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Nityananda Prabhu's Marriage

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Caracas, Venezuela
20 September 2009


Everybody says that for the devotees Nityananda Prabhu never marries (has no vivaha, wedding), but He has two saktis, Jahnava and Vasudha. They were actually daughters of Surya Das, Gauri Das Pandit's brother.

One day Mahaprabhu told Gauri Das Pandit, "Guari Das Pandit, Nityananda is now coming to the right age, He needs some servitor. I saw your brother has a daughter, Jahnava, can he give her to Him?" Gauri Das Pandit agreed and asked his brother about it, "Brother, can you give your daughter Jahnava to Nityananda Prabhu?" Surya Das was surprised, "What?! But He is an avadhut! He goes to this house one day, and another house the next day. He has no house, no food in the house—how will He maintain a family?" So, Gauri Das Pandit had to go back to Mahaprabhu and tell him that his brother had not agreed.

Mahaprabhu left and went to Nityananda Prabhu. They were walking somewhere and sat down under a tamarind tree, when suddenly They saw Jahnava was there in the forest. At that time, as it can still be sometimes now, Indian unmarried girls are shy and never come to the front, so when Jahnava saw Nityananda Prabhu from the forest and their eyes met, she fell down and foam started coming out of her mouth...

In the meantime, Jahnava's parents began to search for her, and some village people found her. Where did they find her? They found her senseless in some bushes. They picked her up and carried her home. Somebody thought that maybe a snake had bitten her, they called for a doctor, but the doctor did not find any poison in her body. Jahnava was dying, and everybody thought, "Maybe that sadhu Nityananda Prabhu wanted to take her, but because we did not give her to Him this has happened..." They began searching for the two sadhus and found Them still sitting under the tree. Gauri Das Pandit called them,

"Jahnava is dying, please come, please come."

"What will I go there for? She is going to die, what can I do?" asked Nityananda Prabhu.

Gauri Das Pandit insisted and finally They agreed to come. When they came to the house where Jahnava was kept, her parents told Nityananda Prabhu,

"Please take this girl now."

"What will I do with this dead body?" Nityananda Prabhu was surprised.

"Please take her, please take her," They started begging Him and insisting.

"All right, I can take her," finally said Nityananda Prabhu, "but I want some dowry."

"We are poor brahmans, we do not even have food, what to speak of gold. Where will we get dowry?"

"I do not want any money, gold, or any other wealth from you. I want your other daughter, Vasudha, as the dowry. Jahnava is going to die, but if I get Vasudha, she will make up for her."

They agreed and brought two garlands. As soon as Nityananda Prabhu put His hand on Jahnava's head, she opened her eyes, and the two girls put two garlands on Nityananda Prabhu's neck and left with Him. This is how their marriage happened. It is a very nice story.


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