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A brahman pandit of the name Shri Ballabhacarja used to live in Nabadwip. He had a very well behaved and beautiful daughter who was just like the Goddess of Fortune, Lakkidebi, and whose name was Lakkipriya. Thinking that the time for her marriage had arrived he called the match maker, Banamali Acarja.
Banamali Acarja considered Nimai Pandit to be the most suitable match for Ballabhacarja's daughter, and so he came to see Saci Mata. He addressed her, "The time for your son's marriage has come but why is it that you haven't thought to arrange a nice bride for Him? There is a brahman by the name Shri Ballabhacarja, who is from a very good family and who is very well behaved. There is no taint whatsoever on his name. He has a daughter who is just like the goddess of fortune in beauty and good qualities. Why don't you accept this proposal if you have a mind to."
Shri Saci debi replied, "My son has no father. Let Him get a little older first. Now he is absorbed in studies."
Banamali was not very engladdened by Sacimata's reply and so, in a melancholy mood he went away.
However, just by chance, he happened to meet Nimai Pandit on the way. Nimai inquired, "Acarja Mahasoy, where had you gone?"
Banamali replied, "I have just been to your house, to see your mother. You see, Ballabhacarja has a very nice daughter and he considered You to be a quite suitable bridegroom in this respect. However, I didn't notice any enthusiasm on your mother's part regarding this matter. Therefore I am going home now."
Hearing this, Nimai Pandit smiled. After bidding farewell to the brahman He Himself returned home but kept completely silent.
His mother accosted Him, "Nimai why are you so grave today. You are not speaking?"
Nimai replied, "Why couldn't you speak nicely with Banamali Pandit?"
By this Saci Mata could understand that Nimai had a desire to marry that girl. Therefore she sent someone to call the match-maker again. This time she addressed him, "Bipra! That which you spoke to me about yesterday; please complete the arrangements quickly. I am in full agreement with your proposal." [C.B.Adi 10.45]
Having heard this latest development, Banamali went to Ballabhacarja's house. Seeing the cheerful face of Banamali, Ballabhacarja could guess that his work had turned out successfully, and so his own mind became filled with joy. Receiving him with all due respects he seated him and inquired about the good news.
Banamali replied, "Very auspicious news! You can now begin the arrangements for your daughter's marriage to Nimai Pandit. To get a boy like this as a son-in-law is a matter of great fortune."
Hearing this happy news the household members of Ballabhacarja felt unlimited joy. Shri Ballabha told Banamali, "If Krishna is pleased with me and if Lakki debi and Gauri debi are satisfied with my daughter, then such a son-in-law as this might be obtainable. Please arrange everything as soon as possible. But the only thing is that I am not able to give a proper dowry. I am just a poor brahman. I'll only be able to give five haritaki (dried fruits) as a dowry along with my daughter. You will have to plead this on my behalf."
So Banamali came to Sacimata and spoke to her on this point. Sacimata replied, "Since she is a nice girl, we won't demand any dowry. Whatever he gives, we will be satisfied with that."
Banamali returned to Ballabhacarja and informed him that again he had arranged everything satisfactorily.
The members of Ballabhacarja's house were completely delighted to hear these glad tidings. Meanwhile, Sacidebi informed Shribas Pandit, Adwaita Acarja and the other well-wishers of her son about Nimai's impending marriage. Everyone was very happy to receive this news and requested her to complete everything as soon as possible.
Saci Mata then called the astrologers (Bhattacarja) and requested them to ascertain when the next favourable conjunction of the constellations would take place. Ballabhacarja had also done likewise so the two families discussed it together and then set a date for the wedding.
With the wedding date finalized, Saci Mata, in joyful anticipation of the event, now sent out people to personally invite the family's friends and relatives to the preliminary ceremony which would be held at her house before the wedding. Everyone was very happy to receive the news of Nimai Pandit's marriage and began to look forward to the event.
On the morning of the adhibas (preliminary) ceremony, the professional dancers and musicians arrived. By their music and dancing they created a festive atmosphere. Meanwhile the ceremonial pavilion was very nicely and charmingly constructed with banana trees, mango leaves, decorative designs painted on the ground with rice flour, and flower garlands. The brahmans known as Bhattacarja recited various hymns from the Bedas, beginning with Nandi Mukh sraddha, as the preliminary rites. Then the invocation ceremony began as Shri Ballabhacarja arrived with many auspicious articles to present to the bridegroom. These articles are waved before the bridegroom as in an aroti ceremony, in order to convey the blessings of the father upon his future son-in-law. As the rituals were performed the musicians filled the air with the vibrations of their instruments while Sacimata was very busy in receiving the many guests with sweets and plates of pan leaves and betel. In this way the invocation ceremony was completed.
Early the next morning preparations for the wedding ceremony began as the friends and relatives of Jagannath Misra began to arrive. Sacimata received the ladies by anointing their heads with oil and arranging their bath. After arranging their hair she placed the vermilion dot between their eyebrows. Then by presenting them new cloths and offerings of puffed rice, bananas and sweets, etc., she satisfied everyone to the fullest extent. They all felt as though they were floating in an ocean of happiness having been welcomed so nicely by Shri Sacimata.
On the morning of the wedding, Shri Gaursundor, after taking bath in the Ganges, first performed the daily worship of Lord Bisnu and then worshipped his forefathers. In all directions the sweet sound of the musicians playing on their instruments could be heard as the singers and dancers began their activities. Demigods and Demigoddesses from the heavenly planets, having disguised themselves as ordinary human beings, arrived in anticipation of seeing the Lord's marriage ceremony. Meanwhile, Shri Ballabhcarya had also completed his duties on the evening of the preceding day by conducting the invocation ceremony and worshipping his forefathers. At his house also, the air was filled with the sound of singing and dancing, playing on instruments and chanting auspicious hymns. During the godhuli lagna (when the cows come home from the pastures in the evening) Shri Gaursundor, after first offering His salutations at the feet of His mother and the other elders present, set out from his house with a huge crowd of friends, relatives, students and musicians. To the accompaniment of the musicians music, the singers' songs and the dancers' dancing, the party proceeded towards the Ganga. There, Shri Gaursundor got down from His palanquin and offered His obeisances to Mother Ganges. Then they proceeded along the banks of the Ganges, finally approaching the house of Shri Ballabh Misra. Ballabhacarjaji, seeing that the bridegroom's party had arrived, was completely in ecstasy and came out to greet them. He very respectfully led his future son-in-law into the courtyard and seated Him within the wedding pavilion. Then he brought his daughter, who had been decorated very beautifully with ornaments and tilok markings on her face, and seated her next to Shri Gaursundor. The ladies all began to yodel while the musicians made the heavens resound with the sound of their instruments.
After Lakkipriya was seated on a wooden seat, she was picked up along with the seat and caused to circumambulate Shri Gaursundor seven times.
Finally Lakkidebi, after having offered water at the lotus feet of her husband, offered her obeisances to Him. She placed a garland of flowers around the neck of her Prabhu, Who, in placing His garland on her neck, duly accepted her as His wife. In this way Shri Shri LakkiNarayana were united with auspicious shouts of joy.
Shri Gaursundor now seated Lakkipriya on His left side, after performing the Mukhcandrika ritual. Prabhu, still in the bloom of youth, was defeating the beauty of Cupid himself. With Lakkidebi seated on His left side, Their radiant beauty increased manifold, and the waves of ecstatic bliss which were felt at that moment in Shri Ballabh Misra's house are beyond description. It was late into the night when the ladies completed their various family customs and social rites and rituals. Finally the Supreme Lord along with His eternal consort Lakkidebi lay down on a bed of flowers and slept.
In the early morning they rose and completed their morning duties. After spending the day at Ballabh Misra's house, Shri Gaursundor set out for His own house during the godhuli lagna. At the time of bidding farewell to his daughter and son-in-law, Shri Ballabhacarja and his other family members became completely overwhelmed.
The Divine Couple, having been decorated with sandalwood paste, flower garlands, ornaments, crowns and eye shadow, looked radiant, as they were seated in the palanquin. The people along the path were very pleased to see the newly wedded couple and exclaimed, "This young girl must have worshipped HaraGauri for a long time in order to have obtained such a handsome husband."
Amidst the music of the musicians and the joyous shouts of those accompanying him, Shri Gaursundor entered the courtyard of His own house. Saci Mata along with many other brahman ladies received the couple by offering aroti and many auspicious articles.
The house of Sacimata became inundated with an ocean of happiness as the musicians' music filled the sky. In this way the marriage of Shri Gaursundor was performed very auspiciously and thus the whole world became filled with joy. All of the guests, brahmans, dancers, musicians and various performers received presents of money, cloth and foodstuffs from the Lord as tokens of appreciation and as a means of bidding them farewell.
All of the desires of Sacimata were thus fulfilled and she began to float in an ocean of happiness. Her house was filled with a divine aura and the scent of lotus flowers emanating from the body of Lakkipriya. From this Saci Ma could understand that the goddess of Fortune, Lakkidebi, was personally present in the body of Lakkipriya. Sacidebi treated her with great affection, as though Lakkipriya was dearer to her than her own life.
Lakkipriya was extremely well behaved and could understand by simple gestures what activities were to be accomplished by her. Sometimes Shri Gaursundor would come and sit next to Lakkipriya when she was in the company of Sacimata, simply to increase the happiness of His mother. In the mornings, Lakki would clean the Deity room, make rice paintings on the floor, pick flowers and Tulasi leaves, and then begin to cook. Every day Mahaprabhu would invite some guests and serve them in His house. Mahaprabhu, as the instructor of religion to the householders, taught that their main duty is to receive guests in their house. Those who do not serve guests are inferior to birds and beasts. If due to one's previous bad activities, he has nothing to offer, then he can at least offer a grass mat on the ground as a sitting place, some water and sweet words.
The Lord descends to this world to disseminate the principles of religion. He is very affectionate to His devotees and thus enacts many pastimes for their pleasures. Lakkidebi, as His eternal consort, would act in such a way as to enhance these pastimes. "She was always engaged in the service of Tulasi and above and beyond that, her primary attention was the service of Sacimata. Hearing of the activities of his wife, Shri Gaursundor remained externally silent but was very pleased within."
After entering the grhastha ashram, and accepting the responsibility of maintaining others, Shri Gaursundor decided to go to East Bengal as a teacher, for the purpose of earning some wealth. After submitting this proposal to His mother He instructed His new bride, "During this time you should give your full attention to serving My mother."
Thereafter, on an auspicious day for beginning a journey, He set out for Bangadesh, with a small number of students. Gradually they reached the Padda River, as the news of Nimai Pandit's arrival spread far and wide. Being invited to stay in the houses of various greatly fortunate householders, he would hold classes which were attended by thousands of students. The residents of that land became blessed by obtaining the sight of His divine personage.
"Even to this day the virtuous gentlemen and ladies of this land are so fortunate that they still sing the glories of the Lord (Harinam sankirtan). This is due to the fact that the Lord came here and cast His merciful glance on this land." [C.B.Adi 14.81]
In this way the Lord of Baikuntha engaged in His pastimes of scholarship while in the land of Bangadesh.
Meanwhile, in Nabadwip, Lakkipriya had given up eating and sleeping due to intense feelings of separation from Mahaprabhu. All the family members tried to console her but to no avail. In name only she would place a few morsels of food in her mouth and her nights were spent simply crying. Unable to bear separation from the Lord of Baikuntha, the Goddess of Fortune relinquished her mortal frame and went to join her eternal Consort. As She is the Supreme Goddess of Fortune and endowed with unlimited opulences, She is capable of accomplishing anything. Leaving behind her reflected form in this world, she went to join her Lord in her original form. Her disappearance from this world was not like that of an ordinary human being however. For her, separation from the Lord was like a dose of strong poison; thus having taken this form, she was bit by the snake of separation and being unable to bear the pain of that poison she gave up her existence in this world. [C.B.Adi 14.104]
All of the family and friends were plunged into grief when they came to know that Lakkidebi had left this world. Sacimata became completely immersed in sorrow.
The all omniscient Lord was aware of everything and so returned home in the company of many students and with many possessions earned through His teaching profession. Arriving home he came to know of Lakkipriya's departure and in imitation of ordinary mortals he displayed some sorrow. Then He consoled His mother and imparted many transcendental instructions to her. Saci Ma somehow tried to restrain her grief while Shri Gaursundor again engaged in His pastimes of scholarship.
Lakkipriya was previously Janaki (Sita, in Ram lila) and Rukmini (in Braja lila).
It is described in Locan das Thakur's Chaitanya Mongal how a dancer in the celestial court of Indra once broke rhythm while dancing and was thus cursed to come to the earthly planet. She also entered within the transcendental body of Lakkipriya debi. [C.M.Adi 5.151-2]