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THE FESTIVAL AT NANDA’S HOME


Srila Narahari ChakravartiBhakti-ratnäkara 13.358-365
(Kämoda-räga)
räëé yaçomaté kahe nanda pratikåñëa-janma-tithi ithe
kari’ nimantraëa äna bandhu-gaëae sädha upaje cite
Queen Yasoda said to Nanda, “Today is Krishna’s
birthday. We should invite all our friends and kinsmen. This desire has come to my heart.”
çuni’ nanda-ghoña ha-iyä santoñaupananda sute äni’
våñabhänu-ghare päöhäyena tärekahiyä binaya-bäëé
Hearing these words, Nanda-gopa became
happy. Speaking sweet words, he sent Upananda’s son to Maharaja Vrishabhanu’s
home. [Rupa Goswami says in his Radha-kåñëa-gaëoddeça-dépikä, 1.39-40, that Upananda had two sons, named Kandava and Dandava.]
çuni’ sei kñaëe bhänura bhavanekailä nimantraëa giyä
våñabhänu-gaëa sahita gamanakare nänä-dravya laiyä
Hearing Nanda’s words, Upananda’s son at once went to Vrishabhanu’s palace and gave them the invitation. Accompanied by his associates,
and bearing many gifts, Vrishabhanu went to Nanda’s home.
änande kåttikä räëé premädhikärädhikä la-iyä säthe
yaçomaté päçe yäite ulläseyaçodä mililä pathe
As Queen Kirtida with Radha, overflowing with affection, joyfully went to see Yasoda, Yasoda met them on the way.
kata nä ädare laiyä gelä ghareäsane vasä’lä räëé
våñabhänu nande mililä änandeha-ila maìgala-dhvani
Yasoda Rani took them into the palace and gave them glorious seats. Vrishabhanu and Nanda also met with great happiness and spoke auspicious words.
varaja-nagare prati ghare ghareraöaye utsava-kathä
gopé-gaëa nehe cale nanda-gehegäiyä maìgala-gäthä
There was talk of the great festival in all the homes of Vraja. Singing auspicious songs, the gopés affectionately went to Nanda’s house.
nänä äbharaëa pari’ gopa-gaëaharañe sarasa hiyä
haridrä-sahita dadhi dugdha ghåta òäle nandälaye giyä
Decorating themselves with a variety of ornaments,
and bearing gifts of yogurt, milk, ghee, and turmeric, with joyful hearts the cowherd people went to Nanda’s palace.
nandädika saìge sabe näce raìgevividha taraìga täya bäje yantra-gaëa ghanaçyäma ghanananda-mahotsava gäya
Musical instruments played. Nanda, his family,
and his guests all joyfully danced. Many great waves of bliss flooded the celebration. Thus Ghanashyam Das [a name of Narahari Chakravarti Thakur] sings of the great festival in Nanda’s home. ·
Bibliography
— Narahari Chakravarti. Çré Bhakti-ratnäkara. English translation
by Sri Kusakratha Das. The Krishna Institute. Culver City, California.
— Narahari Chakravarti. Çré Bhakti-ratnäkara. Gaudiya Mission. Bagbazar, Calcutta. 1987. Bengali.

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