TEXT 37
gopālera saundarya dekhi' prabhura āveśa
ei śloka paḍi' nāce, haila dina-śeṣa
SYNONYMS
gopālera—of Gopāla; saundarya—beauty; dekhi'-seeing; prabhura—of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; āveśa—ecstasy; ei śloka paḍi'-reciting the following verse; nāce—dances; haila—there was; dina-śeṣa—the end of the day.
TRANSLATION
As soon as the Lord saw the beauty of the Gopāla Deity, He was immediately overwhelmed by ecstatic love, and He recited the following verse. He then chanted and danced until the day ended.
PURPORT
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura gives the following information about Govinda-kuṇḍa. There is a village named Āniyora on Govardhana Hill, a little distance from the village of Paiṭhā. Govinda-kuṇḍa is situated near here, and there are two temples to Govinda and Baladeva there. According to some, Queen Padmāvatī excavated this lake. In the Bhakti-ratnākara (Fifth Wave), the following statement is found:
ei śrī-govinda-kuṇḍa-mahimā aneka
ethā indra kaila govindera abhiṣeka
"Govinda-kuṇḍa is exalted for its many spiritual activities. It was here that Indra was defeated by Lord Kṛṣṇa, and Indra offered his prayers and bathed Lord Govinda." In the book Stavāvalī (Vraja-vilāsa-stava 74) the following verse is found:
nīcaiḥ prauḍha-bhayāt svayaṁ surapatiḥ pādau vidhṛtyeha yaiḥ
svar-gaṅgā-salilaiś cakāra surabhi-dvārābhiṣekotsavam
govindasya navaṁ gavām adhipatā rājye sphuṭaṁ kautukāt
tair yat prādurabhūt sadā sphuratu tad govinda-kuṇḍaṁ dṛśoḥ
In the Mathurā-khaṇḍa it is also stated:
yatrābhiṣikto bhagavān
maghonā yadu-vairiṇā
govinda-kuṇḍaṁ taj-jātaṁ
snāna-mātreṇa mokṣadam
"Simply by bathing in Govinda-kuṇḍa, one is awarded liberation. This lake was produced when Bhagavān Śrī Kṛṣṇa was bathed by Lord Indra."
Gāṅṭhuli-grāma is situated near the two villages Bilachu and Gopāla-pura. According to hearsay, Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa first met here. In the Bhakti-ratnākara (Fifth Wave), it is stated: sakhī duṅha vastre gāṅṭhi dila saṅgopane. It is also stated: phāguyā laiyā keha gāṅṭhi khuli' dilā. For this reason the village is known as Gāṅṭhuli.

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