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On 18th April, ISKCON Mayapur celebrated the appearance day of Sri Gadadhar Pandit, one of the principal associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Following the tradition, there was Abhishek of His utsav mutri (smaller festival Deity) around noon with milk, ghee, flowers, water etc. He was also offered garlands of flowers and fruits. Later many types of bhoga were offered to Him. During the entire event, there was enthusiastic participation by the assembled devotees. This includes the Harinaam accompanying abhishek, offering of puspanjali to Gadadhar Pandit and of course receiving His abhishek and mahaprasad remnants.
Sri Caitanya Caritamrta states that Gadadhara Pandita was an incarnation of the pleasure potency of Sri Krishna. And Sri Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika confirms that Srimati Radharani appeared in Gaura-lila as Gadadhara Pandita. But because Lord Caitanya is Krishna acting in the mood of Srimati Radharani, Gadadhara Pandita, although Radharani, did not act in the mood of Radharani. Gadadhara Pandita understood, “This is Krishna’s time. This is Krishna’s opportunity to relish the loving ecstasy of Srimati Radharani, so I will keep my mood of Radha in the background and just support Him in His experience of Radha-bhava.” It is also said that if Gadadhara Pandita had manifested the nature or feature of Srimati Radharani, then Krishna, who was trying to absorb Himself in the mood of Radharani, would have become attracted to the Radha outside of Him and wouldn’t have been able to maintain His inner mood as Radha. So Gadadhara Pandita, to facilitate Lord Caitanya in His pastimes, played the perfect role to complement and support the Lord–that of a perfect brahmana, very gentle, very submissive, very scholarly and very sober.
To read more about His pastimes with Mahaprabhu and His glories as stated in sastras, please click: Sri Gadadhar pandit
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