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.C.Shri Madhu Pandit;
madhu sneha-sama yuktam prema saktam mahasayam |
brndabane rasaratam bande shri madhu panditam ||
[sakha nirnoy 34]
"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Shri Madhu Pandit. This highly magnanimous soul is bound by strong ties of attachment in love to the Divine Couple and the affection that he feels is as sweet as honey, therefore he is known as Madhu (honey). He is always absorbed in the highest exchange of mellows (rasa lila), there in Brindaban."
Madhu Pandit was originally from Saibona, two miles from Khardaha, in the district of Twenty-four Parganas. Here he established the worship of Shri Shri RadhaNandadulaljiu.
One the order of his guru, Shri Gadadhar Pandit Gosvami, Madhu Pandit came to Brindaban. There, on the banks of the Jamuna, near Bansibat, he found the goal of his life, Someone Who had been lost for a very long time.
"Ohe Shrinibas! What more can I say? The Lord reveals Himself to His pure devotee, who then preaches His glories to the world. Who can describe the incomprehensible activities of such pure devotees, by which the Lord becomes subservient to their love. Thus did Shri Brajendra Kumar reveal himself to Paramananda Bhattacarja and Shri Madhu Pandit, who are the abodes of many wonderful qualities." [Bhakti Ratna 2.473]
"Shri Gopinathji, Who is an Ocean of Mercy, and Who sports on the enchantingly beautiful banks of the Jamuna under the shade of Bansibat, has become manifest by the grace of Shri Madhu Pandit." [Sadhan Dipikayam]
Thus Shri Madhu Pandit became the servant of Shri Gopinath, Whose bodily lustre steals away the minds of everyone. Hundreds and thousands of people came running to see Him, famed as He is, as sweetness personified. When the soothing sweetness and coolness of His charming form entered their hearts through their eyes, they found that the burning fire of material existence which had previously been burning there, was now extinguished.
The Deity of Shri NandaDulal which was fashioned from the same sila (stone) as Shri Shyamsundor (Khardaha) and Shri Ballabhajiu (Ballabhapur), and which was brought from the Nawab's palace, is considered by some to have been worshipped previously by Shri Madhu Pandit.
When Shrinibas and his companions were preparing to depart from Shri Brindaban Dham with the bullock cart of books, Madhu Pandit presented him the flower garland of Shri Gopinathji as His blessing.
Shri Shri RadhaGopinathjiu are presently being worshipped in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
shriman rasa-rasarambhi vamsivata-tata-sthitah |
karsan venu-svanair gopir gopi-nathah shriye' stu nah ||
"Shri Shrila Gopinath, Who originated the mellow of the transcendental rasa dance, stands on the shore in Bamsibat and attracts the attention of the cowherd damsels with the sound of His celebrated flute. May They all confer upon us Their benediction.
According to Shri Chaitanya Ganoddesh Dipika, (composed by Shri Ramai Pandit) and Shri Gaur Ganoddesh Dipika (by Shri Balaram das), Madhu Pandit was known in Braja lila as Mandali sakhi.
Shri Nanda Dulal is still residing in the village of Saibona, which can be reached by bus from Khardaha. One has to get down at Matarangi Mor, and then proceed by rickshaw to the temple of Shri Nandadulal. The sevapuja was being conducted by disciples of Shri Omkarnath but at present the affairs of temple are being managed by a local committee. They have recently renovated the temple and the surrounding buildings and grounds, which now appear very beautiful.