The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Amraghata

BY: SUN STAFF


Feb 26, 2014 — CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 10.


In Jaiva Dharma's 'Glossary of Places', Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur next lists the village of Amraghata:

    "Amraghata - a village in Godrumadvipa also known as Amghata. It is on the east side of the Ganga, about midway between Svarupaganja and Devapalli. Once while Sriman Mahaprabhu was performing sankirtana with His associates, He arrived at this place. After several hours of sankirtana, the devotees' hunger and thirst was aroused. Sri Mahaprabhu planted a mango seed which immediately grew into a tree full of ripened mangoes, which had neither seeds nor skins. The mangoes were fragrant and their taste was sweeter than nectar. Sriman Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda Prabhu relished those fruits along with Their associates. This place is thus known as Amghata, the place of mangoes."

Mention of Amraghata is found in Chapter 12 of Jaiva Dharma's:

    Nitya-dharma O Sadhana - Eternal Religion and Devotional Service in Practice:

    "The region that contains Bilva-puskarini and the Brahmana-puskarini is called Sumuliya by the people in general. Therefore the village of Sumuliya-grama is in the northern part of Sri Navadvipa. At the time of Sri Mahaprabhu this place was the home of many, many panditas. This village was the home of Saci-devi's father, Sri Nilambara Cakravarti. Not far from his house lived a vaidika brahmana named Vrajanatha Bhattacarya. By studying in a school at Bilva-puskarini, in a few days he had attained great learning in nyaya-sastra, learning that was like a shoreless ocean. All the famous panditas of Bilva-puskarini, Brahmana-puskarini, Mayapura, Godruma, Madhyadvipa, Amraghatta, Samudragar, Kuliya and many other places also were embarrassed and frustrated by Vrajanatha's skill in newer and newer logical arguments. In the assemblies where the panditas were invited, Vrajanatha Pancanana became like a lion attacking a herd of elephants. Raising newer and newer arguments, he made the panditas burn with anger."

Lord Caitanya's mango tree pastime in Amraghatta is described in this excerpt from Caitanya-caritamrta Adi lila 17.79-87:

    "One day the Lord performed sankirtana with all His devotees, and when they were greatly fatigued they sat down.

    The Lord then sowed a mango seed in the yard, and immediately the seed fructified into a tree and began to grow.

    As people looked on, the tree became fully grown, with fruits that fully ripened. Thus everyone was struck with wonder.

    The Lord immediately picked about two hundred fruits, and after washing them He offered them to Krsna to eat.

    The fruits were all red and yellow, with no seed inside and no skin outside, and eating one fruit would immediately fill a man's belly.

    Seeing the quality of the mangoes, the Lord was greatly satisfied, and thus after eating first, He fed all the other devotees.

    The fruits had no seeds or skins. They were full of nectarean juice and were so sweet that a man would be fully satisfied by eating only one.

    In this way, fruits grew on the tree every day throughout the twelve months of the year, and the Vaisnavas used to eat them, to the Lord's great satisfaction.

    These are confidential pastimes of the son of Saci. Other than devotees, no one knows of this incident."

In the Bhaktivedanta Purport to the last verse above, Srila Prabhupada writes:

    "Nondevotees cannot believe this incident, yet the place where the tree grew still exists in Mayapur. It is called Amra-ghatta or Ama-ghata."

Here is the mango pastime as described by Srila Prabhupada in "A short life sketch and teachings of Lord Chaitanya, the Preacher of Srimad Bhagwatam" from his Srimad Bhagwatam, Vol. I, First Part:

    "During his householder life the Lord did not display much of the miracles as are generally expected from such personalities. But once He showed an wonderful miracle in the house of Shrinibas Thakur while Samkirtan was going on in full swing. He asked the devotees what do they want to eat and when he was informed by the devotees that they wanted to eat mangoes, although the time was out of season, the Lord asked for a seed of mangoe. When it was brought before Him he sowed the seed in the yard of Shrinibas Thakur and at once the creeper began to grow. Within no time the creeper gradually became a full grown mangoe tree and there was ripen fruits more than necessary. The tree remained there thence forward and the devotees used to take mangoes from the tree daily and as many as they wanted."


Caitanya-caritamrta, Srimad Bhagwatam - Bhaktivedanta Book Trust


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