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          All glories to Shri Krishna Chaitanya, the only shelter for all humanity.  All glories to Nityananda Prabhu, the embodiment of mercy and kindness.  All glories to to Shri Advaitadeva who is an ocean of devotion.  All glories to Shrivasa Pandita, Gadadhara, Shrigupta, Murari, Vakreswara, Shri Mukunda and Narahari.  All glories to Shri Pandita Gauridasa, Damodara, Shri Svarupa, Haridasa, Suklamvara and all the devotees of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.  May they all kindly bestow their mercy upon this unworthy poet.  Now, oh listeners, please hear with patience and attention as I continue this narration. 


Shrinivasa, Narottama, Ramacandra and others leave Navadvipa.


          Shrinivasa Acarya, Narottama and Ramacandra received boundless pleasure from their tour of Navadvpia and were deeply moved when it came time to say good-bye to Shri Isana Thakura. Tears flowed from the eyes of Shri Isana Thakura as he lovingly embraced each of them.  He wanted to tell them something but his voice choked up and he was unable to speak.  By hand signals he tried to explain that this would be their last meeting. 


          With a heavy heart Shri Acarya bowed to the feet of the followers of Shri Chaitanya and repeatedly paid his obeisances to the auspicious Shri Navadvipa Dhama.  As he departed he happily visited all the holy places along the way.  Arriving at Shri Khanda he visited the temple of Shri Gauranga where he met Shri Raghunandana, who was anxious to know about the well-being of Shri Navadvipa.  Crying pathetically, Shrinivasa reported that most of the close associates of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had already disappeared, and those who were still alive were now maintaing complete silence.  Only Isana, whose devotional spirit was beyond criticism, was still living in the house of Lord Chaitanya.  But since they had left Navadvipa they had heard that Isana Thakura had also disappeared.  Shri Acarya expressed his concern for the conditon of Nadia which seemed to be sinking deeper and deeper into utter darkness day by day. 


          Hearing this report Shri Raghunandana simply held the neck of Shrinivasa and cried loudly.  Shrinivasa and his party then took leave from him and continued on to Yajigrama, where Shri Gokulananda and others rushed forward with delight to receive them. The people of the village were overjoyed and Shri Gokulananda brought them to his house.  Shrinivasa took everyone to a secluded spot outside of the house and began to disucss about the unhappy condition of Navadvipa.  At that time Narottama prophecized that Vira Hamvira would soon be arriving from Vanavisnupura, sure enough,  at that very moment a messenger arrived and said that Vira Hamivra would be arriving that day.




Vira Hamvira's arrival in Yajigrama.


          At an auspicious moment king Shri Vira Hamvira spotted Yajigrama and immediately paid his hearfelt homage to the village.  Stopping at a beautiful spot on the outskirts of Yajigrama he ordered his horsemen, elephantiers and soldiers to wait there, while he and a few attendants entered into the village.  He first sent the commodities which he had brought with him to the house of Prabhu, then he slowly advanced towards the house of Acarya.  Reaching there he fell at the feet of Acarya repeatedly offering his obeisances.  He also fell at the feet of Narottama. Shrinivasa Acarya and Thakura Narottama embraced him very affectionately.  The king offered his homage to Ramacandra Kaviraja and requested to be introduced to all the devotees.  As Ramacandra happily introduced him to everyone, the king bowed at there feet and each one embraced him warmly.  All the residents were deeply touched by the kings humility and devotion.  Acarya Thakur ordered Shri Ramacandra to take charge of Vira Hamvira and guide him on the path of devotion. 


          The king was so happy in Yajigrama that he had no desire to return to Vanavisnupura.  When Ramacandra informed Shri Acarya about the kings feelings,  Acarya Thakura and Shri Thakura Mahasaya spoke to the king and consoled him in various ways. They then ordered some devotees to take the king to visit the various holy places of Yajigrama.  With great delight the king went on pilgrimage and and received the blessings of all the mahantas residing at those sacred spots.  While traveling the king began to brood in his mind, wondering how it would be possible to return to Vanavisnupura without the association of Shrinivasa Acarya.  Understanding the mind of the king, Acarya Thakura revealed his future plans; first he would go to Khetari and then return to Yajigrama.  After a few days he planned to go to Vishnupura because he was anxciously waiting for a letter from Shri Janhava devi from Khardaha.


Shri Janhava devi sends the Deity of Shri Radha from Khardaha to Vrndavana.


          In the meantime a messenger arrived from Khardaha and Acarya impatiently inquired about events there.  The messeanger humbly reported that everthing was well in Khardaha and that the residents were always receiving the blessings and love of Shri Iswari.  He explained that when the carving of the Deity of Shri Radha was completed, Shri Iswari handed over seven hundred coins, as well as many valuable dresses and ornaments for Radha Krishna, to Shri Paramesvara dasa and ordered him, along with a few other responsible persons, to carry the beautiful Deity to Vrndavana. As the hired boat set off for Vrndavana, Shri Iswari prayed to Shri Gopinatha, requesting Him to carry His loving consort to Him as quickly as possible.  The boat reached Nadia where it stayed for one day and is expected to arrive in Kantakagrama today.  Thus the messenger had been sent in advance with a letter for Shri Acarya.  Immediately after reading the letter Acarya and his followers started for Kantakanagara, taking with them many beautiful dresses and ornaments for Shri Radha Gopinatha.  Vira Hamvira secretly gave one thousand coins for the Deities to Ramacandra and when Ramacandra told Acarya Prabhu, Shri Acarya smiled and accepted the money. 


The boat carrying the Deity reached the Shri Varatighat in Katowa and was met by an ecstatic party of devotees performing sankirtana.


          The boat soon reached Kantakanagara and anchored at Shrikesavavarati ghat.  Shrinivasa Acarya and his associates happily rushed to meet Shri Parameswari dasa, Nrsimha Chaitanya, Thakura Kanai and others.  The king bowed to the feet of Shri Parameswara dasa and the other devotees, who were most happy to meet him and embraced him affectionately.  Shri Vira Hamvira was overwhelmed with joy to see the loving spirit of all the devotees, and the people of Kantakanagara observed the king's humble disposition with great appreciation.  Nrsimha Chaitanya was particularly impressed by the king's devotional character. 


          Shri Parameswara Thakura gladly brought Shrinivasa Acarya into the boat and told him sweetly that Shri Iswari would soon visit Vrndavana.  He explained that the purpose of their journey to Vrndavana was to hand over Shri Radhika to Shri Gopinatha and then quickly return by boat to Khardaha.  He removed the curtain from the statue of Shri Radhika and revealed her beautiful form to Shrinivasa, who was overwhelmed with joy and love.  Shri Parameswara dasa then showed him the new dresses and ornaments which he was carrying for Shri Gopinatha and His two eternal consorts.  He also displayed dresses and ornaments which were meant to decorate Shri Govinda, Madanamohana and other Deities. Being inspired, Acarya humbly offered one hundred coins, as well new sets of dresses and ornaments for their Lordships.  Shri Parameswara dasa then called the rest of the devotees inside the boat and showed them everything.  Narottama, Ramacandra, Govinda, Shridasa, Gokulananda and everyone was extremely happy to see the beautiful Deity and wonderful decorations.  Meanwhile a huge crowd of curious on-lookers gathered on the bank of the Ganges, eager to see assembled Vaishnavas.


          After some time Shri Yadunandana took everyone to the courtyard of Shri Gauranga.  They were delighted to see the beautiful form of the Lord and  streams of love and devotion seemed to flow throughout the courtyard.  They began ecstatic sankirtana and the chanting of the holy name filled the sky.  Nrsimha Chaitanya danced wildly, and Shri Parameswara dasa excitedly requested Narottama and Shrinivasa to dance and sing along with them.  Thakura Kanai embraced Ramacandra again and again, while Shri dasa, Gokulananda, Govinda and the others danced and sang madly.   After a long time the sankirtana came to a halt and they all went to visit the place where Mahaprabhu had accepted sannyasa, there they rolled on the ground and smeared the dust of that holy place on their bodies.  The rest of the day they remained at Kantakanagara and the following morning Shri Parameswara dasa and his party started for Vrndavana.


Sending King Vira Hamvira back to Vishnupura.


          Shrinivasa Acarya and his favorite followers returned to Yajigrama from Kantakanagara.  The affectionate Acarya sadly bid farewell to Shri Vira Hamvira.  The king was extremely unhappy at the thought of returning to Vishnupura.  With tears in his eyes he took the feet of Acarya in his hands and requested him to visit Vanavisnupura very soon.  Acarya Thakura embraced and assured him that he would surely visit Vishnupura soon.  The king tears bathed the feet of Narottoma as he fell at his feet offering obeisances. His voice choked with emotion Virah Hamvira said, "I am the most wretched sinner in the entire universe.  I have performed so many wicked deeds and now I am afraid of my misfortune."  Thakura Mahasaya kindly embraced him and consoled him saying that he should no longer think of his past mad activities, but should always remain fully engaged in devotional service.  Hearing this the king forgot his miseries and happily bowed to the feet of Ramacandra, Govinda, Shri Dasa, Gokulananda and the other disciples of Acarya.  Paying his regards to the people of Yajigrama Vira Hamvira took his leave. 


          Virahamvira's wife had been associating with the wife of Acarya in her house.  Draupadi Iswari,  Acarya's wife, was a woman of fine disposition.  The queen had decorated Draupadi beautifully with fine clothing and ornaments.  Falling at Draupadi's feet the queen unhappily bid her farewell.  The queen repeatedly paid her obeisances to Yajigrama then got on her palanquin and started for Vanavisnupura.  When the king reached the outskirts of Yajigrama he boarded a celestial carriage and began his journey home.


Shrinivasa Acarya's visit to Khetari.


          The next day Shri Acarya Thakura went to Khanda with Narottama and Ramacandra.  Upon arriving Shrinivasa approached Shri Raghunandana requesting permission to leave the following morning for Khetari.  Shri Raghunandana gave his permission but ordered him to return quickly.  


          Shrinivasa returned to Yajigrama and anxiously told Narottama about Raghunandana instruction.  Since he had never given such an order before they became a little fearful and wondered what was in the mind of Raghunanadana. 


          From Yajigrama Acarya Thakura hastily went to Kanchanagari and spent two days fully absorbed in sankirtana throughout the

entire day and night.  From Kanchanagaria he proceeded to the village of Budhari where he was warmly received by the residents. In Budhari, Acarya Thakura and his companions again spent two days fully engaged in nama sankirtana.  Thereafter they crossed the river Padmavati and were happily greeted on the other side by the inhabitants of Khetari.  Stepping off the boat, they headed straight to the courtyard of Gauranga, where they relished the darsana of the beautiful Deity of Mahaprabhu.  From there they went to their on homes.


          Shri Acarya Thakura and Thakura Mahasaya spent their days enjoying the transcendental pleasure of sankirtana, and attracted many people to bathe in the river of devotion and love.  One day a heretic brahmana observed them both dancing in sankirtana and a wonderful change suddenly took place within him, tears fell from his eyes and he fell at the feet of Shri Acarya And Thakura Mahasaya.  Thus he became a great devotee and took shelter under the merciful feet of Shri Acarya.  Shri Acarya then placed him under the care of Narottama.  


          One day Shri Acarya seemed perturbed about something and was seen speaking privately to Narottama.  This disturbance appeared to go on for a few days until finally Acarya left for Yajirgrama with some of his followers.  He quickly went to meet Shri Raghunandana, who immediately took Shrinivasa in his lap and embraced him affectionately.  Shri Raghunandana privately told Shrinivasa that a very ominous time was quickly approaching, which would cause suspicions in the minds of all the Vaisanava's. However, he assured Narottama that he should not worry because Shri Gaurarai had many plans which He intended to carry out with the help of Shrinivasa.  Raghunandana then blessed Shrinivasa with a long life, thoughout which he would perfectly maintain the mood of devotion taught by Mahaprabhu.  He also blessed him to be invested with the power to change the hearts of the atheists and direct them to the path of bhakti. 


The disappearance of Shri Raghunandana.


          After finishing his discussion with Shrinivasa, Shri Raghunandana went to temple of Madana Gopala-Gauranga.  There he dedicated his son to the lotus feet of Gaura-Gopala and became madly engaged in sankirtana for three full days.  At last, while meditating on the lotus feet of Narahari and staring lovingly at the faces of Gopala-Gauranga, he suddenly gave up his body while repeatedly uttering the names of Shri Krishna Chaitanya.  The people were overwhelmed to observe Shri Raghunandana's wonderful departure from this world, and that auspicious day of Sravana Sukla Chaturthi became everlastingly etched in the memory of all. Raghunandana's son, Thakura Kanai, arranged a great festival to commemorate his father's passing away, and Shrinivasa remained there untill its completion.  Thereafter all the mahantas returned to Shri Khanda.  


          When Thakura Kanai was very young he had two sons named Madana and Shri Vamsi, who were both naturally inclined to spiritual life from youth.  When Madana was mere boy of eight to ten years he devoted himself to the lotus feet of Narahari prabhu and visibly manifested highly developed devotional qualities. Later he was reknowned for his beautiful singing and dancing during the performance of sankirtana.


Shrinivasa Acarya prabhu's visit to Vanavisnupura and his second marriage.


          When Shrinivasa was about to leave Yajigrama, Thakura Kanai said something to him which made Shrinivasa cry profusely. Shrinivasa tearfully began his journey.  He cried all the way to Yajigrama, remembering the extraordinary devotional qualities of Shri Raghunandana.  He halted at Yajigrama for four days and from there hurried on to Vanavisnupura.  The king, along with all his courtiers and subjects rushed forward with delight to greet Acarya Thakura.  In Vishnupura, Acarya and his followers lived in a beautiful house. 


          One day Shri Acarya, by the order of Shri Gaurachandra, accepted his second wife.  With pleasure I shall now descirbe this incidence: 


          At that time the brahmana's from Gopalapura in Radadesa were very famous.  In that village Raghunatha (also known as Shri Raghava Cakravarty) and his wife Shri Madhavi lived, along with their daughter Shri Gaurangapriya.  This brahmana was in great anxiety as he had not managed to arrange his daughter's marriage. One day in the early morming, Thakurani told her husband that in a dream she had heard the spirited voice of a brahmana tell her that their daughter's husband would be Shrinivasa Acarya.  When she asked the brahmana who he was, the voice replied that he had come from Santipura.  At that point her dream faded away.  The brahmana told his wife that he had also had a similar dream in which he had seen himself give his daughter in marriage to Shrinivasa.  Shri Thakurani advised her husband to immediately approach Shrinivasa and request him to marry their daughter.  The joyful brahmana rushed to Shrinivasa and made his proposal. Shrinivasa remained silent for some time, then, for the good of mankind, consented to the marriage. 


          The king was so happy about this arrangement that he spent huge amounts of money to arrange for Shri Acarya's marriage celebration.  The people of the village were filled with excitement and joyfully looked upon the bride and bridegroom admiring the beauty of both.   Acarya remained at Vishnupura for sometime and then, after consoling everyone, started for Yajigrama.  Arriving there he proceeded to his house along with his new wife and followers.  The people of Yajigrama were enchanted by the beauty of the bride, and the two wives of Acarya happily met each and from then on enthusiastically engaged in the service of Shri Acarya together.  Shrinivasa Acarya spent his days happily teaching his pupils and worshipping the Supreme Lord Krishna.



The divine meeting of Shri Shri Gopinatha and Shri Radhika in Vrndavana.


          One day Shrinivasa told his disciples that he had suddenly experienced an uprecedented feeling of joy which he thought might indicate the imminent arrival of Shri Paramesara dasa and his followers.  Within moments his prediction proved true, Shri Parameswara was seen in the distance coming in their direction. Acarya Thakura and his followers delightfully rushed to receive them.  Acarya requested Shridasa and others to sit in celestial seats and enthusiastically enquired about the well-being of Vrndavana.  Shri Parameswara dasa assured them that they had reached Vrndavana without difficulty.  Upon arrival the pujari serving Shri Gopinatha explained that he had received an order from the Lord to place Shri Radhika on His left side.  Formerly Thakurani had the pleasure of sitting on the right side of Shri Gopinatha, but now Gopinatha's enchanting beauty was enhanced as He stood with Radhika on his left and right.  The residents of Vraja were extremely grateful to Shri Janhava for sending Shri Radha to Gopinatha, and they requested Shri Parameswara dasa to invite Shri Janhavadevi to come to Vrndavana again. 


          Shridasa related the unbounded joy he had experienced at the grand installation festival of Shri Radhika.  He told Shrinivasa that he and his followers had returned without problem, and explained that he planned to leave that day by boat for Kantakanagara, and would then go on to Khardaha as quickly as possible to report everything to Shri Iswari.  He also said that Shri Iswari would soon visit Vrndavana again, which greatly pleased Acarya.  Shrinivasa then accompanied Shri Parameswara dasa up to Kantakanagara.  From there Shri Parameswara dasa started for Khardaha and Shri Acarya returned to Yajigrama. 


          Shri Parameswara reached Khardaha and immediately went to the house of Shri Iswari.  Bowing to the feet of Shri Vasu and Janhva, he reported everything about Vrndavana and the festival.  While listening, Shri Iswari became absorbed in devotional love.  She then softly told Shridasa to quickly go to Tara Atpura village to inaugerate the worship of Shri Radha-Gopinatha.  Shri Parameswara dasa at once adhered to her order.  Shri Iswari also went there to participate in the festivities.  At this time she took the opportunity to tour various villages. 


Shri Virachandra Prabhu's marriage.


          Shri Iswari visited the village of Jamatpura near Rajvalahat and stayed at the house of one of her servants.  There she met the brahmana Yadunandanacarya whose devotion increased immensely by Iswari's association. 


          Yadunandanacarya's wife, Lakxmi, was a very humble and submissive lady, she had two very beautiful daughters named Sreemati and Narayani.  By the arrangement of Shri Iswari, these two girls became the fortunate wives of Virachandra prabhu. On the dayof the wedding Yadunandana took initiation from Virachandra, and Shri Janhava happily accepted Sreemati and Narayani as her disciples.  Virachandra brought his two wives home and Shri Vasu was extremely happy to see her two daughers-in-law.  The whole Khardaha village was mad with joy about this marriage and flooded the brides with gifts.  Gangadevi was also very pleased with her brother's marriage.  On this occassion the people remembered how they had enjoyed the marriage of Gangadevi, who was said to have been manifested from the lotus feet of Vishnu.  Her husband, Acarya Madhava, was an extremely devotional person.   According to Shri Gauraganaddeshakipika Gangadevi was born from the feet of Shri Vishnu, and is the daughter of Shri Nityananda Prabhu.  Her husband, Madhava Acarya, was formerly King Santanu. 


Shri Janhava devi's service to Shri Gopinatha.


          After the marriage of Virachandra, Shri Janhavadevi and her followers immediately went to Vrndavana.  Arriving there she rushed to the temple of Gopinatha and was filled with delight upon seeing Shri Gopinatha with Radha on either side.   Shri Iswari humbly offered Shri Radha-Gopinatha the numerous gifts she had brought from Gaura.  She also took great pleasure in cooking many preparations for the Lord's pleasure.  She visited the temples of Shri Radha Govinda and Shri Radha Madanamohana and relished Their exquisite beauty.  These three Deities, along with Shri Radhika, were the heart and soul of the people of Gaura.  Further discriptions of Shri Iswari's visit to Vrndavana can be found in the book Anuragavalli.


Shri Virachandra Prabhu visited Vrndavna, after receiving his mother's permission.


          After receiving permission from his mother, Virachandra and some of his followers started for Vrndavana on an auspicious day. Along the way they stopped at Saptagrama for two days, where they stayed in the house of a fortunate Vanika and spent there time abosorbed in sankirtana.  Through the association of Virachandra prabhu, many of the residents of Saptagrama were relieved from all miseries of life.  The party then traveled on to Santipura. There Virachandra met Krishna Misra, the son of Advaita Acarya, and they enjoyed performing sankirtana together.  From there Virachandra went to Amvika, and then on to Navadvipa for two days.  From there he traveled to Shri Khanda and was cordially received by Shri Kanai, son of Shri Raghunandana.  They also enjoyed nama-sankirtana together.  From there he went to Yajigrama and affectionately received by Shrinivasa Acrya, who took him to his house where they spent the entire day relishing discussions about Lord Krishna. The next day Shrinivasa and his followers accompanied Virachandra to Kantakanagara, and spent a day with him there. 


          After biding farewell to Acarya, Prabhu Virachandra went to Khetari via Budhari.  Shri Narottama Thakura Mahasaya warmly welcomed Virachandra and took him to the courtyard of Shri Gauranga.  Virachandra's wonderful singing and dancing in sankirtana pleased the hearts of the villagers.  After a private discussion with Thakura Mahasaya, Virachandra and his followers started for Vraja.  On his way he bestowed the rare jewel of devotion upon a poor brahamana.  He also destroyed the pride of an arrogant brahamana and transformed him into a deeply devotional man. 


          After a few days Virachandra entered Mathura and the residents ran to greet him and marveled marveled at his beauty. Conversed amongst themselves they remarked with amazement: "Look at the extraordinary son of Nityananda Baladeva."  Someone else said, "Is there any other human being who is so beautiful?" Other's said, "He certainly cannot be a an ordinary human being." Another person remarked, "Just look at the amazing and spirited features of Virachandra and his companions."  As news of Virachandra's arrival in Vrndavana rapidly spread, hoards of people rushed to see him. 


          Shri Jiva Gosvami, Krishnadasa Kaviraja, Gadadhara Pandita Goswami's disciples, the adhikari of Govinda, Shri Anantacarya and his disciple Haridasa Pandita Gosvami (from whom Shri Govinda Himself demanded milk and rice for eating), the adhikari of Madanagopala and disciple of Gadadhara, Krishnadasa brahmacari, Gopaladasa goswami-another disciple of Gadadhara, Shri Madhu Pandita-the disciple of Gadadhara and adhikari of Shri Gopinatha, Vabananda-the friend of Shri Madhupandita, the adhikaris of Shri Govinda, Haridasa, and Gopala--all of them advanced forward to receive Virachandra.  Kashiswara Pandita-a great friend of Shri Krishna Pandita-along with his disciples, Govinda Gosvami, and Shri Yadavacarya were all extrememly happy to hear of Virachandra's arrival. The people of Vraja greatly admired the devotional qualities of Virachandra.


          Virachandra and his followers delightfully visited the temples of Shri Govinda, Gopinatha, Madanamohana, Shri Radhavinoda, Radha Ramana and Radha Damodara.



Shri Virachandra prabhu's visit to forests of Vraja.


          Virachandra first took permission to visit the forests of Vrndavana from Shri Bugarba and Shri Jiva Gosvami, then started out along with Yadava Acarya and others to visit the forests of Madhu, Tala, Kumuda and Bahula.  He also went to


Radha Kunda where he relished the association of Shri Jiva and others.  Surrounded by numerous great Vaishnavas, Virachandra enjoyed the beauty of the Radhakunda.  Seeing the Tamala tree under which Prabhu Gaurachandra had sat during his visit to Shri Radhakunda, Virachandra became ecstatic.  After visiting Shyamakunda and Radhakunda he went on to Girigovardhana, where he sang and danced madly absorbed in the ecstacy of sankirtana.  Eager to serve him, the people of Vraja offered many items of food for his pleasure.  He and his followers stayed there for five or six days.  Thereafter Shri Jiva, Shri Bhugarba and others bed farewell to him. 

          Virachandra then slowly proceeded from Govardhana towards the cottage of Shri Krishnadasa Kaviraja.  He stayed with Shri Kaviraja for two days and then went to Vrndavana, accomapnied by Krishnadasa Kaviraja, Vasudeva, Uddhava, Yadava and some other devotees.  He then traveled to Kamyavana, the place where Lord Krishna played as a youth.  He took his bath in Vimala and other kundas in Kamyavana and then went to Vrisabhanupura.  Vasudeva pointed out the location of King Vrisabhanu's palace where Lord Krishna first met Shri Radha.  One day Krishna began thinking of a plan by which he could enter into the palace of Vrsabhanu.  Very soon thereafter, on the occasion of Shri Radha's birthday celebration, Vrsabhanu sent Shridama to the house of Nanda to invite Nanada Maharaja and his family and friends to his palace. When Nanda and his party entered Vrsabhanu's palace, Krishna and Shri Radha met and stood staring at one another, enchanted by each other's beauty, later on they managed to meet in a private place.  

          From Vrishabhanupura, Virachandra went to Nandagrama, where Vasudeva told him about the wonderful birthday celebration which was held there to commemorate Lord Krishna's appearance: One that day Queen Yasodamayi told Nanda that today is Krishna's birthday so he should invite all His friends. Nandaghosh sent the son of Upananda to the palace of Vrisabhanu and requested them to come to his house.  Vrisabhanu and others came to the house of Nanda carrying various gifts.  Vrisabhanu's queen, Kirttika, and their daughter Radhika came along with Nanada Maharaja.  Queen Yasoda cordially received them, offering them celetial seats.  News of the festival spread throughout Vraja and all the gopi's rushed to the house of Nanda, joyfully singing songs for Krishna's  well being.  The gopas decorated themselves with ornaments and went to the house of Nanda carrying many buckets of milk, curds and ghee. The Lord's birthday celebration was thus celebrated with great ecstacy. 


          On that occassion Krishna observed Shri Radha from a secluded place, but the two of them were unble to come closer to each other due to the presence of so many respected elders.  Thus Shri Radha began to consider some pretext by which she could excape to meet Kanu.  Somehow her confidante Lalita managed to take Radha to a lonely place where she met her beloved Krishna. 


          Virachandra was enchanted by the wonderful descriptions of Radha Krishna's pastimes.  Thereafter he took his bath in Shri Pavana Sarovara, visited Khandiravana and came to Yabata.  From there he went to Ramaghata where he arranged for the Rama Rasa perfromance.  He observed the place of the Vandir-vata, but Vasudeva informed him that the actual Vandir-vata was no longer in existence.  Virachandra prabhu sat in a secluded spot and meditated upon the sports which Krishna and Balarama use to play. Suddenly before him he saw the two brothers Rama and Krishna playing with Their friends.  Virachandra was overwhelmed with excitement.  

          Virachandra happily roamed thoughout Nandaghata, Chiraghata, Vadravana, Vandira, Shri Louhavana and then visited the great Shri Gokulavana and observed the birthplace of Lord Krishna with great ecstacy.  He visited the birthplace of Shri Radhika at Raol and then went to the Visramaghata in Mathura, where he took his bath with great pleasure.  He observed the temple of Gokarnaksha Siva and the place of Akrura.  Then he returned to Vrndavana and entered the temple of Shri Govinda on the appearance day of Lord Krishna.  A wonderful abhiseka ceremony took place that day which everyone delightfully participated in.  Virachandra also observed the day of Vadra-Sukla astami i.e. the day of Radika's birth abhiseka.  Virachandra stayed happily in Vrndavana for a few more days then started for Gauradesa with his followers.  All the residents of Vrndavana cried in despair to see Virachandra departing, and Virachandra also unable to hold back his tears. Virachandra patiently consoled everyone then went to Gaura via Mathura. 


          Upon reaching Gaura, Virachandra visited all the places of importance and informed the residents there about the happenings in Vrndavana and Mathura.  He then returned to Khardaha and reported everything to his mother Shri Janhava devi. 


          Those who attentively hear these pastimes are sure to be freed from from all miseries of material life, thus I earnestly request the listeners to go deep into the ocean of Bakti Ratnakara.  Remembering the lotus feet of Shrinivasa Acarya, I Narahari dasa, take the pleasure of writing this book, Shri Shri Bhaktiratnakara.