TEXT 35
vrndavane natakera arambha karila
mangalacarana 'nandi-sloka' tathai likhila
SYNONYMS
vrndavane—at Vrndavana; natakera—of the drama; arambha—the beginning; karila—wrote; mangalacarana—invoking auspiciousness; nandi-sloka—introductory verse; tathai—there; likhila—he wrote.
TRANSLATION
In Vrndavana, Rupa Gosvami began to write a drama. In particuIar, he composed the introductory verses to invoke good fortune.
PURPORT
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura quotes his notes from the Nataka-candrika, wherein he has written:
prastavanayas tu mukhe
nandi karyasubhavaha
asir-namaskriya-vastu-
nirdesanyatamanvita
astabhir dasabhir yukta
kimva dvadasabhih padaih
candranamankita prayo
mangalartha-padojjvala
mangalam cakra-kamala-
cakora-kumudadikam
Similarly, in the Sixth Chapter of the Sahitya-darpana, text 282, he has said:
asir-vacana-samyukta
stutir yasmat prayujyate
deva-dvija-nr-padinam
tasman nanditi samjnita
The introductory portion of a drama, which is written to invoke good fortune, is called nandi-sloka.

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