TEXT 272
eta bali' bharati gosani katoyate gela
mahaprabhu taha yai' sannyasa karila
SYNONYMS
eta bali'-saying this; bharatiKesava Bharati; gosani—the spiritual master; katoyate—to Katwa; gela—went; mahaprabhu—Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu; taha—there; yai'-going; sannyasa—the renounced order of life; karila—accepted.
TRANSLATION
After saying this, Kesava Bharati, the spiritual master, went back to his village, Katwa. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu went there and accepted the renounced order of life [sannyasa].
PURPORT
At the end of His twenty-fourth year, at the end of the fortnight of the waxing moon, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu left Navadvipa and crossed the river Ganges at a place known as Nidayara-ghata. Then He reached Kantaka-nagara, or Katoya (Katwa), where He accepted ekadanda-sannyasa according to the Sankarite system. Since Kesava Bharati belonged to the Sankarite sect, he could not initiate Caitanya Mahaprabhu into the Vaisnava sannyasa order, whose members carry the tridanda.
Candrasekhara Acarya assisted in the routine ceremonial work of the Lord's acceptance of sannyasa. By the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, kirtana was performed for the entire day, and at the end of the day the Lord shaved off His hair. On the next day He became a regular sannyasi, with one rod (ekadanda). From that day on His name was Sri Krsna Caitanya. Before that, He was known as Nimai Pandita. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, in the sannyasa order, traveled all over Radha-desa, the region where the Ganges River cannot be seen. Kesava Bharati accompanied Him for some distance.

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