The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Kancana-palli

BY: SUN STAFF - 17.10 2019

Shri Krishna Jeu Temple (Rathtala Mandir) in Kancharapara, Nadia

 A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 71.

Alphabetically, the next holy place listed in Jaiva Dharma's 'Glossary of Places' is Kalna, with the note "see Ambika-Kalna" -- a tirtha covered earlier in this series, in four parts. Today we begin with Kancana-palli:

"Kancana-palli - also known as Kancra-para. This is the place where Sri Vasudeva datta Thakura and Kavi Karnapura (the son of Sivananda Sena) used to live. The parents of Sivananda Sena's wife are also from this village. It is located on the east side of the Ganga, approximately parallel to Saptagrama."

We find only one mention of Kancana-palli (and none of Kancra-para) in Jaiva Dharma, in chapter five, where it is said to be the residence of the great Vaisnava, Sri Kavikarnapura (Sri Puri Das):

Chapter Five
Vaidhi-bhakti-Nitya-dharma, Naimittik Naya

Sri Vaisnava dasa: You know Sanskrit well, so you may easily study Vedanta.

Devidasa: If you feel merciful to me, then please teach it to me. I would learn it from you.

Sri Vaisnava dasa: These are my words: I am a penniless servant of the Vaisnavas. Because I attained the mercy of a saintly paramahamsa babaji, I stay here and always chant the holy names of Lord Hari. I have very little opportunity to teach anyone Vedanta. Also, I have heard that Srila Rupa Gosvami, who is the spiritual master of the entire world, has forbidden the Vaisnavas to hear or explain Sankara's Sariraka-bhasya commentary on Vedanta. Therefore now I will neither study nor teach Sankara's commentary. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is the son of Saci-devi and the spiritual master of all living entities, taught the right commentary of Vedanta-sutra to Sri Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. His commentary is recorded in the notebooks of many Vaisnavas. If you make a copy of that commentary, then perhaps I can help you. Go to Kancana-palli and you may get a copy of that commentary from the home of Sriman Kavikarnapura."

Kavi Karnapura is himself considered to be a branch of Lord Chaitanya's tree. His father was Mahaprabhu's intimate associate, Shivananda Sena. Srila Karnapura identifies his parents in his own Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika (176):

pura vrindavane vira dati sarvash ca gopikah
ninaya krishna-nikariam sedanim janako mama
vraje bindumati yasid adya sa janani mama

"The go-between Vira, who previously brought all the gopis to Krishna, is my father. My mother was known as Bindumati."

In Chaitanya-caritamrita 1.10.62 we read:

"[Kavikarnapura] was born in 1527 in the town of Kaicana-palli. His father named him Paramananda Das, Paramananda Sena or Puri Das. He was the youngest of Shivananda Sena's three sons. His older brothers were named Chaitanya Das and Rama Das. All three brothers were devotees of Lord Sri Chaitanya."

Karnapura received the name Paramananda Das from Mahaprabhu himself. The Lord also jokingly called him Puri Das, and he was born as a result of Mahaprabhu's blessing.


(Kancana-palli, to be continued…)