tamala-kartika dekhi' aila vetapani
raghunatha dekhi' tahan vancila rajani
tamala-kartika—the place named Tamala-kartika; dekhi'-seeing; aila—came; vetapani—to Vetapani; raghunatha dekhi'-seeing the temple of Lord Ramacandra; tahan—there; vancila rajani—passed the night.
After visiting Mallara-desa, Caitanya Mahaprabhu went to Tamala-kartika and then to Vetapani. There He saw the temple of Raghunatha, Lord Ramacandra, and passed the night.
Tamala-kartika is forty-four miles south of Tirunelveli and two miles south of Aramavalli Mountain. It is located within the jurisdiction of Tovalai. At Tamala-kartika is a temple of Subrahmanya, or Lord Kartika, the son of Lord Siva. Vetapani, or Vatapani, is north of Kaila in the Trivandrum district. It is also known as Bhutapandi and is within the jurisdiction of the Tobala district. It is understood that formerly there was a Deity of Lord Ramacandra there. Later the Deity was replaced with a deity of Lord Siva known as Ramesvara or Bhutanatha.
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