TEXT 24
rāghava-paṇḍita--prabhura ādya-anucara
tāṅra eka śākhā mukhya--makaradhvaja kara
SYNONYMS
rāghava paṇḍita—of the name Rāghava Paṇḍita; prabhura—of the Lord; ādya—original; anucara—follower; tāṅra—his; eka—one; śākhā—branch; mukhya—chief; makaradhvaja—of the name Makaradhvaja; kara—surname.
TRANSLATION
Rāghava Paṇḍita, Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu's original follower, is understood to have been the seventh branch. From him proceeded another subbranch, headed by Makaradhvaja Kara.
PURPORT
Kara was the surname of Makaradhvaja. At present this surname is generally found in the Kāyastha community. The Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā, verse 166, states:
dhaniṣṭhā bhakṣya-sāmagrīṁ
kṛṣṇāyādād vraje 'mitām
saiva sāmprataṁ gaurāṅga-
priyo rāghava-paṇḍitaḥ
Rāghava Paṇḍita was formerly a confidential gopī in Vraja during the time of Lord Kṛṣṇa's pastimes, and his former name was Dhaniṣṭhā. This gopī, Dhaniṣṭhā, always engaged in preparing foods for Kṛṣṇa.

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