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Shri Paramananda Puri;


Shri Paramananda Puri took birth in the province of Trihuta, which is today comprised of Majahfarpur, Dwarbhanga and Chapra districts. He was the dear disciple of Shri Madhabendra Puri.                                                 [C.B.Ant 3.178]


The first meeting of Mahaprabhu and Paramananda Puri took place in South India at Rsabha Parvata. Paramananda Puri was present there at that time for the four months of the rainy season (caturmasya). Hearing this auspicious news, Mahaprabhu went to meet him and offered His obeisances at his feet. Paramananda Puri in turn embraced Prabhu in great love. For three days they remained absorbed in talks of Shri Krishna, staying together in Puri Gosai's room. Paramananda Puri told Mahaprabhu that he would be going to Purusottam (Puri) and then on to Gaur (Bengal) to take bath in the Ganges. Mahaprabhu requested him to return from there to Nilacal as He would Himself be going there from Setubandha. Mahaprabhu expressed His desire that the two of them could reside there together, "Being kind upon me, please come to Nilacal." Saying this He took permission to leave and set out for the South, feeling very joyful. Paramananda Puri now bent his way towards Puri.


According to Gaur ganoddesa dipika, Paramananda Puri was formerly Shri Uddhab in Krishna lila. Mahaprabhu respected Puri Gosai as his guru and whenever He received any invitation to honour the Lord's prasadam, He would always take Paramananda Puri with Him. Puri Gosvami was in turn very affectionate to Mahaprabhu in the mood of parental love. Mahaprabhu arranged one room and a servant for him at Kasi Misra Bhavan. Later on Puri Gosai took up residence at one Math on the western side of Lord Jagannath's temple.

One day, Lord Chaitanya took Gadadhar Pandit with Him and paid a visit to Paramananda Puri. There at the Matha , one well had been dug recently but the water was not very nice. Therefore Paramananda Puri was somewhat dissatisfied. Mahaprabhu, though He was aware of everything, still inquired, "Gosaiji, how is the water in your well?"

Shri Puripad replied, "This well is very unfortunate. The water is more like mud than water."

Mahaprabhu was sad to hear this and therefore He raised up His two arms and prayed to Lord Jagannath, "Lord Jagannath, please bestow this blessing upon Me, that Ganga water will enter into this well."

At that very moment, Gangadebi accepted the Lord's order on her head and entered into the well and filled it with her presence. The devotees could understand that due to the Lord's prayer, Gangadebi had made her appearance. They circumambulated the well and offered their obeisances.


Mahaprabhu immediately came there after receiving this auspicious news. Seeing the pristine water, He remarked, "Please hear me, Oh devotees! Whoever takes bath in or drinks this water will receive the same benefit as one does by bathing in or drinking Ganges water. He will attain pure devotion to Krishna."


Every day, Puri Gosai would first come to take darshan of Mahaprabhu, and then attend to any other activities. Mahaprabhu would in turn always look after him and see to his needs. Mahaprabhu announced, "I am in this world only due to the affection of Puri Gosvami. I belong to him and not to any other. He can sell Me anywhere He likes. Whoever simply sees him becomes the object of Shri Krishna's affection".


As Puri Gosai was the life and soul of Mahaprabhu, Mahaprabhu was similarly the life and soul of Puri Gosai.                                      ????? [C.B.Ant.3.237-255]


Puri Gosvami's well can still be found at Jagannath Puri within one police camp on the way to Lokanath Mandir.