We continue our Vrindavan Parikrama series by taking darshan of Shri Gour-Gadadhar and Gopinath ji at Gadadhar Pandit’s Danta Samadhi. The temple and samadhi are located just ten steps away from the Radha Vamsa Gopal temple, where we took you for darshan prior to this place.
During our visit to Gadadhar Pandit’s Samadhi, we met Shri Anuj Sharma, who is the manager of this temple. He showed us the Danta Samadhi, the shrine containing Gadadhar Pandit’s tooth. After taking darshan of the samadhi, we visited the main temple where the deity of Shri Gadadhar Pandit stands to the left of Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu.
Deities of Shri Radha Gopinath are also worshiped on the same alter. The deity is named Gopinath because Gadadhar Pandit served Shri Tota Gopinath in Puri. According to Shri Sharma, Gadadhar Pandit never came to Vrindavan. It was Gadadhar’s nephew and disciple, Shri Nayananda Thakur, who brought his tooth to Braj around 450 years ago, after the disappearance of Gadadhar Pandit.
The tooth was placed in samadhi by Shri Nayananada Thakur himself. Today, the seva of this temple is performed under the direction of Shri Paramahamsa Thakura Sri Srila Badrinarayana Bhagavata Bhushan Guru. The seva was handed over to him around 25 years ago.
Shri Gadadhar Pandit was the constant companion of Mahaprabhu from childhood. His father’s name was Shri Madhav Mishra and his mother was Shrimati Ratnavati Devi. Shri Madhav Mishra was a pandit in the court of the King of Kandi, Maharaj Surasena. In Nabadwip they lived very near Mahaprabhu’s residence.
Ratnavati Devi thought of Sachidevi (Mahaprabhu’s mother) as her own sister, and would often visit her. During their childhood, Shri Gaura Hari and Gadadhar would play together, sometimes at Mahaprabhu’s house and sometimes at Gadahar’s house. They both studied together at the same school.
Gadadhar was a few years younger than Nimai. Nimai couldn’t remain without Gadadhar even for a moment and Gadadhar also could not bear to be separated from Nimai. In the Gaura Ganoddesa Dipika it is said, “The daughter of Maharaj Vrishabhanu, Shri Radharani, is now celebrated as Shri Gadadhar Pandit. The Queen of Vrindavan has now become the most beloved og Shri Gauranga (Gaur Vallabha), Shri Gadadhar Pandit.” Shri Swarup Damodar has described him as Brajalakshmi. “Shri Shyamsundar’s Beloved has incarnated as the treasure of Shri Gauranga’s love.”
Bharatpur village in the Kandi block of Murshidabad district in West Bengal is the Shripat of Shri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami and his nephew and disciple, Shri Nayananda Thakur. The worship of the Bhagavad Gita written in Gadadhar’s own hand, and a deity of Shri Gopinathji that was worn by Gadadhar Pandit around his neck are being carried out there by the descendants of Nayananda Thakur.