Srimati Visnupriya Devi

On this day, the holy advent of Srimati Visnupriya Devi occurred. She is the eternal consort of Sri Gaurasundar in his feature of Gaura-Narayana, and according to Sri Gauraganoddesa-dipika, she is directly Satyabhama in Krishna’s Dwaraka-lila.

She was the ideal of divine self-surrender at the lotus feet of Mahaprabhu.

When she was only fourteen, Mahaprabhu took sannyasa, and after that she lived the rest of her life in penance. From early morning she would take the Holy Name the whole day, and for every Mahamantra that she chanted, she would put one grain of rice into a clay pot. After chanting her quota, she would take that rice and cook it and offer it to the Lord. That was all she would take for her subsisitence, so gradually she became emaciated. She passed her days in this way.

Her brother was her guardian after Sacidevi departed, and ultimately she had a Sri Murti (Deity) of Mahaprabhu, and she would worship Him in that form. And since the time of Visnupriya, that worship is being continued up to the present in the Temple here in Navadvipa known as ‘Mahaprabhura Badi (the house of Mahaprabhu). So this day of the year is connected with her holy memory, and we may achieve her Grace if we honor this time in her name, discussing her pastimes. she will be propitiated and Sri Caitanyadeva will also be pleased with us, giving us a step forward in our transcendental march towards him.

 

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Inspired by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,
Founder-Acarya of The International Society for Krsna Consciousness