Srila Saranga Das Thakur in Sriman Mahaprabhu's Pastimes
In glorification of Srila Saranga Das Thakur on his Disappearance Day.
References from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita.
Translation and purport by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad.
Adi-lila 10: The Trunk, Branches and Sub-branches of the Chaitanya Tree
The seventy-third branch of the original tree was Ramadas, the seventy-fourth was Kavichandra, the seventy-fifth was Sri Gopal Das, the seventy-sixth was Bhagavatacharya, and the seventy-seventh was Thakur Saranga Das.
Purport by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad:
Another name of Thakur Saranga Das was Sarnga Thakur. Sometimes he
was also called Sarngapani or Sarngadhara. He was a resident of
Navadvip in the neighborhood known as Modadruma-dvip, and he used to
worship the Supreme Lord in a secluded place on the bank of the
Ganges. He was not accepting disciples, but he was repeatedly being
inspired from within by the Supreme Personality of Godhead to do so.
Thus one morning he decided, ‘Whomever I see I shall make my
disciple.’ When he went to the bank of the Ganges to take his bath, by
chance he saw a dead body floating in the water, and he touched it
with his feet. This immediately brought the body to life, and Thakur
Saranga Das accepted him as his disciple. This disciple later became
famous as Thakur Murari, and his name is always associated with that
of Sri Saranga.
His disciplic succession still inhabits the village of Sar. There is a temple at Mamgachi that is said to have been started by Saranga Thakur. Not long ago, a new temple building was erected in front of a bakula tree there, and it is now being managed by the members of the Gaudiya Math. It is said that the management of the temple is now far better than before. In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (172) it is stated that Saranga Thakur was formerly a gopi named Nandimukhi. Some devotees say that he was formerly Prahlad Maharaj, but Sri Kavi-karnapura says that his father, Shivananda Sen, does not accept this proposition.
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