All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Excerpt regarding
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 offerings.

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. She brought all the clothes and ornaments in a great basket.

She also brought a bounty of foods and delightful gifts. Thus the venerable Thakurani arrived at the house of 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.

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip
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