Caitanya Mahaprabhu visits Pandharpur
7th March 2021
Welcome to you all once again. No matter how much you are welcomed here, it is always inadequate. Also you are being welcomed at Pandharpur dhama. You are not being welcomed at Simla or Mahabaleshwar.
Where is the welcome being made? At Pandharpur dhama. May you be welcomed just like this, one day in Vaikuntha or Goloka dhama. (Shouts of Haribol)! May you not ever be welcomed in hell or even in the heavenly planets. Anyway nobody wants to be welcomed in hell or want to go to hell but many wish that they may be welcomed in the heavenly planets.
Gaura Premanande Hari Haribol.
So now there’s not so long to go till Gaura Purnima Mahotsava and tomorrow is Ekadasi, right?. So amavasya will come and then two weeks after that, purnima. The name of that purnima is Gaura purnima.
Gaura Purnima Mahotsava ki Jai!
So we should all try being in the mood of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who by the way had come to Pandharpur. Just like you have come here. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had come neither by elephant nor on a horse so how had he come? On foot He had come here just like we have a party of many devotees who come on foot to Pandharpur.
When they come for darasan during the day, they come by foot, walking in a group in Dindi (devotees of Lord Vitthala who travel on foot to pilgrims). This is how Tukaram Maharaja used to come also.
Sant Tukaram Maharaja ki Jai!
So Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took sannyasa and this tirth yatra is for grhastha’s and vanaprasthas and also for sannyasi’s it is especially so.
Tirtha yatra is one of the five limbs of bhakti, as is the instrument to live in the dhama, a holy place-dhama vasa. To do yatra of the dhama by going on tirth yatra and living there. Then bathe in the Ganga, but not that by just bathing in the Ganga the yatra is done, finished. It’s not like that because during yatra, sadhu sanga is very important.
yat tirtha buddhih salile na karhicij (S.B 10.84.13).
Those who go to the place of pilgrimage just to take bath in the holy waters, thinking that the yatra is therefore accomplished, they don’t understand that just by doing this the yatra is not successful. Lord Sri Krishna Himself has said this at Kuruksetra, not to Arjuna but when Sri Krishna was a grhastha, Dwarkadish, He also went on tirtha yatra and from Dwarka where did He go? To Kuruksetra.
We are not talking about the Kuruksetra war or that time but before this He had gone at the time of an eclipse. Sri Krishna along with the residents of Dwarka would then stay in a tent and many Mahatma’s who were staying there and also some who had come there would come to meet Krishna and Balaram. So they were all given a place to sit and when they had taken their seats on their asana’s, Lord Krishna was glorifying them, singing their glories.
Lord Krishna enjoys glorifying His devotees very much because Krishna loves His bhakta’s. He therefore sings their glories. So the Lord spoke in the Bhagavad Gita
Krishna is speaking to all the present sages as he glorifies them, Krishna says, Sri Krishna Bhagavan uvaca. He speaks of those people who go to places of pilgrimage just to take a bath and who therefore think that just by doing this the pilgrimage has been successful.
yat tirtha buddhih salile na karhicij
janesu abhijnesu sa eva go kharah (S.B 10.84.13)
In that place of pilgrimage, those persons who are Abhijna, Jna means to know and Abhi means all-knowing, those who are the acarya’s, the spiritual masters of the places of pilgrimage. So to not meet them, those devotees, saints and Mahatma’s, or to not hear from them, if the Tirth Yatra is done like this then Krishna says ‘sa eva go kharah.’
So Krishna says that their thinking is like that of a bull. Actually you can say like a cow as well but that is not nice so I am saying a bull. So these two animals are mentioned, and not just the bull, whether you say Nandi bull or any other bull. So Go khara and Khara means a donkey. So the mention is of a donkey and a bull.
So what is the most important thing to do when one goes to a place of pilgrimage? So you are ready to hear? Are you eager to know? (Shouts of Haribol). So this is called laulyam api mulyam ekalam. To attain Krishna, Krishna prapti, you have to pay some price. What is that? Laulyam, Lolupata. So let’s see, we are sitting here with Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya Lila chapter eight and Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s tirth yatra is the teacher here.
So you have all come here becoming pilgrims and also Chaitanya Mahaprabhu himself once became a pilgrim, so these are his yatras. There are so many pilgrimages he went to, everyday he was on yatra and so in a loud voice it must be said, yatra’s or Pilgrimages. So performing yatra, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu whose yatra had started from where?
Whether it had started form Jagannatha Puri, Santipura or Katwa or Mayapur where he had appeared. So performing yatra Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
kolapure laksmi dekhi’ dekhena ksira bhagavati
langa ganesa dekhi’ dekhena cora parvati (C.C 9.281)
So before coming here to Pandharpur, Mahaprabhu did yatra of the whole of South India. And he entered Maharashtra from Karnataka.
Gokarne siva dekhi’ aila dvaipayani.
So after entering Maharashtra, he went to Gokarna. You have heard the name of Gokarna? It is a very famous place and it is Lord Siva’s Ksetra. From there the Lord came to Kolapura where he saw Lakshmi devi. Maha Lakshmi is famously worshipped in Kolapura, I am not sure what you are all famous for (laughter). So it is our misfortune that her fame has not reached us yet but she is certainly famous.
So that Lakshmi who becomes upset with Narayana in Vaikuntha, when who had come? Bhrigu Muni had come or rather, Bhrigu Muni had gone there. From the three Lords, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, who was the supreme? In a very big gathering of sages, they would declare the answer of who was the greatest. Anyway this is all narrated at the end of the tenth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam.
When Bhrigu Muni had reached Vaikuntha, there Lakshmi was serving the Lord’s lotus feet as she goes on doing. So as soon as Bhrigu Muni came, he didn’t ring a bell at the door and he didn’t ask ‘may I come in sir?’ He just barged in and as soon as he had done so he kicked the lord’s chest. But the lord did not do anything.
He did not bring out His Sudarshan Chakra to kill. So the test was to determine who was the most tolerant and he would be the greatest. So Brahma had been tested as had Siva to see if they were tolerant. Now it was Vishnu’s turn and the Lord passed the test.
Vishnu Bhagavan ki jai!
This sort of tolerance was not tolerated by Lakshmi. The Lord is tolerant and he therefore tolerated this but Lakshmi could not tolerate such impudence and she could not even stay there. She left Vaikuntha and came to Kolhapura.
As she was coming, coming, coming- where did the landing happen? Kolhapura and so she started staying there and from then on till now she is there. So Lakshmi was angry. It seems like whenever Rukmini or Lakshmi become angry they come to Maharashtra (laughter).
Here we have Vitthal Rukmini and this Rukmini also was upset with the Lord in Dwarka and so she left Dwarka and came to Dindirvan which is on this side of the Chandrbhaga on the other side of the bank. The temple there is now called Lakhubai and there is a small deity there of Vitthal Rakhumai.
So Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came to Kolhapur and then what is written here? kolapure laksmi dekhi. He had come there to see Lakshmi but in actual fact Lakshmi took the opportunity to take darsana of the Lord. So just think about this, we go take darsana of Lakshmi but the Lord went there to give darsana to Lakshmi.
So I will now definitely tell you about something. Where the Lord got kicked on the chest by Bhrigu Muni, that place made an impression on his chest of the foot by which he was kicked. Bhrigu Muni had kicked the Lord’s soft, lotus -like chest with such force that the force of the kick had left an impression on the Lord’s soft chest. The Lord had also kept that impression carefully.
The Lord could have had plastic surgery or whatever so that no-one found out that he had been kicked, but no! The Lord wanted to announce this matter. ‘Let the world know,’ and that is why He kept Bhrigu Muni’s – His devotee’s foot impression on his chest till now.
Now if you want to see this impression, when you take darsana of Lord Vitthal -of course the Lord has got his clothes on but many times we have seen when the arati is happening here and also abhishek is done. Then there is no curtain between you and the Lord. When the Lord’s abhishek is happening you can sit right in front of him and take darasana.
Once we came from Dwarka on padayatra and reached Pandharpur with Indian and foreign devotees also, this happened in ’84. Devotees from India and other countries were welcomed at Pandharpur dhama by the head pujari’s and purohit’s and we got an opportunity to perform the maha abhishek. (Shouts of Haribol)!
So some black bodied devotees were there also and like that, the Lord is very merciful. We do not think like this, if one has become a Vaishnava, we don’t think that he was this caste or he was a Mleccha, or was like this or that. So the Pujari was pointing and showing us all.
When we saw from close we saw that it was the impression of Bhrigu Muni’s foot of the Lord’s chest.
tatha haite pandharapure aila gauracandra
viththala thakura dekhi’ paila ananda
Tatha haite pandarapure
So Gaura Chandra came to Pandharpur. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Mahaprabhu Ki Jai!
So Gaura Chandra came to meet Krishna Chandra. They are both the supreme Lord, right? This is the knowledge we have to understand and having done so, we become Gaudiya Vaisnavas. Otherwise we just stay Warkaries or we remain Hindu’s. So Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Mahaprabhu took darsana of Vitthal Bhagavan.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu embraced the form of Lord Vitthal. And this would happen, it was possible even some one hundred and fifty, two hundred years ago. When the pilgrims would come, they would embrace the Lord’s deity form. This is the feeling of love for the Lord of the devotees who come here.
So the darsana is not from far but from very close by to the Lord. So you may have seen the painting of Lord Vitthal, or when you go shopping you will see Lord Vitthal. Many devotees are sitting on his shoulders, some are sitting somewhere else and some are on his waist and like mothers who carry their small children as they walk here and there, he is carrying them on his waist in the same way.
So the Lord is taking them like they are his own children. Someone is holding on to his finger whereas someone else has held on to his Dhoti and is walking behind him. So Lord Vitthal is Lekurvale. Do you understand Lekurwadi? It means the father of many children. The fortunate father of eight or one who has twelve sons. Those are called in marathi, Lekurvadi.
‘We are two and we have these two’ (sons), so obviously they did not become Lekurvadi. Now the government does not even allow one to become Lekurvadi, the father of many. Before it was ‘we are two and we have these two’ but now it is ‘we are two and we have this one.’ No more Lekurwada. But the Lord is Vitthal and this is the relationship of prema between the Lord and His devotees.
This feeling is everywhere, wherever the Lord and his devotees are present but here the feeling and experience is more intense and available to all who come to take darsana of the Lord. So Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took darsana.
premavese kaila bahuta kirtana nartana
tahan eka vipra tanre kaila nimantrana ( C.C Madhya 9.283)
And Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu performed kirtan constantly,
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
If you perform kirtan with pure love then you would be returning back to godhead. So only the lord and his devotees know what actual pure love of god is, and that is if they are truly devotees. So the Lord was performing kirtan and then as the kirtan ended
tahan eka vipra tanre kaila nimantrana (C.CMadhya 9.283)
One Brahmana gave Chaitanya Mahaprabhu an invitation.
bahuta adare prabhuke bhiksa karaila
bhiksa kari’ tatha eka subha varta paila (C.CMadhya 9.284)
So the Brahmana invited the Lord to take his alms at the Brahmana’s home that day with love and respect. The Lord, being a Sannyasi, accepted the invitation to take the meal as alms at the Brahmana’s home. So there is the tridandi mendicant and ekadandi mendicant. Do you all call Brahmanas or Sannyasi’s to your home to feed the regularly?
bahuta adare prabhuke bhiksa karaila.
After finishing His lunch, the Lord received auspicious news. Some good news was received and what was that good news?
madhava purira sisya ‘sr? ranga-puri’ nama
sei grame vipra grhe karena visrama (C.C Madhya 9.285)
So in those days Sri Ranga Puri, one of the disciples of Sri Madhavendra Puri, was present in Pandharpur in the house of a Brahmana.
So who here has heard the name of Madhavendra Puri? Okay, fifty percent of the devotees here have heard the name of Madhavendra Puri. How many of those who have heard his name actually know about him? It is one thing to have heard the name. Many times we have heard the name but we don’t know anything else about them – we just hear the name many times.
So Madhavendra Puri is the first acarya of our Gaudiya Sampradaya, disciplic succession. This much I will tell you about him. And in one sense you can also call him the founder acarya, and who is this? Please say it! Madhavendra Puri. So what a nice name it is.
So many silly pet names people call their children, Tinku or Chinku or whatever else. Madhavendra Puri is such a nice name to hear. So let me just tell you about Madhavendra Puri whose disciple was Sri Isvara Puri. There was Ranga Puri as well. Madhavendra Puri did not have many disciples but whoever was a disciple was a great disciple, a great devotee.
Just like the moon, there are many stars but the most prominent is the moon although it is only one. So he had just a few moon-like disciples and one of them was Isvara Puri and then there was Ranga Puri who was in Pandharpura at that time. And Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu became the disciple of Isvara Puri.
Now you can make the connection. Madhavendra Puri’s disciple Isvara Puri whose disciple is Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The Lord had no need to become a disciple, whose student can the Lord become? He himself is- Krishnam Vande Jagat Gurum. But by becoming a disciple the Lord sets the standard for the world.
yad yad acarati sresthas
Whatever work a great man performs, common men follow in his footsteps. So if the Lord had not become a disciple we would also not become disciples. The Lord showed us by becoming a disciple and so he became a disciple of Isvara Puri.
So what is the relationship between Isvara Puri and Ranga Puri? God brothers, just like myself and Gopal Krishna Maharaja or Radhanath Maharaja. So god brothers like us. So he who had reached here, Sri Ranga Puri was the god brother of Isvara Puri.
suniya calila prabhu tanre dekhibare
vipra grhe vasi’ achena, dekhila tanhare (C.C Madhya 9.285)
As soon as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu heard that Ranga Puri, a disciple of Madhavendra Puri was there in the very same village, he ran to meet him.
premavese kare tanre danda paranama
asru, pulaka, kampa, sarvange pade ghama (C.C Madhya 9.287)
Many Marathi words you will find to be the same in Bengali, ghama is? Ghama means sweat. So the Lord was not sweating because He had run there. This is just a sign of Bhava Bhakti.
Just like I said if you perform Kirtan in pure love you will start trembling. What else will happen? Romancha, signs of ecstasy like standing of hairs on the end and Ashru, tears. There will be jubilation in the body. So sarvange pade ghama. So the Lord reached there and offered full obeisances. The lord was full of ecstatic love and transcendental symptoms became present in his body.
You can see that these feelings appear first in the mind and the soul. You can call these the eight kinds of transcendental ecstasies that appear. So they are eight in number, the different ecstasies or the signs of the bhava, feeling of love of god. So all this was going on.
dekhiya vismita haila n ra?ga purira mana
‘uthaha stipada’ bali’ balila vacan (C.C Madhya 9.288)
So Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu paid full obeisances for a long time to Sri Ranga Puri. We sometimes do dandavat very quickly (laughter).
sripada, dhara mora gosanira sambandha
taha vina anyatra nahi ei premara gandha (C.C Madhya 9.289)
So actually Sri Ranga Puri understood that ‘this personality who is bowing down to me and is producing these ecstatic symptoms and whose darsana I am taking as well, he must have some relationship with Madhavendra Puri. Those who are to come in the succession of Madhavendra Puri, only they can produce such symptoms of love.’
So yes, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu indeed had a relationship with Madhavendra Puri as he was the disciple of Madhavendra Puri’s disciple Isvara Puri.
eta bali’ prabhuke uthana kaila alingana
galagali kari’ dunhe karena krandana (C.C Madhya 9.289)
Now Sri Ranga Puri has stepped forward and has embraced the Lord. They are both now embracing shoulder to shoulder and have tightly held one another. As they both cry in ecstasy they are performing abhishek on one another by bathing each other.
Are you all meditating on that moment when this happened? Maybe that moment is set in your mind. Well this is a moment that is worth remembering, yes or no? Actually not much is happening but whatever is happening, just think of how great it is. Look at the depth of the situation, the feelings of love. Galagali kari’ dunhe karena krandana. They started crying and their throats were choked.
ksaneke avesa chadi’ dunhara dhairya haila
Isvara purira sambandha gosani janaila (C.C Madhya 9.291)
So who knows how much time passed, they were not even looking at the clock. You are all looking (laughter). So all these pranams and
Vancha kalpatarubhyash cha
kripa sindhubhya eva cha
vaishnavebhyo namo namaha
So all this took place and there was embracing. This Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is the disciple of Isvara Puri, Ranga Puri found out. He had already guessed that there was some connection between the lord and Madhavendra Puri. He had guessed that much that the Lord was not a local of that village, he was not a Warkari.
adbhuta premera vanya dunhara uthalila
dunhe manya kari’ dunhe anande vasila (C.C Madhya 9.292)
So they both were conversing in the mood of ecstasy.
dui jane krsna katha kahe ratri dine
ei mate gonaila panca sata dine (C.C Madhya 9.293)
From this we learn what should be done in the dhama. When coming to tirth yatra how should one spend his time? Look at Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s example. For five to seven days he spoke of Krishna katha all day and night, it carried on. They are between themselves speaking Krishna katha to one another.
Bodhayantah parasparam kathayantas ca mam nityam
tusyanti ca ramanti ca (B.G 10.9)
The Lord said.
‘This is the identity of My devotee. And what is that identity? Mad gata prana. His mind is fully engaged in me.’
So we were saying that for five to seven days they spoke katha non-stop. ‘What is the identity of my bhakta? Bodhayantah parasparam. Their minds are fully concentrated on me.’ Anyway Krishna is Cit-Chora. What does he do with the Cit, the mind? He steals it and so he is not just a butter thief. He stole the clothes of the Gopi’s and not just that, he steals the mind and heart. So then only the life air, prana is left.
radha krishna prana mora jugala kisora
j?vane marane gati aro nahi mora
So this is the identification of a devotee and what else is his identification? He is always spending his time in speaking or hearing Krishna Katha.
kathayantas ca mam nityam
tusyanti ca ramanti ca (B.G 10.9)
When the devotee is listening to Katha he becomes satisfied by this. And it is the Lord’s katha, his name and darsana of His form by which the mind becomes calm and satisfied. When the mind is satisfied then everything is fine.
Jai Sri Ram ho gaya kama (my work is done, everything is alright, Jai Sri Rama).
If the mind is satisfied just once then it is all okay, all done and the soul is satisfied. So people here are not satisfied. No matter how much they earn, it is not enough.
But if the mind is peaceful and satisfied then that person is happy, he is satisfied and Krishna has said yadrccha labha-santusto (B.G 4.22). This means that Yadrccha, by whose desire. When this is attained then one benefits and also then he becomes satisfied. If we do just this then our life will be successful. dvandvatito vimatsarah.
So you have come to the holy Dham so learn something and understand it and return back after giving some thought to why you are here. It is better if you do not return back (laughter). Like Krishna has said
yad gatva na nivartante
tad dhama paramam mama (B.G 15.6)
What is My own abode like? When somebody reaches there then Na nivartante. So the return ticket then has to be cancelled. No return booking.
So Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Ranga Puri performed kirtan in Pandharpur on the banks of the Chandrabhaga for many days. So let’s move forward a little bit.
kautuke puri tanre puchila janma sthana
gosani kautuke kahena ‘navadv?pa’ nama (C.C Madhya 9.294)
So when they had first met Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had said only that he was the servant of Isvara Puri. This was the only introduction and there was not much other small talk. ‘How are you?’ And ‘how is the business and what is the current temperature?’ Or ‘what is the situation with this Coronavirus?’
So this is the type of talk that is constantly happening but here there was nothing of the sort. They came and offered obeisances, embraced and sat down and immediately talks of Krishna started. Krishna became the topic, forget the rest of the world or forget Maya. So in the end Ranga Puri asked the lord where his birth place was.
‘So much you told me and you said that you are a student of Isvara Puri but where are you from?’ The Lord replied ‘I am from Navadvipa.’
sri madhava purira sange sri ranga puri
purve asiyachila tenho nadia nagari (C.C Madhya 9.295)
‘Oh that Navadvipa! I had gone there some time ago along with Madhavendra Puri, my Guru maharaja. He is the Guru maharaja of your Guru Maharaja so he is therefore also my Guru Maharaja. Along with him I went to Navadvipa.’
jagannatha misra ghare bhiksa ye karila
apurva mocara ghanta tahan ye khaila (C.C Madhya 9.296)
So there in Navadvipa, Jagannatha Mishra who was a resident brahmana of that place, in his home we went. There we were fed such a wonderful meal that Mrs Jagannatha Mishra, Saci Mata, his wife had prepared.’ Apurva means before. ‘So never before had we ever had such a meal like this.’
jagannathera brahmani, tenha maha pativrata
vatsalye hayena tenha yena jagan mata (C.C Madhya 9.297)
She was the most chaste, Saci mata. The way she hosted us and fed us, you can say we were like her own children, her sons. It felt like this, the affection she had for us. She was the mother of the universe and with such love she fed us this wonderful meal.
randhane nipuna tan sama nahi tribhuvane
putra sama sneha karena sannyasi bhojane (C.C Madhya 9.28)
Randhan means to cook food. So tan sama nahi tribhuvane. Tribhuvan means the whole three worlds and so nobody could know the art of cooking like her in the three worlds. This is because Saci mata is who? She is Yashoda. Can you cook like Yashoda? No you can’t, matchless. Putra sama sneha karena.
We all sannyasi’s and brahmachari’s went there and she showed us love and affection as if we were her sons.
tanra eka yogya putra kariyache sannyasa
‘sankararanya’ nama tanra alpa vayasa (C.C Madya 9.299)
So Sri Ranga Puri now in Pandharpur is telling Chaitanya Mahaprabhu that ‘we went to Navadvipa and there we visited the home of Jagannatha Mishra. We had a wonderful meal and we found out that Jagannatha Mishra and Saci mata had a young son who had taken sannyasa. We found this out at their home.’ Alpa vayasa. He was also very young in age and his name previously was Visvarupa. Now his sannyasa name had become Sankararanya.
ei tirthe sankararanyera siddhi prapti haila
prastave sri ranga puri eteka kahil (C.C Madhya 9.300)
Sri Ranga Puri is speaking to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and is telling him that this very Visvarup, the son of Jagannatha Mishtra and Saci mata had reached this dhama, that he had come to Pandharpur and then ‘Siddhi prapti haila.’ This means that from here he went back to his own abode, back to godhead.
This means that because Visvarupa was the incarnation of Lord Balaram, he wound up his own Lila and went back home.
prabhu kahe, purvasrame tenha mora bhrata
jagannatha misra purvasrame mora pita (C.C Madhya 9.301)
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said ‘Jagannatha Misra is My father.’ You went to my home and of course their son is naturally my brother who had taken sannyasa and who wound up his Lila in Pandharpur.’
Are you all understanding? This Pandharpur is so special. Yes of course the main reason is there that Vitthal is here but also five hundred years ago Chaitanya Mahaprabhu arrived here and we are therefore speaking of and hearing some of those Lilas. And then also Visvarupa ended his Lila’s here in Pandharpur.
Have you heard of the name of Nityananda Prabhu?
Here we are talking about Nityananda who is Balarama. Balaram hoila Nitai. That Nityananda was also Balarama and so Balarama had also come to Pandharpur five hundred years ago and when Balaram became Nityananda Prabhu he also came to Pandharpura and in this very same Pandharpur dhama, Nityananda Prabhu took initiation. He took initiation.
So in this way Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda Prabhu, Visvarupa, they all have a deep rooted relationship with Pandharpur. This is why in the morning Dharmaraj Prabhu made an announcement. That the lotus feet impressions of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda Prabhu’s lotus feet impressions and Visvarupa’s lotus feet impressions have been installed.
So please all of you make sure to take darsana and make your heartfelt prayers.
dina cari tatha prabhuke rakhila brahmana
bhima nadi snana kari’ karena viththala darsana (C.C Madhya 9.303)
Now you are all going to take darsana of Vitthal. First will be breakfast and then Vitthoba. This is the way we do things, first we feed the stomach and then let’s see how it goes in terms of lord’s worship. Our demigod is here with us (stomach) and the Puja is constant. That Puja, worship is of the stomach. Anyway there should be worship of the Lord also alongside.
So Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had a bath in the Bhima River. There is also Ganga and Yamuna. So Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had a bath and then karena vitthal darasana. So after he had a bath he would go often to take darsana of Vitthal.