TEXT 17
vakresvara pandita--prabhura bada priya bhrtya
eka-bhave cabbisa prahara yanra nrtya
SYNONYMS
vakresvara pandita—of the name Vakresvara Pandita; prabhura—of the Lord; bada—very; priya—dear; bhrtya—servant; eka-bhave—continuously in the same ecstasy; cabbisa—twenty-four; prahara—a duration of time comprising three hours; yanra—whose; nrtya—dancing.
TRANSLATION
Vakresvara Pandita, the fifth branch of the tree, was a very dear servant of Lord Caitanya's. He could dance with constant ecstasy for seventy-two hours.
PURPORT
In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika, verse 71, it is stated that Vakresvara Pandita was an incarnation of Aniruddha, one of the quadruple expansions of Visnu (Vasudeva, Sankarsana, Aniruddha and Pradyumna). He could dance wonderfully for seventy-two continuous hours. When Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu played in dramatic performances in the house of Srivasa Pandita, Vakresvara Pandita was one of the chief dancers, and he danced continuously for that length of time. Sri Govinda dasa, an Oriya devotee of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, has described the life of Vakresvara Pandita in his book Gaura-krsnodaya. There are many disciples of Vakresvara Pandita in Orissa, and they are known as Gaudiya Vaisnavas although they are Oriyas. Among these disciples are Sri Gopalaguru and his disciple Sri Dhyanacandra Gosvami.

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