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Jagannatha Ratha reached Gundicha Temple – The Pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu during Jagannatha Rath Yatra – Final Part

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After the car stopped sometime for bhoga offering at Balagandi, when it was time to again pull Lord Jagannath’s car, all the workers (gaudas) tried to pull the cart but it wouldn’t budge. When gaudas finally realized that they couldn’t move the chariot, they abandoned the struggle. The king then arrived, accompanied by his officers & friends.

King Prataparudra arranged for big wrestlers to pull the chariot. The king himself even joined in, but still the car would not move. Becoming more and more eager to move the chariot, the king had strong elephants brought forward and harnessed to the cart, but it remained at a standstill.

As soon as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu heard this news, He went there with all His personal associates. They stood there and watched the elephants try to pull the car. The elephants, bring beaten by the elephant-goad, were crying. Nonetheless the car would not move. all the people were dumbfounded.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu ordered that the elephants be released. He then gave His own men the chariot ropes and went to the back of the chariot, where He began to push the chariot with His head. The car moved forward seemingly of its own accord,  and the devotees simply carried the ropes. Everyone began to chant , “Jaya Jagannatha! All glories to Lord Jagannatha!” No on e could hear anything else.

Eventually the chariots reached the Gundicha temple. Upon seeing the influence of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, all the people were struck with wonder.


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