TEXT 37
gopalera saundarya dekhi' prabhura avesa
ei sloka padi' nace, haila dina-sesa
SYNONYMS
gopalera—of Gopala; saundarya—beauty; dekhi'-seeing; prabhura—of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; avesa—ecstasy; ei sloka padi'-reciting the following verse; nace—dances; haila—there was; dina-sesa—the end of the day.
TRANSLATION
As soon as the Lord saw the beauty of the Gopala Deity, He was immediately overwhelmed by ecstatic love, and He recited the following verse. He then chanted and danced until the day ended.
PURPORT
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura gives the following information about Govinda-kunda. There is a village named Aniyora on Govardhana Hill, a little distance from the village of Paitha. Govinda-kunda is situated near here, and there are two temples to Govinda and Baladeva there. According to some, Queen Padmavati excavated this lake. In the Bhakti-ratnakara (Fifth Wave), the following statement is found:
ei sri-govinda-kunda-mahima aneka
etha indra kaila govindera abhiseka
"Govinda-kunda is exalted for its many spiritual activities. It was here that Indra was defeated by Lord Krsna, and Indra offered his prayers and bathed Lord Govinda." In the book Stavavali (Vraja-vilasa-stava 74) the following verse is found:
nicaih praudha-bhayat svayam surapatih padau vidhrtyeha yaih
svar-ganga-salilais cakara surabhi-dvarabhisekotsavam
govindasya navam gavam adhipata rajye sphutam kautukat
tair yat pradurabhut sada sphuratu tad govinda-kundam drsoh
In the Mathura-khanda it is also stated:
yatrabhisikto bhagavan
maghona yadu-vairina
govinda-kundam taj-jatam
snana-matrena moksadam
"Simply by bathing in Govinda-kunda, one is awarded liberation. This lake was produced when Bhagavan Sri Krsna was bathed by Lord Indra."
Ganthuli-grama is situated near the two villages Bilachu and Gopala-pura. According to hearsay, Radha and Krsna first met here. In the Bhakti-ratnakara (Fifth Wave), it is stated: sakhi dunha vastre ganthi dila sangopane. It is also stated: phaguya laiya keha ganthi khuli' dila. For this reason the village is known as Ganthuli.

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