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Panihati, situated on the banks of the Ganges, is famous as the place where Lord Nityananda Prabhu ordered Shrila Raghunath das Go­swami, as a form of punishment, to hold the chipped rice and yoghurt festival. Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita describes this wonderful incident. The banyan tree under which Lord Nityananda sat is still present. Nearby is the place where once stood the house of Shri Raghava Pandit, one of the main associates of Mahaprabhu. In Krishna lila he was Dha-nistha gopi. Close by his house was a lemon tree on which kadamba flowers would blossom. Shri Raghava Pandit made garlands from these flower and offered them to his Deity. Every year he and his sister made many varieties of wonderful dried foods for Lord Chaitanya. When Shri Raghava went to Jagannath Puri for Ratha yatra, he caried all these items to Mahaprabhu. Govinda, the servant of Lord Chaitanya, used to store them and would each day throughout the year offer them for the Lord to relish. He would also cook for Lord Chaitanya. Thus Raghava Pandit was both dear to the Lord and to the devotees. Hare Krishna!