Cākadaha railway station. His father, the son of Bhaṭṭa Nārāyaṇa, was named Kamalākṣa. Both his father and mother were great devotees of Lord Viṣṇu, and after their death, Jagadīśa, with his wife Duḥkhinī and brother Maheśa, left his birthplace and came to Śrī Māyāpur to live in the company of Jagannātha Miśra and other Vaiṣṇavas. Lord Caitanya asked Jagadīśa to go to Jagannātha Purī to preach the harināmasaṅkīrtana movement. After returning from Jagannātha Purī, on the order of Lord Jagannātha he established Deities of Jagannātha in the village of Yaśaḍā-grāma. It is said that when Jagadīśa Paṇḍita brought the Deity of Jagannātha to Yaśaḍā-grāma, he tied the heavy Deity to a stick and thus brought Him to the village. The priests of the temple still show the stick used by Jagadīśa Paṇḍita to carry the Jagannātha Deity. Link to this page:



Prabhupāda: Chuktaha? Chugda.

Jayapatākā: Chugda: That’s where you take your… That mango orchard where you take your lunch? That’s just the nearest place go Chugda. So he was very pleased with all the work that you are doing. He’s in Vṛndāvana now for Janmāṣṭamī. He hadn’t been to Vṛndāvana for about five years, so he went to Vṛndāvana for darśana. He may be there even when you go. I’m not sure if he’ll be there.

Prabhupāda: You have advised to see our temple?

Jayapatākā: Yes, he’ll definitely visit. I also gave him an introduction that if he goes, he should be received there. He’s got… The present place where the Deities are situated is on four cuttas(?) of land. And apart from that, where Maheśa Paṇḍita’s samādhi is, he’s got three bighās of land. That’s right next door to a four-hundred-year-old temple.

Prabhupāda: Chugda is to the… It is from Shrirampuri? No.

Jayapatākā: No, it’s on this side of the Ganges. It’s on the eastern side of the Ganges.

Prabhupāda: Oh, eastern.

Jayapatākā: There there’s another temple of Jagadīśa Paṇḍita.

Prabhupāda: Hm, yes.

Jayapatākā: That is run by Mādhava Mahārāja. That’s in actual Chugda, and this is another mile or two miles from Chugda. That Jagadīśa Paṇḍita Mandira has got big Jagannātha Deity and one stick which Jagadīśa Paṇḍita carried the Jagannātha Deity from Jagannātha Purī with. I saw both temples. They told me there that “You should see this temple, very lovable Deities.” I went in. Actually, the Deities are very beautiful and very well kept. Just like in Mādhava Mahārāja’s mandira, underneath the siṁhāsana they didn’t wash. Only in front. But this man, everything was neat and clean. It looked like a thriving, more or less, a thriving place.

Prabhupāda: So difficulty is that if we take charge, we may give it for worshiping to one disciple, but the immigration department will gag him. That is the difficulty. And we don’t have many Indian disciples. Otherwise we can take all these important places.

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