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    Ramachandra Vijayotsava

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    Ramachandra VijayotsavaOn the tenth day of the waxing moon of Padmanabha (Asvina) month, occurs Vijayotsava. On this day Lord Ramacandra heard from Hanuman beneath the sami tree that he had found and seen Sita on the Island kingdom of Lanka. Hearing this, Ramacandra held a festival, and then set out for Sri Lanka. On this day one may perform special puja of Lord Ramacandra and then in His honour feed the Vaisnavas. This is a popular festival in north India, where, on this occasion, large paper effigies of the demon Ravana are burned to the resounding chants of Victory to Rama, Victory to Rama.

    In the pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu he absorbed Himself in the transcendental lila of Lord Ramacandra in the following manner as recorded by Srila Krishna dasa Kaviraj Goswami.

    Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya-lila Chapter 15 Texts 31-35.

    Madhya 15.31
    parama-avese prabhu aila nija-ghara
    ei-mata lila kare gauranga-sundara

    In great ecstasy, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu returned to His residence. In this way, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, known as Gauranga-sundara, performed various pastimes.

    Madhya 15.32
    vijaya-dasami - lanka-vijayera dine
    vanara-sainya kaila prabhu lana bhakta-gane

    On the victory day celebrating the conquest of Lanka–a day known as Vijaya-dasami–Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu dressed up all His devotees like monkey soldiers.

    Madhya 15.33
    hanuman-avese prabhu vriksha-sakha lana
    lanka-gade cadi’ phele gada bhangiya

    Displaying the emotions of Hanuman, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu took up a large tree branch, and, mounting the walls of the Lanka fort, began to dismantle it.

    Madhya 15.34
    ‘kahanre ravna’ prabhu kahe krodhavese
    jagan-mata hare papi, marimu savamse’

    In the ecstasy of Hanuman, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu angrily said, “Where is the rascal Ravana? He has kidnapped the universal mother, Sita. Now I shall kill him and all his family.”

    Madhya 15.35
    gosanira avesa dekhi’ loke camatkara
    sarva-loka jaya’ jaya’ bale bara bara

    Everyone became very astonished to see the emotional ecstasy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and everyone began to chant, “All glories! All glories!” again and again.

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