Shri Jayadeva Goswami was the court poet for Shri Lakshmana Sena, King of Bengal. Jayadeva and his wife Padmavati used to worship Lord Shri Krishna with complete devotion. After a while, he gave up being a king and lived in a grass hut. Sri Jayadeva Goswami was writing Gita Govinda when he got the idea to write, “Krishna bends down to touch the lotus feet of Shrimati Radharani.” He didn’t want to say anything that would take away from Lord Krishna’s status as Supreme Person.
Shri Jayadeva Goswami was the court Pandita for Shri Lakshmana Sena, King of Bengal, three hundred years before Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu showed up. Jayadeva and his wife Padmavati, a skilled dancer, used to worship Lord Shri Krishna with complete devotion. After a while, he gave up being a king and moved to ISKCON Temple, Champahatti, Navadwipa, to live in a grass hut. Jayadeva wrote Gita Govinda in this place.
Tale of Shri Jayadeva Goswami
Sri Jayadeva Goswami spent a good portion of his life in Navadwip, a city in Bengal, during the reign of King Lakshman Sen. Govardhan Acharya was the king’s top scholar at the time. The Bengali dictionary by Ashutosh Deb says that Jayadeva was Lakshman Sen’s court poet.
Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur says in his Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya that Lakshman Sen was happy when he heard the Dasavatara-stotra, Jayadeva’s song about the ten incarnations. When Govardhan Acharya told the king that Jayadeva wrote the hymn, the king was eager to meet the poet. He went to Jayadeva’s house under a false name.
When he met Jayadeva, he saw that he had all the qualities of a great and powerful spiritual leader. The king told Jayadeva who he was and invited him to live in the royal palace because he was so impressed and interested in him. Jayadeva was living a short life, so he didn’t want to live in the palace, which was full of luxury. He told the king that Jagannath Puri was where he would rather live.
Lakshman Sen was upset by what Jayadeva planned to do. He immediately suggested that he move to the village of Champa Hati, saying that it was a good place for someone who wanted to live a life of meditation. He also told him he wouldn’t come back to bother him again.
When Jayadeva agreed, Lakshman Sen had a cottage built for him in the village that used to be called Champaka-hatta. It was named for the beautiful garden of Champa trees and the village market, where Mahaprabhu’s friend Dvija Baninath saw Him in the Satya Yuga as a Brahmin with skin the colour of a Champa flower. In the same way, Jayadeva had a vision of Radha and Madhava here, and then he saw them all together as the golden-coloured Gauranga Mahaprabhu.
Gita Govinda Jayadeva Inspired to Write
Sri Jayadeva Goswami was writing Gita Govinda when he got the idea to write, “Krishna bends down to touch the lotus feet of Shrimati Radharani.” Jayadeva didn’t want to say anything that would take away from Lord Krishna’s status as the Supreme Person of Godhead. So, He went to bathe in the Ganges to feel better before going to Radha-Maha-Prasadam. While he was away, Lord Krishna wrote a line in the Gita Govinda under the name Jayadeva: “dehi pada pallavam udaram.”
Padmavati also gave Prasadam to the Lord. When Jayadeva got back, he was surprised to see the line. When Jayadeva figured out what was going on, he cried with spiritual joy. He told Padmavati, “We are fortunate. This line, “dehi pada pallavam udaram,” was written by Shri Krishna. He also took Prasadam from your hand.”
Gita Govinda talks about how Shri Radhika felt far away from Krishna before the rasa dance. It also talks about Radha and Shyamasundara’s most private activities. During Lord Chaitanya’s Gambhira Lila in Lord Jagannatha Puri, Svarupa Damodara and Mukunda would sing the Gita Govinda to him daily. He loved it.
Shri Jayadeva Goswami Describes Gita Govinda
Happy and wise people can learn from Jayadeva’s songs everything enjoyable about different kinds of music, graceful about fine lines of poetry, and beautiful about the sweet art of love.
After Govinda Jayadeva finished writing the Gita, he went to Vrindavana and died on Jagannatha Puri. He made it a habit to read Gita Govinda daily in the Temple to make Lord Jagannatha happy. His samadhi is in the area called the 64 Samadhis. On Pausha-Sankranti, Sri Jayadeva Goswami went missing. It is called the Disappearance of Shri Jayadeva Goswami. At Jayadeva’s birthplace in Kendubiva Gram, a festival called the Jayadeva Mela is held every year on this day.