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Shri Raghunandan Thakur;
Shri Mukunda Das, Madhab Das and Shri Narahari Sorkar Thakur were three brothers who lived in the village of Shri Khanda. Raghunandan was the son of Shri Mukunda Das. [C.C.Madhya 15]
In the house of Shri Mukunda Das, who lives at Shri Khanda, Lord Shri Gopinath is served with great attention.
One day Mukunda had to go out for some specific work so he called his son Raghunandan and asked him to serve Lord Gopinath that day. Raghunandan was only a small child at that time so his father carefully explained to him, "This Deity is in our family for many generations. He has been worshipped by my father and his father before him, and his father, on and on in this way for so many years. Just as your mother feeds you and I everyday, so also He has to be fed everyday."
He explained to Raghunandan that this is a very big responsibility and he should be very careful to give his full attention to this service. Then Mukunda went out.
Raghunandan collected the items for offering to Shri Gopinathji and entered into the Deity room. Raghunandan was at that time barely 5 years old. He tried to offer the bhoga as he had seen his father do but when he looked up after reciting some prayers he saw that the bhoga was still there. When he saw that Gopinath hadn't eaten the offering after he had imitated his father's offering procedure as best as he could remember, he became very worried. His father had impressed upon him the importance of this service and now he could understand that he wasn't doing it properly, and that his father would be displeased. Ultimately he simply requested Gopinath with tears in his eyes, "Eat! Eat!"
Gopinath became completely subjected by Raghunandan's simple request, made entirely in love, and thus He stealthily ate up everything without leaving any remnants.
After some time Raghunandan's father, Mukunda, returned and asked his son if he had done as he was told? When his son replied "Yes", then Mukunda asked him to bring some of the prasadam. Raghunandan replied, "Prasadam? I offered everything just like you told me, and Gopinath ate everything. So what should I bring you now?"
Mukunda was completely taken aback. "This boy is not naughty and is always accustomed to speak the truth. I doubt if he would have eaten everything. I wonder what actually happened?"
Musing on this matter in his mind for some days, his curiosity remained unsatisfied even after a few days time had elapsed. He got an idea and so again requested Raghunandan to offer the bhoga to Gopinath on that day. Raghunandan was very excited to hear this request and replied that he would be more than happy to make the offering since he liked to do that service so much.
On this day however, after going out of the house, he again came in by another way and remained hiding in one place.
Raghunandan was very happy to be able to serve Shri Gopinathji again. He brought everything into the Deity room and as before, he again very insistently persuaded Gopinath to take his meal. As Gopinath had eaten half of a laddu, he espied Mukunda standing in the doorway. He didn't try to cover up the fact that he had eaten what he had, but neither did he eat any more.
Seeing all this Mukunda was completely immersed in ecstatic love and picked up his son and put him on his lap. Again and again he extolled his virtues in a voice trembling with ecstasy, all the while torrents of tears of joy falling from his eyes. Even today, those who are greatly fortunate can still see that half-eaten laddu in Gopinatha's lotus hand. Thus Shri Uddhab das sings the glories of Raghunandan, who is non-different from Madan(Cupid).
Raghunandan was present at the kheturi utsob (festival).
In Krishna lila he was Kandarpa manjari and/or the priya narma sakha Ujjval. In Dwaraka lila he was Shri Krishna's son Kandarpa (Pradyumna).
Raghunandan's son is Kanai Thakur. His descendants are still residing at Shri Khanda. Shri Khanda can be easily reached from Katwa by bus or train.
Raghunandan Thakur was born in the year 1432 sakabda. He appeared on the first day of Spring, Basantpancami, in the year 1432 (saka). His disappearance is on the fourth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Srabon.