Govinda Ghosh disappearance day

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All glories to Sri Govinda Ghosh, who blessed this day by entering the spiritual realm after bringing his pastimes in this world to a close. Born in a Kayastha family, Govinda Ghosh was one of the three brothers Govinda, Vasudev and Madhav, who were all dear associates of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu. Being a sakhi named Kalavati in Goloka Vrindavan, who beautifully sings songs composed by Srimati Vishakha Sakhi, Govinda Ghosh, in Mahaprabhu’s lila as well, was a celebrated singer with an exquisitely beautiful voice. He, along with his brothers, was present in the kirtans at Srivas Angan, in the kirtan party which went to the Kazi’s house, in the kirtan’s at Raghav Pandit’s house and in the 4th sankirtan party during Rathayatra, the main dancer of which was Vakreshwar pandit.

He was also present in the party which accompanied Mahaprabhu on his journey to Vrindavan. Once, during the travel, Mahprabhu wanted some Haritaki, a mouthfreshner, after his lunch. Govinda immediately gave one Haritaki to Mahaprabhu. Knowing that he sometimes saved some Haritaki for later, Mahaprabhu got upset and said that he should remain at that place and establish a deity and worship him. This was done by the Lord just to instruct the sadhakas that one should not hoard anything, having faith that Krishna will provide for all our necessities. Although greatly distressed, Govinda followed the instructions of the Lord and stayed at Agradwip. There he established the deity of Gopinath in accordance with Mahaprabhu’s directions. He then got married and had a son, while the whole time affectionately serving Gopinath along with his whole family.

However, by the Lord’s will his wife and son soon passed away and he felt great distress upon their leaving. Due to his grief, he did not worship Gopinath for a few days. One day Gopinath said to him that it is not fair that due to separation from one son you make the other son starve to death. Hearing this Govinda told Gopinath that he had hoped that his son would perform his last rites upon his departure from this world. Gopinath then reassured him that he would himself perform the last rites for Govinda forever and that he should not worry about it and give him something to eat as he was hungry. Govinda Ghosh felt great bliss in his heart and immediately got up to prepare something to eat for the Lord. In due to course of time, when Govinda Ghosh left this world on this auspicious day after instructing the devotees to not burn his body but rather be bury him near dolaprangan, Gopinath took kusha grass in his fingers and performed the last rites for his dear devotee.

Even today, everyday on this day, Gopinath in Agradwip holds kusha grass in his fingers in order to perform the shraddha ceremony for Sri Govinda Ghosh. On this auspicious day, we pray that Govinda Ghosh prabhu may bless us with the service to the lotus feet of Sri Gopinath and his dearmost beloved Srimati Radhika.