TEXT 112
tabe bhattathari haite krsna-dasera uddhara
rama-japi vipra-mukhe krsna-nama pracara
tabeafter this; bhatta-tharia Bhattathari; haitefrom; krsna-daseraof Krsnadasa; uddharathe deliverance; rama-japichanters of the name of Lord Rama; vipra-mukheunto brahmanas; krsna-namathe name of Lord Krsna; pracarapreaching.
After this, Krsnadasa, the servant of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, was delivered from the clutches of a Bhattathari. Caitanya Mahaprabhu then preached that Lord Krsna's name should also be chanted by brahmanas who were accustomed to chanting Lord Rama's name.
In the Malabara district, a section of the brahmanas are known as Nambudari brahmanas, and the Bhattatharis are their priests. Bhattatharis know many tantric black arts, such as the art of killing a person, of bringing him under submission, and of destroying or devastating him. They are very expert in these black arts, and one such Bhattathari bewildered the personal servant of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu while the servant accompanied the Lord in His travels through South India. Somehow or other Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu delivered this Krsnadasa from the clutches of the Bhattathari. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is well known as Patita-pavana, the savior of all fallen souls, and He proved this in His behavior toward His personal servant, Krsnadasa, whom He saved. Sometimes the word Bhattathari is misspelled in Bengal as Bhattamari.

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