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Brahmana Pushkara


In Satya yuga, one brahmana named Jiva das, while travelling to the various holy places of pilgrimage, finally came to Shri Navadwip Dham and began living here. During his travels he had wanted to visit Pushkara and take bath, but he somehow could not. Although he was content with his bhajan, still he at the back of his mind, was disturbed about having missing bathing in Pushkara. One night in a dream he heard a divine voice instructing him to simply stay and engage himself in chanting Hari Nama and all his desires would be fulfilled. Jiva das followed the orders within his dream, and, building himself a small hut, chanted the names of Hari incessantly.Decades later, when he was already very old, the personified form of Pushkara appeared in front of his hut as a beautiful pond. Follow­ing that, in a dream, personified Pushkara instructed him to bathe in the pond. Rising in the morning and beholding this pond that had so miraculously appeared, Jiva das, chanting "Hari! Hari! took his morn­ing bath. As soon as he entered the waters, a divine vision manifested in front of his eyes. Pushkararaj, the king of holy places, stood majestically before him."O brahmana," Pushkararaj said, "whatever benefit one gets from taking bath at all the other holy places hundreds of times, that same benefit one receives for residing in Shri Navadwip Dham for just one night. All the holy tirthas of the earth, myself included, stay here eternally. Whatever results are received by pious individuals at the various pilgrimage places are commissioned from here. In Kali-yuga, right here in Shri Navadwip Dham, the most merciful Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu will manifest Himself to distribute love of Godhead, Krishna prema, exclusively through the medium'of Hari Nama Sankirtan, the congregational chanting of the Holy Names of Krishna. At this time you will also take birth and have the good fortune of seeing this lila."

With these words, Pushkararaj disappeared. Haribol!