to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga
Srimati Sita Thakurani,
the Consort of Sri Advaita Prabhu
An extract from The Advent of Sri Gaurasundar,
in glorification of Srimati Sita Thakurani, the Consort of Sri Advaita
Prabhu, as she went to the Lord just after His appearance.
From Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita of Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami,
translated from the original Bengali by Sripad Swarupananda Prabhu
and originally published in Counterpoint (Vol. 1 No. 6), edited by Sripad Devashis Prabhu.
At this very time [of the advent of Sri Gaurasundar] in various places
and countries throughout the world, all the
surrendered devotees felt the great power of Divine
Love in their hearts, and overwhelmed in ecstasy they
chanted the Lord's Name, danced, and gave
benedictine gifts through the joy of their pure hearts.
The brahmanas, the true devotees, the good wives – all filled new pots and plates with varieties of
auspicious offerings and brought these presentations.
They were so happy to see the beautiful child with His
luster of raw gold, and all gave their best blessings.
Savitri, Gauri, Saraswati, Sachi, Rambha, Arundhati – all the wives and ladies of the heavenly plane came
down in the guise of brahmana ladies. Bringing all
varieties of auspicious offerings they too came to have
the darshan of (to behold) the Divine Child...
With great joy Srimati Malini, the good wife of Sri
Srivas, along with the good wife of Sri Acharyaratna,
offered worship to the baby with vermillion, turmeric,
oil, parched rice, plantain and many varieties of fruit.
And taking the order of Sri Advaita Acharya,
Srimati Sita Thakurani, who is revered by the entire
universe as his venerable consort, went to see that
crest-jewel of babies, bringing with her many
She brought gold earrings, toe-rings made of silver
coins, and gold armlets and bracelets; gleaming
conchshell ornaments for each arm, twisted silver
anklets, and many necklaces of gold coins;
tiger-nails studded with gold, silken cord to adorn
the waist and loins, and every type of ornament
imaginable for the hands and feet; beautiful coloured
silken cloth (saris), shirts and chadars of beautiful
bordered silken cloth; and a great treasure of gold and
silver coins; the auspicious grass durvva, paddy, gorochana
(scent), turmeric, kumkum, sandal – the most
venerable consort of Sri Advaita Prabhu filled new
plates and containers with all such pure and
auspicious substances. She mounted her veiled
palanquin and was brought to the home of Srimati
Sachi Devi, along with her maids and attendants.
brought all the clothes and ornaments in a great
She also brought a bounty of foods and delightful
gifts. Thus the venerable Thakurani arrived at the
Srimati Sachi Devi. And she beheld the perfect beauty
of the child – He was directly Krishna Himself of
Gokula, the only difference being in His colour.
His every limb was perfectly formed like an image
of Gold, and all auspicious signs appeared in every
part of His body. She was utterly charmed by the
divine effulgence of the baby boy and her heart
melted with parental affection for Him.
She offered durvva and paddy to His head, giving
her blessings, "May both brothers (the Lord and
Visvarup) live long." And to arrest any fear of
witches and evil spirits she dubbed him 'Nimai'.
Also on the day of the mother and son's
bathing, Srimati Sita Thakurani came and offered clothing and ornaments in honour of Sri Jagannath
Misra and his son. After happily accepting the
veneration of Srimati Saci Devi and Sri Jagannath
Misra, Srimati Sita Thakurani returned to her home.
Such it was that Srimati Sachi and Sri Jagannath
Misra had the fulfilment of their every aspiration by
getting the Lord of Lakshmi as their son. Their house
was filled with wealth and rice-paddy, and the respect
of the people was always theirs for the taking. Day by
day their joy grew and grew.