TEXT 14
ei sloka pathe padi' karila prayana
gautami-gangaya yai' kaila ganga-snana
SYNONYMS
ei sloka—this Sanskrit verse; pathe—on the way; padi'-reciting; karila—did; prayana—going; gautami-gangaya—to the bank of the Gautami-ganga; yai'-going; kaila—did; ganga-snana—bathing in the Ganges.
TRANSLATION
While walking on the road, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to chant this Rama Raghava mantra. Chanting in this way, He arrived at the banks of the Gautami-ganga and took His bath there.
PURPORT
The Gautami-ganga is another branch of the river Godavari. Formerly a great sage named Gautama Rsi used to live on the bank of this river opposite the city of Rajamahendri, and consequently this branch was called the Gautami-ganga.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that Srila Kaviraja Gosvami has recorded the names of the holy places visited by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu but that there is no chronological order of the places visited. However, there is a notebook of Govinda dasa's containing a chronological order and references to geographical positions. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura requests the readers to refer to that book. According to Govinda dasa, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu went to Trimanda from the Gautami-ganga. From there He went to Dhundirama-tirtha, another place of pilgrimage. According to this book, after visiting the Gautami-ganga, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu went to Mallikarjuna-tirtha.

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