ENTRANCE TO SRI SARANGA THAKURA’S “MADANA-GOPALA
Saranga Murari Thakura used to reside at Modadrumadwipa Mam-gachi,
where his Deities of Sri Sri Radha-Gopinath are still present.
There is also a Bakul tree there which is perhaps existing
since the time
of Saranga Thakura. There is a local legend concerning this tree.
One day when Mahaprabhu came there, he noticed that the Bakul tree
in the courtyard of Saranga's temple was dying. So he asked
Saran-ga, "This Bakul tree is dying, so what are you going to
Saranga Thakura replied, "Besides Your mercy Prabhu, I don't see
any hope for this tree." Then Mahaprabhu embraced that tree, which
has remained healthy to this day and is now quite
Saranga Thakura had resolved that he would not accept any disciples
but Mahaprabhu nevertheless repeatedly requested him to do so.
Finally he relented and agreed by saying, "Tomorrow morning the
first person I see I will initiate with the divine
The next day, in the early morning, he went to take his bath in the
Ganges. By chance a dead body came and touched his feet as he
entered the water.
Picking up this body he said, "Who are you? Get up." From behind
Mahaprabhu who was witnessing everything called out, "Saranga! Say
the mantra in his ear!" Then when Saranga said the mantra into the
ear of that dead child, the body became consious. He said, "My name
is Murari. I am your servant. Please bestow your mercy upon
On the day when this boy was to be invested with the sacred thread
he was by chance bitten by a snake and died. As he was only a boy,
the custom was not to burn the body but rather to place it on a
raft of banana trees and float it down the Ganga. When his parents
received the news that their child was alive, they came there to
take him home. However Murari declined to accompany them to his
former home. He told them, "I will remain in the service of he who
has given me life again, for I am indebted to
Vrindavana dasa Thakura has described this Sri Saranga Murari
Thakura as follows: "There was an external consiousness present in
Caitanya dasa's transcendental body. He would enter into the forest
just to chase tigers. Sometimes he would jump on the back of a
tiger, who by his influence remained inert. At other time he would
put a phython on his lap and play with great delight. It was by the
mercy of Avadhuta Mahasaya (Nityananda Prabhu) that he was able to
play in this way with tigers and snakes. Sri Nityananda Raya is
very affectionate to his servants, and thus by a simple wink of his
eye they are able to enjoy mellows which are not even accessible to
"Sri Saranga Murari Thakura was constantly in forgetfulness of
himself, absorbed as he was in the bliss of speaking his inner
thoughts. Sometimes he would remain in the within the water for 2
or 3 days without suffering any bodily inconveniences. He appeared
to be almost insen-tient and therefore his activities were
imperceivable. Such was the fierce intensity of his immeasurable
prowess. How much can I describe of the interminable
transformations of his devotional sentiments?" [Chaitanya Bhagavat
Antya-lila. 5:426-434] The descendants of his family are still
residing at Sargram in Barddhaman district.
According to Gaur-Ganoddesa-Dipika (text 172.) Saranga Thakura was
previously Nandi Mukhi, in Braja lila.
vraje nandimukhi yasit
prahlado manyate kaishchin
mat-pitraa na sa manyate
"The Vraja-brahmani Nandimukhi-devi appeared as Saranga Takura.
Some people think that Saranga Thakura was the incarnation of
Prahlada Maharaj. My father (Shivananda Sena - the father of
Kavi-karnapura) did not agree with them."
His appearence is on the 14th day of the dark
fortnight of the month
of Asar. His disappearance is on the 13th day of dark fortnight af
the month Agrahayon (Mrigarirsa -
SRI SRI RADHA-GOPINATHA (small
Deities on the right) were worshiped by Sri Saranga Thakura.
SRI SRI RADHA MADANA-GOPALA (large
Deities in center) beloved Deities of Vasudeva Datta.
SRI SRI GAURA-GADADHARA (Deities
on the left), these are the Deities of Puri Gosvami
The temple of Saranga Thakura and his worshipable Deities, Sri Sri
Radha-Gopinath are still being worshipped at Mamgachi (Jaharnagar),
just North of the present
town of Navadwip. The worshipable Deities of Vasudeva Datta Thakur,
Sri Sri Radha-Madan Gopal are also residing there. One can go there
by rikshaw or tram from Navadwip town. By train one should go north
towards Katwa and get down at the 2nd stop, Bhandar tikuri there
one can easily ask and find the temple.
Maharaj who is worshipping and taking care of SRI SRI MADANA-GOPALA
since more than 60 years. He is over 100 years old.